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Akroan Phalanx
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 Akroan Phalanx
- Born of the Gods

Reviewed March 6, 2014

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: 2.60
Limited: 3.70
Multiplayer: 2.55

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BMoor

Akroan Phalanx

A 3/3 with vigilance is a decent way to hold down the board. There's a lot of 2/3's in Theros block, it seems. If I were running white but not red, I'd add this in if I needed another creature and never regret it. If I did have red, however, I'd be more likely to run it if I had a lot of creatures, to best exploit that board-wide pump. It's not the best ability-- Inner-Flame Igniter already showed us all how gamebreaking it really isn't. But then, Lorwyn block didn't have quite so many combat tricks in the format-- leaving 4RR up now might just mean all your guys get +2/+0 (which is nothing to laugh off) or it might mean a Lightning Strike, a Gods Willing, and all your guys get +1/+0. Also Inner-Flame Igniter had to deal with the fact that a balls-to-the-wall Elves deck existed and he wasn't in it. Akroan Phalanx here slots nicely into the WR Heroic deck that everybody seems to want to build.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 3
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 3.75


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Akroan Phalanx

The obvious use for creatures that look and carry numbers like Akroan Phalanx is in limited, and it's undeniably strong there. Anything that makes your vast herd of creatures better than your opponent's vast herd is worth playing. But that almost feels like thinking too small: the old fogey in me sees an ability with a mana cost but no tap ability and thinks "Mana Flare". You might use Nykthos or Bloom Tender or such, but the principle is the same. Bonus points for following up with Aggravated Assault (note the vigilance on Akroan Phalanx!).

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is a solid limited card but pretty underwhelming elsewhere. In all constructed formats don’t play it. With that out of the way in casual boros decks this creature is decent, a 3/3 vigilant body is solid and has a pump ability that could be relevant. In limited this creature is pretty solid, it provides a decent body for the cost and it provides a nice combat trick and and way to push through damage. Overall this card has a little casual power but is mostly suited for limited. A short review, sweet and to the point.
 
Constructed: 1.0
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 1.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Akroan Phalanx which is a four mana 3/3 White with Vigilance and for three (including one Red) grants all creatures you control +1/+0 until end of turn.  A four mana 3/3 with Vigilance isn't overly impressive, though it is helped by the human and soldier types fitting many support cards.  The effect isn't new, seen in Red and Boros before, and is decent to support a Red/White swarm design for a final push in the middle to late stages of a game.  Overall this is a playable if not overly impressive card for decks with White and Red mana and may see slots in some human or soldier builds with a Boros aspect.
 
In Limited this is a strong early pick for White in Booster that gets a bit better when played with Red, but isn't a requirement as a four mana
3/3 with Vigilance is solid in the format.  There is no reason for a deck using White in Sealed to sideboard this as it delivers value for the mana cost and with any source of Red mana it adds even more.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0


Skid Rambo

Akroan Phalanx is a creature with a simple body, but it has strong abilities. Vigilance is really good in Limited formats. Akroan Phalanx’s second ability mixes well with Vigilance and could be even better with First Strike. There are obviously better options out there than Akroan Phalanx, but that doesn’t mean that this card is not playable. In a Draft, Akroan Phalanx can be a game starter and a game finisher!
 
Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3


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