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+1: Up to one target creature gains Double Strike until end of turn.

-2: Samut, the Tested deals 2 damage divided as you choose among one or two target creatures and/or players.

-7: Search your library for up to two planeswalker and/or creature cards, put them onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.



  • Rovkir Hexus

    Welp, that’s how people will shenanigan Bolas out if they don’t have him in hand already.

    • Kevan Kramer

      If you can get her to ult. Also seems too slow.

    • TogetherAlone

      you are never going to ult that. it has to go untouched and no negative abilities used for 3-4 turns

    • Thomas Porter

      Marvel? Did we all forget that was a deck?

  • Kevan Kramer

    I knew she was going to become a PW.

  • Kitnz

    What IS that ult?!?! That’s some crazy stuff there.

  • Derek Niles

    My superfriends EDH deck will love her

    Also what do you guys think about this being played in modern (along with Nehari) and doubling seasoning to try and cheat Emrakul into play?

    • Mr.Mayhem631

      Doubling Season isn’t going to be competitive. If it were, it would already see play with Jace, Architect of Thought.

      • Happy The Cat

        But jace doesn’t fetch out two of your planeswalkers, his biggest weakness is that he has to use your opponent’s deck, where most of the cards are there to help your opponent.
        plus Samut gets to stay on board after her ult.

        • Mr.Mayhem631

          Jace fetches out one of your things, plus you get cast triggers for things like Emrakul (though I think Kiora, the Crashing Wave is a better target), as well as 3-4 things from your opponent’s deck..

          And staying on board is completely irrelevant in this context. You’re supposed to win once you ult.

          I don’t even think she’s better than Jace, and she’s definitely not going to shift how good a pretty bad deck like Doubling Season combo is.

          • Happy The Cat

            I mean one thing she does that he doesn’t is fetch herself, allowing you to chain fetches since they will all enter with 8 counters to let them ult. so unless you are up against some tron deck chances are putting five things from your deck built to do so on the board are going to be way better than what Jace could do.

          • Mr.Mayhem631

            He also fetches himself. I don’t think you realize that Jace fetches something from both player’s decks.

            Again, if Jace isn’t good enough, with his fetching and casting Emrakul plus some other goodies, there’s no way Samut will be. She’s just not that much better, if she’s even better at all.

          • Happy The Cat

            I dont think you are understanding me, the deck we are talking about just fetched both bolases, Karn, ugin, and bbb sorin. you got set to 10 hp and new bolas and ugin just shot you for 10 total.
            like I said, the problem with Jace is you can’t set up what he’s fetching, cause he’s going through your opponent’s deck. she can set up any 2-5 card kill shot that only needs creatures or planeswalkers.

          • Mr.Mayhem631

            I don’t think you’re understanding *me*.

            I want to be clear before we move on: You understand Jace ALSO goes through your own deck, and you can in fact include a card like Emrakul for him to fetch and win you the game.

            And that’s ultimately my point: Jace wins you the game when he ultimates. Can’t get much better than that. So Samut is not going to make Doubling Season playable, because even if her ult wins the game, that just puts her on par with Jace.

          • Happy The Cat

            okay, lets both agree to drop the “I dont think you are understanding me” bit
            what I’m saying is while jace can win you the game by fetching emrakul, but with Samut you win the game since you can fetch emrakul, a creature to give him haste, make him unblockable, and put your opponent to 15.
            It’s like comparing casting Progenitus vs activating Door to Nothingness. sure Progenitus can win the game after beating someone for a few turns, but Door just says target player loses. Jace fetching Emrakul can still be blocked or wrathed and generally stopped, while Samut needs you to have very specific spells to stop them, namely things that can redirect effects.

          • Mr.Mayhem631

            Yes, but Jace generally still instantly wins with Emrakul, since it’s very hard for them to block her. Samut isn’t that much better, since her ability is basically the same except you also need to grab a Xenagos.

            Jace also has the plus of actually being not awful if you don’t draw Doubling Season- he can dig or hold off tokens.

            In general, I stand by what I said- Samut does not have what it takes to make Doubling Season good, because Doubling Season’s problem is not that there aren’t any walkers good enough- there are.

  • TogetherAlone

    The only way this is going to be good is if you have a really good target in standard to give doublestrike. maybe heart of kiran or some flyer?

  • Scott Fridinger

    Her into Bolas…

  • blah

    what’s wrong with her face…?

  • MTG fan

    That plus seems interesting, but her minus is weak as hell! Chandra’s pyrohelix as a sorcery is just sad and bad. Her ultimate is sick, but honestly it is very difficult to get since she never protects herself that well.

  • Giby86 .

    This with Doubling Season is nuts. Play this, ultimate, grab two planeswalkers, ultimate them too.

    • Train Thumakorn Liberated

      In EDH, you better just get Kiki-jiki+Exarch or Triskelion+Mikaeus and end the game.

      Same as Tooth and Nail.

      • Nharzhool

        No, no…it’s funnier to NOT get an infinite combo, and still MDK them. Infinite Combos are boring…even though I have to run the damned things because everybody else does.

      • Giby86 .

