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And this is why I said that Traveling Philosopher deserved to have an ability. If a kitty monk can be a bear and still afford to have an ability, then why couldn't the philosopher have been a functional reprint of Silverchase Fox (which would have fitted flavourfully; by dispelling the beliefs and illusions nourishing a god or other enchantment, the philosopher would have found their end at the hands of angry fanatics), or something? And no, I don't consider the flavourtext to be an excuse, just as I don't find the flavourtext to be an excuse for why Swordwise Centaur couldn't have been a functional reprint of Garruk's Companion.
Posted By: Tiggurix (1/29/2014 11:09:28 AM)


I think he just believes that he doesn't need Heliod, which doesn't necessarily break canon, SpaceMagic.
Posted By: Casimir_the_Great (1/28/2014 7:24:42 PM)


And here I thought Heliod was the Sun God, literally bringing the light of day to the world. Shows what I know. Or...at least what deviating from previously established canon can do.

@Casimir: I italicized "at least" so as to indicate that at least something was wrong with this mental picture. If that "something" was an in-universe justification for an unnamed speaker, all the better.

Also, depending on one's interpretation of "almost everyone on Theros," per the first Planeswalker's Guide thereof, this individual could be counted alongside the nearly insentient minotaurs in paying no tribute to Heliod.
Posted By: SpaceMagic (1/28/2014 7:48:56 PM)


Absolutely my favorite art in the set, without a doubt.
Posted By: Fightohydra (1/29/2014 12:01:36 PM)


This is the perfect example of the side of the Inspire mechanic as a "bonus" ability, in that you're not gonna go particularly out of your way just to make it trigger, nor are you gonna center your deck around this particular inspire ability (unlike some crazy inspire abilities which are more powerful).
The card is still good, in that it's a simple bear with a potential "bonus"
Posted By: Dabok (2/13/2014 4:59:19 PM)


In Limited format, this could potentially combo very well with Ephara's Radiance and Sunbond. You could end up spending 2 mana per turn to gain 5 life and put 5 +1/+1 counters on a creature.
Posted By: Agent_Gold (3/10/2014 10:13:58 AM)


Good for Limited, if nothing else. Also, I could see potential for this in a Lifegain-based deck with Archangel of Thune among other things.
Posted By: mattrva77 (2/6/2014 4:39:21 PM)


This seems to be one of the most common missed triggers that I saw at the prerelease. Even if the life doesn't seem that important on turn 3 or turn 4 etc..., it'll matter later so remember to this at your upkeep.
Posted By: Purplerooster (2/15/2014 9:46:57 PM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!