Theros: Beyond Death Previews – Thassa's Oracle, Enigmatic Incarnation & Lagonna Clan Narrator
Enjoy the following spoilers from the upcoming Theros: Beyond Death, to be released on January 16, 2020!
Here’s the full illustration from Jesper Esping:
Thassa’s Oracle is Omenspeaker with a cool wincon attached, and a strong source of blue Devotion! Blue Devotion was a fairly aggressive deck when it was last in Standard as part of the original Theros block, and this card is far too defensive to fit that deck, but it doesn’t look like it will be this time. Powerful slower cards like Gadwick, the Wizened and Thassa, Deep-Dwelling already exist, and that looks like more the direction Blue Devotion will be headed in.
This is a decent value card, good at blocking and digging towards important cards like the aforementioned two – once you have a bunch of Devotion already out, you might be looking through as many as six or seven cards for that backbreaking Gadwick for a million you need to close out the game, and the base rate on turn 2 allows you to look at two.
The wincon probably isn’t that relevant for most decks but if the game is going long, it could crop up. At the point where you have 15 or so cards left in the late game and aren’t under pressure, you might want to be holding this and waiting for those last few points of Devotion to crush your opponent in style! Self-mill decks may well play this as an anti-aggro card that can serve as extra copies of Jace, Wielder of Mysteries in the late game.
Here’s the full illustration by PINDUSKI:
The enchantment version of classic banned card Birthing Pod has the potential to be a very powerful card itself and will at least be a very exciting rogue deckbuilder’s payoff! It really depends on how many good enchantments or enchantment creatures with strong enter the battlefield (ETB) abilities there are since being able to get value from those and then sacrifice them to get real creatures is really powerful – sacrificing an Omen of the Sea to get an Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath is just one of the nutty things you can do. The Incarnation being an end of turn rather than upkeep trigger means it has immediate impact – you can immediately use the creature you go and get to block (unless it’s Uro which will be sacrificed first…). You can combos with cards like Rancor, which return to their owner’s hand after being sacrificed to avoid having to pay any cost for the ability at all.
Incarnation definitely has some weaknesses over Pod, but Pod is so busted that it really doesn’t need to be nearly as powerful! Birthing Pod sacrificing creatures to get creatures meant it comboed with itself – you could slowly climb up the chain with it from a smaller creature to a much bigger one, and you can only really replicate that with enchantment creatures here. Birthing Pod decks have been toolboxy with lots of situationally powerful creatures in the past; with Enigmatic Intervention, you need to ensure you have enough enchantments to sacrifice so that’ll be more difficult to balance. It’s also a shame that it’s very difficult to get more than one trigger per turn – with Pod, you could untap it while Intervention is an end of turn trigger. Intervention is also a bit slower since Pod cost 3 mana rather than 4.
It’s worth noting that Incarnation is especially good with Leylines, as sacrificing a card you spent no mana on to get a 5 drop is pretty busted!
Still, I really hope Enigmatic Incarnation sees play somewhere as it’s a very sweet and potentially very powerful effect, and I suspect people like myself will be obsessively trying to make it work for as long as it’s in Standard…
Lagonna Clan Narrator
Lagonna Clan Narrator 3W
Creature – Centaur Advisor (Uncommon)
When Lagonna Clan Narrator enters the battlefield, you may put target Enchantment card from your graveyard on top of your library. If you do, gain life equal to that card’s converted mana cost.
The Narrator is a really solid Draft card, having a fine body while improving your draw steps in the later game (remember that this is a format absolutely full of Enchantments!) and gaining you a bunch of life to boot. It’s not actual card advantage, as the card goes on top of your library, but still a very good rate.
It’s a bit too weak for mainline Constructed formats, but could possibly see some play in Enchantment-centric decks in the Artisan formats or some sideboard play in Standard Enchantment decks, since it does potentially gain a lot of life.
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