The first Standard legal set of 2023 Phyrexia: All Will Be One will be released on 10 February, and as usual, it’s time for another card preview.
The new set will bring Magic: The Gathering players back to a familiar plane, New Phyrexia, or Mirrodin as it was previously known before it became slowly corrupted by Phyrexian oil.
With oil as an important feature of Phyrexian technology, it’s no surprise that the new card Charforger has the ability to generate oil counters.
For one generic, one black and one red mana, Charforger is a 2/3 Phyrexian Beast packed with quite a few abilities.
To start things off, Charforger enters the battlefield with another 1/1 red Phyrexian Goblin token. Along with cards in the new set like Mondrak, Glory Dominus, Charforger might even enter the battlefield with more tokens!
Charforger also generates an oil counter whenever a creature or artifact is put into a graveyard. This means that even the death of creature tokens and sacrificing of Treasure tokens will generate an oil counter on Charforger.
A player can then remove three oil counters from Charforger to exile the top card of their library, and choose to play it within this turn.
This is arguably Charforger’s best ability, because players with top-deck knowledge can choose to exile away cards they don’t want, or just simply use this ability as card advantage during their own turn.
With Proliferate returning as a mechanic in Phyrexia: All Will Be One, it will also be much easier to generate more oil counters on Charforger.
Charforger's potential downsides are its mana cost (requiring two colours to cast) and colour identity (it can only be played in Rakdos or more coloured decks), but I still think it is a contender for the next Standard deckbuilders.
Pre-release for Phyrexia: All Will Be One will take place between 3-9 February, and the time to face Elesh Norn and her machines is coming soon!
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