        Why on Earth would you want to end the game? We all sit down to play, you know. Not to watch as “that guy” stops the fun with the same old boring stuff everybody hates.

  • Nharzhool

    Actually really wish it was +1: Up to one target creature gains Double-Strike until your next turn.

    • MTG fan

      Me too! I thought I was the only one!

    • Dave

      Or vigilance at least

  • Evil Tactics

    Would have been more neat if this was a Naya color PW, 1WRG instead. Vigilance would be added to the first ability and life gained from the damage to the 2nd ability. If her loyalty was dropped to 3 so be it, a least she would be able to help protect herself while you attack.

  • Happy The Cat

    her plus one is whatever, her minus two is garbage, especially for a minus on a four drop pw.(but burn, amiright?) and her ult is unrealistic without doubling season thanks to her starting a 4 and only having a +1, at least the tacked on the and/or creatures bit to make her okay in limited.
    I’d say her best value is going to a slot in super friends commander or some Doubling Season build that has you play her and ult, fetch a second copy with like bolas or some eldrazi, then repeat it for each copy of her in your deck.

    • Robert FakeLastName

      then you get jace architect of thought and you get 3 things at a time .

  • Train Thumakorn Liberated

    Pretty nice

    This is going in to my Xenagos EDH.
    x4 attack power every turn!

    End the game instantly with Doubling Season!
    (grab Kiki-Jiki+Zealous Conscript combo.)

  • Alexandre Donnart

    The only decent built I can think of is a deck with Oaths. Ajani and Gideon to ramp, Nissa and Chandra for the rest. Her -2 is not good enough to play her like a normal PW, so I guess her ultimate is the goal. Nahiri fits in because she does the same thing, bringing fat things with her ultimate. Highly Casual though.

  • Hedronal

    Not even 3 damage on the minus? Or until your next turn on the plus? Or vigilance? Next to no ability to defend herself.

    • Aurore

      Why would a crazy chick throwing herself directly against divine beings capable of wiping her off the face of Amonkhet have a card that implied she would be defending herself?

      • Hedronal

        Playability, mostly. She has also spent her time learning a partially-known ancient Amonkhet fighting technique from old illustrations, that’s from before Bolas made the plane all about trials and pushing forward at every turn.

  • chataolauj

    I can only see this being good in Super Friends.

  • dsagent

    I like how in modern/legacy there are so many ways to bring out an emrakul. Plus new ways keep getting added.

  • Liam Maciver

    Really good thing they banned copy cat and emrakul in standered :/

    • Shagoth

      I’m so confused.

      • Liam Maciver

        With her ultimate she could assemble copy cat combo from nothing. She could also get out ulamog and emrakul at the same time from nothing

        • Alex

          With her ultimate she could assemble copy cat combo for nothing … except you know needing her to survive for 4 turns even though she doesn’t protect herself nor do her abilities grant any kind of card advantage.

        • Mr.Mayhem631

          So? It’s an ult, it’s good with or without a specific combo. If you build your deck around her, she’s going to win the game either way when she ults.

  • Aurore

    Finally! A R/G Planeswalker I won’t be using in my R/G EDH deck!

    • Nharzhool

      What’s your commander? Mine’s Samut, and this is sure as hell going in there. Hamletback Goliath/or something just as stupid can get Double Strike, until I ulti to get Captain Keyword and Aurelia.
      If you’re running Xenabawss, I see no reason to NOT run this.

      • Zombie

        If you’re running the original Samut as your general, Ajani, Caller of the Pride is way better than Samut’s PW card for an aggressive PW drop threat.

        “If you’re running Xenabawss, I see no reason to NOT run this.”

        Well, I don’t usually tend to run garbage off-wincon cards with linear generals that have a very specific gameplan.

        • Shagoth

          I mean, quadruple strike on two sticks sounds good to me.
          Also, redundancy is a plus, usually.

  • Pie Pie

    This card is awesome!

    For flavor reasons.

  • Shagoth

    I mean, I’m guessing this is going to see play purely on the fact that it’s a planeswalker that everyone thinks sucks (including me). Then again, Aether Revolt brought us two planeswalkers that were as bad as they looked. I mean, this looks like a worse version of Arlinn Kord, abilities and even mana cost. And though her card is badass, Arinn didn’t see play either.

    • Evil Tactics

      It really depends what you’re using the PW for though. Arlinn Kord doesn’t have as much an impact with Doubling Season, whereas Samut will end the game. For Standard though, pretty underwhelming.

  • Bostorket

    Tooth and Nail and Trans-dimensional Aid

  • Nanya

    Oh sheesh! Gotta get 2 of these!

    Superfriends wants one!

    • Cory Matthew

      Unplayable in Atraxa Superfriends. Snore. Moving on.

      • Nanya

        Atraxa Superfriends miss out on all the fun red walkers.

        • Shagoth

          Red walkers are my fave, props because I liked Chandra prior to the Gatewatch.

          • Nanya

            Both Bolas and Ral Zerek are the ones I use in Superfriends. I’d use Dack Fayden but 1: I don’t have one and 2: I don’t use targeted anything unless it’s removal.

