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Syphon Flesh
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Syphon Flesh
Commander

Reviewed June 30, 2011

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 2.87
Multiplayer: 4.25

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BMoor

Syphon Flesh

I have no idea what's happening in that art, nor do I want to. Syphon Flesh is a little overcosted for a one-on-one game, being basically a Cruel Edict and a Grizzly Bear in one card. In a duel, Gatekeeper of Malakir serves that purpose much better. But in multiplayer, this becomes an effective way to keep all your other player's armies from amassing too many recruits as well as filling your own out nicely. In a 4-player game, if everybody at the table has a creature, this becomes a fairly efficient token generator even before you consider that everybody else just lost a creature. And in bigger games, this could be a backbreaking move.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2.25
Limited- 2.5
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Syphon Flesh

I'm going to take another controversial position and state that I find this to be the best encapsulation of zombie flavor in Magic so far. Remember what we learned from Resident Evil: zombies travel in swarms, and anyone they kill might rise again on their team. Btter give Jill Valentine a call! Five mana is probably a fair cost for this type of effect (cf. Mind Control), especially when you consider that the card advantage increases exponentially the more players are involved in the game. I'm not sure if constructed formats need this right now, but it's definitely worth keeping an eye on.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: N/A
Multiplayer: 4/5
Trench Gorger
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Syphon Flesh which is a five mana Black sorcery that has each other player sacrifice a creature to give you a
2/2 zombie for each creature sacrificed.  Legal only in Commander, Vintage, and Legacy this card is a bit too high in cost for a one on one game, but in a larger multiplayer game can potentially make an impact. 
If each opponent has only larger or useful effect creatures to choose from and you wind up with a swarm of tokens, especially with a zombie theme to support them, it works quite well.  Overall this isn't really a game winning play as 2/2 isn't large by that stage and the opponents can choose, so this should be seen as multiplayer removal, such as a mono-Black sacrifice build, with no real drawback.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

    Welcome to today’s card of the day here at Pojo.com. This time around we take a look at Syphon Flesh from Commander! Syphon Flesh is a black sorcery that costs four generic and one black mana. Syphon Flesh says each opponent sacrifices a creature, then you get a 2/2 Black Zombie creature token for each creature sacrificed this way.

     Such a fun and amazing card for just five mana. The ability to force every opponent to lose a creature while you gain one 2/2 for each creature they sacrificed is just such a handy ability. Combining this card with other spells that will help it have a better effect is a no brainer. If running this, it would be a great idea to run more Zombie related cards, such as Cemetery Reaper, or Undead Warchief. It would also be advisable to run this guy with Pandemonium. Then each creature you drop will also be slinging some damage wherever you need it to go. Of course Pandemonium can backfire. But using Syphon Flesh could easily get you out a Demon of Death’s Gate quite easily. But then, five mana is kind of slow you may say, however, you have the advantage if done this way, since they would be losing creatures allowing you to drop a bruiser.

    No matter the way you use it, or the combos you may think work great, there is no denying that such massive card advantage is present in Syphon Flesh.
 
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5
Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5


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