While we're on the subject of flavorful cards and the underworld, the PAX Magic party has another card related to Erebos's demesne that captures a famous aspect of Greek mythology. There are well-known stories where Orpheus, the great bard, charmed Hades and Persephone with his music enough for them to let him bring his dead wife Eurydice back to the land of the living, but lost her at the last moment when he dared to glance back at her. More successfully, one of the adventures of Hercules had him dragging Theseus out of a throne in Hades's chambers that made him forget his former life. An uncommon instant from Theros that was just previewed allows you to play out those same dramas yourself. Behold Rescue from the Underworld:
Rescue from the Underworld 4B
As an additional cost to cast Rescue from the Underworld, sacrifice a creature.
Choose target creature card in your graveyard. Return that card and the sacrificed card to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of your next upkeep. Exile Rescue from the Underworld.
This may seem like quite a few hoops to jump through for an instant-speed Zombify, but this is especially good for abusing enters-the-battlefield and death triggers. Sacrificing a creature and then having that creature return from the graveyard soon after isn't something that's been done before, but it doesn't really make sense to use the exile zone to blink the creature in question if they are visiting the realm of the dead. Definitely a more Johnny and Vorthos than usual take on reanimation - I'd play the hell (no pun intended) out of this in EDH.
What do you think of this trip to the underworld? Let me know in the comments.
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