Spear of Heliod is one of the newest "Theros" spoilers revealed today Sept. 9, 2013 from Wizards of the Coast's upcoming expert "Magic: The Gathering" expansion set in an article on SvenskaMagic.com. Spear of Heliod is part of a five card cycle of signature weapons in the set alongside Hammer of Purphoros, Bident of Thassa, and Bow of Nylea.
Spear of Heliod - 1WW
Legendary Enchantment Artifact (Rare)
Creatures you control get +1/+1.
1WW, Tap: Destroy target creature that dealt damage to you this turn.
Legend speaks of the Sun Spear, the mighty weapon that can strike any point in Theros, even the depths of the Underworld.
First and foremost, Spear of Heliod pumps all your creatures by one power and toughness. That can be handy when you're spitting out tokens from Heliod, God of the Sun, Assemble the Legion, or Sunhome Guildmage.
Spear of Heliod's second ability can be devastating. Although you'll lose some life, you'll be able to repeatedly destroy your opponent's threats. Over the course of a long game this can add up to a significant amount of card advantage, especially if you're gaining a life here and there from Blind Obedience. The only way for your rival to play around Spear of Heliod if they don't have a removal spell like Abrupt Decay to deal with it is to attack with multiple creatures at once. That'll put them in a vulnerable position if you're playing a control deck packing board sweepers like Supreme Verdict.
There are several ways you or an adversary can deal with Spear of Heliod. Indestructible creatures like Thassa, God of the Sea, Erebos, God of the Dead, Purphoros, God of the Forge, and Nylea, God of the Hunt simply cannot be destroyed by Spear of Heliod. Regenerating creatures such as Lotleth Troll, Grim Roustabout, and Experiment One can also be pesky for Spear of Heliod to deal with. Let's not forget that hexproof creatures like Lazav, Dimir Mastermind cannot even be targeted by Spear of Heliod.
How will you use Spear of Heliod?
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