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Pheres-Band Raiders
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Pheres-Band Raiders
- Born of the Gods

Reviewed March 4, 2014

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: 2.70
Limited: 3.20
Multiplayer: 2.50

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Pheres-Band Raiders

A 5/5 for six mana isn't exactly something to be feared, and it doesn't start churning out tokens until turn eight. Honestly, by this point in the game, you should have already won. If this had been a fairly small creature, perhaps with intimidate, then you'd get to make full use out of the tokens. But if you can regularly swing with a 5/5 and not lose it, you're either already winning or your opponent is hiding behind several Guardians of Meletis. The tokens would likely help in the second scenario, but the first is a lot more likely.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 2
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 2.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Pheres-Band Raiders

It's really too bad that this business with Inspired didn't use Shadowmoor's untap symbol. Not only because it adds a dimension to attacking and tap abilities that you usually don't find, but because I think more people need to remember Shadowmoor, partly because it was the part of the second mythology-inspired block. (The first, of course, was Champions of Kamigawa. Remember that?) Still, even as written, Inspired provides a lot of incentive and reward for aggressive play. First of all, creatures with the keyword are generally on or above the baseline power and toughness for their cost (as with both today's and yesterday's cards) with no corresponding cost increase. Second of all, a lot of the abilities just take over a game if unchecked. A single 3/3 can do a lot of work holding off enemies and/or piling in, and when you get one every single turn for doing the exact thing you want to do with a 5/5 anyway, it shouldn't be too hard to take advantage. That's before you even get into the sort of nonsense that you can pull off with cards like Glare of Subdual and Seedborn Muse (do people still play with those?).

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Pheres- Band Raiders

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is a powerful centaur warrior. This creature has a powerful inspired ability and allows you to populate the board with centaurs at a reasonable mana cost. In standard this card is super expensive and not going to see play as it needs to survive attack and have a mana payment to gain value. In all other competitive formats it’s too expensive and slow. In casual and multiplayer token decks can make use of this slow consistent token producer, it’s a also a warrior with a 5/5 body which can be relevant. In limited it’s a solid creature with a power inspired trigger that can help you take over the game. Overall this creature is more suited to casual and limited environments than tournaments.

Constructed: 1.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 1.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Pheres-Band Raiders which is a six mana 5/5 with Inspired that allows you to pay three mana whenever it is untapped to put a 3/3 Green centaur enchantment token into play. The effect is decent, but a six mana 5/5 with no combat effects is weak for a deck using Green and it needs to attack or be supported with another effect to produce tokens. The three mana for a 3/3 is quite reasonable, though it is tied into attacking and a base six mana creature which requires some acceleration to get into play early enough to make any impact. A deck built around this card just won't compare well to faster and more flexible options, so overall it is unlikely to see much play in any Constructed format.

In Limited the six mana with a single Green for a 5/5 is a very solid card and the Inspired for token production puts this into first pick territory for Booster if the rare is weak. There's no drawback aside from it potentially being at worst a vanilla 5/5 for six, so it easily fits into any Sealed deck using Green unless the mana curve is being kept extremely low. Support, while nice, isn't absolutely necessary as a 5/5 should be able to attack more often than not and excess mana is common later in the game.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.5

Skid Rambo

Pheres-Band Raiders is another great Limited card from Born of the Gods. This creature card won me a few games at the Pre-Release all by its lonesome! Pheres-Band Raiders has a decent body as a 5/5 for six mana and it can easily be splashed with other colors. It is obviously not a very fast creature, but Pheres-Band Raiders can give you creature advantages in the late game stages. Any creature that can produce 3/3 creatures has a chance to be played in Casual and Multiplayer. Pheres-Band Raiders will probably never sniff a Constructed format, but that is common with about 75% of the cards that are printed.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 3

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