We first met Dack Fayden when IDW released their "Magic: The Gathering" comic book line, and now after three years this planeswalker will finally receive a physical card form in this year's upcoming set "Conspiracy." We were teased with Dack Fayden's art during the PAX East "Magic" Panel, and after a clever social media marketing stunt that required players to go on a scavenger hunt solving puzzles Dack Fayden was ultimately spoiled when users typed "paliano" while visiting this article by Shawn Main.
Dack Fayden - 1UR
Planeswalker - Dack (Mythic Rare)
+1 Loyalty: Target player draws two cards, then discards two cards.
-2 Loyalty: Gain control of target artifact.
-6 Loyalty: You get an emblem with "Whenever you cast a spell that targets one or more permanents, gain control of those permanents."
Starting loyalty of 3
There's a lot going on here with Dack Fayden. His first ability is essentially Faithless Looting, which if you want can be used on an opponent or ally. In an artifact based deck, Dack Fayden can dump some tasty targets from your hand into your graveyard to abuse with Goblin Welder in Legacy.
Dack Fayden's second ability is utterly disruptive in Vintage, allowing you to steal the tastiest targets the turn it enters the battlefield. Chances are pretty high that you'll quickly snag a Mox, Sol Ring, or Mana Crypt. Even better is taking your missing Time Vault or Voltaic Key from your adversary to gain infinite turns. Oh, did your rival just Tinker for a Blightsteel Colossus? Oh and there's tons of potential targets in Commander. Don't forget to thank them for helping you win the game as you beat them with their own cards.
As with all "ultimate" abilities we've seen on planeswalkers, Dack Fayden's is pretty much overkill. If you can protect him for just a few turns you'll be able to start swiping permanents from your opponent, provided that you have a way of targeting them.
Dack Fayden won't be legal in Standard or Modern, however you'll be able to play with it in eternal formats such as Commander, Legacy and Vintage where Dack Fayden's power arguably rivals Jace, the Mind Sculptor.
How will you use Dack Fayden?
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