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Leovold, Emissary of Trest
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Leovold, Emissary of Trest
- Conspiracy: Take the Crown

Reviewed June 21, 2017

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.75
Multiplayer: 4.00
Commander [EDH]: 4.00 (Currently Banned)

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James H. Leovold, Emissary of Trest (6/20)
 
So good, Leovold got banned in Commander. No shock: he’s pretty oppressive.
 
3/3 for 3 is reasonable, but his real value is that he both limits your opponent’s ability to draw cards and draws you a large amount of cards in the process (killing Leovold will probably net you a card out of it).
 
He’s a brutal lock, and he combos well with Teferi's Puzzle Box for infinite agony. With limited counterplay to him, it's little shock he’s been taken out of the Commander format for good. He might be usable in eternal formats, but he’s a bit hard to make work with his mana cost.
 
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 5
Commander: 5 [banned]

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Leovold, Emissary of Trest
 
Fun fact: Trest is also the Slovenian name for the famous city of Trieste, a sometime rival of the Republic of Venice during the Middle Ages. I like its use here - it fits well with the whole Assassin's Creed II vibe of the Conspiracy sets. I think Leovold is going to have to watch out, though, for whatever is Magic's equivalent of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, because drawing extra cards is on average Magic players' favorite thing and he's not going to make a lot of friends at the diplomatic table by disallowing it for almost everyone. I mean, he's very good at what he does, but between everyone attacking you first for casting him and the prospect of your virtual card advantage getting sent to negative 100 when someone casts Take Possession on him, being very good at that isn't always worth it.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5

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