Today Dec. 25, 2013 Wizards of the Coast revealed Kiora, the Crashing Wave, the newest planeswalker from the company's upcoming expert "Magic: The Gathering" expansion set "Born of the Gods," in an article on DailyMTG.com. This special Christmas "Born of the Gods" spoiler card packs quite a punch, and marks the first time Kiora Atua (who made her debut two years ago in "Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012") finally receives a card form. She's also the first Simic colored planeswalker to date.
Kiora, the Crashing Wave - 2GU
Planeswalker - Kiora (Mythic Rare)
+1 Loyalty: Until your next turn, prevent all damage that would be dealt to and dealt by target permanent an opponent controls.
-1 Loyalty: Draw a card. You may play an additional land this turn.
-5 Loyalty: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of your end step, put a 9/9 blue Kraken creature token onto the battlefield."
Starting Loyalty of 2
Great planeswalkers have a way to protect themselves, and Kiora, the Crashing Wave is no exception. Her +1 ability will keep one of your opponents permanents at bay, purchasing valuable time for you to find an answer while charging up her loyalty. The keyword on Kiora, the Crashing Wave's first ability is permanent, not just creature. That makes her a lot more useful against other types of cards that can transform into creatures such as Mutavault or Gideon, Champion of Justice and any annoying artifacts or enchantments that might be problematic (we're looking at you Purphoros, God of the Forge).
Kiroa, the Crashing Wave's second ability is one that many players may find themselves using right away. With an early mana dork such as Elvish Mystic you'll be able to accelerate into a third turn Kiora, the Crashing Wave and generate a whopping seven mana on turn four. That's enough to cast a Colossal Whale, Garruk's Horde, or Giant Adephage. One place you can expect Kiora, the Crashing Wave's -1 to really shine is against control decks, allowing you to soar ahead in card advantage and cast largers spells quicker.
Pulling off Kiora, the Crashing Wave's ultimate ability may be tricky due to her low starting loyalty of two. Even if you +1 her right away she's still within range of a Lightning Strike. With the prevalence of Hero's Downfall you'll have a tough time reaching five loyalty even if Kiora, the Crashing Wave stops their largest creature each turn. However if you're lucky enough to pull it off, gaining a giant 9/9 Kraken each turn is no laughing matter for your adversary. It's too bad they don't trample though.
How will you use Kiora, the Crashing Wave?
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