Quote from Squirrely »I’m very excited for the Phoenix. A 4/2 flyer for 4 is not bad at all and the recursion is great as lategame fuel for midrange and as resilient threat for controllish decks.
Quote from Purplemurasaki »Apprentice Necromancer is interesting, but probably too gimmicky in most cases: 1/1, summoning sick, and not many great targets considering the risk.
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Every creature with a good etb is a good target for it. Summoning sickness isn't great, but getting a good etb trigger plus a free attack (say Angel of Despair for 3 mana) shouldn't be too hard if you draft correctly. The creature is sacrificed instead of exiled as well, so you could get it back in other ways after you necromancer it.
Quote from Purplemurasaki »Most good etbs are barely worth 3 mana though. Obviously you can cherry pick stuff like Pelakka Wurm or Angel of Despair, which are certainly worthwhile, but if you're running those cards you probably don't care too much about the damage and probably just want actual reanimation. Anything else at 6cmc or below is pretty average to bad without the damage, and 2 mana 1/1s and good etbs aren't great if you want to chip down a life total to make the damage good. Even considering the damage (which is in no way guaranteed), most good 6cmc or less targets are only worth about 3 mana.