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Hero of Iroas
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Hero of Iroas
- Born of the Gods

Reviewed March 10, 2014

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 3.88
Multiplayer: 3.75

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BMoor

Hero of Iroas

This week's COTD has a secret theme, or so I'm told, chosen by Skid Rambo. I've got the whole week's list in front of me now, and I'm not sure what the theme is, so good luck to you all!

As for today's card, this just might be what makes Bestow/Heroic worth playing in Standard. The Hero's cost reduction will apply to Bestowed creatures, but not creatures with Bestow cast normally. It will also apply to ANY Aura, regardless of target, so you can get good mileage out of removal Auras like Arrest or Mind Control. The fact that he's an on-curve aggro attacker even before you throw an Aura on him makes this all the sweeter. Be on the lookout for turn two Hero, turn three Unflinching Courage AND Ordeal of Heliod, GG.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4.5


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Hero of Iroas

I suppose this is Theros' answer to Kor Spiritdancer. Personally, I actually laughed when Kratos punched Hercules' face off in God of War III, so I'm probably not going to be rushing to jam this guy into my Kor Spiritdancer decks (also due to the fact that he doesn't draw cards). However, if you do choose to use him in that sort of deck, he does offer an additional dimension that other similar cards don't - when one part of your offense is weakened by Tranquility or Primeval Light, he will remain a major threat. And although the first part of his game text invites you to play Auras, don't forget that the second part of his game text doesn't. Brute Force, anyone?

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Hero of Iroas which is a two mana White 2/2 that lowers the casting cost of your auras by one and has Heroic that gives it a +1/+1 counter when you cast a spell that targets it. This is a very useful card for aura decks, benefits from any targeted beneficial spells, and has the highly supported human and soldier types. This will be a popular card across several formats and brings acceleration support to the aura theme. Overall it is a solid card that reinvigorates one style of deck and can fit into a few others in a smaller support role which may result in a few slots in the competitive scene.

In Limited this is decent support for Bestow and other auras, plus works well as a target thanks to Heroic. As a first pick in Booster it is somewhat weak, but barring a double rare pack or really impressive uncommon it is still worth the choice as it works very well early in the game. A 2/2 for two with acceleration that can also increase in threat when targeted is pretty solid when even a 2/2 for two with no abilities is playable. Lowering the cost of Bestow is big advantage and it provides a ready target for the enchantment as well. In Sealed this is an easy choice to include with a White primary or secondary color and there's no real drawback, though getting it into play earlier is much better than topdecking it later.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5


Skid Rambo

Hero of Iroas has turned out to be my favorite card from Born of the Gods. At first glance most players will shrug their shoulders at Hero of Iroas. My mind exploded with ideas of how to abuse this little hero. Think about cards in Standard like Unflinching Courage, Eidolon of Countless Battles or Mad-Cap Skills. My favorite card to use with Hero of Iroas is Ordeal of Heliod. On turn 3 you can cast two Ordeal of Heliods for 2 mana and then attack for 6 damage after gaining 20 life!! (or you could cast 3 of them) Casual Players have a ton of options to abuse with Hero of Iroas. Overall this card has changed Magic the Gathering in a fun way. You may not see it yet, but this card is a big one.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 4


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