"Teferi, Hero of Dominaria: Time and Matter manipulation."
Virgilio F. De leon Jr.MD
The leak of the whole Dominaria set has been a mixed curse and blessing for the Magic community. Around this time various spoilers would have appeared to make sure that everyone was hungry enough to know the next expansion.
Of course with the rush of knowledge a lot of people can now plan their Pre release strategies early or rate the cards that they want to purchase or skip in this next set.
Today I will be looking at a familiar face in his latest reincarnation. Teferi who is now the Hero of Dominaria. The last time we checked like Venser he was also dead but now he is back and packing a lot of goodness for control players.
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria is a 3WU costed Legendary Planeswalker who has a starting loyalty counter of 4.
His first ability which is a +1 lets you draw a card. And at the beginning of the next end step, untap two lands.
This ability is so blue! I am betting that the majority of players will always opt to have 2 islands untapped.Maybe that or one with a plains so that they could cast spells like Disenchant or Path to Exile. Or an Instant draw spell.
As an additional note you don't decide which two lands to untap until the next end step. It means that it has to be your end step before untapping the lands and as well as on your opponents turn if you can somehow use Teferi, Hero of Dominaria's first ability.
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria's second ability is a -3 That allows you to put a target nonland permanent into its owner's library third from the top.
This ability does not just bury that non-land permanent , it buries it 2 cards deep. Let us say you do this with as Jace , TMS. You and Teferi already know what is coming. You have about 3 turns to prepare for it. Tough like if you don't come up with anything in the last 3 turns right?
And for this planeswalkers final ability , A -8 that nets you an emblem that states "Whenever you draw a card, exile target permanent an opponent controls."
This is like a better version of Venser. And for people who love drawing this will be very very abusive. I can see this combining with Mind Over Matter in a Blue/White Wizard deck that has Azami in it. Tap and untap until all of your opponents no longer have any permanents on their side of the board. It is so good it is beginning to sound oppressive and I know just the kind of player who will be using this in my playgroup. He already has the said Wizard deck ready to be updated. Sigh. More oppressive fun. Yipee(Not really that cheerful here)
Of course it would be a lot different if I make the deck myself and do the oppressing first. Hmmmmmm. The possibility.
As an additional note you can choose the target for the triggered ability of Teferi's emblem after you've seen the card you drew. Meaning you get to prioritize the thing that you want to exile. So if you draw a doomblade you can remove an Lightning Greaves equippen on Arcum Dagson and then Doomblade that wizard to oblivion before your Locust God loses.(Pardon me my last Archenemy session was still painful even if I managed to give my friends a run for their planeswalker lives).
So Teferi rates pretty high on my list and as of late there are always ways to get the Planeswalkers that I want. Time to think of the possibilities in the mean time.