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Phyrexian Vatmother
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Phyrexian Vatmother
Mirrodin Besieged

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

Constructed: 3.67
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 2.67

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Phyrexian Vatmother
Mirrodin Besieged contains a number of new cards to support the infect strategy, and this week we're looking at a few of them, starting with Phyrexian Vatmother. This creature might be one of the strongest tools for infect decks, with efficiency that rivals some of the scariest creatures of the past. It's a little higher-risk than some past similar cards - it's easy to get killed by the Vatmother when your opponent manages to enchant it with Pacifism - but it's cheap, it's hard to kill, and it ends the opponent as fast as Akroma does. Sounds good to me.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is Phyrexian Vatmother a suicidal black creature that can end games in a hurry. For four mana you get a 4/5 infect creature. The fact that it gives you a poison counter is negligible as you should win the game before this card kills you, unless your staring down an infect deck or something with proliferate. In standard this could be the lynchpin of a black aggressive infect deck, I’m unsure of how likely it is to take off but it’s a possibility. In extended and eternal a poison archetype is up in the air as of now it may become a sui black type deck focusing on poison but I'm not sure its better than any decks already available. In casual this is a solid card for a poison style beat down deck. In multiplayer do not play this card you will die by poison counters before you kill every player, Its better in two headed giant though. In limited it’s a beast its not as good versus infect decks or decks with proliferate tricks though.  Overall a solid card that will see some play in various formats.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 1.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Phyrexian Vatmother which is a four mana 4/5 with Infect that also gives you a poison counter on each of your upkeeps.  This is a solid offensive threat for an Infect deck that can potentially win the game with any kind of support or earlier Infect damage.  The drawback is only really an issue if it gets locked down or your opponent is also playing Infect.  Overall a worthwhile addition to a Black deck running the Infect theme as one of the more expensive options.
For Limited this is a very powerful card and one of the bigger threats in the format, but it is mitigated by the chance of running into Infect across the table and to a lesser degree the double Black in the casting cost.  Easily a first pick in Booster on the way towards an Infect theme, but watch the packs as others may be doing the same thing as adapting quickly may be necessary.  For Sealed a Black/Green or Black/Blue deck are both viable depending on your pool, but working this in whenever possible is generally a good start.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0


    Welcome to Infect week here on pojo.com! Today’s card is the Phyrexian Vatmother. It is a 4/5 for two generic and two black mana. It has infect, and at the beginning of your upkeep, you get a poison counter. That ability puts you on a clock of having to beat your opponent before the Vatmother beats you.

    A 4/5 for four mana is a deal, even with the costly draw back. However, having a 4/5 with infect is even better, because you are going to start putting a hurting downfield. The only way this card is really bad is if you are running up against another infect deck. That would be bad indeed. I don’t really see this card getting much serious play honestly. The drawbacks are too much for too little. Side board this card at the best, just in case you run up against someone not running infect.

    In any format, this card just has too many drawbacks in my opinion for serious play. There are much better options, and without the risks. In limited or constructed, maybe take this just to use as a blocker, but make sure you are mounting a serious offensive somewhere.
Limited: 2/5
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 1/5
Multiplayer: 1/5

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