Creature – Human Cleric
Whenever an opponent activates an ability of an artifact, creature, or land on the battlefield, if it isn’t a mana ability, Harsh Mentor deals 2 damage to that player.
We’ve all wondered when red was going to get a bonkers two drop like every other color has. Black has Dark Confidant, green Tarmogoyf, blue Snapcaster Mage, and white with Stoneforge Mystic.
I think this is our red two drop. In Modern, Harsh Mentor wrecks fetchlands. Make your opponent take five damage to crack-fetch-shock. Make affinity players take damage from equipping Cranial Plating or activating Inkmoth Nexus.
In Standard though, there’s vehicles. Crew that Heart of Kiran? Take two. Shoot something with Ballista? Take two. Reload Ballista? Take two. Crack a clue? Take two.
It’s even good against tier two decks like RG Energy. Want to Pummel for lethal? Better be ready to take at least six damage. Hexproof your Hydra a couple times? Take that damage.
This could even see Legacy play considering Sensei’s Divining Top.
Harsh Mentor will likely be a multiformat all star for years to come.
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