Pharika, God of Affliction

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Journey into Nyx (JOU) Mythic Rare

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Pharika, God of Affliction

Legendary Enchantment Creature — God

Indestructible 

As long as your devotion to black and green is less than seven, Pharika isn't a creature. 

BG: Exile target creature card from a graveyard. Its owner puts a 1/1 black and green snake enchantment creature token with deathtouch onto the battlefield.

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Pharika, God of Affliction Discussion

TypicalTimmy on Card creation challenge

2 months ago

Silvertusk Boar

Creature - Boar

Protection from blue.

Whenever Silvertusk Boar attacks, you may discard a card at random from your hand into your graveyard. If you do, Silvertusk Boar can not be blocked this turn.

Spells and spears seem to bounce right off it's hide.

4/2


Hope I did the challenge justice. I personally think this is a pretty cool Boar. I'd run it, especially in Madness decks. Probably just 2x because of the cost, but still. Free discard outlet and 4 damage? Nice.

I'm super happy because I got a Bundle of Guilds and pulled a Sacred Foundry, Vraska, Golgari Queen, Chamber Sentry, 2x Venerated Loxodon, 2x Ritual of Soot (Got a Golgari toolkit thingy, too), Runaway Steam-Kin, Izoni, Thousand-Eyed, Light of the Legion, Dimir Guildgate, * Emmara, Soul of the Accord. (Card's are "meh" cost-wise but I love to play with under-impressive cards and get them to work, so I'm happy.)

So I kinda want to tinker around a bit and see if I can work up some Abzan jank. Haven't tried that for a while. I'm also super stoked that we got 2x new Gorgon creatures: Arisen Gorgon in 2019 and Pitiless Gorgon in Guilds. Between those, Assassin's Trophy and Fatal Push I think I can finally build my long-awaited Modern Gorgon Tribal!! :D That's been a deck on my radar for years now but it's always had way too high of a CMC to pull off. I think I can finally nail it down. And with Vraska, Golgari Queen having a super low casting cost, I can run it with her. Tons and tons of mass removal with a decent slew of cheaper Gorgons buffed by Metallic Mimic & Adaptive Automaton & maybe 1 or 2 Creakwood Liege with probably 1x Pharika, God of Affliction for duds in my Graveyard. Idk just yet.

GORGON TRIBAL BABY!!

  • "That's great and all TypicalTimmy, but what's your F-ing challenge?!?"

Let's go back to Tarkir (My most beloved Plane!) and go Abzan (Since those colors are on my mind). I'd like to see a functional Abzan Gorgon Hydra! Yup! What a design! Hehehe have fun!

TypicalTimmy on Let's Discuss: Pharika, God of ...

3 months ago

I'd like to ask a few questions about Pharika, God of Affliction when the Theros block was in Standard.

See, I wasn't playing MTG back then. I came in during the release of Magic: Origins. Though I did play from time to time throughout my highschool years (2004 - 2007) and later in college (2009 - 2012), but I didn't actually start buying and building decks until M:O. Simply put, it was a passive interest and I'd just borrow a friend's deck for the day.

No, my questions are these:

  • When Pharika, God of Affliction was in Standard, was there an over-abundance of creature removal? Because her ability seems to specifically target creatures which have already been killed / discarded / milled?
  • Was there a lot of graveyard tricks around the Theros block, and thus the potency of exiling creatures was of great benefit?
  • What was the mechanical purpose of giving your opponent a 1/1 token? I understand that paying for a permanent removal from the game is really cheap, so the cost is offset in some way, but why give them a 1/1 DEATHTOUCH chump blocker?

She's always struck me as the odd-ball of the Gods. They are all so darn straight-forward.

  • Iroas, God of Victory gives your guys Menace. That's awesome!

  • Mogis, God of Slaughter is an Indestructible sac-engine. Oooh, boy and I use him very often in my Rakdos decks.

  • Erebos, God of the Dead stomps out life totals and is a seriously under-rated draw engine. I mean, SERIOUSLY YOU DON'T EVEN TAP HIM WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE?!

  • Kruphix, God of Horizons - Dude, just stop. I've run decks where I pool over 100 mana and people end up forgetting about it until I drop bombs like I'm ((insert outdated reference of your choice, here.))

  • Karametra, God of Harvests Oh. My. God. "Hey, I see you tapped your lands this turn to play a creature. Let me help you out with that <3"

I mean they are all soooo good.

Then there's Pharika.

"Hey, I heard you like combat tricks, hand manipulation, sac, burn, draw engines, land drops... so how about I create some 1/1 Deathtouch tokens for your opponent?"

Seriously. I can't logically wrap my head around her. Either you exile your own graveyard for some chump blockers which I guess is okay, or you give your opponent said chump blockers and, well let's hope you've got yourself Nylea, God of the Hunt and they don't have Archetype of Courage.

I just... I don't see it.

Were you supposed to combo Nylea, God of the Hunt + Erebos, God of the Dead + Pharika, God of Affliction and hope you get all three out so you can swing for damage that can't be recovered from? Because honestly, that seems really difficult to do.

So what's going on here? What am I missing? What was Standard like back then that warranted a card like this to be made?

Thanks.

(Wait, was Dredge a thing around this time? Then I could understand it. Discarding / milling yourself and turning them into protection seems like a logical method, but I don't know if that was a thing or not in Standard. Hence the thread.)

ZorrosRage on My snake deck (that title took me two weeks...)

4 months ago

Just options is why I said it. Could build around Kaseto, Orochi Archmage to buff your weaker snakes and use the cards that give all creatures +1/+1.

I think Seshiro the Anointed is too expensive for what it does. I just think something like Metallic Mimic could do better

Maybe add Pharika, God of Affliction if you go creature heavy 1/1 death touch tokens are nice

Could also use Lotus Cobra if you want to ramp faster and use fetch lands to the big ones if you want.

Rancor could also be fun for weak creatures or hit directly with kaseto

ZorrosRage on My snake deck (that title took me two weeks...)

6 months ago

Kaseto works pretty well with Blight Mamba to end games fast with infect

Coiling Oracle could give you some card draw

Prowling Serpopard could work in the side if you face a lot of control

sadly not in black Pharika, God of Affliction is my favorite snake and a god :-D, and Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons looks fun.

ALso Lead the Stampede could help refill your hand after a board wipe

Lord_Olga on Deathtouch Abuse

6 months ago

GolgariGreenthumb Vampire Nighthawk was one of the top contenders of this deck, believe me. Ultimately, I ended up filling the 3 mana cost creatures with Glissa, the Traitor and Pharika, God of Affliction because I wanted this deck to have the capacity to survive in the long haul and I thought these creatures would be ultimately more useful.

Rhadamanthus on Benefaction of rhonas ruling

8 months ago

You can use double square brackets around a card's name to link it. It's the easiest way to make sure everyone understands what's going on in your question. Benefaction of Rhonas, Kruphix, God of Horizons, Pharika, God of Affliction

Yes, that's fine. If a card has multiple types, then it will follow the rules for each of those types and effects that care about any one of those types will interact with it. In your example, because Benefaction says "and", you're allowed to choose one of the gods as the enchantment and the other as the creature.

5hadao on GOD deck

8 months ago

On the way out is Azor's Gateway  Flip and coming in is another God, this time its Pharika, God of Affliction

This makes 2 left before they are all in there

UpsetTomcat on Savra, Queen of the Golgari ELF tribal

9 months ago

Not an elf, but Pharika, God of Affliction could give you black/green tokens to sac to Savra. Might be worth it even if it's not tribal.

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