The Theros world-building panel at PAX Prime has drawn to a close, and there was almost as much information contained therein as at the Magic party of last night. Among the new cards spoiled at the panel was a Meletian hero who just might be the second coming of Geist of Saint Traft. Not only is he powerful in card form, he's also a prominent character in the Theros storyline as well. Here's our first look at Daxos of Meletis:
Daxos of Meletis 1WU
Legendary Creature - Human Soldier (Rare)
Daxos of Meletis can't be blocked by creatures with power 3 or greater.
Whenever Daxos of Meletis deals combat damage to a player, exile the top card of that player's library. You gain life equal to that card's converted mana cost. Until end of turn, you may cast that card and you may spend mana as though it were mana of any color to cast it.
Although there's another legend in this set with a member of the Power Nine as a saboteur ability, Daxos's ability that triggers on him hitting face is somehow almost as brutal. Basically, this allows you to draw cards from your opponent's library. It's as though they're your cards, too, because you can cast them for essentially their converted mana costs - Pull a Deus of Calamity? No problem - he can cost UUUUU now! Get Emrakul, the Aeons Torn? Sixteen mana of any kind - okay, well, the analogy breaks down with the Eldrazi legends, but the massive lifegain potential (especially if you grab Emrakul) is game-prolonging icing on the cake. His evasion ability also means that he's being blocked only by inferior creatures (and if you're playing this color combination, then your opponents' small creatures are inferior to your small ones) and thus not getting killed too often - especially if you put a few good Auras or Equipment on him. Small wonder that Trick Jarrett already wants to use him in EDH.
What do you think of this cunning Meletian hero? Let me know in the comments.