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Lashwrithe
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Lashwrithe
New Phyrexia

Reviewed May 20, 2011

Constructed: 4.05
Casual: 4.20
Limited: 3.60
Multiplayer: 3.65

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Lashwrithe

The similarities between this and Nightmare Lash are palpable. Increased size based on Swamps? An Equip cost you can pay in life points? But will Lashwrithe go further than its ancestor? The biggest problem with the original Lash was that monoblack was a weak deck in Mirrodin 1.0. Phyrexian Obliterator seems to have put that fear to bed, and indeed the Obliterator is made far more fearsome by this card, and the heyday of decks built almost entirely on nonbasics is well in the past. Nightmare Lash also suffered from requiring a payment of at least 3 life before having any board impact, making it a dead draw if you were at 3 or lower. Since Lashwrithe is a Living Weapon, it does an equally good impression of Nightmare or Korlash, Heir to Blackblade as it does to Nightmare Lash. And at four mana, this makes a decent alternate four-drop to the Obliterator-- a 4/4 that can grow with each successive land drop. Killing it as a creature, with Go for the Throat, merely kills the Germ and leaves the Lash to be picked up by any surviving creature, giving it a measure of durability that neither Nightmare nor its eponymous Lash had.

Constructed- 4.25
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 3.75
Multiplayer- 4.25

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Lashwrithe

Previously, Bonehoard was probably the strongest of the living weapon cards for constructed, but New Phyrexia looks set to shake things up with a couple of new candidates. Sure, Lashwrithe expects a commitment to black; but so did Korlash, Heir to Blackblade, and I don't recall too many complaints about him. Sure, it's not as obviously crazy as Phyrexian Obliterator, and it costs the same as that card; but nobody says you can't play both. As long as you don't get caught in the crossfire of hate for Caw-Blade's mythic swords, you'll steal a lot of games with this card.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is one of my favorite cards from the new set. Combining living weapon with a Nightmare minus the flying, makes me all fluttered, I firmly feel this card could spark the return of mono black a powerful beater that can turn any of your other creatures into a powerful threat is okay in my book. In standard this and Phyrexian Obliterator make for a powerful starting lineup for a mono black deck whether  it see’s play is  up in the air right  now but I predict Lashwrithe to make an appearance in a top 8 sometime soon. In extended and eternal this may see a fair amount of play mono black may not be the biggest thing in these formats but anything is possible although I don’t see it making much of an impact here. In casual and multiplayer this is a great card a beefy germ to start fights and then you can equip it on your own Nightmare explode peoples mind. In limited its decent even if you are running black  as a secondary color.  Overall I think this will herald the return of mono black in some regard and  is just  so powerful.
 
Constructed:  4.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Lashwrithe which is a four mana artifact with Living Weapon, an equip cost of two Black or four life, and gives the equipped creature +1/+1 for each Swamp you control.  This is a nice creature for a mono-Black deck, especially later in the game, and thanks to the effect works as a topdeck.  In many ways this is an upgrade over Nightmare Lash and should see some play as a big creature that can effectively survive removal efforts.  The germ token can support any sacrifice theme and using the fourth turn to equip this to a creature for four life and giving it +4/+4 can be a strong play, especially if it has Lifelink.  Overall an interesting addition to Black's toolbox that can be a surprise to your opponent and one of the better thematic support options available.
 
In Limited this is weakened whenever playing multiple colors, but if you can manage a mono-Black and artifact deck it is a very powerful card. 
In Sealed it depends on the ratio of Swamps to other lands in your deck though it should be playable at around half or more.  For Booster this can be drafted as a first pick and is not a great card to pass when an opponent can easily turn it into a 7/7 or larger creature later in the game should they draft mono-Black.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

   Welcome to another card of the day review here at Pojo.com. Today we are taking a look at Lashwrithe from New Phyrexia. Lashwrithe is a artifact equipment that costs four generic mana. Lashwrithe has living weapon, meaning when it hits the battlefield it generates a 0/0 germ token and automatically equips itself to it. Laashwrithe gives the equipped creature +1/+1 for each swamp you control and equips for two black phyrexian mana. That means that you can equip it for either two black mana, 4 life, or one black mana and two life.

     Lashwrithe is one of the better equipments that I have seen in awhile, if you are running a mono-black deck that is. The ability to turn any creature into Nightmare or Korlash is just so much fun. And with the right combinations, lethal. Please imagine for a second equipping this to say Blightsteel Colossus. He would be huge, have trample, indestructible, and have infect. That is a nasty combination. And with some of the things that can produce mana in black, mostly effective in vintage, that is a threat that could hit the table quickly.

      But what about just in general. The token itself could be huge, and you could easily give the token flying and infect in standard right now. Cards such as Phyresis and Bladed Pinions make it very easy to produce a quick threat that can easily alter strategies, and end the game for the ill-prepared.

      Such a versatile card that it is worth the mana, and gives black yet another great card.
 
Limited: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


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