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Scars of Mirrodin

Reviewed October 14, 2010

Constructed: 3.67
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 3.83
Multiplayer: 3.10

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On the one hand, two hits from this big guy will finish off the opponent, and with haste, there's a good chance that your opponent didn't anticipate needing to leave a blocker up for it. On the other hand, it only gets one hit, it costs five mana for five power (compare to similar creatures like Spark Elemental, Ball Lightning, etc.) and if you don't draw a second one, what have you accomplished? And even if you do, if your opponent blocks either one, you're not two-shotting him. But with infect, if he does block, he'll permanently shrink anything he doesn't kill, and he can kill indestructible creatures as thought they weren't at all, and still trample through given sufficient power. When this hits, it wreaks immediate havoc. Just don't depend on it to two-shot anybody.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 2.25

David Fanany

Player since 1995

We recently saw Ball Lightning in M10. One of those, unblocked, is in effect almost lethal by itself, because of what is sure to follow it. Putrefax is like Ball Lightning. If it had 10 power instead of six. And it couldn't be hit by Celestial Purge. And it could kill Kor Firewalker. And the opponent could never gain the life back. And you could play it in two-color decks. Actually, maybe Putrefax isn't like Ball Lightning at all - sometimes, it may be even better.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Putrefax which is a five mana 5/3 with Haste, Trample, Infect, and a requirement to be sacrificed at the end of turn. 
This is a big part of a Green deck's Infect option as having Haste and Trample will often get it over any defense and landing several poison counters.  Combined with other effects and it will either win the game or come very close which makes it an excellent finisher.  The casting cost is quite reasonable for Green to manage and even though it costs more than the older Ball Lightning, the higher toughness, Infect attribute, and color shift make it viable.  Infect is still not a fully proven design at the moment, but with two sets left in the block and quite a bit of time to go with Scars of Mirrodin in rotation this card will continue to make a strong impact.
In Limited this is one of the best reasons to draft an Infect deck as a single hit from it makes winning with poison dramatically easier.  For Sealed if your pool can support Green and Black or Blue for Proliferate then it should almost build itself.  In Booster drafting this first is an easy choice as a clear attack is half of the game in one turn.  Even if it is against your color this should not be passed to an opponent and can potentially be a late addition to your deck in the second or even the third pack with the right picks.  A fantastic card in the format with an easily managed casting cost, solid toughness compared to similar creatures in past blocks, and Corpse Cur in set as a method of playing it again.  For a Blue/Green variation Disperse, Lumengrid Drake, and Neurok Replica are each common cards that can return Putrefax to your hand before the end step.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

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