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Porcelain Legionnaire
New Phyrexia

Reviewed May 10, 2011

Constructed: 3.70
Casual: 3.70
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 2.90

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BMoor

Porcelain Legionnaire

This is going to be a formidable force in any aggro deck of the coming two years, and I do mean ANY aggro deck thanks to the Phyrexian mana. If you're the aggressor, paying two mana and two life for a 3/1 first striker on turn two is a huge play. I can easily see a White Weenie deck running this, or a monoblack aggro running it, or a Red/White Bushwhacker deck, or even a monored deck based around Bushwhacker, Goblin Guide, and Kuldotha Rebirth. I've seen versions of that deck that run Memnite, and the Legionnaire gives that deck extra muscle. Kitsune Blademaster and Ballynock Cohort have long since proven that first strike really gets dangerous once you hit the three-power line, and on turn two it's all the more potent. Keep an eye out for the three-beats to be comin' at you early.

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

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Porcelain Legionnaire
 
Don't think of Porcelain Legionnaire as yet another two-mana white Soldier that fades into the crowd. Think of it as one of the best blue creatures that have ever been printed for two mana. Think of it as the strongest Foul Imp or Serpent Warrior variant that has ever been seen. Think of it as the successor to Elvish Archers, now that the designers are a little more rigid on which color gets first strike. Think of it as a threat, an answer, an opener, and a closer. Think of it the next time you're designing an aggressive deck. Any aggressive deck.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Paul

Magic the Gathering Card of The Day: Porcelain Legionnaire
 
Welcome back readers today’s card of the day will fit perfectly in white weenie decks and especially in Tempered Steel decks. An effective two drop 3/1 first strike creature can dominate the board for a fair amount of time and is a reasonable threat for three  mana when you can’t afford to pay the  life. In standard this will most likely see play in Tempered Steel decks and perhaps elsewhere as well. In extended and eternal I am unsure of the impact this will have on the formats, it’s a cheap threat with a good combat ability I am sure it will find a niche. In casual and multiplayer the two life is a small price to get this powerful creature out early it can even play defense in multiplayer sending a large chunk of creatures elsewhere. In limited it’s a relevant creature with good combat abilities that can fit in any deck make it a great card. Overall a card with some constructed potential and overall a solid card.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Porcelain Legionnaire which is a three mana or two mana and two life 3/1 with First Strike.  The full converted mana cost is reasonable for the cost, but nothing overly impressive as it is very vulnerable to any effect that can deal it even one damage.  An equipment will work very well on it of course though the concept of removal and equipment working against or for a creature is somewhat universal.  The more noteworthy aspect of this card is being able to play it on the second turn and have a 3/1 with First Strike which can be a major threat.  Overall this is a solid creature available to any color and may see some play in decks, however the low toughness is a noteworthy drawback and it does work a bit better in White decks later in the game.
 
For Limited this is a bigger threat as the three power attached to First Strike is a difficult force offensively and defensively to contend with.  Any removal can deal with it, but options exist to bring it back as well such as Salvage Scout.  The common rarity even allows multiples to be available and any deck can use it which makes it a good draft choice in Booster and Sealed.  Worth picking in any pack and should be played as it can be both an early threat or useful late game.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

    Welcome to another great card of the day review here at Pojo.com. Today we take a look at Porcelain Legionnaire from New Phyrexia. Porcelain Legionnaire costs two generic and one white Phyrexian mana, of course meaning that you can either pay white mana, or two life. The Porcelain Legionnaire is a 3/1 with first strike.

    This card is having an impact already and it is easy to understand why. Remember when Elite Vanguard first came out? A 2/1 with no abilities on turn one was amazing, just like Savanah Lions used to be. Those days are gone now, replaced by a 3/1 first strike on turn two. I would gladly pay two life to get out this kind of threat that early. And since it is still a soldier, it benefits from all the other things that pumped Elite Vanguard, only better.
 
     While soldier decks are everywhere, they never seem to break into professional play, but perhaps Porcelain Legionnaire will make strides to change that.
 
Limited: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5


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