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Narset Transcendent
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Narset Transcendent
- Dragons of Tarkir

Reviewed May 5, 2015

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 4

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Narset Transcendent

I suspect Narset here is going to get a degree of criticism because she doesn't have a loyalty ability that actively defends her or addresses creatures. I don't think that criticism would really be well-founded - if you're playing her, presumably your deck is designed to take advantage of her first two abilities, in which case you should have no problem handling that side of things yourself. I'm used to thinking of her as a martial arts expert, so it's going to take some time to fully understand the extent of her power in the field of card advantage. When you consider the sorts of impacts that instant and sorcery spells can have, getting to use one twice starts to feel quite unfair.

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

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Narset Transcendent which is a four mana planeswalker with six loyalty. The +1 has you look at the top card of your library which you may reveal then put into your hand if it is not a creature or land. The -2 gives Rebound to the next instant or sorcery you cast from your hand that turn. These two effects are very much oriented to a control theme with minimal creatures and are very efficient card advantage in most situations. Adding Black or Red to take advantage of burn or life loss is another option, though White has enough removal to cover the creatures without a third color. The -9 gives an emblem that prevents your opponents from casting non-creature spells. The ultimate is great derailing many threats and even creature heavy builds generally rely on a few support spells, so dropping everyone else down to just creatures or lands is very powerful. Overall this is a strong card with a high loyalty that is difficult to stop when used in a control theme and should be fairly popular in Commander and current format Blue/White builds.

In Limited this is an easy first pick in Booster both as a powerful source of card advantage and as a value choice. The +1 may be a bit less reliable in the creature heavy format, but getting a second use out of key support spells with the -2 can be a massive benefit. In Sealed this can be splashed if either Blue or White are weak, though if both aren't strong this belongs in the sidedeck as the creature dominated setting weakens it dramatically if not moderately supported.

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

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