The third card that
draws cards this week. Unfortunately, this costs
6 to get down. This likely means that it won't
be dropped before turn 8, as you need a
counterspell to protect it. If it stays down,
you're golden, but in the current type 2, turn 8
(or 6 unprotected) is much too slow.
In limited, it's a
bit better. A creature with 4 toughness that you
can bounce in response to damage. I'd play it
here, as the 3 cards are just gravy.
A 3/4 creature for 6
certainly seems overcosted, but what if you
could ancestral recall every turn by just
tapping him. Now add the fact that if threatened
he can return to your hand. I think it all adds
up to one of the best blue creatures since the
mighty Morphling. This card will be a staple in
blue and blue+X control decks for a long time.
He is also excellent in the slow Onslaught
someone saying that "6 mana is a lot to pay for a
card unless it wins you the game". Fortunately,
Arcanus will win you the game, if you give him
The idea that you can
actually play the cards in your hand rather than
pitching them to an activated ability (you know
the ones I mean) has sort of been lost in the
Odyssey block, but if you consistently outdraw
your opponent, odds are that you're going to win.
Unfortunately, whereas other power creatures like
Mageta or blinding angel practically won the game
the turn after they came into play, Arcanus takes
a little longer. As a result, he probably won't
see much play in standard, but in the slower block
format, I'm sure we'll see a few decks with this
guy in them.
And before I forget: Yes, he
does combo well with the words. I'l give him an
overall 3 in constructed. He's fantastic in
limited. 6 mana for a strong creature that returns
to your hand and nets you 3 extra cards a turn is
great. A 4.5 in limited.
This card is
broken. Period. Broken Blue Bull****.