Conspiracy Spoilers – Selvala, Explorer Returned and Tyrant’s Choice

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I have two cards for you today, and one of them is interesting.

This seems like a very powerful general but with serious liabilities. Drawing all of your opponents cards is a risky way to win games of Magic. Still, the mana you're going to generate is going to help you power out some serious spells early in the game. It's been said that the biggest problem surrounding EDH is mana ramp. Deadeye Navigator living to ruin another day while Sylvan Primordial having its kneecaps broken by the banhammer would seem to bear that out. This is fair mana generation - maybe a little too fair. The life you get is fine, and maybe drawing your opponents cards will make them like you and not want to murder you with monsters. All in all, this is maybe a tenth as good as Breigo, King of Eternity.


This is pretty solid at common. It's interesting that you get a vote for death or torture but are completely unaffected by the results. Magister of Worth is a little more symmetrical than this is. I don't know if a universal Browbeat is all that good; I am vehemently against Browbeat effects. Still, if they are between a rock and a hard place, in a four player game, you'll need only one person to side with you to get the effect you want. I don't see first-picking this, but it at the least encourages some interesting table dynamics.

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8 thoughts on “Conspiracy Spoilers – Selvala, Explorer Returned and Tyrant’s Choice

  1. Not sure if you got this, but you draw a card with Sevala too. If you’re playing in a 4-player EDH game, he says “everyone draw a card, you add (roughly) 2 mana, and gain two life.” Not bad for a 3-cost guy.

    1. I wouldn\’t consider it drawing you a card a liability, and I mostly discussed it in terms of its liabilities. Also, in a 4 player EDH game, you draw 3 fewer cards than the people you\’re trying to beat. It\’s OK in a group hug deck, but I don\’t really like it.

  2. Tyrant’s Choice just seems terrible. How do I explain to a new player at a draft that it has no effect if both options are tied? I wish they would at least print relevant information such as that on the face of the card…

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