The Magic festivities at PAX Prime in Seattle are now underway, and so are the Theros previews. Although the Magic party, wherein the largest volume of Theros previews will undoubtedly be shown, is still hours away, various Wizards of the Coast personalities have taken to the stage to show off some new cards already. Trick Jarrett is one of them - and he's given us a red, token-making one-drop with heroic that might be one of the strongest commons in the set. Here's Akroan Crusader.
Akroan Crusader R
Creature - Human Soldier (Common)
Heroic - Whenever you cast a spell that targets Akroan Crusader, put a 1/1 red Soldier creature token with haste onto the battlefield.
An Akroan soldier's worth is measured by the number of swords raised by his battle cry.
All I can say is wow. That's an unimaginable potential amount of free Raging Goblin equivalents on a one-mana card. Comparisons will inevitably be raised to Young Pyromancer, and I believe that's accurate - they're both very, very strong small creatures in both Limited and Constructed. Indeed, they surely belong in a red aggro deck themed around instants and sorceries together - now all red needs is some good pump spells to make Akroan Crusader truly great. To be honest, he currently feels more at home in red-green or red-white builds, since those colors tend to have the best cheap Auras - but then again, there's always Madcap Skills for the fans of monocolor decks.
What do you think of this army-making little red guy? Let me know in the comments.