Theros: Beyond Death Previews – Eat to Extinction, Dryad of the Ilysian Grove and More
Enjoy the following spoilers from the upcoming Theros: Beyond Death, to be released on January 16, 2020!
Dryad of the Ilysian Grove
Today’s spoilers give us an interesting callback to Courser of Kruphix. Dryad of Elysia Grove represents a lot of fixing by itself, on a strong statline for blocking and the ability to play two lands per turn.
Eat to Extinction
Eat to Extinction is the new Vraska’s Contempt, giving a strong and permanent answer to Escape creatures and planeswalkers, but at a pretty expensive rate. The free surveil adds a little, but the card’s success really hinges on how much Escape there is or how important exiling the creatures is, as it faces stiff competition in Murderous Rider (and will generally lose that battle).
Discordant Piper is a decent draft card that props up sacrifice decks, offering two sacrifices for a low cost. It will be an above average 2 drop just in general, as a 2/1 that gains 4 life (which the chump blocker will often represent) is a fine fail case.
I would recommend taking it at about the 2.5 level on LSV’s scale, perhaps 3.0 if you have a couple of sacrifice payoffs already.
Hydra’s Growth represents a slow but powerful way to get a lot of counters on one creature. It still isn’t a great card in Draft (and far from Constructed playable) as it really is very slow, taking two turns to even get a reasonable effect and opening you up to 2 for 1s from removal. However, if the removal at common level isn’t that great or your deck has enchantment payoffs, the Growth’s stock goes up a decent amount and you can also sideboard it against people without much removal. It’s worth noting that it becomes scary much quicker if you have creatures that already have +1/+1 counters on them (but those creatures will be high value anyway, so that’s taking a big risk). As with every aura, the card gets a lot better with hexproof creatures.
I would take it at about the 1.5 level in Draft, rising to 2.0 or 2.5 if you already have enchantment payoffs.
Gravebreaker Lamia is a very cool card, giving you a free Entomb and then making your Escape cards cheaper. If there are Escape creatures to get that are efficient and represent a lot of value, it could crop up somewhere, but is more likely to make it in Commander and Brawl than in Standard as it doesn’t compare well to cards like Cavalier of Night.
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