Ever since the once-considered-broken Savannah Lions and its reflavored successor Elite Vanguard, there have been a handful of white one-drop creatures explicitly designed to be "the best one-mana creature around," to show that small creatures are one of white's great strengths. Isamaru, Hound of Konda, Dryad Militant, Champion of the Parish, and Figure of Destiny may be good, but TCGPlayer.com has just previewed a white one-drop from Theros that outdoes them all, at least in terms of early-game performance. Behold Soldier of the Pantheon.
Soldier of the Pantheon W
Creature - Human Soldier (Rare)
Protection from multicolored
Whenever an opponent casts a multicolored spell, you gain 1 life.
"I hear the gods' voices in my dreams each night, and I offer bloody trophies on their altars each day."
This guy's got some uncharacteristically gruesome flavor for a white card, which sort of fits the sheer brutality of his abilities. There are hatebears, and then there are hoser creatures that are in a class by themselves. This is an anti-multicolor hatebear that someone forgot to put a 1 in the mana cost of. And anti-multicolor is an extremely broad-spectrum hose in the immediate aftermath of Return to Ravnica block. Any given deck of note in Standard is going to be packing a lot of gold, and Soldier of the Pantheon will be there to give utter hell to anyone who dares use multicolor stuff early on. Rakdos Cacklers shouldn't attack into him, ever, and Tattermunge Maniacs become dead cards in Modern against him. This guy kills an unpumped Varolz, the Scar-Striped, for Serra's sakes, and comes out of that combat alive! Then there's the matter of the lifegain ability, which makes racing aggro vs. aggro a bit of a chore, to say the least - frankly it almost feels like insult to injury, with two strong hoser abilities on a body that would be great without either of them. Hey, but at least it isn't strictly better than an Elite Vanguard - multicolor pump spells and Auras don't work on it, and this is the sort of creature you might want to use those on.
What do you think of this absurdly strong one-drop? Let me know in the comments.