          • Shagoth

            Ral Zarek’s Ultimate is bae. He’s super good at protecting himself, it’s a shame that he doesn’t really do anything else.

          • Nanya

            “Oh, you have a CounterCron set up after I got Ral Zarek out? That’s nice. Tap it down.”

          • Shagoth

            Yeah, Dack’s ultimate always felt awkward and too build around esque.

  • Alexandre Donnart

    Double Strike works well with Longtusk Cub or Grim Flayer. I think that’s it.

  • Samuel Hall

    So are we going to get oath of Samut?

    • jane smithers

      Arrrg I hope not. Seems like a dull addition if you ask me. I love that Wizards has a strong narrative in Gatewatch but I would think they have better characters.

      • Deadly Berry

        ->Strong narrative.
        You lost me there :/

        • Ilkay Gundogan

          Yeah, gatewatch sucks

        • jane smithers

          Ya strong narrative. At least as strong as they get. At best the past iterations of lore and story telling from Wizards was messy, disjointed, and had little direction. There where many cliff hangers with no resolution or ability to tell when they might swing back round. You still had all the same characters used over and over that where Gatewatch, but no progression or far less progression that currently in being done. The first Innistrad block was the start if you ask me of the story going someplace and Gatewatch seemed an enviable thing story wise. For multiple reasons. The fact that the current story is only really reasonable (that you would need at least 5 other planeswalks to even think about going after Nicol Bolas) is reason enough for me. It gives reason for planeswalkers to go to multiple planes, a reason to be there, the progression of the cards, the ability to use the same Planeswalkes they where going to use anyway without BS reasons for them to be there……

          So yes strong native as far as things go for MTG in any-case.

          • Hedronal

            Five other planeswalkers, some other advantage(s), and hopefully at least a plan.

        • Hedronal

          I think it’s about actually tying the story together between blocks more directly.

    • Shagoth

      4 mana
      When OoS enters the battlefield, it deals one point of damage to target creature.
      Whenever a planeswalker enters the battlefield, target creature you control fights target creature you don’t control.
      Samut’s would be terrible.

  • Deadly Berry

    Hehe. Forgettable -2, workable +1, -7 for a tooth and nail effect is always welcome.

  • Zombie

    Wow that’s disappointing

    • MTG fan

      For once, something that we both can agree on.

    • Hedronal

      Shoulda been Djeru.

      • Dave

        Can still happen.
        And Djeru joins his God-Pharaoh… =)

        • Hedronal

          Probably not as a planeswalker though. 5 per block is supposedly to be the limit.

          • Dave

            They always say this but the last two blocks each had six walkers (excluding the ones from the planeswalker decks). So, here’s to hopin… fanatic Djeru as eager follower of Bolas would be kinda cool.

          • Hedronal

            They keep saying only five per block on average, so I assume they won’t make a pattern of six. Also yes, planeswalker deck ones don’t count.

          • Zombie

            I don’t even understand why we need 5+ Planeswalkers per block anyway.

            Walkers don’t feel cool or special anymore.

            They just throw a handful of them into a new Standard set and move on to the next block.

            It’s so frustrating to see such an insanely cool concept turned into nothing more than a watered-down gimmick that Wizards is intent on flooding the game with.

          • Shagoth

            They maybe cool, but they are really expensive when they’re competitive. It is a bit of a shame when they are so boring AND bad. Bolas and Samut are both equally good/gimmicky in commander, Samut is boring, but Bolas is epic and fun. Like wow, you tooth and nailed turn five, gg.

          • Happy The Cat

            because without the core sets they feel they are coming up short, combine that with two sets instead of three and they have condensed the five a block to five a set. yet another reason why I was worried about the printing style changing.

          • Zombie

            But 2 Walkers per block would make them so much more impactful regarding gameplay, storytelling, and actual player value (sentimental, financial, etc.)

            But they just make a bunch of them, push at least 2 of them beyond reason (See: Gideon, Ally of Zendikar & Liliana, Death’s Majesty), making the other ones barely even relevant, like they shouldn’t even be there in the first place.

            The “Gatewatch” would be fine as a storytelling vehicle where a small number of new walkers are introduced through Standard, but they should just stop. printing. so. many. f***ing. Gatewatch. Planeswalker. Cards. Oh. My. F****ING. GOD.

          • niz-mizzet

            Maro has confirmed they are cutting back on the number of Gatewatch cards in standard which I feel will definitely help diversify the types of planes walkers in standard

          • Zombie

            I don’t even care about diversity as much as I care about quantity.

            All I’m asking for is one Walker per set.

            They don’t feel special anymore.

          • niz-mizzet

            I understand that feeling but I think having 5-ish planes walkers per set is fine and I also feel that would also cause issues for standard

          • Zombie

            Not really. If they’re going to print one-off busted card like Marvel that only a specific deck can use, why can’t they do that with a Planeswalker?

          • Shagoth

            Why would you want a format warpingly broken abomination of a card anyways? This would make people hate Wizards more than they already do for intentionally making PWs over powered, make people hate standard more than they already do by WOTC trying to deliberately break formats, and this would make people hate planeswalkers than they already do by making people despise that they are pushing their golden boys to insane heights, making their golden boys the root of the problems in standard, and make people have to buy despicable mythics even more than they already do, making the finance of the game even worse than it already is.

