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Phantom Warrior
M10

Reviewed August 19, 2009

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 2.75
Limited: 4.13
Multiplayer: 2.75

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BMoor

Phantom Warrior

A 2/2 for three that you can't block. Blue doesn't tend to be an aggro color, but this card makes it able to act as one if a player really wants to do so. And I can see how a Bant exalted deck would want it to carry a few Exalted triggers straight to the opponent's noggin. Of course, there was no Exalted when this was first printed, so it's traditionally been involved with simply braining the other guy for 2 until he sees fit to blow that kill card in his hand, at which point Serra Angel comes down and mops up what's left. Or perhaps you'd like to adorn it with a Blachwood Armor, or for you neophytes Armored Ascension. Whatever the application, sometimes you just can't beat the piece of mind that comes with knowing your opponent is taking the damage.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 3
Multiplayer- 3
Limited- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Phantom Warrior

One of the oddities of the color pie is that enemy colors often get similar abilities. Phantom Warrior, for example, could almost be a red creature. In addition to unblockability, he has an aesthetic similarity to fellow M10 uncommon Prodigal Pyromancer: you tap him, and your opponent loses two life (after a couple of turn steps, anyway). There are usually a couple of creatures ahead of Phantom Warrior in the line for constructed play, but this card is still perfectly serviceable, and quite good at what it does - watch out for the accompanying Might of Oaks in draft!

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Miguel

Wednesday 8-19-09

Phantom Warrior

 

Constructed: The little Jhessian Infiltrator has stolen his spotlight in Standard, I think the casting costs has alot to do with it plus she is new.

 

Casual & Multiplayer: He has been around the block a few times. Still does not see him much with the casual crowds.

 

Limited: Him being a uncommon keeps his power level down for M10 sealed and draft. When he hits the battlefield he puts your opponent on a clock to have to deal with him, or it is 2 damage a turn or more if pump spells are available. Draft or open up a Armored Ascension a watch your opponent go bye bye.

 

Overall a oldie that still very good.

 

Constructed: 3

Casual: 3

Multiplayer: 2

Limited: 4

 

Later

Miguel

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is Phantom Warrior a decent unblockable creature for three mana with a 2/2 body.

In Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer this is a good offensive weapon for a color not known for an offensive strategy. Without any natural protection it is an easy target and generally a high priority for removal. Also note that as a Warrior this does work with Obsidian Battle Axe and a hasted unblockable 4/3 isn't a bad move.

In Limited this is a great card to team up with some Flying creatures in a Blue or Blue/White deck. This is far more likely to come up in Booster Draft and it works very well as Flying is a major advantage in the format. I consider it a high draft choice if Blue is already the main color, but with the double cost it is difficult to splash.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

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