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Rhys the Exiled
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Rhys the Exiled
- Dragons of Tarkir

Reviewed June 2, 2015

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 3.25
Multiplayer: 3.00
Commander [EDH]: 3.00

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David Fanany

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Rhys the Exiled
There's something cool about how the daytime (Lorwyn) version of Rhys is also the non-good (or at least somewhat antagonistic) version. He obviously does spectacular things in just about any elf-themed deck, though there will be some opponents who don't care how much life you gain and the combat requirement makes him more vulnerable than something like Wellwisher. My favorite use of this card, though, is as the commander of a Lorwyn elf-themed EDH deck, and it's there that he shows off what that distant, sunlit world's elves are about (better than Nath, in my personal opinion).
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5


Welcome back readers today's card of the day is Rhys the Exiled a legendary elf warrior from Lorwyn. Elves have always thrived in numbers and even exiled from his kind Rhys can gain you a huge amount of life although conditionally.  The ability to preserve himself by sacrificing other eleves is counter productive to the first which creates an interesting tension within the card. In all competitive formats Rhys requires attacking and a large board presence which means its no the most competitively viable. In casual and multplayer is where this card really shines, the entire assortment of elves is available for combination and generally board states can become a bit more crowded in multiplayer allowing the life gain to become bigger, the problem is pure life gain by itself unless ridiculous large is generally useless, this card can accumulate rather quickly although regenerating to keep him around dwindles the effectiveness and he relies on having a large board. In limited he can be a hard to deal with threat if you have some sacrificial fodder for him. Overall Rhys requires a lot of set up and can deliver but the reward is not quite worth the effort.


Conscturcted: 1.0

Casual: 2.5

Limited: 2.0

Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Rhys the Exiled which is a three mana Green
3/2 Legendary that when it attacks has you gain one life for every elf you control and for one Black mana and sacrifice of an elf you can Regenerate Rhys.  As an elf warrior this has quite a bit of support and in an elf theme this can add impressive life gain with no drawback, much like Lifelink.  The regeneration ability is a nice bonus in a Green/Black build that can help protect Rhys if boosted with +1/+1 counters or other cards.  Overall a decent midrange creature in elf tribal with a situational protection and sizable life gain potential.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5


Rhys the Exiled
Exiled is, quite frankly, not as good as his honorable counterpart. The life gain effect will probably net you a good 4-5 life a swing, and regeneration's always a welcome, but there's just better picks. As an EDH commander, a sac engine revolving around Exiled is an idea, but not exactly a good one. 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 2.5
EDH: 2.5

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