Xenagos, the Reveler - Theros Spoiler

Xenagos, the Reveler


  • Color: Green, Red
  • Type: Planeswalker - Xenagos
  • Rarity: Mythic Rare
  • Set:

+1: Add X mana in any combination of Red Mana and/or Green Mana to your mana pool, where X is the number of creatures you control.

0: Put a 2/2 red and green Satyr creature token with haste onto the battlefield.

-6: Exile the top seven cards of your library. You may put any number of creature and/or land cards from among them onto the battlefield.



  • Martin Kaca

    I dub thee, Rampwalker.

    • MtgMind-Welder98

      You have no idea how hard I laughed when you said that :)

      • THEGREAT

        Same.

    • Zombie

      I don’t know about you, but I will be referring to him as Mr. Tumnus every time I play him.

      • GRUULman

        DAng it!….I don’t get the reference… -_-

        • Zombie

          Mr. Tumnus is the midget Satyr from Chronicles of Narnia.

          • MtgMind-Welder98

            Meh…I’d refer him as Grover

  • Argentumdens

    Well now we have Domri numbers 4-8

    • Anomica

      5-9…

      • Cj

        Try 5-8…. 5-9 would be 5 and 4-8 would also be 5. Math..

  • Bounce

    So strong….

  • LeonFA

    I’ve wanted a good ramping walker for a while, and this certainly does not disappoint. It also makes those huge Monstrosity costs look a lot smaller if you play optimally. Also Burning-Tree Emissary is just going to be stupid with it for getting the ramp. I feel like we’re going to be need card accel in Red/Green because we’re going to be casting everything too easily and dumping our hands onto the board by turn 5.

    First world magic problems.

    • MordecaiAliVanAllenOShea

      There is Garruk and Domri. Jolly Green Superfriends?

  • Pat Whitbeck

    soo we have two gruul planeswalkers in standard together and still no selesnya or simic planeswalker at all…..

    • CodyGozRawr

      I know right, that pisses me off so much, my two favorite color combos, and neither of them have planeswalkers!

      • Zac M Tupa

        Theres two good chances of kiora and ajani being planeswalkers in this block, and if thats true, the colors they are most likely to fit are GW (ajani) and GU (kiora)

        • CodyGozRawr

          Isn’t dack fayden going to be the other planeswalker in theros?

          • David Fitzsimmons

            It is NOT confirmed. It is highly rumored, but not confirmed. I would rather a new character or Kiora because Dack Fayden comes off to me as U/R and this would make the second walker with two colors to match up perfectly with one from the previous block and while I understand WotC policy on color choices for walkers in each set is NOT tied to mechanical/balance reasons but solely to how that character pans out, two is jjust too much. Especially considering Fayden has been around for awhile and always finds goodies to steal on every plane so they can more actively plan to have him in a more balance fitting set.

            They went with G/R this time not for some bias favortism towards gruul, but because let’s face it. Oooooo another B/whatever villian…. who didnt see that coming? But a G/R villain? that is a bit more unique and more potentisal to be very flavorful.

          • GramMAR Freak

            While I agree with your assessment, there are two more sets in the Theros block. I think they should have waited to put the second R/G Planeswalker into Born of the Gods, and I think it would have been better to put something new, like a Simic or Selesnya Planeswalker, into Theros. They could have even made Xenagos G/W – A G/W villain, I think, would be new and something creative that they could branch all over with the mindset of none of your colors are safe – meaning just because G/W combos are usually the protector color combos, does not mean that they’re always good. I dunno, it just feels like too much Gruul love all at once, and it needs to be balanced.

          • Ox

            third if you count giddeon

          • guest

            Sorry, but dack fayden IS confirmed. They even somewhat spoiled somewhat of a back story of why he is in theros. But I think he fits u/w more than u/r.

          • THEGREAT

            WAIT!!!!! He’s a villain? But I think Dack would U/B or U/W strictly because he likes artifacts.

          • ss

            What matters is that hes blue

          • Julna

            I would LOVE it if he’s UW because I need good planeswalkers in my American control deck… But I could make esper if he’s good enough.

