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CCC: My Wet Hot Phyrexian Summer - Part 4: Exhibits

We're excited to continue Coast to Coast Casual (CCC), a blog series written by East2West, published on MTG Cardsmith.

Phase 4 (Exhibits)

Phew, we finally made it to the actual point of this article. Give yourself a round of applause. So now with all this history behind us lemme show you why the Mirrans should have won the war.

Exhibit A: Immunity

Something interesting about Mirrodin that didn't happen on Dominaria is the presence of beings with immunity. See Melira here for example http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=194274 Now whatever it is that makes her immune isn't inherently transferable but it is a sign of hope. We also see that Venser has immunity and is able to transfer it to Karn at the end of the story. If only we had some sort of super genius to figure out this process. Perhaps someone Karn has recently become aware of. COUGH JACE COUGH!!!! Like seriously it can't be just Melira, there have to be others. Point is it's a possibility that really irks me.

Exhibit B: Weaponry

The Phyrexians that invade Mirrodin are actually Mirran in origin and therefore would have started with a relatively small army. Infecting those that fought them but still a relatively small amount to start. Now let me introduce you to just a few of the resources the Mirrans have that could have just ended the war before it began. I understand that most of these would never actually happen since WOTC is trying to tell a story but for the purposes of this let's put that to the side. I'm open to being wrong here though so don't hesitate to weight in.

Lux Cannon:

Literally can put holes in the world. Set a trap, lure all the phyrexians into a specific spot, fire Lux Cannon, rinse and repeat. At the beginning there wouldn't have been many so this would have worked.

Mimic Vat:

Create a whole army of Melira. Like seriously just xerox yourself an army of immune elves. Boom.

Shimmer Myr

The Shimmer Myr hides between the seconds, it was also built by yah boy Memnarch since it's a Myr. Reverse engineer him and figure out how he does it. Now you have infinite time and a safe way to get around. Hell yeah.

THE LITERAL SUNS

So all but the black sun are shown to be on the Mirran side or at least under the Mirrans control. Each one holds incredible power and there's an argument to be made that "by their powers combined" they could have totally ended this whole thing.

Exhibit C: Dominaria

This has got to be the one that bugs me the most. Dominaria beat Phyrexia using the Legacy Weapon and the Null Moon. The Null Moon was an artifact filled with white mana that cleansed the Phyrexians and Yawgmoth of infection, thus killing them. Well Mirrodin has a literal moon filled with white mana so one down. Now they may not have the original legacy weapon but let's actually boil down what made up the Legacy Weapon and why it could have been constructed on Mirrodin with Karn's help.

The pieces of Ramos

These were important because they provided the Legacy with colored mana. If only there was an artifact on Mirrodin that could do that. Oh wait, there's a bunch. From Gilded Lotus to Mox Opal these pieces are 100% accounted for. Or if you like the different color producing Myr.

Chimeric Sphere

What this did for the Legacy I have no clue but Mirrodin is home to a Chimeric Mass so I'm gonna say covered.

The Juju Bubble

This is a bad card that gains life and Mirrodin has an actual better version of it in Tanglebloom

Karn

Karn himself is part of the Legacy and he was on Mirrodin so canonical check here

The Mightstone

The Mightstone has a mighty similar effect to SIGNAL PEST. That's right folks Signal Pest is part of the Mirran Legacy!

The Mind Stone

There isn't actually a direct and defensible Mirran version here but they could definitely make one. It adds colorless which man cards from Mirrodin do and it sacs for draw which other stuff on Mirrodin can do.

Null Rod

Once again no Mirran equivalent, feels bad here since it's actually a complicated design. Not sure what this did in the legacy but we'll actually get to why that might not be important in a minute.

Power Matrix

Buffs a dude. Mirrodin is full of stuff that can do the buff, like I won't list them all but a close example might be Golem Artisan

There's more but honestly I want to get to the good bit that is why most of that doesn't matter anyway. See when Urza designed the Legacy he designed it as an idea. Something that could never be destroyed. It is actually canon that the Legacy will actually adapt and assemble itself when needed replacing whatever parts aren't available with new ones. That's why Karn's presence matters. He's part of that idea and that means a new Legacy will eventually form around him if Urza did his work right and honestly when has he not. The point is the Legacy isn't as concrete as it seems and there's no reason a Mirran version can't be assembled.

TL;DR. Phyrexia sux, Yawgmoth's a jerk, Urza invented an idea that can invent itself. Urabrask is chill. Melira is underrated in commander.

Read it again with Part 1: Birth of Phyrexia

East2West is an aspiring writer from NJ currently seeking fame and fortune on the internet. She's been playing Magic since Zendikar block (the original one) and is a commander player with one deck for each two color pair and one for each single color. The only non EDH deck she plays is her own personal Pauper brew, Pauper Eggs. Follow her on her newly created and probably soon to be underused twitter @East2WestMTG.

