Featured in the Evade and Shimmer Venser deck, Path to Exile from Wizards of the Coast’s upcoming Magic: the Gathering product Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth has received a special new alternate artwork by Erica Yang.
Path to Exile – W
Exile target creature. Its controller may search his or her library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle his or her library.
Revealed in an article by Adam Syborski on Gatheringmagic.com, the new alternate art Path to Exile by Erica Yang is just one of six Magic cards to receive a new painting. The other five cards are Anger, Chartooth Cougar, Plated Geopede, Preordain, Venser the Sojourner, and Koth of the Hammer.
Path to Exile is one of white’s most powerful removal spells. Often compared to Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile can arguably be better when in the right circumstances.
Like Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile can deal with pesky undying creatures like Vorapede and Strangleroot Geist thanks to exile.
Unlike using a Swords to Plowshares though, your opponent won’t gain any life. That means your Kaalia of the Vast (with Requiem Angel in hand) will be able to deliver the final crushing blow. It also makes Path to Exile more friendly to decks packing burn spells like Incinerate or Lightning Bolt.
On rare occasions you might find yourself wishing for a Swords to Plowshares – say to blow up your Dark Confidant and gain life so that you don’t die to Mana Crypt – however if there aren’t any creatures in your deck then this won’t matter.
Although Path to Exile lets your opponent search their deck for a basic land, in many eternal formats this drawback isn’t as noticeable. That’s because players utilize more nonbasic mana sources.
The sexy new alternate art Path to Exile by Erica Yang in Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth is sure to be well sought after. Despite its inclusion in a Duel Deck, expect it to cost slightly more than the original version on the secondary market.
The big question though, is will Path to Exile return to Standard in M13?
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