With preview season for Streets of New Capenna in full swing, we’ve been treated to some incredible new cards! But this morning, a new equipment was previewed that might be one of the best ones in the game. It’s an insane combo piece and even if it’s used fairly, it’s still pretty darn good. Let’s take a look at it and it’s big combo potential.
The card in question is Luxior, Giada’s Gift. This is a 1 mana equipment, with an Equip planeswalker for 1, and normal Equip for 3. It’s abilities are that the Equipped creature gets +1/+1 for each counter on it, and the Equipped permanent isn’t a planeswalker, and is a creature in addition to its other types.
While it may seem tempting to slap this on a planeswalker, that’s the fair usage of the card. Where this gets nuts is when this is put on a creature, and a very specific creature, Devoted Druid.
When you combo Devoted Druid and Luxior, you can generate infinite mana in Modern. When you untap Devoted druid, it adds a -1/-1 counter onto the creature, which is effectively negated by the +1/+1 from Luxior. The earliest that we can get this combo assembled is Turn 3, but from there we can end the game with a couple powerful cards.
The two cards that really come to mind here are Emrakul, the Aeons Torn and Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger. We can generate enough mana to cast both of these and send our opponent’s back to the stone age. If we dodge Solitude, then we’re in business.
We can use cards like Stoneforge Mystic or Urza’s Saga to fetch up our Luxior, and then use cards like Eladamri’s Call to fetch up our big threats. If we REALLY want to dig deep, this also combos with Flourishing Defenses, creating infinite 1/1 Elf Warrior creatures.
If we want to try and leverage this as a fair card, then we need to look at planeswalkers that have a good ratio of casting cost to starting loyalty / turn 1 loyalty. We want cards that have a lower casting cost, but have a loyalty number that’s higher than it’s cost after we activate a + ability once. There’s a handful of them, so here’s what those are.
To preface this, this is more than likely going to be used in Commander, rather than in any 60 card constructed formats for obvious reasons. So first up, Chandra, Awakened Inferno is awesome because it’s uncounterable, it puts a ticking dot on your opponents and then becomes an 8/8 with Luxior.
Next up, Dakkon, Shadow Slayer can honestly be as big as you want him to be. He comes in loyalty counters equal to the number of lands we control, and then we can to make him 1 bigger and surveil 2.
The next couple ones are great choices from War of the Spark, Huatli, the Sun’s Heart and Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner are both 3 mana, and come in with 7 loyalty, which can pose a serious threat very early on in a game.
Lastly, we have the Karn Father himself, Karn Liberated. With the Tron lands at our disposal, we could turn Karn into a 10/10 very quickly while exiling a card from our opponent’s hand.
Luxior is a pretty crazy card, and hopefully it’ll make some waves in Modern! What are your thoughts on this card? Let us know, and be sure to check out our Preview Gallery to stay up to date with all the new cards!