I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’m a sucker for cute things. I’m not just talking about interesting, appealing interactions between certain cards but physically cute things like kittens, cleverly designed cakes, and Myr.
Yes, I have a soft spot for those admirably misguided yet intriguingly adorable “Memarch‘s little helpers” who scuttle around Mirrodin. As I played through this past weekend’s Prerelease Events for Scars of Mirrodin there was one little Myr that I was always happy to see: Perilous Myr.
This little cute ball of death was a heroic champ in virtually every game he appeared, whether it was on my side or against. At first glance this guy reminded me of Mudbutton Torchrunner. However the two are quite a bit different:
- Perilous Myr costs two mana compared to the Torchrunner’s cost of three
- Perilous Myr requires only colorless mana as opposed to the red-required Torchrunner
Those two differences make these two stand worlds apart. I had wanted to try Mudbutton Torchrunner in my cube but three mana was just a touch too much since the three drop slot is already packed for red. However, this little two mana colorless guy feels so different. Regardless of the color of the deck he felt right at home in Sealed events. I saw him pair up with a piece of equipment and give myself, and opponents, fits.
It’s not that he’ll kill anyone fast but that the value that can be obtained from him is huge. On the offense or defense he usually something your opponent doesn’t want to die. Being able to take something down on the way out gives him such beastly value and makes combat math a headache, in a good way.
Looking over my cube I see dozens of two and three toughness creatures he could take our or trade with. While I really enjoyed him in multiples, I think having just one may be interesting enough, especially as a replacement for Moonglove Extract. It would put another body into a blue control deck looking for removal anywhere it can get it.
And, of course, it’s just so cuddly I’m tempted to shove it in just for fun. No one can deny that dropping a Perilous Myr and audibly chirping like a pikmin doesn’t at least tug at your heartstrings a little.