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Phage the Untouchable
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Phage is an interesting name, as in latin it means eat or eating, and phage sure eats your opponents.
Posted By: Bufzar (10/12/2013 7:33:34 PM)


The most fun thing to do with Phage is imprint her on a Summoner's Egg or Clone Shell. Give the card to your opponent somehow (Bazaar Trader, Legerdemain -- whatever). Then simply kill the Shell / Egg.

It's roughly as fun AND reliable as playing your state lottery.
Posted By: scumbling1 (3/17/2011 7:08:14 AM)


I was just reading the story about her. Apparently, she used to be a barbarian named Jeska, Warrior Adept. She was then captured by Braids, Cabal Minion, and turned into Phage by the Cabal Patriarch. Cursed to rot anything she touched, she could only wear clothes made of silk, and touch inorganic materials. However, the Patriarch could touch her, because he shared a similar curse, and they actually had a child. The child was the reincarnation of some sort of god that had been hanging out with the Cabal.

Eventually, Akroma, Angel of Wrath came to kill Phage (that was actually the purpose behind Akroma being created - she was created by an illusionist and is technically an ILLUSION angel), and the Patriarch killed her, but accidentally killed Phage and their child in the same swing, causing a new god to be born somehow (part of it was Phage's planeswalker spark) - called Karona, False God/auto... (see all)
Posted By: Bobth (8/17/2012 9:09:05 AM)


This is a card that should have been in FTV Legends, just so we could get a print of her with the freakin' zombie subtype.
Posted By: Earthdawn (6/17/2013 6:56:02 AM)


This + Endless Whispers = Fun way to win.
Posted By: GhelmaroftheSimic (8/18/2009 6:44:58 PM)


Opponent: I activate Liliana's Ultimate! Game over!
Me: For you maybe. *activates divining witch's ability, discarding phage*
Posted By: VoidedNote (5/8/2011 8:25:22 PM)


This card is by far my favorite card in all of Magic history. It has cool art, cool mechanics, and everytying to satisfy a Timmy Player.
Posted By: AkromaAngelofWrath (11/12/2008 2:49:01 PM)


I finally figured out what was so familiar with Phage's pose in the picture... It reminds me of the painting of the Creation of Adam by Michelangelo!

Except this is a picture of Phage extending her finger to poke God XD
Posted By: dberry02 (9/17/2010 6:12:12 PM)


Phage does kill you if you put it onto the battlefield with Elvish Piper's ability. Phage needs to be cast, as a spell, from your hand not to kill you. You will also lose if you cast her, as a spell, from anywhere except your hand (like with Yawgmoth's Will). I think they changed the terminology partly to lessen this kind of confusion between cast and put onto the battlefield.
Posted By: Rainyday2012 (7/27/2009 3:01:57 PM)


Best thing to have (in hand), ever, when facing Karn Liberated.
Posted By: Exclaimer999 (8/8/2012 4:39:21 AM)


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Gamecast, near-deathtouch, and gametouch
Posted By: j_mindfingerpainter (3/24/2014 6:15:26 PM)


Phage on battlefield: "I play land, Groundswell, Mutagenic Growth, Berserk, and Glistening Oil. Entering combat, I attack you with phage for 20 points of trampling, infect, "I win the game damage"." This would likely never work but still, no kill like the overkill. Flash them a Fling if you feel like taking it a step further.
Posted By: TheDoomknight (2/12/2014 5:09:34 AM)


Does not combo with Liliana Vess.
Posted By: Kaleidostorm (2/10/2014 9:33:58 PM)


Bad card. People without hands like pirates can't play it.

Posted By: Swag_Crow (1/23/2014 3:18:20 AM)


Best EDH general ever
Posted By: SirLibraryEater (1/13/2014 12:52:20 PM)


EDIT / UPDATE: I was wrong -- Karn Liberated's rulings clarify that restarting the game after exiling her means that you *DO* lose:

"After the pre-game procedure is complete, but before the new game's first turn, Karn's ability finishes resolving and the cards left in exile are put onto the battlefield. If this causes any triggered abilities to trigger, those abilities are put onto the stack at the beginning of the first upkeep step."
She's cool, but I'm afraid of a card that lets a single Otherworldly Journey kill me.

BTW, Karn Liberated's ultimate works with her since she never "enters the battlefield" in that case.

Posted By: Paleopaladin (12/30/2013 6:39:50 PM)


Insanity wolf:

Plays Phage the Untouchable as general.

Casts Phage from command zone.

Masticates furiously.
Posted By: BobbySinclair (12/16/2013 3:36:56 AM)


Not only does this perfectly represent everything about black (extreme power with a risk attached), it's my new favorite card.

Not because it's good (and it is good), but because of how it makes people feel. When Phage comes out, everyone's nervous, but at the same time they're excitedly scheming on how to turn her against her caster. And boy are there so many ways to do this (target her with Banisher Priest, kill her and cast Living Death, give her persist or undying, or just steal her and swing in). It's not just some weird corner case; Phage will nearly always end the game, but you truly can never know exactly which way she'll swing. And when she does one-hit-kill your opponent, the game's done; I'd always rather be killed by her than some stupid drawn-out Erayo lock.

And just knowing she's in your opponent's deck is intimidating. Do you really want to cast that It That Betrays? That ... (see all)
Posted By: MisterAction (12/10/2013 12:02:16 AM)


Discard her and have Lazav, Dimir Mastermind do her dirty work, cheaply and safely.
Posted By: jfre81 (12/7/2013 12:46:51 PM)


@Bufzar Just to be pedantic, "phagein" is actually Greek. It means "to eat" or "to devour". The Latin word is "vorare", which is where we get things like Mortivore.
Posted By: VirusVescichetta (11/30/2013 12:23:48 AM)


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