Devouring Skies is the blue/black New Phyrexia Intro Pack, focusing on evasion and equipment. While Devouring Skies means well, it’s actually quite underwhelming in many important areas, featuring lackluster equipment choices and bottom-of-the-barrel creatures.
While the rest of the deck may suffer from low-powered cards, the chase rare Phyrexian Ingester is quite good, allowing you to gulp down any opposing threat as a tasty meal that will give you an enormous monster. The “secondary rare” in Devouring Skies is a copy of Argentum Armor, which you can swap around cheaply with your Brass Squires.
Let’s take a look at the decklist and go over a rundown and review of the Devouring Skies Intro Pack.
2x Augury Owl
2x Blind Zealot
2x Brass Squire
1x Darkslick Drake
2x Dementia Bat
2x Impaler Shrike
1x Kiln Walker
2x Mortis Dogs
1x Necrogen Scudder
1x Neurok Invisimancer
1x Phyrexian Ingester
1x Silver Myr
2x Spire Monitor
1x Argentum Armor
2x Copper Carapace
1x Doom Blade
2x Vapor Snag
2x Viridian Claw
2x Warlords Axe
Yikes. While the concept behind Devouring Skies is sound, it picks some very questionable tools to get the job done. Warlord’s Axe is only marginally playable in a Limited capacity, and there’s no real reason to use Hovermyr here – you don’t have any metalcraft, so they’re basically… Storm Crows (Okay, they have vigilance). Yeah.
With the exception of Blind Zealot and the living weapons in the deck, you’re using incredibly substandard creatures and equipment, and that’s not the worst of it.
Your removal suite consists of a single Doom Blade and 2 Vapor Snags – it’s actually borderline insulting to put this deck alongside Ravaging Swarm and Feast of Flesh.
While your creatures do sport evasion and can get the damage through, you’ve got literally no way to stop anything the opponent places on the table, so you had better get that damage in fast.
With one power flyers and equipment that will cost you a total of seven to equip, there’s a good chance you’re going to be long dead before equipping that Warlord’s Axe is even a possible option.
The changes to improve this deck are too numerous to mention, but the only cards you should consider keeping are the Phyrexian Ingester, Blind Zealots, the living weapons, Brass Squires, Darkslick Drake, and the Argentum Armor.
Remove the rest of the lackluster creatures and replace them with more offensive oriented evasive options, and load up a removal package featuring Doom Blades, Go for the Throat, Mind Control, Volition Reins – it will cost less than a few dollars and do wonders in this deck loaded with 5 mana 3/3 flyers and 2 mana 1/2’s.
The Devouring Skies Intro Pack may be worth picking up for the chase Phyrexian Ingester, but after that you’re looking at a deck that really needs some tweaking before you’re ready to take it for a spin.
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