I nearly pooped myself at the new planeswalker in BotG. Here it is.
Kiora, the Crashing Wave
2 G U
+1: Until your next turn, prevent all damage that would be dealt to and dealt by target permanent an opponent controls.
-1: Draw a card. You may play an additional land this turn.
-5: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of your end step, put a 9/9 blue Kraken creature token onto the battlefield."
So, what do you guys think? It's on the spoilers on the MTGSalvation site.
Moved to Spoilers and Rumors.
Please check the forums before you post a spoiler thread. We already have three different threads about Kiora.
I hope it's fake. This card is pretty terri-bad. The artwork is nice however. There is only a handful of scenarios where I see the card achieve much. Maybe against U/W control. Getting 9/9s frequently can be troublesome. Also her -1 might be nice for some dual Nykthos-shenanigans - if you find a hole for the mana. Her +1 feels pretty weak, if it was worded "Until your next turn, prevent all damage that would be dealt to and by target permanent other than "Kiora, the Crashing Wave" it could have some uses. What bugs me the most about her however is that she is a 4CMC 2-loyalty PW. Even if you +1 her immediately, she still dies to Lightning Strike or a Lifebane Zombie . Maybe her -1 will make more sense once there are more cards revealed from BotG. Maybe we have a land-heavy set like Zendikar was.
It's not fake Putrefy , Kiora was spoiled on Daily MTG.
To avoid being lightning striked or whatever just +1 her. Unless dreadbore or hero's downfall is cast she wont die. get her ult every turn your making 9/9's
i love simic, it was my first deck that i ever played competitively, so kiora is definitly awesome, considering that i still have my simic deck, and most of it is still standard
She does her +1 on herself therefor she cannot receive any damage. Therefor that Lightning Strike is rendered useless. Unless they play it at like your untap step which in that case you are Sol
She can't +1 herself, it says that an opponent controls
So to summarize, Kiora can stop an opponent's creature from dealing damage for a round which is cool, but more often than not will likely get burnt out by Lightning Strike or other burn spells. Stays above water of Magma Jet at least, but she is rather vulnerable.
The -1 is okay, she replaces herself once she uses that ability.
you could be fortunate enough to try and build a bant control shell with Riot Control as an option to save kiora if the don't hit it the turn it comes out
@2austin5: Riot Control doesn't say "prevent all damage dealt t you or planeswalkers you control", so I would have assumed it wouldn't save Kiora. In fact, I can't think of much protection for Kiora bar something like Palisade Giant or Simic Charm .
She is meant for midrange controll. Bant most likely but black could replace white. play counters and ramp and play her turn 6 or 7.
a simic planeswalker thats meant for control? honestly, simic is not supposed to be that boring. this is a bit disappointing at first sight. i'll keep looking at it though.
her ultimate will most likely trigger all your evolve effects.
more often than not she's just a double Explore , which is pretty good
Im not terribly impressed with her so far. I could potentially see her seeing some use in some kind of Midrangey Ramp deck, but thats about it really
does kiora work with Dismiss into Dream ? to kill off your opps creatures