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Phyrexian Unlife
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Phyrexian Unlife
- New Phyrexia

Reviewed May 6, 2016

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 2
Multiplayer: 4
Commander [EDH]: 4

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Phyrexian Unlife
This is already among the absolute scariest card art in all of Magic, so I won't spend too much time talking about that; it doesn't need me to sell it. (Think about this: why exactly is the character raising their hands to their face?) I must confess that I've never actually played with it, partly because it's so horrifying to look at, but I give it a lot of credit for having such a unique effect. Apart from making you basically invincible in combination with Melira (hard as it may be flavorwise to justify both of them in the same deck), it interacts very well with anything that lets you pay life for something. Dark Tutelage doesn't have anything I consider to be a real drawback to begin with, and alongside this, it almost has an outright bonus. And yes, those opposing creatures this card mentions are now effectively much, much more efficient than usual relative to your own game stats, but when your Dark Tutelage and Dismember don't truly hurt you, that doesn't seem like as serious a problem.
Until next week, rummage through the big box of cards that is life, and cast Death's Shadow as often as you can.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

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