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Flamewake Phoenix
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Flamewake Phoenix
- Fate Reforged

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 3.5

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Flamewake Phoenix

This is a very similar design to Chandra's Phoenix, but that's okay - Chandra's Phoenix is such a good card, I don't mind having a second one at all. It's superficially more fragile than its predecessor, but there are ways to get around that with creature lands and planeswalkers (remember Nissa, Worldwaker?). Also, if you try and stock your deck with enough four-power creatures to reliably resurrect the Phoenix, people may not see him as being as much of a threat and take way more damage from him than they should.

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

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Flamewake Phoenix which is a three mana 2/2 Red with Flying, Haste, attacks each turn if able, and if you have a creature with power four or greater at the beginning of combat on your turn you can pay one Red mana to return it from graveyard to play. This is another very solid phoenix for Red and works very well with Purphoros in particular or with most effects that can raise power, even temporarily. The forced attacking is a minor drawback as Haste and evasion combined with the possibility of returning to play all promote aggression. Overall this is likely to be a popular card for Red that can strengthen the middle to late game and encourages slightly higher power levels in deck design.

In Limited this is an easy first pick in Booster even with the double Red as the format is often driven by large creatures. The effects all work very well together and it is enough of a consistent threat in Limited that forcing Red as the primary color is reasonable if the pool is otherwise equally balanced.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

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