Category: Journey Into Nyx


bearer

Bearer of the Heavens is an interesting card to say at the very least. For 7R, you get a 10/10 that pulls a straight-up Nevinyrral’s Disk” on the entire board. Personally, I love the flavor of this card. You kill him, and he drops the world and everything breaks.

Sadly, mechanics are much more abuse-able than that. One combo I quickly saw on Reddit was this guy plus Rescue from the Underworld.  You can sacrifice the Bearer using Rescue (during their turn), and at the end step, destroy all permanents. The next turn just have the Bearer come back into play and you pretty much have the game won at that point. It’s also possible to use this combo to get another creature off of the Rescue from the Underworld, but the Bearer is the best target to get this way. In Limited, it’s a solid win condition.

Aside from silly things like that, however, he is not going to see a lot of play. At 7R, it’s far too much mana for Standard, Modern, Legacy, etc. This card is clearly aimed towards Limited and casual players, and he may find a place in a funny Commander deck at some point.

– SolemnParty

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twinflame

Twinflame is an interesting card to say the very least. At 1R, it allows you to make a temporary hasty clone of a creature you control. This can honestly be quite a powerful effect – copying something like Blightsteel Colossus or Wurmcoil Engine can be terrifying, especially with haste at only 1R. The only real downside to this card is that it is only at sorcery speed, so you can’t make instant speed clones for blocking.

Now, the interesting part about this card is the Strive cost, which allows you to play an additional 2R per additional target you want to copy. Essentially, if you have the mana for it, you can clone your entire board and swing with twice as much power as you had before. At the moment, the card is selling for around a dollar, so it may be a good time to get these now. It isn’t as broken as Splinter Twin, of course, but it is still a fairly impressive card. This also means that Battlefield Thaumaturge makes these clones cost even less.

As a Commander player, I really like this card. When I’m playing a deck like Sedris, the Traitor King, being able to copy my entire unearthed board isn’t too difficult and changes the game entirely, making it much easier to swing out and kill another player with creatures like Wurmcoil Engine, Inferno Titan, Grave Titan, etc.

– SolemnParty

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