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Phyrexian Ironfoot

Reviewed January 7, 2008

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.25

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Phyrexian Ironfoot
As a 3/4 for three colorless mana, this sees quite a bit of play. Its untapping restrictions, however, mean that it doesn't see a lot of attacking. It's easy to drop into play just as a wall, though. So why not just use Angelic Wall or the like? Because this wall actually hits what it blocks for three. And it can attack... just not very often.

Incidentally, its untap ability isn't limited to use on your upkeep like Brass Gnat and company, so you could also play Fire Whip on it and turn it into "1S: 1 damage to target creature or player". That's pretty slow for Constructed, but it'd be funny.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 3


Monday - Phyrexian Ironfoot

A handy creature to have if you're playing snow lands. This sees play in many such decks that run snow lands over regular basics, but it's gotten the most attention in the Mannequin decks, because it can start beating your opponent down on turn 4, or provide a good blocking body until the Mannequin deck gets a combo going. It also can't be killed by Shriekmaw, and it can block the thing too. All in all, a good, solid creature that is starting to see more play now that the environment is great for it. Just watch out for Eyeblight's Ending.

In limited, unless you skipped snow mana almost entirely, this is a great body for the price. Just make sure you can pay the untap cost.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Phyrexian Ironfoot

Think about this: most of the top netdecks play Shriekmaw, and a couple play Shadowmage Infiltrator. Both are powerless against Phyrexian Ironfoot. On top of that, aggro decks like Kithkin play small creatures by their nature, and even with lords and Glorious Anthem, you can keep their creatures at around 3/3 or under with judicious use of removal. That makes Phyrexian Ironfoot an excellent card in the current metagame. It commits you to snow lands, but that's not really a disadvantage these days; the Freyalise's Radiance mini-craze has come and gone, and it makes you able to play Scrying Sheets if you want to (now that Ghost Quarter is out of Standard, it's basically a nearly unremovable pseudo-Phyrexian Arena). I expect it will start seeing more play in Extended after November, when the Onslaught fetchlands and the five-color manabases they allow are gone (and we start seeing some saner decks).

In limited play, you can usually pick up a couple of snow lands or a Boreal Druid to use with the Ironfoot, especially in sealed. If so, you get a very solid creature that can't be removed by Chill to the Bone.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5

I apologize for not doing the COTD thing, but work and school pretty much killed my time this holiday.  Still, it's good to be back and doing card reviews.  Monday's card is Phyrexian Ironfoot from Coldsnap.  For three mana you get a 3/4 body that doesn't untap during your mana step but you can untap it with a colorless and one snow mana(need a Snow-Covered land or a mana-producing snow-covered permanent to make the mana).  I think it's a pretty decent card, a cheap artifact creature that is good in a snow deck.  The fact you can untap it as many times as you want as long as you got the mana to do it makes it abusable in some kind of quirky combo deck.  Don't use him though unless you can pay the mana to untap him.
Limited: 4/5

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