Wizards of the Coast has been big on the idea of social media previews for sets lately. The Magic-related subreddit of Reddit has consistently gotten its own official spoils over the past few blocks. Now, one of the latest official Magic Reddit posts has the other red-green-white commander in the Nature of the Beast deck, and it's a heavy hitter. Say hello to Gahiji, Honored One.
Gahiji, Honored One 2RGW
Legendary Creature - Beast (Mythic)
Whenever a creature attacks one of your opponents or a planeswalker an opponent controls, that creature gets +2/+0 until end of turn.
He can stir the gentlest spirit to wild ferocity.
For a color combination that has the undeserved reputation of being unsubtle, this is simply an incredible political tool. Your own creatures should be benefiting the most from the bonus, of course, since this is meant for swarm decks that will be attacking with big armies all at once, but dropping this also suddenly makes you the friend of everyone else at the table - or at least a lesser enemy. I like how this makes hitting for commander damage that much easier; don't forget that this swings as a 6/4, which means it'll take at most four unblocked hits for a commander kill, a respectably low number. The fact that this boosts anyone attacking your opponents means you'll be relatively unscathed while everyone else is bleeding out. And they'll have incentive to keep you alive just to keep the bonus hanging around.
Flavorfully, as a massive pseudomammalian creature worshiped as a deity, this seems to belong to the actual Alaran shard of Naya flavorfully, which is cause for rejoicing among Alara fans.
What do you think of this pump-tastic Nayan Beast? Let me know in the comments.