I can actually imagine this card being good for
constructed in the future, it is clearly already
good for limited as a 4/4 for five mana. In
constructed, Nath reminds me of cards like
Loxodon Hierach. The similarity is a big
creature for a two colored casting cost with a
secondary ability that seems very decent. Sure,
Nath weighs in at five mana instead of
Hierarch’s four mana. That one additional
colorless mana may very well be the thing that
keeps Nath out of constructed, but I think the
next year or so might just run slow enough to
let Nath in. I love that Nath’s cool discard
ability is a MAY ability, meaning that player’s
have to be on top of things enough not to forget
to make their opponent discard.
In green/black, just being a 4/4 for five isn't
remotely enough. Grave-Shell Scarab didn't get a
lot of play, and it could bring itself back from
the graveyard. Nath can't even do that.
What it can do is force random discard (a
powerful ability) and give you 1/1 Elf tokens. I
like that the Elf token trigger occurs even if
an opponent discards for another reason, meaning
this might get sided in against Madness decks,
or followed up by an Augur of Skulls sacrifice.
But by turn five or six, how many cards will
your opponent have left?
It's a cool card, but I honestly don't see it
catching on unless there's a lot of good Elf
tribal cards that are still effective on turn
Monday - Nath
of the Gilt-Leaf
Welcome to Lorwyn previews week! We'll be
reviewing some cards previewed by Wizards on
their official website.
First up is Nath of the Gilt-Leaf, a card that
gives a strong hint at Lorwyn's tribal theme.
This guy is pretty solid, giving you a free
discard and 1/1 on each of your turns, but he
does cost 5. In an elf deck, however, you should
be able to get this guy out by turn 4, and let
him go to work. He has a lot of potential in
that tribal deck, as well as in casual.
In limited, looks like a solid pick if you're
drafting elves. Beefy body, card advantage,
board advantage...what more could you ask for?
Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 3.5
Nath of the
The thing I like about Nath of the Gilt-Leaf is
that he doesn't have to attack (or do anything
in particular!) to disrupt your opponent. The
thing I don't like about Nath of the Gilt-Leaf
is that he costs quite a lot and only disrupts
your opponent during your turn (unlike Nezumi
Shortfang). He doesn't even have evasion like
Hypnotic Specter. But the other thing I like
about Nath of the Gilt-Leaf is that he fits
quite naturally in the deck he goes in (namely
B/G Elves), and provides disruptive support for
no extra cost. Discard isn't quite so important
in limited, but a 4/4 creature for five mana is
MTG Rules Advisor
Nath of the
This looks like a very solid card. The two
abilities are naturally synergistic, and I could
see "Rock" type decks running this card.
Recurring discard is powerful, and the ability
to create 1/1 tokens is just gravy, not to
mention that the type of deck this goes in to
would likely have more discard.
It's 5 mana for a 4/4, which isn't horrible
inefficient but yet not efficient for aggro and
the like. On the bright side, it's immune to
Terror and Slaughter Pact and out of most burn's
range. As long as it survives even 1 turn, given
that your opponent has a hand, you've gained the
+2 advantage out of it.
It could see play in BG Rack because outside of
Tarmagoyf, the deck lacks big beaters, and it's
also great against control if it resolves, which
could eb done by just discarding their counters
before playing this.
In limited, this thing is huge and gives
advantage. Excellent here.
Nath of the
At long last we begin to review the cards from
Onslaught pt. 2, aka Lorwyn block. This one is
definitely an interesting Elf legend to work
with. Nath can definitely be a beast once he
gets going, since the card advantage gained each
turn is nothing to sneeze at. The opponent loses
a random card each turn, and you gain a token in
the process, not to mention if one uses Mind Rot
or the like to get even more tokens. Being B/G,
Nath could find his way into the higher end of
Rock builds, but I actually predict that Liliana
Vess could have a better fit. Elves have lots of
other, cheaper options to control the game with,
so time will tell if Nath can make an impact.
Limited: 4/5: A very nice CA boon for any deck
that can support its colors.
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