The best thing you can do
once this hits the table is come out with a
flood of red/white creatures. You get
a 6-point life swing off of each one, and then
each one is +2/+2. Throw in some Fire At
Will and a Scourge of the Nobilis or two and
life is good. It even has 4 toughness,
making it Nameless Inversion-proof,
Incinerate-proof, Fire at Will-proof, etc.
Thursday - Balefire Liege
This seems like it would go well in the old BDW
decks, but there's a problem: it costs five
mana. That's a lot for a weenie rush type deck.
The same type of principle applies to the
popular red decks currently in Standard.
Regardless, if you can play him in a W/R deck,
you'll probably win the game, as he's not easily
removed with burn and he pumps your guys. If you
happen to have more creatures in your hand,
that'll fuel his ability, too. However, your
hand will probably be nearly empty when this
In limited, however, like the rest of the
lieges, this is pretty strong. A high pick if
I thought themes were supposed to change from
year to year, and we just had a "play as many
colors as you can" block in Ravnica. At any
rate, the Liege would be great for a competitive
or casual burn deck, if only he cost a little
bit less. In spite of his relatively low power,
he is also a potential bomb in limited, making
Torrent of Souls hit the opponent for three and
turning Safehold Elite into a smaller, more
physically attractive Loxodon Hierarch.
Constructed: A red white deck has not
been good, well I guess the color combinations
were all good back in Ravnica. This Spirit
Horror is a little to expensive for Standard but
it could be useful in Block. Use it with
the Incendiary Command to clear the board and
deal 7 damage total to your opponent. Hopefully.
Casual: I think all if the Lieges
should be casual players dream cards. But they
are not big enough to impressive most of them. I
think I will work on a 5 color Liege deck.
Should be interesting.
Limited: It's 2/4 makes it a very
good creature. You have to use direct removal or
combat tricks to kill him. I usually draft red
so it would be a top pick. So far most Rares we
reviewed are my top picks. Good creatures and
good creature removal is always how I decide
what to pick. This is a good creature.
Overall a good solid creature for it's cost. The
built in Lightning Helix is pretty cool also.
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