          • Mikeman1503

            yes. and i think he will be blue black.

          • randy lucas

            yes i do to fro the main fact that wotc has said that there are 5 all together 2 completely new one being xeno, the other will be a 1UB pw which dack faden fits seeing as he is a master thief who dabbles in the dark magic. anyways here is an exert from wotc about dack faden…. Dack has a special power called psychometry. This allows him to pry into an artifact, figure out how it works, and teach himself the spells it uses. It also gives him visions of the most intense times the object has been used, which can be both horrifying and enlightening.

    • Antares

      THeory is that Selesnya will get a planeswalker in the form of Ajani in the last set of the block (he’s been strongly hinted at in art and previews to be in the set).

      No clue about a Simic walker. Maybe we’ll see one in the next set? I wouldn’t mind seeing something like this in every set of this block (1 mono color planeswalker and 2 multi-color ones, that are mostly new faces).

  • MordecaiAliVanAllenOShea

    Yeah, you’re ridiculous.

    Is the monstrous mechanic really that important? Are Esper colors getting more ramp other than the Nix Legendary land? If not then its gonna be gruul for the next standard season as well. This card makes me mad, and I am a green/big monster player. I feel this is too overpowered to deal with. It is going to be hard to stay competitive in most other colors.

    I trust wizards has a balance for this in other colors.

  • CodyGozRawr

    EPIC, how is his plus 1 a PLUS ability, that should be his MINUS 1, not to mention his ultimate is insane! Eldrazi will love him, I put out a bunch of eldrazi spawn tokens, now I play this guy and add a bunch of G/R to my mana pool, now I sacrifice them all for emrakul/ or whatever on turn 4.

  • http://tappedout.net/users/Op_Zero_Films_@Maverick/ William S. Miller

    hello $50+ plansewalker. . .

  • Locklear

    Ok i know he has power and everything, but do the horns remind anyone else a little too much of Bolas, i mean the shape is nearly exactly the same

    • CodyGozRawr

      Yeah, the middle horns look a lot like Bolas’s.

  • Sephyr ArtCore

    This is so friggin beautiful that I want to cry xD

  • selesnyaWarden

    Well, don’t need to worry, you didn’t expect to see thoughtseize alone did you? I need to clarify this statement, I play green, white and red, but control is returning in 80% of its power due the release of “Born of the gods”, where voice of resurgence will tick up in price once more. Ajani might be in this block, (third block to be nearly not precise) I’m not so accurate on that still but I am working on it. Now about this guy, Since the release of devotion in Theros, I came up with a thought on if there could be a planeswalker that could add mana to your mana pool for some reason based on checking whether something is true or not, and this is close to that idea. In this case the ability will check if you control a creature that meets the requirements for the ability to work ( you still put the loyalty though). There was also a mathematical inequity with gruul and turn three turn four efects to balance the board and I suppose this is the answer even though it is on another block. See, Wizards knows how one thing will become better or worse depending how the sets are displayed throughout the year and how they link and balance a format and how old tools shine in new ways with other new releases. By the way, Purophoros enter the battlefield trigger+ Xeangos free tokens =? are not the only way this guy will be used, he sure feels spikey, but wait till you meet the new blue in the block, sudden hand shake with jace.

  • Dimitrije Simic

    omfg no B/R or U/B planeswalker but yet 2 B/R planeswalkers this is poolsheet

    • Tyrannödle Kung

      No B/R? What are you talking about?

      • Cj

        Yeah it’s G/R… Logic..

    • MtgMind-Welder98

      I was crossing my fingers for B/R/G

  • Loiden Mc Leroy

    NO!

    We now have more domri. Greeeeat

    • MtgMind-Welder98

      Yep, but better…and the best part is it was done in a 7 month period.

  • guest

    I know not to judge a planeswalker on ultimate alone, but what’s with the exile from the top of your library? First Chandra, now Xenogos, I hope this isn’t a growing trend in planeswalkers.