          • Zombie

            Making a Planeswalker set theme-related and build-around doesn’t mean it’s abhorrently broken.

            The problem with Marvel isn’t its power level. It’s that there’s no answers.

            It doesn’t matter how strong a Planeswalker in Standard is if there’s good answers that aren’t just slotted into the same deck that’s playing the broken walker (Which was one of the huge mistakes made with JTMS and Cawblade – the best answer to CawBlade was just more CawBlade, because as that Standard environment progressed, they didn’t print enough answers and JTMS/Stoneforge had to be banned.)

            Also, I’ve been playing this game for over 17 years. I have a decent idea of Type 2 health, as I’ve played in every single Type 2/Standard environment with Planeswalkers in them up until Fate Reforged, when Standard became incurable, malignant cancer that needed to be put down.

            More Walkers isn’t the answer. Fewer, thematic, decent build-around Walkers is.

          • Shagoth

            Albeit, answers to Marvel is kind of tough. Basically, with an artifact removal spell, the marvel could tap in response and play an indestructible Ulamog, which is also tough to answer, due to the indestructibility. Answers are definitely needed, I like the Reclamation in Stones as well as the Fatal Pushes, give us more of that. They gave us a plethora of anti artifact cards, so I believe that’s a plus.
            Also, this conversation is getting a bit confused, I don’t think your disappointment with weak planeswalkers is the same problem as broken top decks. I agree, every color having answers is a solution to the standard problem. (and the Kaladesh block not making resilient combos that are unruly to disrupt)
            I just think weak PWs are a (partial) solution to financial issues.

          • Zombie

            Or, you could just print a real answer and not a cop-out “Muh Artifact-Hate” token green spell.

            Pithing Needle, for instance.

          • niz-mizzet

            Printing one really OP planeswalker is very bad for game balance because it leads to only 1 deck being viable and that’s honestly bad game design

          • Zombie

            Or… OR…

            They could just not make the Planeswalker OP, make it actually set-based thematic for once, and make it a build-around card like they do with pushed non-Walker Mythics.

            There are decks that don’t play any Planeswalkers, and some that barely play any at all, in Standard right now.

            Decks can exist without Walkers, and decks without Walkers can exist in an environment where other decks are playing Walkers.

          • Shagoth

            Yeah, but you weren’t saying to make a PW that’s tough, playable, but only works in certain decks. You were saying “If they’re going to print one-off busted card like MARVEL that only a specific deck can use, why can’t they do that with a Planeswalker?”
            i.e. a deck that makes up thirty percent of the meta game as of now.
            I’m guessing that it wasn’t the point you were trying to get across.

          • Zombie

            Exactly.

            A one-off busted card like Marvel isn’t the problem. It fits in exactly one single archetype, is build-around, and is only over-bearing on the format now that the ACTUAL Tier 0 broken deck is banned out and there are no hate cards in the format for Marvel.

            Had Wizards just put answers in their standard sets, Marvel, Copy Cat, etc. would never have been issues in the first place.

            Pithing Needle, Torpor Orb, whatever.

            Marvel would not be dominating Standard if Wizards’ design/balance teams grew a pair and just made balanced sets.

            One-off Planeswalkers that are strong but build-around like Marvel will never be an issue so long as answers are printed to them in the same set or block.

            But, instead, Wizards is afraid of printing another Dreadbore or Hero’s Downfall because it hurts the stupid little new baby players’ feelings when their big and shiny Planeswalker gets axed immediately.

            Wizards is basically the Social Justice Warrior of Game Balance.

            They care more about fragile people’s feelings about the game and wanting them to have a safe, boring, “””””fun””””” Standard game experience, while saying anyone who wants a strong, interesting, balanced, and well-tested Standard environment is wrong and hateful/bigoted against the new player experience.

          • Shagoth

            Better removal does slow stuff down and makes the format more varied, but when something is broken in the format, usually removal doesn’t do the trick, especially when it needs to be specific to combat a versatile combo.

            Marvel is too slow/inefficient/specific build to be good in other formats with Through the Breach and Quicksilver Amulet. Copycat did have oddly specific hate cards. Still dominated, and when Amonkhet was about to give us several more anti cat cards, it did better in the format. There’s also planeswalker removal in standard. Planeswalkers, aside from Gideon, have not had that much of a presence in standard. You making fun of new players and wizards while neglecting this information isn’t making your point any stronger. Since you’ve played for longer than I’ve been alive, you should see that removal doesn’t solve broken decks. Even in the format of Force of Will and Wasteland, two mana, green enchantments can break the format.

          • Hedronal

            That’s part of the price of having a story across multiple worlds, in order to have frequently recurring characters there have to be enough people that can move across the worlds. In order for those characters to matter, they need the acknowledgement of cards, otherwise it’s just an invisible plot again like when it was in the books.

            Having quite so many of them does seem excessive, three blocks in Mtg have had six, two of those being the past two blocks. I hope it’s evened out, many recently haven’t been that relevant. Ajani was in Kaladesh block mostly just to join the Gatewatch, he didn’t need a card of himself for that, just an Oath. Otherwise he was only just more relevant than Gids/Nissa/Chandra in Shadows block.

