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Caress of Phyrexia
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Caress of Phyrexia
New Phyrexia

Reviewed June 16, 2011

Constructed: 2.83
Casual: 3.33
Limited: 3.33
Multiplayer: 3.33

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Caress of Phyrexia

It's very rare to see someone play Sign in Blood and target an opponent. Giving your opponent two cards you could've drawn yourself is a waste just to make them lose 2 life... unless they were at 2 already. But with Caress of Phyrexia, that may be a different story. With the easy proliferation available now, giving your opponent three poison counters they can't block is a pretty big deal, and could easily be the killing blow in a moderatly aggressive infect deck. Alternatively, if your opponent isn't playing infect, you could target yourself with this and draw three cards. We already know that X cards is worth paying X life-- but X cards for X poison counters? The math hasn't quite been done on that one. I really hope this sees a fair bit of play-- I want to know if people use it more on themselves or their opponents.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Caress of Phyrexia
Am I the only person who finds this card's flavor text really, really creepy? Regardless, I'm intrigued by the possibility of using a mega-Sign in Blood in some way. I don't see it displacing the original entirely, but there may be an opportunity for it if infect decks ever need "direct damage" that' faster than the usual proliferate cards. Three extra mana is a lot, but that certainly doesn't matter at the stage when you'll be pointing it at your opponent, and it may not be too much if it reaches the point of targeting yourself in desperation.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Caress of Phyrexia which is a five mana Black spell which causes a loss of three life, gives three poison counters, and causes the target player to draw three cards.  While this can possibly end the game in three ways at once in an extremely unlike scenario, it generally would be used as a finisher for an Infect deck that stalls out or an unconventional draw engine.  In either use it is a bit risky and high cost at five mana and giving an opponent three cards without ending the game that turn is rarely a good play which leaves this as a card that can't be played on a whim.  Using it on yourself is also a gamble, the damage may be worth the cards, but if the opponent is using Infect the three poison counters are a big issue and the mana cost is too high.  Overall it is a potential finisher for Infect and can be used for drawing if absolutely necessary in those builds, but really shouldn't see play anywhere else as Black has other options for less mana.
In Limited this card is again something that should not be used unless it is going to end the game for your opponent on that turn as three cards too much of an advantage.  If you are drafting into Infect it can be picked up as a finishing move in Booster and may even get passed around if you want to risk that, but if it is the only Infect in the pack it is worth taking.  In Sealed if you have the Infect or Proliferate to make the theme work this is a viable finisher as it gets around any blocking or removal the opponent might have.  It also works to draw cards in a format that has fewer options to enable that which makes it valuable despite the risk in playing it.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0


      Welcome to another card of the day review here at Pojo.com. Today we are taking a look at Caress of Phyrexia from New Phyrexia. Caress of Phyrexia costs three generic and two black mana. Caress of Phyrexia is a sorcery that says target player draws three cards, loses three life, and gets three poison counters.

    Caress of Phyrexia is a very interesting card to me. For starters, it could easily finish off an opponent. Three life, three poison counters, either scenario could potentially be end game quality. But what about the draw? If you fatten an opponents hand, they could be forced to discard, which could also set up into Liliana’s Caress, or Megrim. The other reason I find this card interesting is maybe the target won’t always be your opponent. Three cards could change the tide of any game. Those three cards could replace the life lost, take out your opponent, or otherwise gain you some advantage. If you aren’t playing against a proliferate deck, or a poison deck, then receiving three poison counters may not be such a bad thing.

     While I don’t think this card will see much in a pro-play deck, it is a definite fun card for many situations, and a variety of decks.

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