  • David Fitzsimmons

    let’s see…
    turn 1: land 1 and mana dork most likely an elf. Mana count is 2

    turn 2: land 2 and a second mana dork, Akroan crusader and either another mana dork(pushing the luck here for 3 so close together) or another one drop(perhaps pumping akroan for a token) mana count is now 4/5 with 4 creatures
    Turn 3: Land 3 and we play Xenagos, we have one mana or two left over so lets throw out two low cost spells on out Akroan Crusader and get 2 tokens. Now we can use the 0 ability on Xenagos for another token as well. We currently have 7 creatures
    Turn 4 sees us with a grand total of 12/13 mana with some good conditions assuming we are always able to play out lands. I am sure there are far more insane mana counts I could somehow attain with him on turn 4, regardless, this guy is going to be insane and hopefully with him and things like the Shrine to Nyx will see the arise of Battlecruiser magic again.

    • guest

      only one ability per turn buddy.. u cant use the 0 and +1 in the same turn

      • David Fitzsimmons

        I know this, did you read what I typed? I said turn FOUR we do the +1. Not turn 3, turn 3 is the 0 ability. Please reread what I typed fully. If i made a mistake in my calculations and you are assuming it’s because i am trying to use two abilities at once, then why not fully explain the reasoning?

        Are you making the assumption based on turn three with me saying 1 or two mana left over? That mana is from the third land played, with the second possible mana from a third mana pumper if able to play one in turn 2

        I really am having trouble seeing where you make that assumption.

        • MtgMind-Welder98

          Mistakes, mistakes. You can call out on someone on that but not make them feel stupid about it.

  • MaloBeto

    Because, y’know, wizards just needs to jerk off gruul some more.

  • Kevan Kramer

    It’s good and all, but I wanted a good B/R PW.

  • GRUULman

    Oh yes.. YES!!!

    But at the same time…noooo.

    At the point of seeing this card, I now hope the other color combinations that have not seen much love with planeswalkers (such as Simic Blue Green) get the third planeswalker. I just hope. Because Red-Green is now an even greater force to be reckoned with in standard.

    • MtgMind-Welder98

      Agreed…plus I was expecting Xenagos to be in Born of the Gods too from the revealed art

  • GramMAR Freak

    Though I love this Planeswalker to bits and pieces, and I’m going to play all over him, why is it that red and green seem to be getting all the good mythics and rares for the new standard block? It just feels unbalanced in Gruul’s favor, and though those are definitely my colors, I don’t like that. I don’t want everyone else to be playing my deck; no one’s favored in a Gruul mirror match.

    • Antares

      Lion is Selesnya
      Daxos is Azorius
      Cerberus is Rakdos
      Anax and Cylene are Boros
      Elspeth is bonkers
      Ashiok is a minimum of 3 for 1 when playing
      Thoughtsieze is black
      Agent of Fates is black
      Fabled Hero is white

      Lots of other cards are amazing, they just aren’t as obvious in their uses. Xenagos just says “Put me in Gruul deck. Me stomp.” Others, like, say, Daxos or Ashiok, require more finesse to use properly and get value out of. A 2/2 for 3 isn’t all that great. A 2/2 for 3 that nets you a Boros Reckoner or Obzedat from its deck is value.
      :D

      • GramMAR Freak

        Firstly, I must live up to my name: “…require more finesse to use properly and get value out of.” This is grammatically incorrect; you can’t end a sentence with a preposition. I’m not being rude here, but it’s only fair that as “GramMAR Freak,” I point this out so that you can know it’s a mistake.

        As for your actual comment, yes those are great cards, and I agree other decks are getting some very nice cards, and I don’t believe I said that they were being completely ignored. In fairness, my original comment was posted before any of those were spoiled here, but, ignoring that, the fact that the list of cards that are useful in other decks is so small only further improves my argument; though, I’d like to amend my statement ever so: Gruul aggro still does feel the most overpowered in the upcoming Standard block, but aggro in general feels incredibly overpowered in this arc. I’m not going to lie, I am very pleased about this, as I am an aggro player, but it would be nice if there could be a standard block that doesn’t favor any one play style, as this is favoring aggro, Ravnica favored control, and Innistrad favored, well, control. I would like a block where all people are treated equal.