      • Zombie

        Not even just the character choice, the card is just plain garbage

        • Hedronal

          That’s why I’d want a different character, that means different abilities to fit with the flavor, and thus a redo of abilities.

          • Happy The Cat

            what? none of her abilities match her creature. outside of her creature form having double strike and her being able to give double strike there is no correlation between them.

          • Hedronal

            Yes, whomever designed this having to try again and hence having another chance of fitting the character of whomever gets designed is the point.

          • Happy The Cat

            honestly I hope the reason the cards disappeared was they wanted the community’s view on them. cause the response so far has been”Oh,wow! a new Bola- no, wait, he sucks. Oh Samut got a pw too! aand it’s even worse… Well at least the wrath is awesome as an niche card.”

  • Fael

    Umf, I really was hoping to see the first Naya planeswalker.

    • Kahai

      Me too, me too

    • Dave

      Yeah, totally! Add vigilance and/or haste to the first ability and lifelink to the second and boom, there you go…

    • Zombie

      They’re saving that for Ajani, most likely.

      • Happy The Cat

        here’s to it being a planeswalker that isn’t a part of the superfriends. Give me a plane without ugin or bolas or the Gatewatch and I’ll be… Happy.

        • Zombie

          I want Bolas to kill the Gatewatch. That’s all I want.

          • Happy The Cat

            what about a death of superman style killed each other at the same time causing an explosion that created more people on or a bit below that power level?

          • Zombie

            Then we’d just have a bunch of retards as weak as Tibalt running around and then I’d just never buy cards from a new set ever again.

          • Happy The Cat

            at least Tibalts would be fun. and standard wouldn’t comprise of four cards with the same name.
            I’d love to see how “R&D” would deal with not having their pws nerfed by you only being able to realistically play one of each.

          • Shagoth

            I mean, pws being weak shouldn’t effect the quality of the rest of the game. I mean, as you’ve said, you’ve played the game for over 17 years, so why should week pws impede your value of the gam when for the first near decade of play, you didn’t need pws at all?

    • Shagoth

      It would have been super flavorful in a set with a grixis PW.

  • Jude

    ….eh

    Shes generic…like super generic. Itd be better if she was just a mythic aura that gave a creature all those abilities, cause thats basically all shes gonna be used for is a pseudo voltron that can be attacked. Not a fan…unless you go whiteless and play a doubling season, play her ult her and go get two actually useful pws. Even then, why not just run a demonic tutor? Not gonna bother with her, rather just play a piece of voltron like fireshrieker or mage slayer

    • Charlie Shadeslayer

      Y aun así scg la tiene en $14.99

      • Happy The Cat

        simply because that’s where they start all pws, Tibalt was $20, and he was actually fun, not like Samut

    • DinduNuffin

      She looks like the mad Yakub

  • Fanatic of Mark Rosewater

    is it me or is this card just…terrible. +1 does nothing unless you have a creature that can attack on board, -2 is super weak as protection for 2 loyalty, and the card’s gonna have difficult time getting to that ultimate. Feels like this card should’ve costed 1 mana less.

    • Hedronal

      I’m surprised that I agree with the one mana less part. Maybe instead 4 cmc, 3 damage on her minus, and also vigilance on her plus. That or keep the double strike until your next turn.

  • Shagoth

    Also, her protection should theoretically prevent two damage dealt to her, but it costs two loyalty…

    • Hedronal

      Kinda banking on hitting an X/2 or X/1 there, where X > 2.

      • Shagoth

        That is banking on something oddly specific to happen that isn’t really a thing in standard, excluding veteran motorist. Most inefficient, clunky, weak, sideboard card ever.

        • Hedronal

          Agreed, it is unlikely. I don’t mean to suggest her to be playable without Doubling Season.

    • Zombie

      It’s almost like she was designed by a monkey

      • Shagoth

        Eh, I like that they are making the planeswalkers weaker, makes standard cheaper.

        • Happy The Cat

          I mean this is a red card, of course it’s going to be weaker. if she was white she’d exile the creature with no drawback.

          • Shagoth

            Both of the Chandra’s in standard are probably in the top four most played PWs in standard.

          • Happy The Cat

            name a red card not in the gatewatch that people 1 play and 2 want to play.
            the only reason they are good is they are the only real damage red has.
            oh, and there are three Chandras in standard, doubt you would know that since the third was printed on the rest of red’s power level.

          • Shagoth

            The third was a non competitive, PW deck. Not to be condescending.
            Also Nahiri sees play in eternal formats. The whopping other two non gate watch pws aren’t great. You just seem kind of “salty” about red. Red PWs are usually bad, because what red does best (burn) on a stick is kind of busted. The burn vortex is played in legacy.

          • Dr. Burn Crow

            I can’t hear you over my Glorybringer and Soul-Scar Mage.

  • Chaospyke

    So awful..

    Before even the skills, I hate the character choice so much. Samut was such an amazing creature and there were such better choices to choose from. Djeru and the bird guy from the flash back story have way better flavor than Samut.

