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Pojo's Magic The Gathering Card of the Day
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Phyrexian Rager
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Phyrexian Rager
Mirrodin Besieged

Reviewed April 12, 2011

Constructed: 2.90
Casual: 3.10
Limited: 3.40
Multiplayer: 3.40

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BMoor

Phyrexian Rager
A 2/2 body that draws you a card and costs you one life. Necropotence taught us all that one life point is a worthy price to pay to draw a card. Three mana for a 2/2 won't give you much board presence, but the comes-into-play ability is basically half of a Sign in Blood. So, half of Sign in Blood's cost subtracted from the Rager's cost leaves us with a Bear-- a 2/2 for two mana. Phyrexian Rager is a bear and half of a Sign in Blood, rolled into one card-- and card economy is what this card's all about. If you need to win the endurance match, to run the opponent out of cards before you do, Phyrexian Rager is a decent choice.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 3
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Phyrexian Rager
 
It makes me happy when I see an old card get a new version and cool new art, but it's often tempered by the fact that the type of constructed play that gets a lot of attention on the internet may not have space for it. Phyrexian Rager is very much in that situation now: the only Standard decks that are inclined to play cantrip creatures are blue or white, and so run with Sea Gate Oracle or Squadron Hawk. There's nothing wrong with the Rager, though, and plenty right. He offers aggressive decks a way to see more cards than they ordinarily would without sacrificing their offensive capabilities, and he deserves respect.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back readers where yesterdays card of the day was an unexciting reprint, today's card of the is far better. Phyrexian Rager draws you a card and causes a loss of one point of life. In standard I don't see this card seeing play outside of a mono black deck or some aggressive deck neither of which is prominent in standard. In extended and eternal it has an even lower chance of seeing play due to the problem of deck space and lack of power level. In casual and multiplayer this card provides card filtering and a medium body I don't think it can find a spot in tightly packed casual decks either. In limited this is a great body with a good come into play effect and overall a solid creature. Overall this card is moderately good and has killer artwork so that counts for a lot.
 
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2.5
limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Phyrexian Rager which is a three mana 2/2 that allows you to draw a card when it comes into play, but also costs you one life.  The drawback is quite small for the advantage and getting an additional card attached to the creature makes it quite playable. 
Expect to see this card in quite a few Black aggressive builds across the current formats.
 
For Limited this is an excellent common that gives a decent creature and card advantage with a very small penalty.  The single Black mana allows it to be played in multi-color decks if necessary and it should be used in Sealed whenever you are running the color.  In Booster this works well enough to be drafted early, after bombs and removal, but definitely before random filler creatures of your primary color.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


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