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Plaxmanta
Dissension


Reviewed December 27, 2006

Constructed: 2.83
Casual: 3.16
Limited: 2.75

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Jeff Zandi

 5 Time Pro Tour
 Veteran

Plaxmanta

This card was an instant hit in limited play and quickly made the leap to aggro/control decks in constructed as well. The funny thing about Plaxmanta and the other cards from Ravnica block that have similar casting cost restrictions, the ability that you receive from Plaxmanta when you only pay a blue (pretty much have to, the casting cost is 1U) is really hardly ever good enough to include this card in your deck. The simple fact of the matter is this card’s effective casting cost is UG. I love this card, though, because it is a great trick to be able to play a 2/2 creature at instant speed for two mana and it’s an equally great trick to be able to instantly protect your creatures (including Plaxmanta) from being targeting NOT ONLY by the spell or effect that might already be on the stack targeting one of your guys, but from any further spells or effects for the rest of the current turn. The only downside of this card is that it requires you play it in a blue and green deck. This fact narrows the usefulness of this card slightly in both limited and constructed play, since this card is not likely to be effective in decks splashing a little blue or a little green.

CONSTRUCTED: 3.0
CASUAL: 3.0
LIMITED: 3.5
 


DeQuan
Watson

* Game Store Owner

Plaxmanta

This card has all the characteristics of a good card. It's cheap. It's got a good power to cost ratio. It's has a useful ability. Other than the fact that blue doesn't really need something like this, the card is pretty solid. It's unfortunate that it doesn't see more play.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 2
 

BMoor

Plaxmanta

I've had a lot of luck with this thing in my Simic deck. For 1U, it's like Avoid Fate that covers all your creatures and lasts all turn. Or, for GU, it's like an Avoid Fate and an Ashcoat Bear. What can you do with this thing? You can counter a removal spell, you can make a surprise blocker, you can play it at EOT for a surprise offensive, and in a Graft deck you can respond to a grafter's demise by moving one last counter. All for two mana, which is a reasonable price to leave open. Give this guy a spin in your G/U decks and see if it doesn't come through for you.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 3
 

Aethereal

Plaxmanta

A good card in blue/green decks right now. At worst, it's a limited counterspell for 2, and at best, it's a counterspell and a 2/2 for 3. You do have to pay the extra color, but that's so easy right now. The body is cheap for what you get, and it slows aggro burn decks down a lot. It's not a staple, but it's worth considering.

In casual, this is essentially a counterspell with a body attached like yesterday's card.

In limited, this is a good pick if you're drafting the Simic guild, provided you play it as a creature. There are very few situations in which I would play this without paying the green.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 2
Limited - 3.5
 

Cyrus Huang

Plaxmanta, a card that is good on paper but sees very narrow play. Like the rest of the "I'll die if you actually don't have the color to keep alive" creatures in that cycle, they are completely worthless if you aren't playing those colors but pretty damn good if you got it. At best a two for one, "countering" one of your opponents targeted spells and being a creature itself, at worst a flash bear, not that terrible.

Constructed: Sees play in various U/G decks that don't make much of an impact. Play him in Simic Aggro decks or perhaps even the new Scryb and Force decks.
2.5/5

Limited: Not worth it unless you have the colors. If you do though, he's an excellent card for your deck. Never play him just in blue though.
2.5/5
 
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