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Slash Panther
New Phyrexia

Reviewed April 27, 2011

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 3.40
Multiplayer: 2.25

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Slash Panther

Five mana for a 4/2 with haste is a little unimpressive. Paying four colorless mana and 2 life for a 4/2 with haste is a little more interesting, especially if you're, say, monoblue, and you had your opponent convinced that the combat math would work out in his favor. Or if you've got some Battle Cry dudes. Four power and haste for four mana is a pretty good deal, and if your opponent takes four, it was worth the 2 life you paid to blindside him.

But after that, Slash Panther starts to lose its luster. A 4/2 with haste just isn't all that great. It dies in combat to a two-drop. With no evasion or trample, there's no guarantee that you're actually going to get through more than that one surprise attack you got.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 2
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Slash Panther
Which deck would want a 4/2 haste creature for four mana and two life? Perhaps you want to see if you can mess with someone's head enough to make them side in Circle of Protection: Red against a blue deck. Perhaps you have a Cat tribal deck that really, really wants to play one of every cat ever printed, and would appreciate a creature with haste as a follow-up to Pyroclasm effects. Perhaps you don't live in a world where creatures that would have been banned in 1997's Extended have become the baseline (if so, good for you!). Perhaps you just like the art. Perhaps there's an even better reason I haven't though of. Perhaps we should all just try it out and see.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Slash Panther which is a five mana Red artifact creature with Haste where the one red mana can be paid with two life.  The casting cost is a little on the high side which makes paying the life points an attractive option and opens it up to use in any color deck to take advantage of the Haste.  Green has Vengevine and Black has a few options for Haste including Skithiryx, so they are a bit less likely run this.  Red itself already has Hero of Oxid Ridge and Kuldotha Phoenix which are generally superior and in the same block.  Overall the card isn't exactly bad, but there are better options available at higher rarity levels.
In Limited this is a solid common that can be a big threat on turn four or earlier with acceleration for most decks as any color can play it. 

The low toughness is the biggest drawback which makes using this alongside removal or aggressively trading with any two power creatures your opponent plays early a good strategy.  In Sealed this should be included in nearly any Red deck and most other builds as the two life points is worth the potential damage it can deal.  In Booster this can be drafted fairly early depending on the pack as it is unlikely to circle the table.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0


    Welcome once again to New Phyrexia previews here at Pojo.com! Today we take a look at Slash Panther. Slash Panther is one of many new colored artifacts in the new set. Slash Panther costs four generic and one red Phyrexian mana, meaning you can pay one red mana or two life. The Slash Panther is a 4/2 with haste.
    Definitely not one of the better cards that you can get your hands on. The fact that at best you’d have a 4/2 haste on turn four doesn’t excite me. And that’s really if you would like to give up some life to get him out. The fact is, he should have cost three generic and a Phyrexian mana. That would have been a much better way to go. But, things are done. So now we have a card that probably will not see much action unless it is in a draft scenario.
Limited: 3/5
Casual: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Constructed: 3/5

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