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Spoiler Spotlight: Godsend

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I've also heard this called "Godsbane" instead...
I've also heard this called "Godsbane" instead...

What do you think?

Is this really a godsend to Standard or just another big, useless equipment?

It's certainly a cool effect. Elspeth's Sword is flashy, that's for sure. The fact you can get rid of any creature and then get additional value out of that is pretty cool. But is it good enough to see play?

Let's start with Standard. Basically it's never going to be in your opponents' interest to block your creature, so I think it's fair to say this is a Whispersilk Cloak with upside. So let's operate on the assumption it basically makes your creature Unblockable.

So we're paying three mana (which does help with Devotion), and then another three to Giant Growth a creature and make sure it gets in there every turn. That's certainly powerful, but I'm not sure it solves any of the problems the aggressive creature decks had. Namely, the fact that removal is so prevalent in Standard right now means there's a lot more killing of creatures than there is attacking and blocking.

That hurts the card. It's certainly no godsend to try and equip this to a creature just to have it pay the Ultimate Price or become blighted with bile. I can see this being a cool one or maybe two-of in the aggressive decks, but I don't think it really makes those decks any better in the current metagame than they already are.

It also could see some Legacy play, since it does present a pretty unique answer to True-Name Nemesis, since the ability doesn't have to target a creature to get rid of it. I think that's probably a fair use for the card, but it also likely limits it to one-of sideboard status for the Stoneforge Mystic decks. It could certainly excel there, so maybe foils are a better bet financially than regular copies.

Conclusion

With all of that in mind, I can't give this a ringing endorsement for Constructed play. It will find its way into decks in small numbers, but I don't think we're looking at a new pillar of the metagame here.

 

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Corbin Hosler

Corbin Hosler is a journalist living in Norman, Oklahoma (also known as the hotbed of Magic). He started playing in Shadowmoor and chased the Pro Tour dream for a few years, culminating in a Star City Games Legacy Open finals appearance in 2011 before deciding to turn to trading and speculation full-time. He writes weekly at QuietSpeculation.com and biweekly for LegitMTG. He also cohosts Brainstorm Brewery, the only financial podcast on the net. He can best be reached @Chosler88 on Twitter.

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28 thoughts on “Spoiler Spotlight: Godsend

  1. It is cool. Note that cool is not equal to good. The evasion it grants is worse than Whispersilk’s (they have a choice; thus unblockable… until they want to block). I’m not too keen on the Standard metagame, but if removal is as rampant as you say, then it doesn’t look good. In Modern, I already think Swords are expensive to use, and this is MORE expensive, and doesn’t grant protection, nor on-hit effects. In Legacy, there’s Jitte. While it has the potential to hit TNN on paper, they’re never, ever going to block your Godsend with it, unless they would die otherwise.

    Packed to the gills with flavor though. Casual fodder?

  2. I’ll agree with you in the short term but i think this this card’s stock goes up once RTR rotates. RtR block’s removal is amongst the best of any block in MtG… Theros block’s revomal however is terrible. I’d recommend doing a quick Gatherer search to compare what we will be losing to what we’re going to be stuck with. I foresee a lot more battlecruiser-esque Magic come rotation and this sword is as good as any other acutrement for your creatures in Theros block

  3. I’m not sure we want this for Legacy as an answer to TNN. The TNN has to block our equipped creature for the exiling to happen. If the TNN does not block, you get in an extra 3 damage. Conversely, with Sword of Fire and Ice, the TNN doesn’t get a choice to block, you get to draw a card, and you get an extra 4 damage in, 2 of which you can send somewhere other than their dome, if you so choose. Oh, sword also has a cheaper equip.

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