The PAX Prime Magic party has just begun, and already a massive wave of spoilers has started to hit the Internet from intrepid partygoers on the ground. The first of them is one of the most anticipated and talked-up cards of the set: The central character, Elspeth, the chivalric planeswalker who sought refuge from the turmoil of her life and finds herself forced into being a hero once more. Here she is:
Elspeth, Sun's Champion 4WW
Planeswalker - Elspeth (Mythic)
+1: Put three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield.
-3: Destroy all creatures with power 4 or greater.
-7: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control get +2/+2 and have flying."
High-mana-cost planeswalkers are usually overlooked as being too slow for tournament play, but wow, I would not write off the new Elspeth any time soon. That "Sun's Champion" title implies she's accepted her role as Heliod's chosen herald, and wow, has he blessed her. That +1 works as a homage to her previous versions while conveniently also being a ridiculously efficient way to get bodies on the board. Do you have any idea how hard it is to block three 1/1s hitting the table every turn? That is a lot of catchup an opponent will have to do if they don't want to take a lot of combat damage to the face in installments of 1. The -3 is a repeatable wrath effect that, while smallish in scope, will probably not hit many of your creatures. Leveling the playing field like that is very satisfying - when it's weenies against weenies, the white aggro player will have more and better ones. The -7 may seem underwhelming - only +2/+2 pump? - as well as somewhat boring, but with the horde of creatures you'll inevitably have built up with four-plus turns of +1-ing, having them all be evasive 3/3s or better is definitely deadly.
What do you think of the new Elspeth? Let me know in the comments.
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