Gatecrash Preview: Aurelia, the Warleader

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Gisela’s Commander competition as general

When the foil version showed up earlier on, a lot of people were in disbelief. You thought Gisela, Blade of Goldnight was good? This
card take it to the next Boros level.

While Gisela  was good at protecting you and your team as well as giving you a substantial offence boost, this card is more true to the Boros swarm philosophy. Note: some of you may not be aware of this, but the extra combat phase will indeed cause all your Battalion effects to trigger again. This is huge for the cards like Firemane Avenger and Boros Elite.

You can setup an end of turn Aurelia’s Fury and just drop Aurelia on your main phase, enter combat step and go to town.

 

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The premiere Gatecrash mythic

Of course, there is one thing….while she is a bit cheaper than her fellow Boros legend, she is still pushing the Boros curve. Traditionally, these decks are not known for needing to hit 6 mana to win. Boros decks did not pack cards like Inferno Titan when they were Standard legal, because they are speed-based decks. Similarly to Red deck wins, but with more creatures over burn spells.

So while this card seems great on the surface, I think it will be mostly relegated to the Commander format.

 

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OR….will it?

Remember now that all 10 Ravnica Dual Lands will be available. This means that a deck like Naya (Red-Green-White) which had a sketchy manabase can now become more consistent. Naya being known for its beefier creatures and acceleration can really benefit from this Relentless Assault on a stick. I wager it will probably be seen as a two-of in these decks, so don’t dismiss it as a pure casual card just yet!

Gatecrash Preview: Aurelia’s Fury

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Orim’s Chant meets Rolling Thunder

Wow! Where to begin?
Instant speed Rolling Thunder? Combo breaking Orim’s Chant?

Peanut butter and chocolate? Check!

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Yummy!

 

This card has rightfully received a lot of hype as soon as it was revealed. It presents the Boros player with a veritable Swiss army knife.

Burn your opponent for the win? Check

Set up an alpha strike on your turn by tapping down his team at the end of his? Check

Mess up an Epic Experiment combo deck (because you know there will be one) ? Check

It’s useful in just about any situation and will probably see a decent amounts of modern play as well, I believe. It can be HUGE in decks featuring Dark Confidant as it only makes you take 2 if flipped and does soooo much more for those decks in return. It doesn’t hit the guys with Hexproof, but there is a nifty little artifact that was recently spoiled that takes care of that little problem:

 

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Looking to deal with Invisible Stalker and Geist of Saint Traft?

Aurelia’s Fury will probably be jammed in every possible deck that can support it, kind of like Bonfire of the Damned was.
Remember how big that was? (note: and is becoming big again)

Also, I expect it to be in high demand in the very near future, what with it being a Mythic and all.

Don’t delay, get your playset today!