Dec 07, 2018 by East2West
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Giftsmithing for December

MTGCardsmith is hosting MTG Giftsmith 2018, where you can give the gift of learning at the same time you're giving the gift of Premium! ...but wait, there's MORE!

You didn't think we'd forget about the Theme of the Month did you? Since Giftsmithing is what it's all about this month, what better way to honor that than to make "Gift" cards? While it would be nice to have a bunch of Starbucks cards, that's not quite what we're looking for, rather we want you to make cards with the word "Gift" in the name! Show us your most creative "Gifts" and we'll make sure everyone get's to see them FEATURED!


Featured Cardsmiths

East2West
You may or may not know who East2West is, but if you do, then you know she's the Award Winning brains behind the blog, Coast to Coast Casual (CCC). Now, she hasn't exactly won any awards yet, but we think it's just a matter of time before she does! In the meantime take a few minutes to read her Blog; and check out the creations of this amazing Cardsmith!


fraziel07
Harkening back to 2014, our second featured Cardsmith for December has been around for quite some time! He's made cards for various other Cardsmiths, cards for challenges, cards for sets and cards for friends and he's still making cards today! We've always been a fan of fraziel07's work, and we hope you will be too after you check out some of his wonderful creations!


Each month we're excited to highlight just a couple of Cardsmiths that have helped make MTGCardsmith the best interactive online Card Creator. We hope you'll take some time to check out their creations!
Dec 02, 2018 by Corwinnn, & Tomigon
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MTG Giftsmith 2018

It's no secret that today is #GivingTuesday, which makes today the perfect day to announce our plans for December.

Our expanding community of creators and makers has had a great year! This year I want to take an opportunity to give back to a cause I think is incredibly important. In celebration of the upcoming 2018 Hour of Code, MTG Cardsmith will be donating December premium memberships (new & existing) to Code.org. We invite you (if you can) to join us in supporting this great charity to educate and teach kids about programming and computer science.

Our fundraising goal is to be able to donate at least $500 together. When we reach that goal, all current premium members will receive a unique Avatar for their accounts as a badge of honor for helping grow technology education in under-served communities. You can join in by Subscribing with your account or Gifting premium to another cardsmith.

If you are only interested in donating directly and supporting the cause, you may do so at directly at Code.org. Thank you so much!

NEW: In celebration of all this Giftsmithing, we'll be releasing a new feature in early December, that we're calling the Set Stitcher. In Code.org fashion, this new utility was built over the course of just a few hours and provides a quick way to "stitch" cards of your custom sets together into a single image. The idea was to give creators a way to build custom background and single images to download and share card concepts across the web!

This December, please help us give back with a celebration of Magic and Code! Happy Holidays!
Nov 27, 2018 by MTG Cardsmith
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CCC: My Wet Hot Phyrexian Summer - Part 3: Mirran Invasion

We're excited to continue Coast to Coast Casual (CCC), a blog series written by East2West, published on MTG Cardsmith.

Phase 3 (Mirran Invasion)

Almost done with the backstory stuff I promise, if you made it this far you are a true legend. To be clear all original Phyrexians are dead by the point we even see Mirrodin for the first time. Despite this Phyrexia has been a massive influence over Mirrodin for eons. Mirrodin (Originally known as Argentum) was created by Karn using the Mirari (an ancient and extremely powerful artifact), at this point it was mostly metallic and mostly barren. To govern Argentum Karn created Memnarch, a spider like golem. Karn unknowingly tracked Phyrexian oils on the plane causing Memnarch to become corrupted. Memnarch now started having thoughts not dictated by Karn and soon he decided he wanted to become a planeswalker just like Karn. Memnarch then began the process of changing Argentum into Mirrodin. Memnarch kidnapped sentient beings from other planes and artificially enhanced their progress in an effort to cultivate their planeswalker sparks.

After some time due the Phyrexian oil caused Mycosynth began to form on the plane. Mycosynth is a sort of metallic fungus that can turn metal into living flesh and cause flesh to turn to living metal. Mycosynth accelerated the evolution and emergence of sentients. Also from this process Blinkmoths were born and Blinkmoth serum began to be created. Blinkmoth serum when ingested causes one to experience a higher level of thinking for a short amount of time. It's highly addictive and it wasn't long before Memnarch became dependant, wearing down his already frayed sanity. Karn witnessing this tried to step in but Memnarch locked him from Mirrodin.

