Life for Death is the red/white New Phyrexia Intro pack, showcasing the powers of Phyrexian mana. With Life for Death, you’ll be able to cast aggressive creatures and spells very quickly – assuming you’re willing to pay some of your own life to do so.
Life for Death comes with a chase Moltensteel Dragon, a great example of how Phyrexian mana can yield lightning fast results for a handful of blood, and a board-cleansing Phyrexian Rebirth as the second rare.
Let’s take a look at the Life for Death decklist and follow up with a rundown and review.
2x Blinding Souleater
1x Cathedral Membrane
2x Immolating Souleater
1x Inquisitor Exarch
2x Kemba’s Skyguard
1x Lumengrid Gargoyle
1x Moltensteel Dragon
1x Ogre Resister
3x Porcelain Legionnaire
1x Shattered Angel
3x Slash Panther
2x Act of Aggression
1x Apostle’s Blessing
2x Golem’s Heart
1x Gut Shot
1x Lighting Bolt
1x Marrow Shards
1x Phyrexian Rebirth
1x Pristine Talisman
2x Rage Extractor
1x Solemn Offering
2x Whitesun’s Passage
The Life for Death Intro Pack has the right idea, showcasing many of the dangerous, aggressive creatures available with Phryexian mana such as Porcelain Legionnaire, Slash Panther, and Moltensteel Dragon.
However, some of the spells included just have to go – Whitesun’s Passage and Golem’s Heart have no place in any deck, regardless of your attempts to pad your life total.
Take them out and throw in some creatures with lifelink, Pristine Talismans, or a few more Kemba’s Skyguards.
Another issue is without a set of 4 Rage Extractors, you’re not really going to get the value out of them. Play with a full set, take out some of the 1 of odd cards like Incite, and add more spells featuring Phyrexian mana to really take advantage of a board lock once you have an Extractor up and running.
Don’t forget that because of Phyrexian mana you’ll be able to add cards from any color – you’ll be using your life points to cast them, not colored mana.
The rare choices for Life for Death are among the best in the new Phyrexia Intro packs, both playable spells and they fit the deck well. Once you’ve refined the deck a bit, you may want to add some Tempered Steels – all your Phyrexian mana creatures are artifacts as well.
Life for Death has things just about where they should be for an Intro Pack – it’s a fairly well done introduction to one of New Phyrexia’s mechanics and it has some quality goods thrown in with the mix.
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