Abhorrent Overlord is one of the newest "Magic: The Gathering" cards spoiled today Aug. 27, 2013 from Wizards of the Coast's upcoming expert expansion set "Theros." Revealed in an article by Trick Jarrett on DailyMTG.com, Abhorrent Overlord showcases one of the game's newest mechanics: Devotion.
Abhorrent Overlord - 5BB
Creature - Demon (Rare)
When Abhorrent Overlord enters the battlefield, put a number of 1/1 black Harpy creature tokens with flying onto the battlefield equal to your devotion to black. (Each B in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to black.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice a creature.
Devotion cares about the total number of mana symbols of a specific color in the casting costs of permanents you control. In Abhorrent Overlord's case, it's black. Abhorrent Overlord can create a massive horde of 1/1 black Harpy creature tokens with flying. Should you happen to have an optimum draw, you'll end up with 21 Harpies on turn seven.
Of course Abhorrent Overlord isn't without a drawback: It requires ritual sacrifice to keep its hunger satiated. That's ok though, since he'll always enter the battlefield with at least two tasty snacks to munch on. Unlike Lord of the Pit Abhorrent Overlord lacks trample, however it does come down a turn earlier.
Abhorrent Overlord might just be the late game creature mono-black decks need to overwhelm the battlefield. At the very least, it'll make a huge impact on your casual games.
How will you use Abhorrent Overlord?
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