    Just double strike on the plus one? really? with exert going crazy in r/g, you don’t untap or give vigilance? and If its really going to be that bad of skill, offset it at least by making give extra loyalty

    Dividing dmg is nice, Dividing two dmg is laughable, -x Please

    -7 is honestly nice, Maybe wotc was thinking “if she’s really horrible, no one will atk her and she can ult safely”

    Maybe this is a story tie-in about how samut got weaker after her spark ignited because how can the creature version honestly be weaker than the pw version?

    • Evil Tactics

      I still cry about the missed opportunity to have our first Naya PW. And seriously, I agree that first ability should have just added the untap to double strike. Not even vigilance, untap, like how the creature version could. Would have made so much sense. Second ability wants life gain attached. Failwhale.

      So niche, BFFs with doubling season for infinite combos and that’s it. So sad.

      • Dave

        Untap would be a super weird interaction with double strike as untap would only be relevant after combat and double strike in combat, so vigilance would’ve been the way to go for sure.

        • Evil Tactics

          It would look weird but it wouldn’t be redundant. It could simply be worded that the creature would untap at the end of turn. This would actually be stronger in rare situations, such as if the creature already had vigilance and some other tap ability, you could tap the creature for its ability and then it would still untap at the end of turn assuming it survived after attacking.

          At the very least it would look more unique instead of just stapling on vigilance.

          • Shagoth

            I think that vigilance would be less awkward, maybe vigilance wouldn’t be unique, but it has the same effect without being as clunky.

      • Tezzybros

        Don’t worry, this isn’t Samut’s Chibi form! (aka planeswalker deck variant), you may never know if they did another Hoodini magic trick like they did with Nissa being blue. We may have a Naya Samut soon, but don’t keep your hope up just incase if your hopes and dreams are crushed by the missed chances of Samut being a failure to the lore for the community fans

    • Lord Reptile

      Nakht, the bird guy, is dead. So he is now probably a zombie, and a zombie planeswalker is really unlikely. I still hope for a Zombie lord legendary creature card for him. However, I agree that Djeru was a much better choice than Samut.

      • Chaospyke

        Yea I know he(Nakht) died, but it would’ve been such an awesome twist if he instead planeswalked at the last second and spent all of his time learning the truth about Bolas while gaining more power. and he returns to stop Bolas and restore his plane.

        • Dr. Burn Crow

          He was pretty much disintegrated, though. He crumbled to ash. Nahkt is, like, super dead.

  • DinduNuffin

    She looks like the mad Yakub.

  • Arcus Diabolus

    In one of my modern decks, I could potentially turn this into a turn 4 kill.

    • Shagoth

      Turn one, birds.
      Turn two, three birds.
      Turn three, doubling season
      Turn four, this, tooth and nail
      It’s technically possible.

      • Brandon Ansted

        That’s not even counting the shenanigans you could pull with a kiln fiend.

      • Happy The Cat

        why not t1-2 Lotus Cobra play a fetch, crack it then cast doubling season, t3 land tap 2 play Samut, ult for Samut2 and ugin keep the 2nd samut and have her ult for Samut3 and bbb sorin, keep the 3rd and have her ult for the new bolas and whatever (spellskite I guess? to be safer?)
        then Sorin sets them to 10 ugin shoots for 3 and Bolas shoots for 7. gg turn 3.

        • Shagoth

          Eh, doesn’t sound as consistent, not to say it’s inconsistent, but a Fetchland Lotus Cobra dream won’t happen always.

          • Happy The Cat

            4x DSes and Samuts, ~2x ugins, sorins, and bolases. a few spellskites, a mix of 6-8 removal spells, and fill the rest out with varying dorks like LC, BoP, or Arbor Elves. maybe Noble Hierarch but only if we need to spread a bit more for our removal.
            Samut forces us into RG, so bolts and/or flame slash are freebies, the dorks do free up Path and StP(which doesn’t hurt the otk) the problem will be anti combo spells that just get throw out the Samuts and break the combo, so maybe Mana Leak or Spell Pierce.
            the deck is going to kill by turn 4, as long as you draw a dork, samut, and a ds

      • Arcus Diabolus

        My deck looks more like this:
        Turn 1: forest, mana dork (probably bird)
        Turn 2: land, Somberwald Sage
        Turn 3: land (probably R/W pain land) Gisela, blade of goldnight
        Turn 4: Samut, Give Gisela double strike and swing for 20 damage.

        My deck is already capable of this:
        Turn 1: Forest, Bird
        Turn 2: Plains, Somberwald Sage
        Turn 3: Tap Somberwald sage and Bird, then untap with Blessed Alliance, then tap again for 8 floating, Avacyn, Angel of Hope
        Turn 4, Aurelia the warleader, swing Avacyn and Aurelia twice for 22 damage.

  • Shagoth

    Okay, we don’t know of this is going to be one of the worst planeswalkers ever, let’s test it.
    (Sees that DesolatorMagic called it broken)
    Okay, yeah, it’s probably second only to tibalt.

