Unveiled today Jan. 13, 2014 in an article by Tom LaPille on DailyMtg.com, Pain Seer is one of the newest "Born of the Gods" spoilers from Wizards of the Coast's highly anticipated upcoming expert "Magic: The Gathering" expansion set. This rare black creature features an ability that makes it almost as powerful as one of the game's most notorious Modern cards: Dark Confidant.
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Pain Seer - 1B
Creature - Human Wizard (Rare)
Inspired - Whenever Pain Seer becomes untapped, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to that card's converted mana cost.
Every twitching nerve and pulsing vein carries a message, discernible with the right tools.
Unlike Dark Confidant Pain Seer won't automatically allow you to get a card the next turn without a little help. Thankfully, Springleaf Drum is being reprinted in "Born of the Gods" and will allow you to tap Pain Seer without having to attack with it in combat. That's good news if your opponent has a blocker that could take out Pain Seer.
As we've mentioned talking about one of the prerelease promos (Mediator of the Ideal), by using cards that allow you to untap your permanents such as Prophet of Kruphix or Ral Zarek you'll be able to potentially gain extra value out of Pain Seer. Both those options require running three colors, which is a bit too much to rely upon in Standard. Splashing blue for Hidden Strings may be a more viable idea, and blue also has Triton Tactics which can be deadly for your opponent's creatures if you control an Agent of the Fates.
Because Pian Seer is a Human it'll trigger Champion of the Parish, can't be countered thanks to Cavern of Souls, and can help activate Gallows at Willow Hill and untap it with Thousand-Year Elixir. With the extensive pool of cards in Modern, there's bound to be several better combos to find. It's a Wizard, afterall.
How will you use Pain Seer?
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