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Flensermite
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Flensermite
Mirrodin Besieged

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

Constructed: 2.80
Casual: 2.90
Limited: 3.20
Multiplayer: 1.80

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BMoor

Flensermite

This card is actually kind of boring. Infect and lifelink are a neat combination, and the existence of this card might get people to stop asking if creatures with infect can trigger lifelink, but it's still just a 1/1 for two mana. It's Plague Stinger sans the evasion. But then, when Scars of Mirrodin came out, the infect deck was basically an all-out aggro deck with no late game. Mirrodin Beseiged seems intent on making the infect deck a bit slower and less aggressive. If you dislike that, Flensermite is for you, because it's one of the few two-mana infect creatures in Beseiged. If you do like a slower infect build, Flensermite is still for you, because it has lifelink and can therefore help extend your survivability.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Flensermite

Phyrexians are aggressive, adaptive, and predatory - flavorous qualities that come through surprisingly well in Flensermite's deceptively simple design. It works as the aggressive infect deck's early pressure. It can defend better than your average Runeclaw Bear, as some people will be reluctant to get -1/-1 counters on their creatures. It does crazy stupid things with cards like Groundswell and Stonewood Invocation. Whatever infect deck emerges from Mirrodin Besieged will have a hard time finding a better-fitting creature - for this cost, but also just in general - than Flensermite.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Paul

Welcome back readers continuing our infect week today we have Flensermite from Mirrodin Besieged. For two mana you get a 1/1 infect body with lifelink attached. In constructed I don’t think this will make the break in an infect deck there are more powerful creatures at the 2 drop and this card just doesn’t cut the mustard for tournaments. In extended and eternal the same applies this is not a constructed card Ichorclaw Myr, Plague Stinger and Necropede can do all you need in the form of a two drop and that’s not even dipping into the green section of infect, this card won’t see play its highly inefficient and just two small to make an impact. In casual and multiplayer lifelink is a good ability to have, I don’t think this guy can do much in multiplayer trying to kill players through poison counters and attacking seems like a lackluster stratedgy proliferate would be more profitable. In limited its small infect dude who may help you in winning life races if your infect its not a bad pick. Overall a reasonably interesting creature but I don’t feel it has any constructed applications and is poor overall. Although I can see my review coming to bite me when infect decks use this as a small offense drop.
 
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 1.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Flensermite which is a two mana 1/1 with Infect and Lifelink. This is not technically a bad card, but requires some kind of toughness enhancement as an opponent will generally want to and easily be able to destroy it quickly. It can be used as a two drop option in an Infect deck, but there are better options than the defensive Lifelink to apply pressure and generally win the game before the extra life would be an asset.

In Limited this is more useful than in Constructed and is worth playing in any Black build for Sealed and drafting towards the middle of the pack in Booster. It isn't a great card, but a good early drop to help build up life points and applying poison counters which is fair for the cost in the format.

Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 2.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

Today’s Card of the Day for our infect week is Flensermite. I’ll be honest, I find Flensermite quite interesting. Flensermite is a 1/1 for one generic and one black mana. He obviously has infect, but what is interesting about him, he also has lifelink. I know, I was amazed, too.

Any creature that has lifelink that hits the table early is fine with me. If as it gains me life, it deals poison counters, or weakens whatever it hits, also fine by me. And there are so many ways to further exploit these abilities in standard it isn’t even funny. Give him +2/+2 with Grafted Exoskeleton for more life and more infection. What is nicest about this gremlin, while battling against the Mirrans, he is aiding you by gaining you life, while Phyrexians still need to work half as hard. But gaining life means the Mirran based decks need to work even harder. By the way, speaking of Gremlin, I should mention that this is only the second Gremlin ever printed in the Magic: The Gathering card game. Interestingly enough, the first was also a Phyrexian, Phyrexian Gremlins from Antiquities.

In more extended play, I don’t think this guy will see much in the way of serious thought, but he should be a staple for any Phyrexian based standard deck. It could even find a home in many black decks. And perhaps some of them could even be vintage that could improve on this little monstrosity. I know I plan on using this gremlin with Shade’s Form. Granting it the shade ability, pay a black mana creature gets +1/+1. Looking forward to my opponents reaction to that one.

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


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