The next episode of the third power will be up in the coming days, with a common episode going up soon after. However, the coming episode isn’t going to talk much about New Phyrexia as it was recorded before the set got spoiled.
So I figure that I’d give a “initial impressions” post since it’s been a while. I’ve been frantically trying to test the set but the usual problems of having little time + having a hard time getting a cube draft going (even when I tell them about nph cards being proxied) manifest as usual.
Many of the new cards are pretty easy to evaluate – batterskull initially made me think “seems pretty good” before fully kicking in and going “hey, this is really good.” Calling it baneslayer is a bit off as the lack of evasion has been somewhat relevant and on the wcsm side, the argument that “just dies to artifact hate” isn’t really good either.
I mainly like the living weapons in midrange rock-style decks since the decks tend to have random dudes like elves and 187 guys (shriekmaw, orangutan) hanging around and they wear batterskull like a champ. Best card in the set for cube? Maybe. Sword is close.
Sword is a card that I think people (in general) are underestimating. Its triggers are relevant vs both aggro and midrange/control in different ways. Once you connect with it, you’ll think “wow.”
The dragon I feel is being underrated too, it has been very solid in testing. 4 mana is kinda crammed for red but I like it. When I was proxying it up, I thought “I’m not that crazy for liking it, am I?” Just then, I saw kenny mayer praising it. 🙂 an important thing is that an opponent HAS to keep its “hatred” in mind. Tap out for a non-flier? Sure. Make it huge, gg?
Beast within… that’s a harder one. I’ve been testing it like mad and I’ve been underwhelmed. A lot of the theoretical stuff people seem to assume that you’ll have a 4/4 or something to invalidate it and that doesn’t happen a lot. In testing, it killed an elspeth tirel after making 3 tokens. Still had to deal with 6 power. Was th green mage able to ignore the 3/3? Not really.
It seems like, in theory, it’ll be insane. I may be nuts, but testing has shown that to be not the case. Granted, I tested it in a gb rock deck vs boros but I also did vs bu control and I wasn’t blown away either. I just wish more people were testing it!