        Lastly, I would like to point out that I can’t see the future, and there’s every possibility that I’m very wrong in how Standard ends up working, but by the spoils thus far, I imagine there will be quite a few Gruul, if not aggro, mirror matches for the next year.

  • Ben Ehren

    this pisses me off, i see this amazing planeswalker, with mana summons and an epic finale of awesome, and he is RED green, this is after i put together an awesome simic golgari deck thats going to be buff after polikarnos

    • Zombie

      “Wizards didn’t make something specifically for the colors I play, boy does that make me mad. They should tailor only the best cards to fit exactly what I need.”

      • David Bannister

        ^LOL

        • Ben Ehren

          ok makes sense, i was unreasonable, they shouldn’t just tailor to my playstyle, they did that already with the simic cards, and really i can just pop 4 chromatic lanterns in my deck to support corpsejack, this, jarrod, master biomancer, and progenitor mimic while still being green enough to keep nylea aloft.

          • Zombie

            That sounds like the jankiest pile of jank I’ve ever laid eyes upon.

            You have the gift of the Johnny, my friend. Please don’t use said gift at an FNM.

          • Ben Ehren

            i like +1/+1 counters. alot.

          • Ben Ehren

            also ‘gift of johnny’?

          • Anomica

            Johnny the Combo Player

          • Ben Ehren

            thanks

          • GRUULman

            That sounds like a pretty nice deck! It can get out of hand quickly with all the +1+1 counters. Hopefully you run at least 4 mana creatures life elvish mystic.

          • Ben Ehren

            along with some shrines of nyx i can pull out some insane mana, powerful dudes, and wipe the board with a deathtouch hydra bomb

  • MtgMind-Welder98

    Oh god…PAN IS PISSED

  • Fbn Dnl Schlr

    Sweet! My Rith EDH calls! Where do I put all this mana? Maybe it’s time to work that Centaur Glade again!

  • MtgMind-Welder98

    2 planeswalkers with the SAME TWO COLORS, MADE in less than a 8 MONTH PERIOD

    Wow

    • Gruul Player

      How is that any different from printing a bunch of mono-colored walkers in a short period.
      Like blue really needed Jace and Tamiyo in standard together.

      • MtgMind-Welder98

        But Jace makes sense, since he is in Standard Core meaning he will always be there most of the time, however Tamiyo was in a block.

        It makes sense that there in standard together because there in the same sets chosen.

        Even though they were made in a short period of time, it’s JACE not two completely new planeswalkers that share the same colors.

        That is like if the original Tezzeract and Tamyio were made in a 7 month period; it’s very unexpected like this was.

        Xenagos is great don’t get me wrong, but we got Domri no more than 8 months ago and people wanted different colors, like RB, UG, WG, WB, etc. for the Ravnica and Gatecrash guilds and tri-colored Planeswalkers as well.

        I am guessing your a gruul player and expect you to argue about this and it’s okay. If I pulled Xenagos in a draft, I would pick him without thinking twice.

        People just want some new Planeswalker with new combo colors for pretty much anything including EDH. I hope you understand my point.

    • THEGREAT

      WoTC makes the walker first, then it chooses its own color, moreover its what color is the walker in the story, than Wizards being favoring R/G.

      • MtgMind-Welder98

        Ehhh….probably….yes? I am guessing in future sets Wizards will which off on color combos with walkers every so often…which it’s really a GREAT thing…depending on colors…right?

  • Nickerton

    XenaGoat the Revealer… Put a shirt on!

