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New Phyrexia

Reviewed May 26, 2011

Constructed: 4.50
Casual: 4.50
Limited: 4.50
Multiplayer: 4.17

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

You pay one mana, the creature dies, the opponent probably has more life than you. Sounds a little like Swords to Plowshares, doesn't it? (I still can't believe I didn't give that card five out of five when we reviewed it a few months ago. I don't know what I was thinking.) Four life seem pretty steep at first reading, but a lot less so when you consider that it lets red decks kill Silver Knight, green decks kill Peacekeeper, and blue decks kill at all. What it does to the color pie is a question for a different space, but there is no question that this card is a powerhouse.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Dismember which is a three mana Black or one mana and four life spell that gives a target creature -5/-5 until the end of the turn.  This is a bit of a bigger removal than Grasping Darkness with a higher cost for mono-Black, but available to any color willing to pay the life points.  The extra cost is a tough call for Black itself as Grasping Darkness will usually do the job, but this can be a solid sidedeck choice should the opponent be running a creature with five toughness.  In general this is one of the strongest removal choices available, if a little expensive, and is likely to see play both in and outside of Black decks.
For Limited this should be the kind of card picked as early as possible in Booster as a top removal choice as it can handle nearly any threat. 
In Sealed it can be placed in almost any build as even if the life points are paid in a non-Black deck the price should be worth it compared to letting the creature getting in an attack or two.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


     Welcome to this week’s last card of the day, due to VACATION!! So we go out in style this week with one of the best cards from New Phyrexia, and what is best is it is only an uncommon. The card we discuss today is Dismember. Dismember costs one generic and two black phyrexian mana, meaning two black, four life, or one black and two life. Dismember gives target creature -5/-5 until end of turn.

    Hands down one of the best cards in the set. It is an instant answer for some of the baddest cards in the game. Baneslayer Angel, dead. Phylactery Lich, dead. Grave Titan, killed by a 1/1 token. Not much can stand up to one of these, so imagine two of them firing off. With use of Infest, or Shrivel, and two Dismembers, even a Darksteel Colossus or Blightsteel Colossus comes crashing down.

     Simply put it is a creature killer through and through. And with how many large sized creatures there are, three mana is a good answer, but being able to get it out for one mana if necessary is just as vital. One mana can do a lot these days, you just have to be willing to spill some of your own blood to do so. And the best part is, Dismember can go in any deck, due to the fact that you can pay life instead of mana, and just pay one generic mana in the end. And in a decent life gain deck, which the new block blossomed abilities to gain life, paying some just doesn’t seem like a bad idea.

     All in all a great card. Very useful, very cheap, very lethal.
Limited: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Constructed: 5/5

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