Theros previews roll on across the world as the prerelease dates approach in a few weeks. One intriguing spoiler today comes courtesy of the official Magic: the Gathering Australia and New Zealand Organized Play Facebook page; it's a blue-black sorcery that does a relatively unprecedented kind of stealing. Feast your eyes on Psychic Intrusion:
Psychic Intrusion 3UB
Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from that player's graveyard or hand and exile it. You may cast that card for as long as it remains exiled, and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any color to cast the spell.
Given both this card and another prominent multicolor rare, it seems that blue now has yet another trick to mess with its opponents: exiling their cards and casting them itself with whatever mana it can generate. This is a particularly brutal variant on the traditional Coercion effect - sure, five mana is expensive to just take one card out of commission, but the fact that it can take anything that can be cast from either the hand or the graveyard makes it a sort of pre- or post-emptive Spelljack. It's perhaps most comparable to Praetor's Grasp, and it easily ruins the carefully-laid plans of both combo and reanimator decks. Blue-black is often the most stereotypically, and satisfyingly, evil color combination, and there is indeed a kind of perverse joy in turning your opponents' most powerful stuff against them that these cards provide in spades. Time will tell how effective this will be in Constructed, but what's for sure is it'll be a house in the seemingly slow environment of Theros Limited and in EDH.
What do you think of this underhanded hand or graveyard exiling sorcery? Let me know in the comments.