    • MtgMind-Welder98

      Xenagos: *whisper* NO

  • Confused fish

    i feel i little ignorant but i’m really not seeing the value of this. +1 gives you a few (1-5) mana, which is RG really shouldn’t matter that much, you have already ramped with G and R is for burn so it don’t help. the 0 spawns a little token that dies within one of two turns. and the -6 will get you at most seven creatures(land is pointless you should have already ramped enough) most of which will be ramp stuff. well you risk losing the enchantment, artifact, walker, sorcery or instant that could have helped more.
    granted this is not the first walker i’ve not been excited about that everyone else was. IE Liliana of the Veil and Vraska the Unseen

    • MaloBeto

      And now Liliana of the Veil is one of, if not the, best planeswalker in standard currently.

      • Confused fish

        i was more asking why this one is getting so much hype.
        but if you can explain why Liliana of the Veil is great please do because i’m not seeing it.

        • MaloBeto

          Ok so at bare minimum liliana is a 3 cmc sac spell, which isn’t bad in and of itself, but often times that sac will be used to remove their only creature, or you will be able to protect her in some other way. In that case you use her first ability to discard some junk in your hand, and force your opponent to discard. Then next turn you make them sac again. Maybe if you’ve only been playing casual it doesn’t sound as good, but to me that’s amazing for only 3 cmc.

          • confused fish

            Xenagos: Ok i can see the value of a free walker if you can manage to keep all four out.

            Lili: i see the value of sac spells (i run many in my black), but i don’t see the value of discarding because in any competitive format, i don’t personally play but i know many that play standard and modern, every card in your deck should be of value and getting rid of any would hurt you in most cases. and short of running control even if you go first your opponent has had two turns to play things, which at that point should be creatures, so i don’t see how they would only have one creature, so you manage to block there first attack, loss your creatures in most cases and play another creature the next turn hopefully playing your last card so the + don’t make you discard. than you left with one maybe two creatures, to block against there coming attack or one or two creatures, so you manage to make them sac a few things but loss all your creatures to defend her.

            personally i would rather play pure sac spell and not have to deal with the blocking to defend.

            But thank you for the attempt to explain it.

          • MaloBeto

            With the discard you have to look at it like you are sacrificing a card to get rid of one of your opponent’s cards. If you absolutely need every card in your hand you can not use her ability for a turn, but often times you will have an excess land or two, or an extra creature, or board wipe you feel you could do just fine without. On top of that black has things like sign in blood, and dark confidant to play turn two to ensure you have enough cards in hand. The reason that ability is good is that you can choose to use it when you have cards you can afford to lose, and often times you can make your opponent sacrifice a card they needed.

            As for them only having one creature out: First of all not every deck has a one drop creature, and even if they do that doesn’t guarantee that they will draw it. So if you go first they only have a second turn to play a creature, and excluding Burning Tree I can’t think of all that many situations where they’d play more than one creature turn 2. Second: Most black decks should be able to kill, or make them discard their one or two drop.
            Third: So what if you make them sac a creature and then they kill her the next turn. That was 3 mana for a sac and to block one creature, that’s better value than some straight up sac spells, and thats not even taking into consideration the fact that you are basically making them swing at you, allowing you to kill one of their creatures with a blocker and/or giving you a nice opening to hit them next turn.

          • Gruul Player

            Look up modern pox and you will understand the powerhouse that is liliana. Also in standard you can use her with cards like faithless looting and just cast it for its flashback or you can use her to discard creatures for reanimator.

          • Antares

            Junk Reanimator wants to discard. A LOT. They have some great spot removal (Doom Blade, Abrupt Decay, the 3 cmc golgari instant) that they want to keep in hand to be able to use to keep you under control until they get rolling (which, honestly, isn’t long). THen they want to discard their big bombs that take a LOT to cast (Thragtusk, Angel of Serenity, Obzedat, etc.). THe next step is either casting or flashing back Unburial Rites.

            Liliana can do 2 of those things (Remove powerful creatures, and allow discards). That’s ONE shell she’s good in. Another is when fighting the Hexproof pants deck. She gets around hexproof very easily, and forces them to lose cards when they don’t have someone you want dead (which will be often, thanks to it being a voltron deck).