The band of heroes Slobad, Glissa, and Geth managed to defeat Memnarch and thus peace was restored to Mirrodin. This was not the end of Phyrexia on this plane, Memnarch was simply an omen. If you recall many original Phyrexians had been implanted with metal and the Phyresis process had adapted, this made the metallic world of Mirrodin the perfect place for it to spread. At first it was quite, spreading slowly, but than it ramped up to 11 with the rise of the Praetors. Now their actual origin is debated upon, some say they were formed in the core of mirrodin by a mixture of the oils and the colored mana flowing down there, others say they are the Bringers of Dawn corrupted by the oils, either way their rise is what signaled the true beginning of the war. In the Dominarian invasion Phyrexia only had access to colorless and black mana but now all five colors were infected. I don't want to drag this on any longer than it already is so if you want to read about them here's a link: Read More

After a long war the Mirran resistance was defeated, most of its heroes converted to Phyrexia, and what remnants were left had to retreat. With nowhere else to go the Mirrans ended up in the domain of the red praetor Urabrask. Lucky for the Mirrans red turns out to be the most resistant color to the Phyrexian infection. Many red aligned Phyrexians show some amount of compassion and rebellion, not a large amount but some nonetheless. Urabrask decided to help the Mirrans. Allowing them to live unimpeded in his domain. We end our story with what little is left of the Mirrans hiding in the domain of a praetor that could turn on them at any time as the other four praetors bear down upon them.

Back to Part 1: Birth of Phyrexia

To be continued in Part 4: Exhibits

East2West is an aspiring writer from NJ currently seeking fame and fortune on the internet. She's been playing Magic since Zendikar block (the original one) and is a commander player with one deck for each two color pair and one for each single color. The only non EDH deck she plays is her own personal Pauper brew, Pauper Eggs. Follow her on her newly created and probably soon to be underused twitter @East2WestMTG.

Nov 26, 2018 by East2West
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CCC: My Wet Hot Phyrexian Summer - Part 2: Invasion of Dominaria

We're excited to continue Coast to Coast Casual (CCC), a blog series written by East2West, published on MTG Cardsmith.

Phase 2 (Invasion of Dominaria)

So in doing research for this article I found out just how complicated the magic lore is and I could have a whole other article on the various ways that Phyrexia influenced Dominaria but that would take forever. Here are the important points bulleted for your leisure and in chronological order.

  • Urza and Mishra enter the Caves of Koilos and disturb the powerstones locking Phyrexia out
  • Gix enters Dominaria with the goal of causing enough destruction to permanently cripple the Dominarians
  • Gix influences the brothers into starting The Brothers War
  • Phyrexia infiltrates both sides of the conflict
  • Mishra is replaced with a Phyrexian imposter
  • Urza activates the Golgothian Sylex, devastating Dominaria. Urza seemingly dies but actually becomes a planeswalker and finds out Phyrexia was behind the war. He swears revenge
  • Phyrexia tries to infiltrate the rebuilding societies, they fail due to the Dominarians getting spooked by the sudden appearance of the Phyrexians (back than all Phyrexians looked the same)
  • The aftermath of the Sylex blast caused The Shard of the Twelve Worlds to form. Locking twelve planes together and keeping Phyrexia out.
  • Urza travels the multiverse trying to find the Phyrexians. He encounters Xantcha, a Phyrexian sleeper agent who went rogue.
  • Urza and Xantcha run from Phyrexia across hundreds of planes.
  • Freyalise casts The Word Spell, breaking the Shard
  • Gix returns to Dominaria and forms a secret cult
  • Phyrexians begin to move into Dominaria through the portal
  • Urza travels with Xantcha and a newfound ally Ratepe to Koilos in order to defeat Gix
  • In The Caves of Koilos Urza faces Gix, eventually killing him. In the process both Xantcha and Ratepe die.
  • Urza begins work on anti-Phyrexian countermeasures
  • Rath is built as a staging area for Phyrexian troops
  • Rath's mass increases to the point of overlay, thus causing it to halfway merge with Dominaria
  • Weatherlight crew is formed
  • Phyrexians mount final invasion of Dominaria
  • Warships descend from Rath over Benalia and take it in the name of Phyrexia
  • Phyrexian general Tsabo Tavoc attacks both Koilos and Yavimaya, losing both fights to coalition forces
  • The Phyrexians take Tolaria and the great wizard Barrin activates his final spell, destroying Tolaria
  • Phyrexia takes the Burning Isles and Urborg
  • Tsabo Tavoc defeated by Gerrard and Karn, he retreats to Phyrexia
  • Urza assembles the Nine Titans (nine planeswalkers) to go fight through Phyrexia in massive battle suits.
  • The Nine Titans are defeated and Urza is captured
  • Urza is forced to fight with Gerrard. Urza is promised unlimited knowledge and Gerrard is promised the return of his dead love Hanna. Gerrard wins by beheading Urza
  • Yawgmoth returns to Dominaria in the form of the death cloud
  • The Weatherlight crew assemble the Legacy and defeat Yawgmoth after first exploding the Null Moon.
  • Phyrexian forces lose the will to live and Phyrexia is fully defeated, the original plane utterly devastated.

Read Part 1: Birth of Phyrexia

To be continued in Part 3: Mirran Invasion

East2West is an aspiring writer from NJ currently seeking fame and fortune on the internet. She's been playing Magic since Zendikar block (the original one) and is a commander player with one deck for each two color pair and one for each single color. The only non EDH deck she plays is her own personal Pauper brew, Pauper Eggs. Follow her on her newly created and probably soon to be underused twitter @East2WestMTG.

Nov 24, 2018 by East2West
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