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Vengeful Pharaoh
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Vengeful Pharaoh

Reviewed July 26, 2011

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 4.75
Multiplayer: 4.17

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Vengeful Pharaoh

This mummy is one Zombie your opponent may not want to kill. Once it hits the graveyard, like any good Zombie, it has a way to rise from the dead. If it senses you or a planeswalker you control has been disturbed, its curse will strike down one of the guilty parties, and it moves itself to the top of your library, ready to be redrawn. This card is almost better when it's in the graveyard, as it can hold off your opponent's creatures for fear of the mummy's curse. Just remember, no matter how many creatures attacked you, it can only kill one of them, since its trigger only triggers if it's in a graveyard and it moves itself on top of your library when it resolves. You could just run it as your five drop, swing for five a few time, kill off a few creatures with the deathtouch, and be content to know that you'll redraw it if it ever dies, or you could try and exploit it by putting it straight into your graveyard. It's a pretty decent card either way!

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Vengeful Pharaoh
There was a time when you wouldn't see either a Pharaoh or the text "destroy target attacking creature" outside of white. I for one am glad those days are gone. I know the immediate question relates to why would you use a creature to protect yourself or your planeswalkers when Doom Blade exists, but really - Doom Blade isn't card advantage, Doom Blade doesn't work more than once, and Doom Blade doesn't attack. And if that mysterious image of Liliana that seems to be associated with Innistrad is a hint of some kind, black decks may soon have a planeswalker they want to not only protect but actively punish any attacks on. I think this is a card with a lot of potential.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Vengeful Pharoah which is a five mana 5/4 Black zombie with Deathtouch and whenever it is in your graveyard and an opponent's creature deals damage to you or your planeswalker it destroys that creature and the lich is placed on top of your library. This is a decent card for Black dedicated decks as a threat offensively or defensively with Deathtouch, but works well for any deck that can send it to the graveyard repeatedly to use the effect. The effect is mandatory and your opponent can just trigger it with whatever creature they have that is expendable, though decks using this should play methods of working with that or won't mind drawing it on most turns.
Overall this can work in zombie decks or Dredge and similar discard themes which may have it appear in some combo based builds or just as a surprise heavy hitter with some kind of support to compensate for the potential lockdown.

In Limited the concern of drawing this every turn is mostly removed as a
5/4 with Deathtouch is almost always useful in the format. The three Black in the casting cost is a bigger issue, forcing any deck running it to be predominantly Black to cast this reliably or have discard effects in a non-Black deck. That is a fairly small concern as the effects are able to control the battlefield and actions of your opponent very well.

Being able to destroy creatures from the graveyard without paying mana makes this a great first pick and whenever possible should be played in a Sealed deck as well if your pool supports it. Blue can also play this fairly well with Merfolk Looter being one of the better and common options to both get this into the graveyard and keep new cards entering your hand.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


Welcome to another card of the day here at Pojo.com. This time we look at the Vengeful Pharaoh from M12. Vengeful Pharaoh is a 5/4 with Deathtouch for two generic and three black mana. He has a rather nifty ability that says whenever combat damage is dealt to you or a Planeswalker you control, if Vengeful Pharaoh is in your graveyard, destroy target attacking creature, then put Vengeful Pharaoh on top of your library.

This guy is just amazing, and combos so well with other standard cards. Used with zombie infestation, you can discard two Vengeful Pharaoh’s, and end up destroying two attacking creatures. The best part is the ones you would like to destroy never actually have to hit you! You can block something large and mean off with something meaningless, such as a token, and then pop them away with the token if you let something smaller hit you. And I mean he is also a 5/4 with deathtouch for only five mana. No harm having one of them out to kill something off, and then a couple turns later kill something else off, and get him back on top of your deck to do it again.

Another fun combination is using Vengeful Pharaoh with Lurking Predators. Since after combat your opponent will be tempted to play things in their second main phase, he could drop back out for free, ready and willing to swing on your next turn.

A decent card with lots of ways to use it. This card could definitely see some major play.

Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

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