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Melira, Sylvok Outcast
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Melira, Sylvok Outcast
- New Phyrexia

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2017

Constructed: 4.13
Casual: 3.88
Limited: 3.67
Multiplayer: 3.50
Commander [EDH]: 3.88

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Melira, Sylvok Outcast
 
Yesterday's card illustrated one of Phyrexia's main characteristics in the storyline, namely turning other people's weapons and abilities against them. It reminded me that infect decks in Modern used to have Melira in their sideboard, to use against the mirror match. I don't know that the story people really had that in mind when they made the card, but it's oddly fitting. I'm not sure if it's still a great strategy now that the updated legend rule allows each player to have their own but only one; it seems like kind of a headache, turning that mirror match into a weird battle between creatures that suddenly look a lot less efficient, but maybe it's still worth it. It probably needs testing. Melira's general problem is that Phyrexia is good at pretty much everything, and doesn't have so much difficulty with addressing 2/2 creatures; when backed up by green's characteristic defensive abilities from other sets, though, she can cause a lot of trouble.
 
Until next week, play with unreviewed gems, and remember that we will endure.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5
James H.

Melira, Sylvok Outcast (2/10)

 

The 2/2 Elf for 2 has two major things going on: she's a good tech against Infect, since the Infect gameplan relies on a lot of smaller creatures that have trouble when they can't do their thing, and she makes persist absolutely bonkers. With a sacrifice outlet, you can have a persist creature come back repeatedly, reaping the benefits of either craploads of life (Kitchen Finks) or infinite damage (Murderous Redcap). She's the major progenitor of the old "Melira Pod" strategy, and even now she's still able to work well in decks that want to abuse persist or other abilities like it.

 

Melira's not an all-star outside of the deck she powers best, but she's a good option if you can't beat Infect as easily, and she works well with Elf support because of her creature type. Give her a try; you might like what you see.

 

Constructed: 4.25

Casual: 3.75

Limited: 3.25

Multiplayer: 3

Commander: 3.75


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