Today Aug. 30, 2014 at PAX Prime in Seattle, Wash. Wizards of the Coast revealed the newest Magic: The Gathering planeswalker card from their upcoming expert expansion set Khans of Tarkir: Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker.
Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker - 3RR
Planeswalker - Sarkhan (Mythic Rare)
+1 Loyalty: Until end of turn, Sarkhan the Dragonspeaker becomes a legendary 4/4 red Dragon creature with flying, indestructible, and haste. (He doesn't lose loyalty while he's not a planeswalker.)
-3 Loyalty: Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker deals 4 damage to target creature.
-6 Loyalty: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of your draw step, draw two additional cards" and "At the beginning of your end step, discard your hand."
Starting loyalty of 4
Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker turns into a dragon. That's right, dragon. Now that's flavor. While Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker can't grow as large as Gideon, Champion of Justice, the upside is that you're able to attack right away thanks to haste and most likely knock off a fifth of their life total thanks to evasion in the form of flying and a respectable power of four.
Of course you won't be able to block with Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker, however his second ability allows you to shoot down any problematic threats. Four damage is a healthy amount, and should be able to take out almost any early to mid game creatures you opponent is running. Unfortunaetly because it costs three loyalty to utilize, it'll be another four turns to charge up another blast. That's one turn longer than Liliana of the Veil, but it's important to note that you'll be able to target the creature being damaged with Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker while your foe can sacrifice their weakest creature.
Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker's final "ultimate" ability isn't too far out of reach, if you can protect him for three turns. While it won't kill your rival immediately, drawing three cards a turn is a pretty large deal. It'll be no time at all until you overwhelm any and all opposition with your card advantage.
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