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Phyrexian Obliterator
New Phyrexia

Reviewed May 5, 2011

Constructed: 4.30
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 3.40
Multiplayer: 4.00

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Phyrexian Obliterator

Black is no stranger to four-mana 5/5's-- from Juzam Djinn onwards. This one is one of the most powerful, and it pays for it with an intense color requirement. You basically need to be mono-black to play it. If mono-black is a viable deck in this format, the Obliterator will undoubtedly be the most powerful card in it, as a win condition that hits play the same turn as Jace the Mindsculptor and Koth of the Hammer, far earlier than most creatures its size, and swings for 5 trampling each turn. Though if Obliterator is blocked, the trample isn't the relevant ability-- any damage, be it combat, burn, or otherwise, causes its dealer to sacrifice that many permanents. Your opponent blocks with a 5'drop of his own? He may kill the Obliterator, but he loses his blocker and five more permanents. Your opponent plays Primeval Titan? Leave the Obliterator up as a blocker. If the Titan swings, you block and he loses six permanents! Even if he fetched two Mountains to trigger Valakut and kill the Obliterator, he still has to sacrifice six permanents-- and he needs a minimum number of Mountains in play to get Valakut to trigger. Chump blocking? In this case, it really is for chumps. Your opponent's removal spell is Red Sun's Zenith? Fire away, my friend. This is a monster with no easy answers. 

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

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Phyrexian Obliterator
Okay, you thought Tuesday's card of the day was insane? You ain't seen nothin' yet, apparently. Yeah, the Obliterator costs four black mana, but if the opponent can't find Path to Exile or Go for the Throat, it's pretty hard to lose. Mono-black decks may not be positioned so well in the current constructed metagame, but I have a hard time believing that won't be re-thought when they have access to a creature that punishes the opponent more than Rumbling Slum and is harder to kill than Blastoderm. "Blessed perfection" indeed!
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is the updated version of Phyrexian Negator and much more painful for your opponent. A 5/5 for four mana with extra powerful abilities is fantastic.  In standard I  am still on the fence of whether or not this see’s serious play and brings about a monoblack  revival, it has no immediate impact on the board unlike titans and only fits nicely in monoblack, however running mono makes adding tectonic edges an easy choice. I predict this will see niche play I think mono black could make a comeback in standard. In extended mono black has access to Thoughtseize and other powerful tools so I could see it making in impact although extended is not a popular format as of now. In eternal maybe in a mono black suicide deck to compliment negator, I’m not sure it’s a bad card but expensive and a little slow although it can laugh off zoo decks. In casual and multiplayer I already went over the basics in my top ten multiplayer cards in New Phyrexia but to summarize, its powerful but may draw heat to you although its a killer creature that can punish players. In limited  its so heavy black  it may  be  unfeasible outside a mono color deck., it is  a  bomb though  so im unsure I wouldn’t lock myself  into black by picking this first. Overall a powerful reimagining of Phyrexian  Negator and  a shot in the  arm  for black decks.
Constructed:  4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited:  3.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Phyrexian Obliterator which is a four mana
5/5 Black creature with Trample.  By itself that is an effective card for a mono-Black deck, but the effect of the controller of any source of damage to it sacrificing that many permanents makes it a top of the line creature.  Blocking it becomes even less appealing and any equipments used in combination with it to offer additional protection just add to the value.  The biggest drawback is the four Black in the casting cost as without that it could more easily be used in combination with effects that forced a target creature to block it.  Aside from that this is a very impressive threat and will be played by mono-Black as a finisher and possibly as a summoning trick in other decks, but not having other ways to play it should limit that option.
In Limited unless you can draft a mono-Black and artifact deck playing this is going to be nearly impossible which probably rules out using it in Sealed.  For Booster this can be played with an aggressive enough draft if others aren't also playing Black.  The card is powerful and a potential game winner barring removal, but the mana cost is very difficult to work around.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 4.5


     Welcome to another installment of Card of the Day here at Pojo.com. Today we take a look at Phyrexian Obliterator from New Phyrexia. Phyrexian Obliterator costs four black mana, is a 5/5 with Trample, and whenever a source deals damage to Phyrexian Obliterator, that sources controller sacrifices that many permanents.

    The cards flavor text sums it up; ‘Behold blessed perfection.’- Sheoldred, Whispering One. This card is Phyrexian Negator perfected, or as the Phyrexians themselves would say, compleated. And only for one more mana than the Negator, except it all has to be black. This card can instantly put a halt to any attacking your opponent wants to do simply because they wouldn’t want to lose anything in the process. Multiples of the Phyrexian Obliterator could cause your opponent to abandon hope all together. However you need to be cautious as well, so that you don’t cause damage to it yourself.

     So many ways to exploit this card, so little time. One easy way is using a card that has seen an upsurge recently, Splinter Twin, to send a hasty 5/5 trampler after your opponent turn after turn. They’ll either take the damage, or lose permanents. And black and red decks are notorious for how well they run together.

    An instant impact card, no matter what deck, no matter what format. Hard to control, easier to exploit.
Limited: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5

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