Today, io9.com published a great gallery of New Phyrexia preview art (which I might have had something to do with). The art is great and there are nice hi res versions of them, so you should go there and check it out. Meanwhile, we’re going to talk about Surgical Extraction.
One of the first New Phyrexia cards to be leaked was Surgical Extraction. When first revealed, it looked like this:
That’s a pretty interesting card in terms of effect. You can cast it for free (life loss of course being easily mitigated) and use it in any color deck. It has drawbacks, like not affecting the board in any way and requiring you to get your intended target into the graveyard before it will do anything. But wow does it make Duress really good. Imagine turn 1, Duress your Jace, then Extract it. It’s obviously best against combo decks. I think it’s going to have a pretty big impact on older formats were combos are more common. As an instant, it can shut down any combo as it tries to go off, and you don’t even need to keep mana up for it.It’s also pretty crazy to imagine what else might be done with Phyrexian mana in this set. A new Force of Will?
The art shown on the card is fine, but nothing to write home about. It’s the art for the buy-a-box promo version. The art below has been described both as the “final art” for the card, and as the “full, uncropped” art. I really hope there will be a full art promo using the entire image, because it is truly amazing, possibly one of the best pieces of Magic art I have ever seen.