What ever happened to Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded?

When this card was previewed, people compared it to Sneak Attack, the red enchantment from Urza's Saga that Legacy players use to drop Emrakul, the Aeons Torn into play on turn three. Sure, it costs one more mana to play, two more to activate, and only works for red cards, but it's also indestructible, a 7/6 creatures (sometimes), and legal in Standard.

Unfortunately, competitive players prefer their red decks to be fast. Plus, we already have a Standard-legal red enchantment that lets you cheat on mana costs. It's called Fires of Invention, and it is broken.

So put away your Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded, it'll never be good in Standard. At least, not until there's a red creature that can end the game the turn it comes into play.

Oh hey, that works!




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