Phyrexians make a return to the Magic the Gathering scene in Kaldheim! Last time we saw the Phyrexians in a Standard-legal set, it was all the way back in New Phyrexia. Now, we get some juicy new Phyrexian creatures, complete with a denoted creature type, something players have been asking for years. The first to be revealed was a Legendary Creature called Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider, who appears to be not only a counter doubler on a beefy creature but also halves the counters opponents get, rounded down, as well.
Six mana is really not much of a cost in a Green deck (4 colorless, 2 Green), and many Green decks have 6 mana on turn 4, or even turn 3 under the right circumstances. The fact that this Vorinclex could slow down a lot of opponent strategies makes it even more interesting. There are lots of popular creatures that come into play with +1/+1 counters and of course planeswalkers come into play with loyalty counters. The Monstrous Raider can simply deny a single counter being placed, which is going to make a lot of people sad. Could Vorinclex serve as a sideboard card to absolutely hose counter-based strategies?
This Vorinclex’s ability is definitely lopsided, but like some other cards revealed in Kaldheim early on, it requires a very specific type of deck to be built in order to take advantage of Vorinclex. He looks to be a must answer card, as have many Phyrexian creatures in the past. I can’t even imagine how hated this card will be in Commander, where not only will he be an auto-include in many strategies, but a Commander himself!
For me, the biggest draw to Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider is his interaction with planeswalkers and creatures that come into play as 0/0’s plus +1/+1 counters. The fact that he will cause some planeswalkers to access their ultimate abilities as soon as they’re played, while also nullifying the benefit of opposing planeswalkers getting a loyalty counter from using +1 abilities could change the way that planeswalkers are played for some time.
No matter what the case is with this Vorinclex, he’s going to draw a lot of hate very quickly.
How would you play Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider?
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