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New Phyrexia Wins

Happy Tuesday MTG peeps,
We have news from the trenches on Mirrodin and the ongoing battle between the Phyrexian and Mirran factions. From this announcement over at Wizards, it appears the victor is Phryexia and the third set code named 'Action' in the Scars of Mirrodin Block is New Phyrexia.

We have the video from Wizards as well as a very cool New Phyrexia card spoiled. Let's go . . .

The Machine Orthodoxy today announced total victory for the forces of Phyrexia and the utter obliteration of all that was Mirran.

The Great Work is Complete. The stain of imperfection which is Mirrodin has been scourged and in its place we have shaped the face of New Phyrexia.

The raw flesh we have at our disposal will allow us to continue The Great Synthesis unabated. Our destiny lies outside the crude battles between slavering beasts of which we have endured these many years. Through our experimentation will arise the strength of New Life.

The struggle for survival is never complete. Wherever there is weakness, there is still the necessity of conflict. As the predator cannot abide prey, so do the strong feed upon the strong. Our purpose has only begun.


And now for the bombtastic card, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite which promises to rock your game. Personally, we want to be the first kids on our block to drop what we're calling Lady Gaga for now in play for epic win.

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, 5
Legendary Creature - Praetor Mythic Rare
Other creatures you control get +2/+2
Creatures your opponents control get -2/-2

First things first - this is a legendary creature. Legendary is a supertype that can be found on artifacts, creatures, enchantments and lands. As such, just like Planeswalkers, if two or more legendary permanents with the same name are in play, all are put into their owners’ graveyards.

The casting cost is somewhat prohibitive at 7 but given the effects, we think that casual magic players will still love it and play it and may even creep into sideboards against token generating decks. We hope to see the remainder of the Praetor cycle in this set - perhaps even a larger theme of legends in a similar tone of that in the Kamigawa Block.

Also - jumping back a step - a look as some of the arts we've not really seen before in the New Phyrexia video - -

Finally, the vital information for the New Phyrexia set . . .

Φ The Grand Compleation is Achieved Φ

Set Name : New Phyrexia
Block : Set 3 of 3 in the Scars of Mirrodin block
Three-Letter Abbreviation : NPH
Number of Cards 175
Release Date : May 13, 2011
Prerelease Events : May 7-8, 2011
Launch Parties : May 13-16, 2011
Magic Online Release Date : May 30, 2011
Game Day : June 11-12, 2011
Design Team : Ken Nagle (lead), Dave Guskin, Joe Huber, Matt Place, Mark Rosewater
Development Team : Aaron Forsythe (lead), Dave Guskin, Zac Hill, Tom LaPille, Erik Lauer

Finally, as you know from some previous posts, MTG Mint Card is donating an incredible 30% of its sales to Doctors Without Borders who provide much needed front line medical aid to areas adversely affected by disasters around the world. This campaign which has run almost all month long will come to an end on March the 31st.


VergilDante100 said...

I cannot wait to see what else New Phyrexia has to offer for this particular set, i hear rumour of the 5 praetors entering this set as mythics, one for each color slot too, so i expect this to be a good set overall.

Also Elesh Norn is very cool 7 mana for that, that's why she's so high costing really cause of the fact her abilites are very overpowered and literally kill all in her path.

Anonymous said...

I'm a little sad to see the Mirrans lose...I'm always rooting for the good guys...but at the same time, I'd have been really surprised if they did. So...this was expected, but it still makes me feel a bit down. Hopefully there'll still be some Mirrans around, though, fighting to regain their lost world!