Updated 4-29-14 with the English name

As we learned about Wrath of God’s inclusion in From the Vault: Annihilation, we also had a Legendary Creature revealed from Conspiracy.

Here’s the translation from Japanese:

Brago, King Eternal
Legendary Creature – Spirit, 2WU, 2/4
When Brago, King Eternal deals combat damage to a player, exile any number of target nonland permanents you control, then return those cards to the battlefield under their owner’s control.

At worst, whenever this guy does combat damage, you can blink your tapped creatures to untap them. The fact that you can blink any number of non-land permanents you control is extremely useful in Commander. Now, like all other Conspiracy cards, this card will only be legal in Legacy, Vintage, and Standard – besides any cards reprinted in the set that would otherwise be legal in Standard and Modern. It may not be that playable in Legacy, but it should become a Commander staple.

In many ways, it’s a better version of Roon of the Hidden Realm. Roon only blinks creatures, and requires an investment of 2 colorless mana and a tap. Brago can blink anything that’s not a land (he can blink mana rocks, of course). He’s going to become a staple in Bant decks, especially Derevi, Empyrial Tactician decks that probably didn’t need yet another way to untap things. Then again, this isn’t actually untapping, but it can have a similar effect. Also, any Bant deck that runs Prophet of Kruphix, Derevi included, can flash Brago into play at the end of your opponent’s turn, essentially giving him haste for your turn.

The even better part about Brago is that he’s a Legendary Creature, and also a Spirit, which is a fairly well-established archetype in Commander. Plus, Journey into Nyx has Skybind which has a great Constellation effect that allows your deck to still blink things even when Brago doesn’t deal combat damage to a player. Cards with Constellation effects in general from Journey into Nyx are going to be helped a lot by Brago’s existence in Commander, especially Eidolon of Blossoms, which is the green (and slightly better) version of Mesa Enchantress.

Brago is going to be a very fun card to watch, and could be a factor in the Conspiracy draft meta-game, as well. He’s going to be a King in Commander, a card that will go directly into my Derevi deck, and a card I look forward to brewing with in the future.

~ Elspeth for the Win