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Speculation: Why The Next Set Will Be “New Phyrexia” February 14, 2011

Posted by James in : all, speculation , trackback

The next set could be either “New Phyrexia” or “Mirrodin Pure.” However, I have little doubt that the next set will be New Phyrexia. Consider the following:

  1. Scars of Mirrodin block is all about a battle of two worlds. We need to be able to create that battle for ourselves, but only 20% of Scars of Mirrodin was affiliated with the Mirrans. We need more cards affiliated with the Phyrexians to give Phyrexian decks a fair shot.
  2. Mirrodin Besieged has a couple white creatures with infect, but that’s pretty pointless. The third set will have to have more white creatures with infect so that it becomes a viable strategy in draft.
  3. If Mirrodin becomes “New Phyrexia,” then the landscape will change and we need new basic lands to show us what the world looks like afterward. It so happens that there were new basic lands in Mirrodin Besieged to show us that the landscape is already changing. The third set will need new lands with a new look. It would be pointless to have new lands in the third set if the third set is “Mirrodin Pure” rather than “New Phyrexia.”
island from mirrodin besieged


1. 神の一手 - February 15, 2011

it isn’t pointless to have corrupted lands and pure lands in Mirrodin Besieged. WotC still doesn’t want to reveal the name so they are showing a difference in how the landscape would look under each regime. If it weren’t for the fact that “action” is already decided (since it takes months for the printing and packaging), you could say they did both lands to sway people in the leagues towards phyrexian or mirran (depending on their personal artistic preferences) just like they had faction packs at the prerelease. It is all just more marketing for the 3rd set, since 3rd sets usually have less interest by players.

2. 神の一手 - February 15, 2011

going after number 1, based on my prerelease results, Phyrexia wins even with just having 20% of Scars.

And I heard talk that there will be an online duel deck called New Phyrexia vs Mirrodin Pure.


3. James - February 15, 2011

You said, “it isn’t pointless to have corrupted lands and pure lands in Mirrodin Besieged.” It is pointless because the lands would just look like Mirrodin again. It would be nothing special at all. However, there is a very good reason to need new basic lands if the last set is New Phyrexia as explained above.

4. RBooroojian - February 16, 2011

The land point is interesting. The next set is 175 cards, which would be 145 cards (the normal size) plus the 30 lands from a normal set.

5. James - February 17, 2011

I agree that point #1 isn’t conclusive, but I still think it favors the idea of New Phyrexia because it’s pretty hard to draft a “phyrexian” themed deck. One or two people out of eight can make an infect deck but that’s about it. One pack of New Phyrexia doesn’t help much, and a “Mirrodin Pure” pack would pretty much kill off any hope of even drafting infect.

I’m not sure I understand what you want to say about the dual decks coming out.

I’m not too happy with the choice in rares. Phyrexian Plaguelord is pretty much meaningless in Scars of Mirrodin block. Everyone would rather get the infect theme.

6. 神の一手 - February 17, 2011

WotC just has trademarks on the names “New Phyrexia” and “Mirrodin Pure”. So both names will be used and they could throw a curve ball and name the set something else. Highly unlikely since I think they said “action” was one of those, but one could wiggle out of that (depending on the announcement wording) that they meant in a story world context and the set has some other name.

7. James - February 17, 2011

神の一手 -,

I am speculating about the name of the next set. I am saying why I think it will be “New Phyrexia.” Yes, I could be wrong. It could possibly be “Mirrodin Pure.” That’s the other option, but I don’t think it will happen. http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/599