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Grip of Phyresis
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Grip of Phyresis
- Commander 2016

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2016

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 4.38
Multiplayer: 3.88
Commander [EDH]: 4.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Grip of Phyresis
 
This is just as scary as all of New Phyrexia's cards, but in a more subtle way than some - it's the "uh-oh" moment when you recognize that the germ is wielding the Modern Masters version of Sword of Fire and Ice. The effect looks like it's highly dependent on your opponent's deck, but if they're playing an equipment card, they're playing it for a reason, even if it's not quite as devastating as the original Mirrodin stable. Even when all that happens is that one of your creatures is a little more effective in combat and one of your opponent's is a little worse, that can win games.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H. Grip of Phyresis
 
Irritating equipment have you down? Taking control of it could help a bit, and it does more than that; it even gives you a body to wield it. If you’re having trouble breaking through an opponent's creature that's been given only the choicest equipment, this might be able to get you past it, yanking away some of the Mirrodin swords or other troublesome stabby things (as the art itself suggests).
 
There is another use to this card: animating your own equipment. While you still control the equipment, you can target your own sword to give it the ability to block and attack in future combats. I think this might be the new Commander card with the greatest Constructed application, and I definitely think it's worth consideration in a blue deck if you're having issues with equipment-heavy decks. 
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.75
Multiplayer: 3.75
Commander: 4

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