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Chained Throatseeker
New Phyrexia

Reviewed April 29, 2011

Constructed: 2.80
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 3.60
Multiplayer: 2.40

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Chained Throatseeker

A 5/5 with infect is a scary concept, as it threatens to two-shot you if unanswered. This one can't attack you unless you've already been damaged by a source with infect, or if you've lost a creature to either Pistus Strike or Virulent Wound, or been the target of Decimator Web's ability. Any player using Chained Throatseeker will have no difficulty unchaining it, at which point it laughs at your attempts to put Wall of Denial in front of it and quickly shows you its fangs. And even if your opponent just can't seem to get that first poison counter on you, Chained Throatseeker is no less scary for your creatures when it's available to block. You have a 6/6 with trample? First strike would be more useful, otherwise you'll kill the Throatseeker and be left with a 1/1 trampler. Even creatures it can't kill, it can quite badly hobble. Gives new meaning to the term "chump blocking". I'm only glad it doesn't have flying or vigilance.

Constructed- 3.75
Casual- 3
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Chained Throatseeker
It's unfortunate this card doesn't have room for flavor text; I would have liked to hear what the people holding the chains thought of their job. Regardless, Chained Throatseeker is a pretty scary card in a deck with lots of infect cards, and although it lacks the all-round solidity or impact of Skithiryx or Phyrexian Hydra, it can definitely get the job done. If infect wasn't the strongest strategy in Scars of Mirrodin draft before, it might just be now.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Chained Throatseeker
Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is an interesting blue infect creature from New Phyrexia. In standard, extended, and eternal I don’t feel this card will ever see play unless a blue infect deck desperately needs a wall or a beefy attacker, even then it’s a horrible card that is outclassed  by most everything else going on in the formats. In casual and multiplayer this card is almost as bad and one of the few reasons to play it is the fact you have no better options, although it can be a beefy wall and some opponents are hesitant to shrink their own creatures so it may be passable. In limited it’s a decent filler creature whether or not you are in infect it may be a beefy wall or an infect beat down creature it is also splashable. Overall a card best suited for limited.
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 2.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Chained Throatseeker which is a six mana 5/5 Blue creature with Infect that can only attack if the defending player is already poisoned.  This isn't that major of a drawback in a dedicated Infect or Proliferate and Infect deck as by the time this comes into play they should have at least one or more counters on them.  The casting cost and lack of Flying or any other form of evasion are bigger issues that make it less attractive compared to cards that can be played earlier in the game.  While Blue doesn't have many Infect options it can play artifacts or Proliferate and this can be used defensively, but again the card design leaves it a poor choice as a finisher with no supporting effect to augment the Infect.
For Limited if you can draft or open multiple sources of Infect this can be a decent threat, but without that it makes for an intimidating wall that will shut down most offensive efforts until it can get removed. 
Easily splashed into a Black or Green pool in Sealed as the mana cost only includes one Blue and an aggressive draft can benefit from 5/5 with Infect.  Overall this is a common with a small drawback if properly supported and as a large creature can be drafted relatively early in Booster either to use or prevent others from using it against you.
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.0


      Welcome to the last preview card this week at Pojo.com. Today’s card is Chained Throatseeker. Chained Throatseeker costs five generic and one blue mana. He Chained Throatseeker is a 5/5 with infect, but cannot attack unless the defending player is poisoned.

    With all the different ways of poisoning someone going around (kind of like a flu), getting his attack condition off isn’t that big of an issue. So what is more fun is ensuring you do so in blue, so you don’t stretch yourself thin. Some easy ways are using artifact creatures with infect, but there are some new cards coming in New Phyrexia that make it even easier. Once poisoned though, this guy could prove fatal as the final blow by comboing him with another blue spell, and that is Distortion Strike. Use Distortion Strike with Chained Throatseeker and it well could be game over, especially with how much Proliferate blue has.
     All in all this card could be better, but in terms of getting his ability to fire off, I don’t see it being a problem. That means that this card could see some serious play, especially for the prerelease and launch parties. Make sure you are there yourself!
Limited: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Constructed: 4/5

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