Uncommons in New Phyrexia

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This week, I figured it's time to cover some of the uncommons and notable commons in the set. I'm still looking through for any previous card interactions such as the one we saw with Vampire Hexmage and Dark Depths, and I believe that I've found an uncommon to go for.

Name: Deceiver Exarch
Cost: 2{U}
Type: Creature - Cleric
Pow/Tgh: 1/4
Rules Text: Flash
When Deceiver Exarch enters the battlefield, choose one - Untap target permanent you control; or tap target permanent an opponent controls.
Illus. Izzy
Rarity: Uncommon

Whats so special about this? Splinter Twin and Pyromancer Ascension. If you're a subscriber to my twitter feed, Deceiver Exarch was the card I was buying in large quantities last night between 0.07 and 0.10. Good friend of mine @MTGVeteran, pointed me to some lists from a recent tournament on Magic-League where Pyromancer decks using splinter twin and the Exarch were doing very well. Splinter Twin has already shot up from hype, and Pyromancer Ascension was $1.20 each when I checked. Try to get some this weekend if possible, before the deck gets any more popular. Many people will still basically give you splinter twins, and pyromancers shouldn't be hard at all to get either.

Lets jump into the other uncommons that might make a scene though.

I already covered Mental Misstep and my thoughts on it last week, so I don't think I need to do it again. Besides, everyone else will cover it as well, so lets find new blood.I'll be using the Printable New Phyrexia Spoiler, found here on

Name: Cathedral Membrane
Cost: 1{PW}
Type: Artifact Creature - Wall
Pow/Tgh: 0/3
Rules Text: Defender
When Cathedral Membrane is put into a graveyard from the battlefield during combat, it deals 6 damage to each creature it blocked this combat.
Illus. Richard Whitters
Rarity: Uncommon

A decent card, though I doubt it'll see widespread play. Still, it kills black and green titans, but only after they've made an impact. I wouldn't go out of  my way to get any of these.

Price: Worthless - 0.25

Name: Dispatch
Cost: {W}
Type: Instant
Rules Text: Tap target creature.
Metalcraft - If you control three or more artifacts, exile that creature.
Flavor Text: Venser wondered if it could still be called a teleportation spell if the destination was oblivion.
Illus. Erica Yang
Rarity: Uncommon

I actually really like this card. If metalcraft gets moving with the new additions this could be a card to watch. White removal for the Myr deck possibly? I'd try to get a set early, but don't pay more than 0.50-0.75 each for them.

Price projection: $1 in the long run, up to $5 each if a metalcraft based deck comes up which is a possibility.

Name: Marrow Shards
Cost: {PW}
Type: Instant
Rules Text: Marrow Shards deals 1 damage to each attacking creature.
Flavor Text: "We are a single entity. Dissenters must be sutured into the Orthodoxy."
-Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Illus. Raymond Swanland
Rarity: Uncommon

Hooray! Another card that's probably going to see legacy play. Empty the warrens? Not anymore! Low toughness elves/goblins/merfolk giving you trouble? A thing of the past. I really like this card.

Price projection: $1.50 stable.

The golem spawner cycle:I like all of them for limited, though they will most likely have a much smaller impact on constructed. Trade them off to people who want them, pick them up for 0.25-0.50.

Name: Corrupted Resolve
Cost: 1{U}
Type: Instant
Rules Text: Counter target spell if its controller is poisoned.
Flavor Text: "Flesh is a sickness that infects Phyrexia."
-Avaricta, Gitaxian sective
Illus. Greg Staples
Rarity: Uncommon

Awesome card to help the poison deck continue to gain ground. It probably won't be a 4-of inclusion, but its an easy 3-of.

Price projection: 0.50 - $2.00, depending on popularity of infect after this set.

Name: Despise
Cost: {B}
Type: Sorcery
Rules Text: Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a creature or planeswalker card from it. That player discards that card.
Flavor Text: "Truth is always a weapon in your enemies' hands."
-Geth, Lord of the Vault
Illus. Terese Nielsen
Rarity: Uncommon

An easy dollar uncommon through and through, though I can see it acting much like Inquisition of Kozilik. Get em early if possible, I see them going up to about $2.00 at the height of demand.

Name: Whipflare
Cost: 1{R}
Type: Sorcery
Rules Text: Whipflare deals 2 damage to each nonartifact creature.
Flavor Text: The slag-workers wasted no time in creating their own flare pulses to cleanse the area of the incompleat.
Illus. Johann Bodin
Rarity: Uncommon

I'm a fan of this card as well for the possible Myr deck. Not much in profits to be made here, but a card you should be aware of.

Price projection: 0.25

Name: Beast Within
Cost: 2{G}
Type: Instant
Rules Text: Destroy target permanent. Its controller puts a 3/3 green Best creature token onto the battlefield.
Flavor Text: "Kill the weak so they can't drag the strong down to their level. This is true compassion."
-Benzir, archdruid of Temple Might
Illus. Dave Allsop
Rarity: Uncommon

I really like this card as well. Destroying anything is nice, considering the last time we got this effect it was 1WB and rare. Sure, they get a 3/3, but are you really worried about that if you're playing green? Get these.

Price projection: $1.00-$2.00

Name: Darksteel Relic
Cost: 0
Type: Artifact
Rules Text: Darksteel Relic is indestructible.
Flavor Text: "It's the last thing we can call our own."
-Minhu, Mirran Resistance
Illus. Daniel Ljunggren
Rarity: Uncommon

Whats it for? Hell if I know at this point, but its a zero cost indestructible artifact. Animate it with tezz and get a free 5/5 dude. Either way, I'd grab some, just on the off chance that this turns out to be important.

Price projection: 0.25

Name: Shrine of Boundless Growth
Cost: 3
Type: Artifact
Rules Text: At the beginning of your upkeep or whenever you cast a green spell, put a charge counter on Shrine of Boundless Growth.
{T}, Sacrifice Shrine of Boundless Growth: Add {1} to your mana pool for each charge counter on Shrine of Boundless Growth.
Illus. Karl Kopinski
Rarity: Uncommon

This and the other shrines may be worth taking a look at. I like the green one as a backup to Elf combo decks, even just as a 1 of. I wouldn't go out and get a bunch, but its another cycle of cards on my watch list.They all have decent abilities.

Price projection: 0.25

That's about all for the Uncommons, and commons aren't really worth looking over as there will be so many in circulation it won't matter.

Also, the Game day promos have been announced, they are Priest of Urabrask and Myr Superion. This means the overall value of Myr Superion will be reduced for normal ones, but the game day promos will be rather valuable if it ever sees use. I would plan ahead in trying to get a set of those.

That's all for this week, thanks for reading!

Stephen Moss

@MTGstephenmoss on twitter

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