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Chromanticore from 'Born of the Gods' revealed

Chromanticore from "Born of the Gods"
Wizards of the Coast

Today Jan. 20, 2014 Ken Nagle revealed Chromanticore, a new "Born of the Gods" spoiler card from Wizards of the Coast's upcoming expert "Magic: The Gathering" expansion set, in an article on This mythic rare can bestow a whopping amount of power and abilities onto one of your creatures.

Chromanticore - WUBRG
Enchantment Creature - Manticore (Mythic Rare)
Bestow 2WUBRG (If you cast this card for its bestow cost, it's an Aura spell with enchant creature. It becomes a creature again if it's not attached to a creature.)
Flying, first strike, vigilance, trample, lifelink
Enchanted creature gets +4/+4 and has flying, first strike, vigilance, trample, and lifelink.

Chromanticore's five colored mana cost makes it incredibly difficult to play in limited formats without a significant amount of color fixing. There will be corner cases where you've managed to draft powerful spells from mutliple colors and you'll be able to make it somehow work, however the vast majority of the time your limited deck will simply lose too much consistency to justify the greedy five color splash. It's in constructed formats where Chromanticore will shine though, with access to fixers like Joiner Adept, Chromatic Lantern, Sylvan Caryatid, and more.

It's rather odd that Chromanticore isn't a legendary creature, and can't be used as a commander. We suspect this may be because the team who created the card didn't want to decrease the font size on the type like. Still, Chromanticore makes an interesting addition to five colored commander decks like Progenitus, instantly transforming an innocent creature into an imposing and deadly threat.

How will you use Chromanticore?

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