Battlewise Hoplite is one of the newest "Theros" spoilers revealed today Sept. 3, 2013 from Wizards of the Coast's upcoming expert "Magic: The Gathering" expansion set in a video by David Greene on GatheringMagic.com. Battlewise Hoplite is an uncommon heroic gold creature that can quickly grow in size while improving your card quality.
Battlewise Hoplite - WU
Creature - Human Soldier (Uncommon)
Heroic - Whenever you cast a spell that targets Battlewise Hoplite, put a +1/+1 counter on Battlewise Hoplite, then scry 1. (To scry 1, look at the top card of your library, then you may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
Battlewise Hoplite joins Phalanx Leader as yet another aggressive heroic creature. A white-blue tempo deck, backed up with spells like Voyage's End and Azorius Charm could be one route to take with Battlewise Hoplite and friends.
Another idea might be to run a three colored deck with Akroan Crusader and Anax and Cymede. One spell in particular that would shine when cast on Battlewise Hoplite after it has already grown a little is Boros Charm. Another card that could proved to be an interesting addition as well is Nivmagus Elemental.
Battlewise Hoplite's effectiveness in limited will rely upon how many spells and auras you draft or open in your sealed pool that can target it. Even if there's only one or two cards that'll allow you to make it grow and scry, it'll certainly be worth including.
How will you use Battlewise Hoplite?
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