  • Dragoncastermaster

    i can think of a lot of commander decks that would love this, xenagos comes to mind make a trampler big with the god’s ability then give it double strike for added resilience and breakthrough capability

  • Chaospyke

    So after reading today’s story. I’m even more upset that Samut was chosen over Djeru to be a planeswalker.
    Here we have a guy who’s entire world view is shattered, his promised afterlife is turning out to be a lie. If that isn’t perfect grounds for a spark ignition, idk what is.

    vs. Little ms I-told-you-so

    • Shagoth

      …but meaningless diversity brownie points that have no meaning, especially since the initial aim of diversity was to prove that skin color doesn’t matter!

      • Dr. Burn Crow

        You realize Djeru probably wouldn’t be white either, right?

        • Shagoth

          Yeah, true probably. It was kind of a meaningless tirade on my part.

        • I mean, the set’s basically Egypt. Whatever issues Wizards might or might not have with pandering to the diversity crowd lie way back in set conception, not which characters in said set get to be plainswalkers. =P

          I think Wizards probably does fall a little on the weird side of the diversity/social justice debate, but in my view it’s not them choosing to do worlds and stories surrounding Indian and Egyptian culture that’s the issue, but more dumb stuff like deciding they couldn’t possibly have a racist heroine (curing Nissa of her racism… somehow?); racism is a reasonable character flaw to give someone and it’s not like Nissa was ever written as if she were a flawless character (now she’s perfect so wooohooo great writing huh?). Or how they never tell any fricken’ stories where powerful, self-interested people could possibly be noble (lack of Black goodguys).

          • Dr. Burn Crow

            Nissa is hardly perfect, she clearly has issues with relating to people and social skills.
            For noble black characters, I present Yahenni.

          • I don’t follow the story, so you’re probably right. It still makes no sense that a racist would just drop their ways after one big screw-up.

            I wrote a story (no relation to MtG) with a racist hero, but the thing is that while over the story he manages to bond with and take some responsibility for his actions over the people he’s prejudiced against (well, they’re literally monsters xP), he only ever makes progress; he still actually doesn’t like being around the monsters, just admits he has to act better. No flaw that defining just… goes away. That’s awful writing.

            Also I said lack of black heroes, not complete absence. =P

          • Shagoth

            I prefer Toshiro Umezewa, personally.

          • Zombie

            Wizards obviously leans more towards the SJW side of the diversity debate, It’s painfully clear.

            And Elves are always racist. That’s an Elven trope.

            Some Mary Sue force-feeding us “muh racism” nonsense in a bad story (even by MTG standards) to an Elf Planeswalker, WHO’S LITERAL RACE TROPE IS RACISM AGAINST ALL NON-ELVES, is pointless SJW BS that we’re now forced to read in our MTG lore.

            Done to any degree it’s pointless and stupid.

          • Well, no, you can tell any story you want even if it overtly contradicts tropes or even your own world if you can justify it. Nissa almost completely destroying Zendikar (including its elves) is a perfectly reasonable launching point to her learning to improve, and for that matter so is her connecting with a nature spirit (which honestly should be the most egalitarian being in existence). It’s just that neither event would completely shake racism; she’d have to correct it over time. If you think about it a slow journey like that could be an amazing story if presented in the context of what’s already happening, that being her already in a team with OTHER HEROES who aren’t elves. The most effective way to beat racists is to prove them wrong (succeed despite their belief in your inferiority) and Nissa is literally seeing that happen so it’d be a reasonable story if Wizards had any clue how to pace it.

            Keep in mind that even in Lord of the Rings (the grandfather of the racist elf trope) the elves did in a sense overcome their racism. Elrond DID accept Aragorn as his son in law, and Arwen and Aragorn loved each other. Galadriel seemed to respect Frodo, and so did all the elves come to respect him, and in fact the elves brought Bilbo and Frodo to their allegory-of-death land. There’s plenty of this trope being overcome in the story that invented it. It’s just that Lord of the Rings is well-written, and despite that it clearly had its own agenda (it was very anti-industrialist for example) Tolkien understood how to justify and cement themes in his stories. Better than Wizards anyway. You’re most likely right about Wizards’ reasons for doing this story, it’s just that it CAN be done well.

            Depicting racism as bad is awesome, you just can’t do this idealistic nonsense where people can basically just decide not to be on a dime. If you expect racists to improve you have to recognize that they’re not just BEING racist; they ARE racist. It’s a personality trait and it will take time — and in most cases understanding, provided of course they’re not terribly vicious (at which point they may never change) — for them to change, and if they do it will in the end be because THEY decide to.

          • WeWuzKangz

            There are several diferences as racist or nationalist, it is not about hating other races, is caring about own race. But multikulti BS, open borders – forced integration, replacement migration endorsed by Z.O.G., etc
            And being watch by the “Thouhtpolice” at the same time. Welcome to 1984

          • I’m actually pretty sure you’re trolling. Not because no one has those opinions, or that I disagree completely because I don’t disagree with… well, not quite all of it…

            It’s just you did it a little too hard for it to be believable.

