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Beast Within
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Beast Within
New Phyrexia

Reviewed May 13, 2011

Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 4.00

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Beast Within

This is a green instant that says "Destroy target permanent" and costs a mere three mana. Green should not have this power. Hell, most colors should not have this power. This card gives Green the power to answer... ANYTHING. Creatures were just about the only thing Green couldn't already handle, but now Green can blow those up, at instant speed in or out of combat.
There's a drawback, of course-- the dead card's owner gets a 3/3 token. But Green has never been scared of its opponents having a 3/3. The threat of a 3/3 didn't stop Pongify from earning a spot in the hearts of Blue mages everywhere, and Blue is the worst at creatures-- a 3/3 would be a problem for them. Green? Just laughs it off and blows up your planeswalker, your creature, your land, or whatever else they decide you shouldn't have.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.75
Multiplayer- 4.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Beast Within
I'm not sure why cards like this are sometimes considered "tradeoff" cards. Chances are, this isn't in your deck in the first place if said deck is afraid of 3/3 creatures (did somebody mention Wall of Roots?), and there are some cards where no cost is too high to get them off the table (nobody mention Jace the Mind Sculptor!). If getting rid of anything at all but giving your opponent something in the process is a bad idea, then Path to Exile must have sucked. And I think we all know about Path to Exile by now.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Beast Within which is a three mana Green instant that can destroy a permanent and give the controller a 3/3 Green beast token instead.  As this works on planeswalkers, lands, enchantments, creatures, and artifacts it is incredibly versatile and will definitely be seeing a great deal of play.  It can be used to free your own creatures from a detrimental enchantment and give you a new, possibly larger creature, or turn the biggest threat on the board into something far more manageable.  Overall a great addition to a color that is often lacking direct spot removal especially at instant speed.
For Limited this is the kind of removal that should be picked up second in Booster and always included in a Sealed pool, possibly even splashed as Green is often the easiest color to work with.  An answer to almost anything without Indestructible and can even be used on an artifact drained of charge counters or heavily Infected creature if necessary. 
Even turning a land into a creature can sometimes be the best play and this does allow for that option.  The versatility is key and there should never be a game where you have this in hand and can't find some use for it.  Giving your opponent a 3/3 creature is a bit more of a drawback in this format if used on a permanent they control, but a vanilla 3/3 should be less likely to win the game than whatever bomb they opened up in a pack.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


    Welcome to another day of reviewing awesome cards here at Pojo.com! Today to close out our week we are taking a look at Beast Within from New Phyrexia. Beast Within is a green instant that costs two generic and one green mana. Beast Within destroys target permanent, that permanents controller puts a 3/3 green Beast token into play.

    Beast Within is only an uncommon, but is sought after perhaps more than some of the rares in the set. Beast Within is such an amazing card I cannot believe it is only uncommon, because what it does is mythic. The ability in green to destroy any permanent, replacing it with just a 3/3 is so amazing. Imagine destroying a Jace, the Mind Sculpter and giving them a 3/3 that they most likely won’t use except to defend with. Eldrazi green now has a way to combat that pesky Jace, or Gideon, or even Grave Titan. And at instant speed, you have the same chances as your opponent for the timing.

    Aggro green decks just got a key new weapon in the fight against control decks, that much is for certain. Too bad that you actually have to pay the green mana, this would have been one nice card to give Phyrexian mana to, than any deck could have had this potential. But I guess at that point they would have had to make it mythic, wouldn’t they?
Limited: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Constructed: 5/5

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