            Control decks like her because they would allow her to control the board quite well. In a mirror match they force the opponent to discard cards they want to keep. Against midrange, they have to choose between losing their late game or their early game. Against aggro, they just run out of steam so fast thanks to her (Remove their creature, then force them to lose creatures to her every turn).

            That’s 3 situations where you want Liliana of the Veil, because she becomes so useful and powerful. Another thing is that she is ALWAYS at least a 1-for-1 and will often be a 2 or 3 for one. Any time your opponent has to use multiple cards to deal with something of yours, that’s value in the game.

            THen we also have the “DAYUM” factor of Lili’s art. ;-)

          • panda4life

            Modern Jund runs liliana, Anything they discard from their hand is fuel for deathrite shaman, scavenging ooze or tarmogoyf, and their opponent just loses card advantage. The threat of Liliana ulti is so great that she must be answered, and her +1 prevents her from being bolted and killed. Not to mention, in legacy/modern, its relatively rare for any deck to have 3-4 creatures out, so liliana’s minus ability is amazing as it just removes a creature that then becomes more fuel for deathrite shaman/scavenging ooze/tarmogoyf. All in all, Liliana generates advantage by putting the liliana player in a more favorable position than the opposing player after discarding and all of this for 3 mana. She is by far the next best walker printed after JTMS.

        • MaloBeto

          as to Xenagos take into consideration that burning tree is still standard so by turn three you could easily have 4 creatures out and so throwing this guy out basically pays for himself, then he can protect himself for free with 2/2s or swing with them if you need a to do a bit more damage, I usually don’t take the ultimates into consideration much as, at least in my experience, people only get them off when they are already winning anyway, but imagine just after your opponent board wipes you throw out 2 or 3 more creatures.

    • wisdomseyes

      I think you look at the abilities to individually.

      While I agree in a scope of all the game, this isn’t the best planeswalker ever printed, but in a scope of just standard, it is useable. Though I would argue dormir raid is better there for a few reasons, but they are different in terms of what they accomplish so it is hard to argue that.

      A general rule is that ultimates on planeswalkers are… well… just things you will be lucky to get but add no value to the walker itself.

      4 mana gives you then, if you think of it, 2 options every turn. The advantage of a planeswalker is always the options it gives you. At worst, it is 4 mana for a 2/2 every turn until it dies (and putting it out in a position it is likely too is often not something you will do), which is… i might add, unique for a planeswalker to have a haste token. It adds some aggression… not a whole lot, but some. Not that you should just mindlessly attack, but still.

      and then of course, the adding mana thing is always nice just for adding some ramp to your aggressive decks.

      Honestly, I would not use this card. I think there are better options for the mana cost in all formats. But it does have some position in a deck that wants to run Parallel Lives… but that is rotating out before this even gets a chance.

    • Gruul Player

      Think of his mana ramp capabilities in a deck like combo elves or put this with the new land and have an aggressive ramp deck in the new slow block that is theros standard

    • ALWAYS LOOK FOR COMBOS

      this ramp gives you the chance to play that extra few more R on that dragon for +1/0 if you have the creatures that green can give you very easy you could get an easy extra 5 dmg on top of the possible trample. or you could use this to cast extra creatures or even a couple Lightning bolts baha! if you make them waist a card or 2 or a couple attacks for say 6 dmg that is easily possible…ya totally worth. I am in no way a fan of PWs but i will use them as a distraction if i can. =DDD and as far as that role down why even use it if you dont have the over run in creatures in the deck? or why use it if you know you cant win with it? his role up and +0 is worth to just keep out there as a distraction while it lasts.

      • Kade

        I just really love that i pulled it from a booster pack, since i have Polukranos, World Eater, the extra mana will help me pump him up.

    • nitro

      the last ability doesn’t seem that great until you realize that a ton of cards in this set have scry affects. so turn before you activate the third ability play a scry card and see if its worth it.

  • THEGREAT

    Did anyone else notice that the base of his blade kind of looks like the RTR symbol?

    • MtgMind-Welder98

      Hey….IT DOES!!! (:-O

      • THEGREAT

        Bro-fist, finally someone commented.