The Strive mechanic is really starting to get interesting, and Silence the Believers is an interesting piece of removal for Black. It’s essentially an instant-speed Gild, exiling a target creature for four mana. However, while it doesn’t give you the Gold “trophy” that Gild does, it does have the ability to exile additional creatures for 2B each.

While this sounds pricey, the ability to exile any Auras attached to said creatures is actually pretty relevant in a format that is sure to quickly becoming flooded with said card type. It makes Bestow creatures that have been played as Auras be exiled, as well, so at times, you’re going to 2 for 1 or even 3 for 1 with this card, which is pretty decent. Also, since it is exiling a card, it’s able to take care of Indestructible creatures, namely Gods. Used correctly, it’s pretty efficient removal, and while the Strive cost can be pricey, in mono-black with Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx around, it’s still a lot of potential value printed onto one card.

~ Elspeth for the Win