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Flame-Wreathed Phoenix from 'Born of the Gods' revealed

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Flame-Wreathed Phoenix is one of several new "Born of the Gods" spoilers revealed today Jan 14, 2014 in an article by Bruce Richard on This fiery red mythic rare creature card either comes down big or will return to smash face again after it dies.

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Flame-Wreathed Phoenix - 2RR
Creature - Phoenix (Mythic Rare)
Tribute 2 (As this creature enters the battlefield, an opponent of your choice may place two +1/+1 counters on it.)
When Flame-Wreathed Phoenix enters the battlefield, if tribute wasn't paid, it gains haste and "Whenever this creature dies, return it to its owner's hand."

Flame-Wreathed Phoenix will either be a 5/5 flyer for four mana or a 3/3 flyer with haste that recurs to your hand. Unlike Chandra's Phoenix, Firewing Phoenix, or Kuldotha Phoenix you can't guarantee Flame-Wreathed Phoenix will return after death: Your opponent could choose for it to become the larger bird and then just Murder it with just about any removal spell like Hero's Downfall.

Perhaps even stranger than Flame-Wreathed Phoenix's ability is its rarity. It just doesn't scream mythic like some many of the epic creatures we've been overwhelmed with the past several years. Flame-Wreathed Phoenix is no doubt powerful, however we don't expect this particular mythic rare to be a chase rare. While it may ultimately see play in competitive decks it shouldn't be too expensive to acquire on the secondary market with everyone chasing after the new gods like Mogis, God of Slaughter or Ephara, God of the Polis and of course Kiora, the Crashing Wave.

How will you use Flame-Wreathed Phoenix?

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