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Priest of Urabrask
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Priest of Urabrask
New Phyrexia

Reviewed January 12, 2012

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.20
Limited: 3.20
Multiplayer: 2.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Priest of Urabrask
 
Priest of Urabrask is a Planar Chaos-style color-shifted equivalent of Priest of Gix from Urza's Saga, and like many of those reimaginations from what feels like such a long time ago, he's just as good as the original. He updates the "free spell" mechanics that was a popular design practice in 1999 and 2000, and while he won't be destroying competitive formats, the ability to give you more chances to cast spells on a given turn is a fantastic offer. Whether in obvious interactions like with Myr Superion, and less obvious ones like Izzet Boilerworks, Priest of Urabrask has a lot to offer many different kinds of red decks.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Priest of Urabrask which is a three mana Red
2/1 that adds three red mana to your pool when it enters the battlefield.  As this effectively pays for itself, if something else is available to spend the mana on, it is a very efficient card in an aggressive build that also combines with cards like Myr Superion.  The only drawback is it feeds into Red's tendency to burn through cards rapidly, but as this does put a 2/1 into play that isn't a major penalty.
 
For Limited the triple Red returned can be beneficial as a color fixer for cards demanding multiple Red mana, though this does make for a fairly weak topdeck in the later stages which balances it out.  This Priest is a decent early pick if bigger creatures or removal aren't available and should always be drafted or played in Sealed once Red is known to be your dominant color.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

       Welcome to the card of the day section here at Pojo.com! Today we are looking at Priest of Urabrask from New Phyrexia. Priest of Urabrask is a 2/1 creature human cleric that costs two generic and a red. When Priest of Urabrask comes into play, add three red mana to your mana pool.

      Priest of Urabrask really is just a straight forward card. He is free to play once you get the mana for him, but it could be better expressed as a buy one get one free. Since he adds as much mana to your mana pool as he cost, that’s why it is expressed as a freebie, but since most will use that gained mana to play more spells, it really becomes just getting some for free.

     The best part is he adds straight red mana, meaning on turn four if you are short some red mana, but have say two, you could always cast the Priest of Urabrask, get three red mana, and then cast Geosurge (also from New Phyrexia) for seven red mana. A nice trade off in my opinion.

      Outside of the spell advantage and mana alteration, that is the extent of his usefulness. But let’s not forget gaining him for effects of say a Mimc Vat, and how well that could be exploited.

Limited: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5
Multiplayer: 1/5


Paul

Welcome back readers todays card is Priest of Gix er I mean Urabrask a throwback to the powerful black creature now in red form. Priest of Urabrask provides a free 2/1 creature providing you have at least three mana available. Refunding of mana has led to all sorts of broken things in Magic mostly of the infinite mana or storm related variety. In standard this could combine with Heartless Summoning to make a red dark ritual not that impressive otherwise as of now its just a reasonable body for free that can help you play cards like Myr Superion making it not a very competitive choice. In extended and modern formats the power level of cards is even higher making this card outside of some obscure combo pretty much unplayable. In In eternal formats once again this card doesn’t do enough and doesn’t fit into deck types. In casual and multiplayer this card can be good at swarming the board early but it is severly outclassed the longer the game goes on making it not that powerful. In limited its solid, splashable and pays for itself a decent creature nothing exciting. Overall a cards to fuel the playing of other cards but nothing exciting, a solid tribute to Priest of Gix and a flavorful card.
 
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 2.0


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