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Journey into Nyx spoilers: Strive mass fight from MTG-JP

I'm not sure fighting a statue is effective battle training, but, eh, Setessa for you.

As the Journey into Nyx spoilers continue both on the mothership and off it, our friends abroad are getting in on the action with exclusive foreign-language spoilers. Thanks to the crack translators in the Magic rumor community, they're not exclusive for long; and's latest is a powerful green removal and pump spell to showcase the new replicate-esque keyword, strive. Here's Setessan Tactics, in English:

Setessan Tactics 1G

Instant (Rare)

Strive - Setessan Tactics costs G more to cast for each target beyond the first.

Any number of target creatures each gets +1/+1 and gains "T: This creature fights another target creature" until end of turn.

Talk about seriously changing up the combat math. That strive cost of a mere green mana makes this a crazy-good heroic enabler when you have a bunch of heroes down on the battlefield - your average Centaur Battlemaster especially appreciates this. And while the pump is nice, this really shines on the block as, potentially, an instant-speed piece of mass removal. With vigilant creatures and a Bow of Nylea on the attack, you'll suddenly have a lot fewer blockers to worry about. The bottom line is: This is absolutely a game-changing spell that can be had for relatively cheap as long as you have the right board position, and a skill tester par excellence that has uses in both Limited and Constructed.

What do you think of this brawl-inducing instant? Let me know in the comments.

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