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For the plane, see New Phyrexia (plane).
New Phyrexia
NPH logo.jpg
Set symbol
NPH symbol.jpg
Symbol description
The Phyrexian symbol
Design team
Ken Nagle (lead),
Dave Guskin,
Joe Huber,
Matt Place,
Mark Rosewater
Development team
Aaron Forsythe (lead),
Dave Guskin,
Zac Hill,
Tom LaPille,
Erik Lauer
Art Director
Jeremy Jarvis
Release date
May 13, 2011
Themes and mechanics
Colored artifacts,
Golems,
Phyrexian mana
Keywords and/or ability words
Imprint,
Living weapon,
Infect,
Proliferate,
Metalcraft
Set size
175 cards
(10 basic lands, 60 commons, 60 uncommons, 35 rares, 10 mythic rares)
Expansion code
NPH
Development codename
Action [1]
Scars of Mirrodin block sets
Scars of Mirrodin Mirrodin Besieged New Phyrexia
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Duel Decks: Knights vs. Dragons New Phyrexia Commander (2011)

New Phyrexia is the third set in the Scars of Mirrodin block. It is the 55th Magic: The Gathering expansion and was released on May 13, 2011.

Set details[edit]

New Phyrexia contains 175 cards (60 Common, 60 Uncommon, 35 Rare, 10 Mythic, 10 Basic Lands), including randomly inserted premium versions of all cards in the set. The set concludes the story that began in Scars of Mirrodin, with the Phyrexians defeating the Mirrans and taking control of the plane of Mirrodin. Like the cards in the two sets before it, the cards of New Phyrexia are watermarked with either faction's symbol, but the ratio of Phyrexian to Mirran cards significantly favors Phyrexia. This showcases the progress of the Phyrexian invasion and is a reversal from the ratio as it was seen in Scars of Mirrodin. [2] In a similar fashion, the Phyrexian keyword mechanics of Infect and Proliferate spread into colors that did not get cards with these mechanics before. The expansion symbol was the Phyrexian symbol again, which also heavily featured in the art. [3] Several familiar creatures show up in a compleated version, and several favorites were redone. [4] [5] The set showcases Karn, as a planeswalker and Father of the Machines. [6] [7] [8]

Just like Mirrodin Besieged before it, New Phyrexia features a cycle of basic lands. [9] Half of them depict a scene inside the Phyrexianized core of Mirrodin, while half of them contain references to artifact lands from Mirrodin. [10]

Originally, Wizards of the Coast announced that the set would be called either Mirrodin Pure or New Phyrexia, as they did not wish to reveal which of the factions would win. [11] [12] [13] On March 29, 2011, it was announced that the new set would in fact be called New Phyrexia. [14]

The set was spoiled in its entirety on April 19, 2011, before the spoiler season on magicthegathering.com began. This was the result of the "Godbook", which contains all cards of an upcoming set, being leaked. Godbooks are sent to magazines for review purposes before the release of sets. In this case, the godbook was sent to Lotus Noir, which passed it on to pro player Guillame Matignon for reviews. Matignon was the World Champion at the time. Matignon in turn shared it with Guillame Wafo-Tapa and two other players in his group, one of which leaked it on the internet. [15] Consequently, all four players involved were suspended by the DCI for a year and a half.

Flavor and storyline[edit]

The Grand Compleation is Achieved

It came not in the form of a noble struggle, a fair contest of warriors clashing will against will, but as a wave of unstoppable slaughter. Mirran partisans resisted bravely, using their wits and magic to fend off the onslaught that originated from inside their own world. But their efforts were for naught. Phyrexia is victorious. Mirrodin now goes by a different name: New Phyrexia.[16]

Marketing[edit]

New Phyrexia 6-card booster

New Phyrexia was sold in 16-card boosters, 6-card boosters, five intro packs [17], two event decks [18] and a fat pack [19] . The 16-card boosters featured artwork from Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Sheoldred, Whispering One and Suture Priest. [20] The small booster featured artwork from Etched Monstrosity.

The prerelease was May 7-8, 2011 [21], the launch party on May 13-16, the Magic Online release on May 30 21, 2011. The Game Day was held on June 11-12, 2011. The promotional card given to participants at the Prerelease tournaments was Sheoldred, Whispering One, one of the five powerful Phyrexian praetors. [22] The launch party promotional card was Phyrexian Metamorph, and the Magic Game Day promotional card was a full-art Priest of Urabrask (top-8 participants received a full-art foil Myr Superion). The Buy-a-Box card was Surgical Extraction. [23]

Regular boosters of New Phyrexia come with a bonus sixteenth card that is either a "tips & tricks card", a creature token from New Phyrexia, or a poison counter (which is subtle different from the poison counters in the previous sets). [24] These bonus cards display on their reverse side one of 14 advertisements for organized play programs, other Magic products such as fat packs and intro packs, the Magic books library, Magic Online, UltraPro products, or various Wizards-run, Magic-related websites (such as community.wizards.com).

New Phyrexia Poison counter

Tips & Tricks[edit]

The tips & tricks cards are:

Tokens[edit]

The New Phyrexia tokens in numerical order are: [25]

Phyrexian mana.

