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Porphyry Nodes
Planar Chaos

Reviewed February 21, 2007

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.70
Limited: 2.70

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Porphyry Nodes - Wednesday

This is obviously a control card all the way. Cards like this always seem strong, but don't get a lot of play time in the long run. Things could change though, as there are currently a lot of control heavy cards in the Standard format. If nothing else, this card could be responsible for creature heavy decks packing a significant amount of enchantment/artifact hate. That could play a significant role on other cards/decks that get played in the format. So, in some ways, this card is more about how it affects the format, more than what it does for itself.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2


Porphyry Nodes
Same as Monday's card, a green card turned white. Green liked this ability because green has almost no ways of killing creatures, and it has a lot of big creatures that this thing will never get to destroy. White specializes in a lot of smaller creatures, especially low-power, high-toughness creatures, so this might be more problematic for white. But then, white is often a player in control decks that use a small number of big, powerful win conditions like Serra Angel, so it's not unreasonable that a White/X control deck wouldn't like this to hold off the aggro player or at least slow him/her down. And of course, it is repeatable creature kill, so it's bound to find a deck list somewhere.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4

KC MetroGnome

KC MetroGnome
2/21 - Porphyry Nodes

They came so close to the "Drop of Honey" anagram (I can get Drop Honey with an extra "RY" out of it). You've got to give them credit for that. I was never a huge fan of Drop of Honey, and I don't really know why that would change now. At least DoH was in 1) The color of fatties (probably not hitting your creatures first) and 2) the color of no creature removal. White weenie obviously can't use this. And, while white-based control could use it, why wouldn't you run Wrath of God? Porphyry Nodes is just too slow, in my opinion.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 4 (more people at the table means more uses, and more diplomacy)
Limited - 3

Jon "RaNd0m" Schweppe

Porphyry Nodes

This is a very intriguing rare out of Planar Chaos. For only W, you get an enchantment that kills the weakest creature every turn. If you're not playing any weak creatures, this is like a constant creature-kill spell that won't go away. This could definitely find some use in Wrath/Damn decks with Calciderm, since a 5/5 isn't likely to get destroyed for awhile. This card probably has the potential to be game-breaking if somebody decides to break it.

In limited, if you use it in the correct situation this can be very valuable removal.

Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 4.5
Limited - 3


Wednesday - Porphyry Nodes

A white version of Drop of Honey, and a personal favorite from the set of mine. This really isn't a maindeck card, though, unless your metagame is swarming with Boros decks. It is an excellent sideboard card, however, as it wrecks aggro decks if they can't deal with it. If they stop playing out their hand to let it self-destruct, that's good for you too, especially if you're holding a Wrath. All in all a good card, but for the most part, a sideboard one.

In casual, creatures are popular, so you'll get hated for this.

In limited, maybe if I could make it one-sided somehow, but probably not. The fact that it can be useless some of the time makes me not want to bother.

Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 1
Limited - 1.5
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