Many teasers have been released from the upcoming Scars of Mirrodin expansion set, but the latest revelation has put the Magic community into a frenzy. Venser, the Sojourner has been unveiled, and comes equipped with some devastatingly powerful abilities.
Some of you may recognize Venser from a previous card, and his transition to planeswalker status is nothing less than awe-inspiring. Venser is a blue/white mythic rare card with the following stats and abilities:
Venser, the Sojourner
Mana cost: three colorless, one white, one blue
+2: Exile target permanent you own. Return it to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of the next step.
-1: Creatures are unblockable this turn.
-8: You get an emblem with “Whenever you cast a spell, exile target permanent.”
Some players have initially shown disappointment in Venser’s abilities, but overall he seems to have incredible potential for blue/white control decks. Venser’s first ability takes advantage of cards like Wall of Omens or Sea Gate Oracle. By temporarily exiling these cards in and out of play, Venser can constantly re-use their “enter the battlefield” abilities. Consider also the potential combined power of Venser with Frost Titan and/or Sun Titan, bouncing them in and out of play to utilize their impressive abilities. Both of these Titans could work very well with Venser, not only for the bonuses they provide by entering the battlefield, but also because they could deal heavy unblockable damage with Venser’s second ability.
Venser’s third and most powerful ability could easily spell defeat for opponents. In addition to the obvious advantage of exiling any permanent just by casting a spell, there’s a catch: Venser provides the player with an “emblem”, an object which currently cannot be removed at all in Magic: The Gathering. Once a player obtains the emblem, they gain the exiling ability until the end of the game.
Overall, Venser, the Sojourner looks to be an exciting, fun and versatile planeswalker. Blue/white players will relish the exiling ability, and opponents will be scrambling to destroy Venser before the emblem can be cast. Venser and the Scars of Mirrodin expansion could possibly be a very exciting and ground-breaking addition to the Magic: The Gathering collection.
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