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This card is bonkers good. There are any number of things red can do on turn 3 that involve this guy, pumping with 18 life and then killing your opponent. Badly underrated.
Posted By: Hanksingle (9/5/2011 1:58:33 PM)


With all the insta-win combos people are throwing out there, I thought I'd add Fatal Frenzy to the mix.
Posted By: Paleopaladin (6/5/2011 8:58:59 PM)


Immolating Souleater + Tainted Strike . Use the Phyrexian mana to burn yourself the remaining 8 poison counters. Winner!
Posted By: Khavrion (6/26/2011 8:50:21 PM)


Immolating Souleater begs to be put in the same deck as Assault Strobe, and the colours match up, too. It's a great 2-drop that constantly threatens huge amounts of damage. It's splashable, the art looks cool, overall a very good card.

I run 4 in my red-white fliers deck. Lots of evasion and removal, and these and assault strobe are my win conditions.
Posted By: Wulfsten (7/11/2011 1:09:09 AM)


Spend your life to pump it up, then have Brion Stoutarm throw it for a partial rebate on the spent life :-)
Posted By: RazzmatazzTheGreat (8/10/2011 12:55:52 PM)


This one seems the best of the cycle to me as elaborated by previous posts, followed by the white one and then the blue one. The black one seems nice if you are missing an infect creature for your draft, but the green one is almost useless. it WILL get killed when it attacks and 3 damage is not worth the mana cost plus the activation of trample, 3 damage being dealt at most, possibly negated by you losing two life for the activation. Maybe as a deterrent to attackers? whatever. This guy will probably be the only one that is used in a constructed deck.

Edit: wow, there is nothing as frightening as being attacked by two of these with less life than the opponent and only one blocker. Luckily i had a removal spell, but that could have gone very differently depending on luck of the draw. These things are really good in an aggressive deck, and while firebreathing alone is something to be careful around, the Phyrexian symbol just makes this more terrifying and a creature that MUST be blocked... (see all)
Posted By: jsttu (9/13/2011 9:22:22 AM)


Easily the best of the ancient Pyric Salamander lineage.
Posted By: HuntingDrake (9/24/2011 9:19:20 PM)


Glad to see they cut the Channel/Fireball combo in half, albeit in a set where infect is easy to get.
Posted By: GlassJoetheChamp (3/24/2012 10:08:20 PM)


Death's Shadow. I will make the deck.

Fling, Assault Strobe, Tainted Strike, Kiln Fiend, some kill and discard spells.
Posted By: Gabriel422 (4/28/2011 10:07:20 PM)


@PhyrexianFailure: It's not quite that good, since you only get 1 point of power for every 2 life spent.

@NoFace22: Do note that you can't pay 2 life if you have less than 2 life.
Posted By: Vinifera7 (5/28/2011 3:55:53 AM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!