Benevolent Offering is one of the newest cards spoiled from Wizards of the Coast’s upcoming multiplayer Magic: The Gathering product Commander (2014 Edition). This white rare instant with political elements can help you survive long enough to win a long drawn out game. Let’s take a look:
Benevolent Offering – 3W
Choose an opponent. You and that player each put three 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying onto the battlefield.
Choose an opponent. You gain 2 life for each creature you control and that player gains 2 life for each creature he or she controls.
Benevolent Offering’s first ability gives you and one of your opponents three 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying. Choosing an ally, or someone you want to make a peace offering to, is your first option. Another is picking a player that you can kill easily so that their tokens don’t matter.
Benevolent Offering’s first ability will also enable cards that care about the number of creatures you control. You’ll be able to steal opposing threats with Beguiler of Wills, attack with a huge Wayfaring Temple, deal more damage with Foundry Champion, or cast a large Devout Invocation. Pumping your new Spirits with Honor of the Pure, Angel of Jubilation, Balefire Liege, Dictate of Heliod, Spear of Heliod, or the emblem from Sorin, Lord of Innistrad will ensure that you have the edge in combat if you have to end up facing the player you gave the tokens to. Of Course Elsh Norn, Grand Cenobite is an MVP here too.
Another way to gain value is to control permanents that care about Spirit creatures such as Drogskol Captain or Long-Forgotten Gohei. Magic 2015 brought us Spirit Bonds, which allows you to sacrifice a Spirit to make a non-Spirit creature indestructible until end of turn. Because they’re creature tokens, Benevolent Offering pairs well with Twilight Drover, Intangible Virtue, and Phantom General.
Benevolent Offering’s second ability will net you two life for each creature you control. Congregate sees play by itself, and getting three additional creatures from Benevolent Offering’s first ability will ensure that this is never a dead card in your hand like Congregate and friends can sometimes be. You can choose to help out an ally or target the player with the least amount of creatures it’s up to you.
One way to extract extra value out of Benevolent Offering’s second ability is to double the amount of life you gain with Rhox Faithmender. You’re going to want a lot of creatures in play in order to get the most from this ability. If you’re playing green, Doubling Season will let you double dip on the creatures tokens created from Benevolent Offering and any other cards token producers in you deck such as Jade Mage, Trostani, Selesnya’s Voice or Growing Ranks.
As a political card this Magic: The Gathering player is looking forward to adding Benevolent Offering to his Zedruu the Greathearted deck. How will you use Benevolent Offering? Please let us know by sharing your opinions in the comments down below or via Twitter.
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