Today Jan 13, 2014 the Oracle of Theros officially revealed Arbiter of the Ideal in a tweet on Twitter, one of the newest "Born of the Gods" spoilers from Wizards of the Coast's upcoming" Magic: The Gathering" expansion set. Previously rumored as Mediator of the Ideal, we finally have the correct English card wording along with the artwork that players will find in booster packs.
Arbiter of the Ideal - 4UU
Creature - Sphinx (Rare)
Inspired - Whenever Arbiter of the Ideal untaps, reveal the top card of your library. If its an artifact, creature, or land card, you may put it onto the battlefield with a manifestation counter on it. That permanent is an enchantment in addition to its other types.
Blue players usually thwart their enemies with tricky instants and sorceries like Cyclonic Rift, Curse of the Swine, and Swan Song. Yet in order to abuse Arbiter of the Ideal you'll need to take a different approach to contructing your deck: Jamming your library with a high percentage of artifacts, creatures, and lands. Over the course of several turns you'll be able to gain a significant amount of card advantage. One idea in order to extract additional value out of Arbiter of the Ideal might be to play with cards that allow you to untap it such as Springleaf Drum, Prophet of Kruphix, and Ral Zarek.
Another idea to take advantage of Arbiter of the Ideal could be to run cards with Scry such as Omenspeaker, Thassa, God of the Sea, and Prognostic Sphinx. Using Scry will help mitigate the increased amount of instant or sorcery spells you may decide to play with in your deck. Two spells in particular you may want to consider includeing are Dissolve and Magma Jet. Make sure to also include several Temple Lands.
While Arbiter of the Ideal won't let you gain the sheer card advantage that Consecrated Sphinx will, you'll be able to have the permanents enter the battlefield directly without paying their mana costs.
How will you use Arbiter of the Ideal?
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