Mechanics[edit]

New Phyrexia introduces five new mana symbols, referred to as "Phyrexian mana." These symbols resemble a mark of Phyrexia on a colored background, one for each color of mana, and indicate a cost that can be paid with either 2 life or one mana of the respective color. This mechanic also heralds the return of colored artifacts, previously seen in Future Sight and the Esper shard from Alara block. [26]

The keyword mechanics Infect, Proliferate, Living weapon, Metalcraft and Imprint return. [27] [28] Karn gets a Planeswalker card, the first colorless planeswalker card that has, up to that point, the largest amount of loyalty counters added by a planeswalker's first ability with +4, and the most costly ultimate ability at -14 loyalty counters.

The set has a small subtheme of "splicers", 1/1 creatures that put a certain number of 3/3 Golem artifact creature tokens onto the battlefield and grant abilities to them. Another small subtheme was nicknamed the "blood tax," and referred to spells such as Vapor Snag which resembled other utility cards (in this case, Unsummon), but with an additional rider that caused a loss of 1 life.

The rules term "poisoned" introduced in Mirrodin Besieged returns. A player is poisoned if they have any poison counters.

Cycles[edit]

New Phyrexia has five cycles:

Reprinted cards[edit]

Colorshifted[edit]

Strictly better[edit]

Notable cards[edit]

Preconstructed decks[edit]

Intro packs[edit]

New Phyrexia has five bicolored intro packs.[29]

Intro pack name
Colors included
Foil rare
White Blue Black Red Green
Artful Destruction Blade Splicer
Devouring Skies Phyrexian Ingester
Feast of Flesh Chancellor of the Dross
Life for Death Moltensteel Dragon
Ravaging Swarm Phyrexian Swarmlord

Event decks[edit]

New Phyrexia has two monocolored event decks. The number of rares was increased from seven to eight. [30]

Event deck name
Colors included
White Blue Black Red Green
Rot from Within
War of Attrition
New Phyrexia preconstructed theme decks
Intro packs: Artful Destruction (Manaw.gifManag.gif) | Devouring Skies (Manau.gifManab.gif) | Feast of Flesh (Manab.gifManar.gif) | Life for Death (Manar.gifManaw.gif) | Ravaging Swarm (Manau.gifManag.gif)
Event decks: War of Attrition (Manaw.gif) | Rot from Within (Manag.gif)
Related pages: Scars of Mirrodin block/Preconstructed theme decksScars of Mirrodin block preconstructed decks

References[edit]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (December 3, 2012.) "The Six-Year Plan", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (May 2, 2011.) "Touch of Evil", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Monty Ashley. (May 18, 2011.) "The Phyrexian Symbol (Again)", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Monty Ashley. (May 03, 2011.) "Infecting the Tanadon", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Tom LaPille. (April 29, 2011.) "Obliterate!", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Doug Beyer. (April 25, 2011.) "The Golem's Legacy", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Monty Ashley. (April 29, 2011.) "Wallpaper of the Week: Karn Liberated", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Monty Ashley. (May 17, 2011.) "Shrines of Karn", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Monty Ashley. (April 18, 2011.) "New Phyrexia Basic Lands", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Monty Ashley. (May 10, 2011.) "Land Callbacks", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Monty Ashley. (December 9, 2010.) "Announcing "Action"", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Kelly Digges. (February 21, 2011.) "Make Your Choice", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Mark Rosewater. (February 21, 2011.) "Pick a Side, Any Side", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Monty Ashley. (March 29, 2011.) "Action Is New Phyrexia", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Wizards of the Coast. (April 28, 2011.) "New Phyrexia Leaks", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  16. magicthegathering.com Staff. (May 09, 2011.) "A Planeswalker's Guide to New Phyrexia", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Monty Ashley. (May 02, 2011.) "New Phyrexia Intro Packs", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Monty Ashley. (April 27, 2011.) "New Phyrexia Event Decks", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Monty Ashley. (May 13, 2011.) "Wallpaper of the Week: New Phyrexia Fat Pack", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Monty Ashley. (April 21, 2011.) "New Phyrexia Booster Packs", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Tim Willoughby. (January 07, 2002.) "New Phyrexia Prerelease Primer", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  22. Monty Ashley. (April 19, 2011.) "New Phyrexia Prerelease and Launch Party Promos", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  23. Wizards of the Coast. (April 27, 2011.) "New Phyrexia Buy a Box Promotion", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  24. Monty Ashley. (April 20, 2011.) "The Changing Face of Poison", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  25. Monty Ashley. (April 14, 2011.) "New Phyrexia Tokens", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  26. Mark Rosewater. (April 25, 2011.) "Phyrexian Powers: International Mana Mystery", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  27. Wizards of the Coast. (April, 2011.) "New Phyrexia Mechanics", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  28. Aaron Forsythe. (May 16, 2011.) "Phyrexian Ken's Demands", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  29. Monty Ashley. (May 2, 2011.) "New Phyrexia Intro Packs", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  30. Monty Ashley. (April 27, 2011.) "New Phyrexia Event Decks", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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