Today Oct. 17, 2013 Fell Shepherd was spoiled in a media update to the card image gallery of www.DailyMTG.com. This new black rare "Magic: The Gathering" creature card from Wizards of the Coast's upcoming multiplayer product "Commander (2013 Edition)" can slowly wipe out your opponent's side of the battlefield.
Fell Shepherd - 5BB
Creature - Avatar (Rare)
Whenever Fell Shepherd deals combat damage to a player, you may return to your hand all creature cards that were put into your graveyard from the battlefield this turn.
B, Sacrifice another creature: Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
One simple way to abuse Fell Shepherd is by sacrificing creatures that have an "enters the battlefield" effect so that you're able to abuse their abilities when the come back from the dead. Abhorrent Overlord can provide lots of fodder for Fell Shepherd to use, and there's a plethora of other awesome cards to abuse with Fell Shepherd just like there are with Roon of the Hidden Realm.
There's just a few glaring drawbacks to Fell Shepherd. It doesn't have evasion, meaning a blocker (any creature at all) can put a quick end to your plans. Even if you've managed to destroy all their creatures Fell Shepherd can be very risky because if one of your adversaries destroys it with a removal spell then you won't get your creatures back, leaving you vulnerable to your rivals with an empty board position.
Of course, you can negate Fell Shepherds weaknesses by giving it a form of evasion. As a massive 8/6, trample is a safe choice.
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