          • WeWuzKangz

            A little to hard to believe!?!? Have you seen germany’s laws against “hate speech”, if you write in your facebook page something like: allah snackbar. The police comes to your house. It is 1984. But the point of my message is: do you know the difference between straight racism (don’t like some one different) to nationalist (whatever country or ethnicity)

          • Racism is the belief that your race is superior than another and/or mistreatment of other races. Nationalism is distinct because it doesn’t necessarily relate to a sense of superiority (and also isn’t necessarily based on race); it can be entirely based on simple self-interest and prioritizing your own people’s needs.

            I may be entirely uninformed about Magic’s storyline (I don’t really read it directly; I read ABOUT it), but I was under the impression Nissa inherently believed elves were better. She might well be both nationalist AND racist, but if she believes her race is just better then she IS racist. If I’m wrong go ahead and tell me.

            Or… speciesist… I guess. xP

            Also, you know full well I was referring to you HOLDING that opinion being hard to believe. You don’t need to justify the reasoning behind your opinion to me (yet anyway); you need to justify that you actually have it. =P

          • Dave

            Just kindly fack off, man.

            Deine Pseudo-Ich-bin-Nationalist-kein-Rassist-Scheiße kann niemand gebrauchen, weder Deutschland, noch Amonkhet.

          • WeWuzKangz

            Nationalism is not hate, is protection of your own people. Elves are nationalist. Not racist

          • Zombie

            And “lack of Black good guys”?????

            DO YOU EVEN READ THE STORIES?

            Have you so easily forgotten Koth? Teferri?

          • I don’t follow them closely, no. I’m sure you’re right about individual black goodguys but they never seem that focal. I mean think about it in factional terms, right? In Ravnica the half-black factions are basically amoral at best. I guess I don’t know anything about Golgari or Dimir really but Rakdos and Orzhov seem pretty unabashedly evil. Similar with the Sultai in Tarkir, etc. Perhaps I’m just missing the stories with heavy focus on black goodguys but it seems like they’re only an every once in a while thing.

            Also Koth was red and Teferi was blue, at least looking at their cards. I’m not sure what you mean? Is there something in the story where they turn black and simply haven’t been printed as a card yet?

            I know there was one recently in Kaladesh so that’s cool, I’m just talking about there generally not being many. Perhaps “shortage” would have been a better word than “lack”.

      • For what it’s worth Wizards did actually do the correct thing in terms of depicting an Egypt-esque culture; some people have tried to make the argument that Egypt was actually dominantly black, which isn’t true, and has offended a fair number of actual Egyptian people, just as whitewashing offends people sometimes; Amonkhet didn’t depict its people as dominantly white or black, as neither would be an accurate depiction of Egyptian themes; it depicted actual Egyptians. =P

        Carrying a diversity conversation about an Egypt-inspired world is ironic though because Egypt is one of the top 10 most racist countries in the world according to 2014-2015 surveys. Not wrong or anything, just… ironic. xP

      • Mordecai Shekelgrabber Racemix

        (((Diversity)))

    • Jesse Herrera

      But she is woke lol

  • Nelson Chandra

    Dear lord Jund is back

  • Baxter Stein

    This card is not very good… The plus requires a creature worth attacking with and 2 damage is horrible for a minus 2

  • SonofGilgamesh2

    Wait, hold on. I don’t know about everything else, but in EDH I see use of him…maybe. Not in Samut’s negative 2 (execpt for maybe shooting BOP and/or anything else small), but that plus one in mid or late game could do some damage. Finally, that neg 7 ult (entwined tooth and nail) could put an end to some game if used right. I also don’t know if anyone else brought this up or if I’m completely wrong but hope for confirmation, concerns, comments…….interpretive dance, etc.

    • Happy The Cat

      So far the two decks she has been brought up for are Naya super friends in edh and an otk deck for modern. Her biggest weakness is… she kinda sucks, you can get global doublestrike for cheaper and forked bolt for a -2 is not good at all. but if she can Ult she can fetch any creature/pw combo, so you can fetch your Ugin and Karn, Subjugator Angel and Sunblast Angel. She isn’t strong enough to run by herself though, domri is going to be a better option in general.

  • Han Solo II

    4 mana Chandra’s Pyrohelix

  • Shagoth

    Wait, I just realized that she’s a terrible version of Sorin, Solemn Visitor.
    4 mana, 4 loyalty, two colors
    +1 Creature(s) gets better
    -2 Two damage (Sorin’s sticks around has lifelink and can attack again and can protect sorin an is so much better…)
    And of course an ultimate.
    Seriously, the similarities are really nerve racking.

  • Dodo

    Kinda dissapoingting that they chose the typical “rebel” character to be a planeswalker, but even more dissapointing that shes another Gruul walker

    • Hedronal

      Unless we have different versions of the trope in mind, typical rebel doesn’t go so much into rebelling because of caring like Samut does. Most rebel tropes (meaning the really trope-y ones that are as much cliches as characters) are going against some generic system, or for some personal yet partially related reason. Samut is rebelling against a system in which her friends ritually sacrifice themselves in competition over who gets to super-sacrifice themselves. Also, she gets things about believing in people like what she said to Hazoret before the Gate opened, where a typical rebel is almost purely destructive.

  • Shagoth

    Can you not?