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Goliath Sphinx
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Goliath Sphinx

Reviewed April 13, 2010

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 2.67
Limited: 3.67
Multiplayer: 2.47

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Goliath Sphinx

It's big and it flies. And that's it. Someone once told me that in order for big huge creatures to be good, they have to be not only big, but "unsolvable" to a degree. Goliath Sphinx... isn't, really. Flying means it's harder to chump block, but lack of trample or anything that would save it from a Doom Blade kind of hurts. Baneslayer is good because it gains its controller 5 life on every attack and is hard to block profitably due to first strike. This is hard to block profitably, but it comes out later than Baneslayer and you don't get anything for chumpblocking it.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2.25
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 1.9

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Goliath Sphinx
Some blue cards are subtle. Some blue cards are tricky. Some blue cards are strategic. Other blue cards are none of those things, but still able to dominate other planeswalkers and chase everything else out of the skies. Goliath Sphinx is the last kind of blue card. It's a good one, too.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Goliath Sphinx a rather simple yet effective
8/7 with flying for seven mana.  A bit expensive for a card with no gamebreaking effect, but still quite nice for a larger flying creature. 
Without another effect this isn't likely to see much play in any constructed format and there isn't a large supply of sphinx support to breed a casual deck.
With Limited the picture is dramatically different as seven mana is not beyond reach, flying tends to win games, and 8/7 is really impressive plus difficult to handle.  Absolutely a first pick in Booster and probably worth building a deck around in Sealed if the pool even remotely supports it.
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 2.5


Magic The Gathering Card of the day: Goliath Sphinx
Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is… interesting. Goliath Sphinx is a huge flying creature an 8/7 to be precise but that is unfortunately all he does. This card is a disappointment its pure brawn and nothing clever about it, Sphinxes should be flavorful and embody the mystery of blue. Flavor aspects aside this card is plainly bad. Sphinx of Jaw Isle can serve just as well in most instances as a finisher and has shroud and allows library manipulation. In standard god forbid this card ever sees play and extended and eternal do not make me laugh. In casual and multiplayer this card is outclassed by almost every other Sphinx card and the plethora of blue finishers available, even mana ramping into this is often times not worth it as there are better creatures available. In limited I don’t think I can recommend this card either it’s a big blue finisher so possibly but you will need some mana ramp. Overall a disappointing card. I would rather play Vizzidrix.

Constructed: 1.0
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 2.0
Mutliplayer: 1.5

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