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Phyrexian Soulgorger
Cold Snap


Reviewed October 09, 2006

Constructed: 1.6
Casual: 3
Limited: 1

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BMoor

Phyrexian Soulgorger

The idea of a 8/8 for three mana is every Timmy's dream. But if you play it on Turn 3, there's no way it'll survive long enough to swing more than once. There's talk of using it as the finisher for Selesnya Saproling decks, but if you can produce the kind of creature mass this guy needs to be good, why not just swing with those creatures and an Overwhelm or something? Seriously, it doesn't even have Trample. It'll get chumped, and then you'll have sacrificed your hard-earned creature army to feed to this gluttonous, useless Construct.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 2
Limited- 1
 

Robert Overton

Phyrexian Soulgorger -

An 8/8 for 3 has to be good somehow, right? I'm not sold on this one, yet. I had one friend take it in a casual draft (and play it) and he had a very nice wall on turn three that never had the cumulative upkeep paid. He thought about attacking with it once, but realized that his opponent could just chump block it all day. The biggest problems are the lack of evasion, and the fact that "upkeep" has the word "cumulative" in front of it, so something that produces one token each turn isn't good enough (as in the infamous Lord of the Pit plus Breeding Pit). If you like casual, and care more about getting a good laugh than winning, then I'd run this in a casual game. Otherwise, there are better options in every format. Hopefully someone will prove me wrong.

Constructed - 2
Limited - 1
Casual - 3
 

Aethereal

Phyrexian Soulgorger

You get a huge body for the price, but the cumulative upkeep is incredibly steep. This doesn't even have haste, so you have to already give up a creature before you can even attack with it. This works well with a token generator of some kind, but any token generator that could work well with this costs more than 3, which basically kills the point of this card. It is a snow permanent, but I wouldn't bother with this.

In casual, people like big stuff, especially cheap big stuff. It would be nice if this had trample, but this guy is just begging to be abused with Power Conduit.

In limited...uh...no.

Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 1
 

Patrick Hendry

Phyrexian Soulgorger.

Wow. This card is terrible. Its cost is low, but it eats all your creatures. Never EVER play this in any format in which you want to be taken seriously. In constructed, this guy gets killed by Putrefy after he eats your creatures, and you get a 0 for 4 or so trade. In limited, just keep passing it. I guess you could play this in casual... or not.

Constructed-1/5
Limited-1/5
Casual-2/5
 

Nick Tan

Phyrexian Soulgorger

3 mana for an 8/8 creature? But as usual, yes, it's far too good to be true. For one, the cumulative upkeep is hell to pay- assuming you play it on turn 3, by turn 6 you'll have to sacrifice 3 creatures, and it just isn't worth it, in terms of card advantage. Especially when it doesn't even have trample, which could have made it more worthwhile. Anybody with a weenie deck can just chump block the Soulgorger and watch while all your precious creatures start flying hard and fast into the grave. Maybe a Saproling/Token deck built around the Soulgorger can whet its appetite, but even then, removal will probably get rid of it eventually. Either way, you're taking a lot of risks to play a self-destruct machine that probably won't win you the game. Take my word for it; there are far better fatties to play.

In limited, if you have a few first/second-turn drops, you probably can afford to play the Soulgorger and swing for a few hits (especially to get rid of pesky creatures on your opponent's side of the table), but don't be afraid to lose this fattie once the deed is done; you don't want to keep sacrificing your creatures forever, it's just going to render you highly vulnerable to your opponent once you lose the Soulgorger.

Constructed: 1.7
Casual: 3.8
Limited: 3
 

Matt Cortez

Phyrexian Soulgorger
Now when I see an 8/8 for the 3 and colorless for that matter I think cool but what's the catch. The catch is you must sac a creature at your upkeep and the longer it goes the cost rise's. It doesn't even have trample! An 8/8

without trample!? Not cool Wizards of the Coast.

Now in Constructed I personally do not see a combo that you can use fast and

effectively with this card.

In Limited just stay away from this card. Any one of the Martyr's from Coldsnap can nullify this bug guy. He'll hurt you more then help.

Now in Casual, since I'm a big time casual player, I wouldn't mind playing a

token deck with this. Especially with all the token maker's in the Ravnica block and in the new Timespiral set.

Constructed - 1.5
Limited - 1.0 STAY AWAY
Casual - 2.5
 
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