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'Journey Into Nyx' preview week: 'Heroes' Bane'

This will definitely be a Limited star.
Wizards of the Coast

This week begins the "Journey Into Nyx" previews on There is no particular order to the previews on the "Magic: The Gathering" site and there is no particular order here as well. With that in mind, here is the next card:

Heroes' Bane - 3GG - Rare - Creature - 0/0 - Heroes' Bane enters the battlefield with four +1/+1 counters on it. 2GG: Put X +1/+1 counters on Heroes' Bane, where X is its power.

This card is very reminiscent of "Chameleon Colossus" with its obvious differences. For those of you who may not remember, "Chameleon Colossus" was a 4/4 shapeshifter whose casting cost was 2GG. It was rare and released in Morningtide. During that block, tribes (or creatures who shared a type) was one of the major themes. The Colossus was one of the best creatures because it's shapeshifter type allowed it to fit in with almost any tribe in the block. Additionally, it's ability to pump itself up made it one of the most formidable foes in the format.

However, this is not entirely a copy of the Colossus. Our first problem is that it costs an extra mana to play. While it's not the end of the world, sometimes that extra turn matters.

In a Standard format that is greatly dominated by black, not having protection from black is a big deal and makes it extremely vulnerable. On a light note, it's ability to pump itself up still makes it a threat to anyone on the opposite side of it.

In the end, it falls short of making constructed lists. It will, however, be a superstar in Limited formats. Care to disagree? Let us know what you think in the comment section.

"Journey Into Nyx" hits stores on May 2. Prerelease events will be held the weekend of April 26 and 27. It will then be released online May 12. Finally, Game Day events will be held the weekend of May 24 and 25.

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