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Rhox Faithmender
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Rhox Faithmender
- M2013

Reviewed September 21, 2012

Constructed: 3.20
Casual: 3.60
Limited: 3.40
Multiplayer: 3.00

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BMoor

Rhox Faithmender

This is pretty much a "turtling" card through and through-- it encourages you to block, and gain life, and pretty much never make any actual progress toward winning. It could be disgusting alongside True Conviction!

The problem here is that this card really needs to have a deck built around it, to take advantage of its ability. And I can tell that the deck you would inevitably build around it is a terrible deck that has no win condition, unless making your opponent give up out of boredom counts as a win condition. Some people like that strategy I suppose. I think everybody goes through that phase where they think they're winning if their life total is going up faster than their opponent can knock it down. If you want to build the Rhox Faithmender deck, then I won't stop you. I also won't play against you. Otherwise, you're playing a card that's only really good at blocking.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 1.5
Limited- 1.5
Multiplayer- 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Rhox Faithmender
 
We hear a lot about the blatant countermeasures in recent (and upcoming) sets targeted against cards like Unburial Rites and Snapcaster Mage, but I don't hear much about the things keeping red burn decks out of the format. Yes, this is far from the most powerful anti-direct-damage card of all time, probably not at the level of Kor Firewalker (much less Sphere of Law), but how does your average speed red deck beat a deck built around this card in a setting that doesn't have something like Flame Slash? Yeah, it's a good choice if you like white decks and law-aligned creature types and such, but apparently R&D went "Eh, the red players can just be Rakdos if it's too much trouble." We'll see how that works out, I guess.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Rhox Faithmender an interesting life gain card with a nice defensive body. In standard this could see some minimal play it provides a decent body against aggressive decks and can help gain life basically shutting down aggressive decks and slowing them down tremendously. In modern there exists a few life gain decks that could possibly use this creature as a deterrent for aggressive decks and a sort of combo with life gain it could see fringe play. In legacy and vintage this card is pretty mediocre and shouldn’t see play. In casual and multiplayer is where this card shines combined with cards such as Test of Endurance, Felidar Sovereign and other powerful life gain and you have a deck. This creature also makes a decent early wall which is effective in multiplayer and this card combined with Congregate seems solid. In limited it’s a decent body against aggressive decks (getting tired of hearing that?) so if your deck is going a more slow and controlling route I would recommend picking up this creature. Overall this creature is tailor made for casual and multiplayer life gain decks and is also a solid defensive creature.
 
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Rhox Faithmender which is a four mana White
1/5 with Lifelink and whenever you would gain life that gain is doubled.  Lifegain has been gaining momentum with several high end threats added to their arsenal and this is a card that is reasonably costed and will improve the speed plus stability of those builds.  As a blocker it can stall while gaining a little life, can be difficult to destroy on the attack or with burn, and makes any level of life gain twice as effective.  Overall this will probably be a staple in the increasingly popular lifegain themes and will be a solid addition to them with no serious drawback.
 
For Limited this is a surprisingly effective card that can be played in multicolor decks thanks to the single White in the cost and is a serious defensive threat to any opponent.  Being able to block four power attackers while gaining two life should be a noticeable concern outside of larger swarms, though this is balanced out by the noticeably weaker three point life total swing when it is on the offensive.  A viable first pick in Booster that is best supported by other creatures with Lifelink or creatures with lifegain effects that are playable on their own.  For Sealed nearly any deck running White should include this barring a total lack of other lifegain and a high end selection of four mana creatures with flexible mana costs.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

       Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. We are closing out this week by looking at Rhox Faithmender from M13. Rhox Faithmender is a rare white creature rhino monk that costs three generic and one white mana and is a 1/5. Rhox Faithmender has lifelink and says that whenever you would gain life, you gain twice that much life instead.
       What an amazing card the Rhox Faithmender is! And so totally abusable! A white exalted deck running Ajani’s Sunstriker with this out would gain a bunch of life. Something as simple as gaining seven life from Angel’s Grace just became amazing, gaining you fourteen instead, and for just four mana. There are so many wonderful ways to take advantage of gaining doubled amounts of life, the only true question is what to do with it all?
 
Limited: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


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