I get this just for playing at the Gatecrash Gameday? Sign me up!
Somewhat reminiscent of the Simic Guildmage of Ravnica block past, this guy is rather nicely designed. He supports a small token sub-theme pretty well with his first ability and can keep the party going with his second one.
The art is kind cool too, Mr. Swanland toned down the spikes a little just this once.
You can also keep ‘evolving’ your other Simic buddies with that second ability so that you never really lose counters. Think of it more as a kicker cost for your creatures that allows you to cantrip. Pretty decent, mostly in limited though.