Quote from Evil Never Dies »it's a sphinx, that's been made sacred, and specific to the plane of mirrodin also been compleated. it shouldn't get the phyrxian update because it would then mean every consecrated sphinx everywhere is a phyrexian one.
Well, with the same argument we could say that "Nested Ghoul" it's a perfectly generic name that could fit in many places of the multiverse, but, guess what? It is phyrexian, so yeah, you must either sacrifice flavor (no Nested Ghouls in Innistrad or whatever place you like) or gameplay possibilities (adding simply the word "phyrexian" to the line doesn't substract absolutely nothing in terms of gameplay, au contraire, it opens new rooms for new potential synergies between cards). That's why I said that WotC from two fails should had choosen the lesser evil, which is in this case, making the Sphinx phyrexian for gameplay reasons and would be still be a good compromise for the maniacal vorthosian purists since the Amonkhet Sphinx will always have forever only the word "Sphinx" in her printed creature line.
it's a sphinx, that's been made sacred, and specific to the plane of mirrodin also been compleated.
And that is not and will never be phyrexian. What a flavor win, right? It's incredible how some vorthosian purists have this cognitive dissonance of not accepting that Amonkhet Sphinx could maybe be phyrexian, but have absolutely no problem to have the Jin-Gitaxias masterpiece as not phyrexian at all. From a flavor viewpoint it's a total failure in exactly both cases (I would argue that flavorwise the current solution it's even worse, because if it's still possible that maybe there's a chance for the Amonkhet Sphinx to be phyrexian, but in the other hand it's for sure 100% wrong with no flavor excuses whatsoever that the mirrodian sphinx shouldn't be phyrexianized).
pretty simple. get over it.
No, sorry but I won't accept it and neither get over it. Thank god in EDH rule zero is a thing and most people have more sense into them than whoever incompetent at wotc made this phyrexian update. All shall be one!
while true on nested ghoul, and some other cards, what you aren't considering is that this is a trading card game where some cards are going to be in demand more than others.
con sphinx is highly played. limiting it to just masters style sets, and phyrexian oriented sets, actually scums you - the player.
you need to accept that some decisions are actually made for your benefit, and this is one of them. there is absolutely no reason that a sphinx couldn't be consecrated on any other plane, but changing its type to phyrexian just because the first (and so far only) appearance is on new phyrexia? that's absolutely stupid. i get that you don't like it, but there's more at play here than just slapping the creature type on everything that appeared on phyrexian/new phyrexia.
you keep bringing up the amonkhet sphinx but here's the thing, there has been zero link between phyrexia and amonkhet. that is a big stretch right now, on top of that a big part of amonkhet's lore would indeed link directly to making a sphinx sacred - ie consecrated. they do not have to be mutually exclusive with phyrexian. i'm not sure you're seeing how easily not linking that creature type to it lends it to being reprinted anywhere it fits without having to make leaps in story. if you make it phyrexian, any plane it appears on now has direct ties to phyrexia that you have to explain.
in this case its tied to the card's playability - and its generic naming. they're not exclusive here but inclusive. this happens sometimes with justifiable reason. see m10.