As someone who is a huge fan of the Heroic mechanic, especially with Herald of Torment and Hero of Iroas being released in Born of the Gods, I’m happy to see Tormented Hero getting the promo foil treatment. It has pretty decent artwork, too. If white/black Heroic becomes a deck, Tormented Hero is a staple in that deck. Essentially, he’s a Diregraf Ghoul with a Heroic ability.

For those of you that don’t know, Diregraf Ghoul was a 2/2 Zombie that came into play tapped, and only cost one black mana. Tormented Hero, from Theros originally, has an additional ability. Whenever you cast a spell that targets it, each opponent loses 1 life, and you gain life equal to the life lost this way. That little Extort ability doesn’t sound like much, but in a deck based around the Heroic mechanic, every little bit of life-swing helps. It’s already a good card in the Xathrid Necromancer Humans deck, simply because it’s a Human. But I think in a post-M14 format it will maintain its value fairly well. It’s definitely a decent promo to print.

~ Elspeth for the Win