|The Phyrexian symbol|
|Ken Nagle (lead),|
|Aaron Forsythe (lead),|
|May 13, 2011|
Themes and mechanics
Keywords and/or ability words
(10 basic lands, 60 commons, 60 uncommons, 35 rares, 10 mythic rares)
Development code name
|Scars of Mirrodin block sets|
|Scars of Mirrodin||Mirrodin Besieged||New Phyrexia|
|Magic: The Gathering chronology|
|Duel Decks: Knights vs. Dragons||New Phyrexia||Commander|
New Phyrexia 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. In a similar fashion, the Phyrexian keyword mechanics of Infect and Proliferate spread into colors that did not get cards with these mechanics before.
Just like Mirrodin Besieged before it, New Phyrexia features a cycle of basic lands, used to showcase through the artwork the transformation of Mirrodin's landscape during the Phyrexian take-over.
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. On March 29, 2011, it was announced that the new set would in fact be called New Phyrexia.
The promotional card given to participants at the Prerelease tournaments was Sheoldred, Whispering One, one of the five powerful Phyrexian praetors. The launch party promotional card was Phyrexian Metamorph, and the Magic Game Day promotional card was Priest of Urabrask.
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. 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 http://community.wizards.com).
Tips & Tricks
The tips & tricks cards are:
The New Phyrexia tokens in numerical order are:
- 3/3 Beast produced by Beast Within and Fresh Meat.
- 1/1 Goblin, similar to the token from Scars of Mirrodin, but with "Phyrexianized" art to show the compleation of the plane, produced by Chancellor of the Forge.
- 3/3 Golem Artifact, similar to the token from Scars of Mirrodin, but with "Phyrexianized" art to show the compleation of the plane, produced by Blade Splicer, Conversion Chamber, Master Splicer, Maul Splicer, Sensor Splicer, Vital Splicer and Wing Splicer.
- 1/1 Myr Artifact, similar to the token from Scars of Mirrodin, but with "Phyrexianized" art to show the compleation of the plane, produced by Shrine of Loyal Legions.
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.
The keyword mechanics Infect, Proliferate, Living weapon, Metalcraft and Imprint return. 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.
New Phyrexia has five cycles:
- Praetors: Five mythic rare legendary creatures, one per color, representing the Phyrexian's rulers and a different philosophy among the Phyrexian army what exactly New Phyrexia should look like. They give a positive effect to the player controlling them, and an inverse effect to his or her opponents. — Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Sheoldred, Whispering One, Urabrask the Hidden, and Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger
- Chancellors: Five rare creatures, who can be revealed at the start of the game for a small effect to get an early advantage. — Chancellor of the Annex, Chancellor of the Spires, Chancellor of the Dross, Chancellor of the Forge and Chancellor of the Tangle.
- Exarchs: Five uncommon Cleric creatures that let you choose to either exercise a positive effect on yourself or a permanent you control, or the inverse effect on the opponent or one of his or her creatures. — Inquisitor Exarch, Deceiver Exarch, Entomber Exarch, Tormentor Exarch, and Brutalizer Exarch.
- Shrines: Each of these uncommon artifacts gains a charge counter at the beginning of its controllers upkeep, and whenever they cast a spell of a specified colour, and can be sacrificed for an effect that scales with the number of charge counters. — Shrine of Loyal Legions, Shrine of Piercing Vision, Shrine of Limitless Power, Shrine of Burning Rage, and Shrine of Boundless Growth.
- Souleaters: Five common artifact creatures with activated abilities that cost a single Phyrexian mana of a specified color. — Blinding Souleater, Trespassing Souleater, Pestilent Souleater, Immolating Souleater, and Insatiable Souleater.
|Card||Introduced in||Featured in||Notes|
|Evil Presence||Limited Edition||Unlimited Edition, Revised Edition, 4th Edition, 5th Edition|
|Phyrexian Hulk||Tempest||7th Edition, 8th Edition, 9th Edition||First printed as an uncommon; later reprinted as a common|
|Priest of Urabrask||Red colorshifted version of Priest of Gix (Urza's Saga)|
|Leeching Bite||Green colorshifted version of Steal Strength (Prophecy)|
|Marrow Shards||Upgrade from Rain of Blades (Scourge)|
|New Phyrexia preconstructed theme decks|
|Intro packs: Artful Destruction () | Devouring Skies () | Feast of Flesh () | Life for Death () | Ravaging Swarm ()|
|Event decks: War of Attrition () | Rot from Within ()|
|Related pages: Scars of Mirrodin block/Preconstructed theme decks • Scars of Mirrodin block preconstructed decks|
New Phyrexia has five bicolored intro packs.
|Intro pack name||Foil rare|
|Artful Destruction||□||■||Blade Splicer|
|Devouring Skies||■||■||Phyrexian Ingester|
|Feast of Flesh||■||■||Chancellor of the Dross|
|Life for Death||□||■||Moltensteel Dragon|
|Ravaging Swarm||■||■||Phyrexian Swarmlord|
New Phyrexia has two monocolored event decks.
|Event deck name|
|Rot from Within||■|
|War of Attrition||□|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Monty Ashley. (March 29, 2011.) "Action Is New Phyrexia", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Monty Ashley. (December 9, 2010.) "Announcing "Action"", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 New Phyrexia Mechanics — Wizards of the Coast
- ↑ Mark Rosewater. (December 3, 2012.) "The Six-Year Plan", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ Monty Ashley. (May 2, 2011.) "New Phyrexia Intro Packs", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ Monty Ashley. (April 27, 2011.) "New Phyrexia Event Decks", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.