Limited testing, but it had a good first showing in a 3-0 mono white deck. Copy / pasting the pilot's summary
White court was absurd
It just blew games at parity out of the water
And closed the door when I was ahead
It put my opponents in a big bind where they wanted to be blocking bc I was aggressive, but they also had to attack bc monarch
And then I could just kill them when they let their defenses down by overextending on a monarch attack
Hot take alert! Our group feels that OG Elspeth is getting quickly outdated. She’s still in our Cube primarily because of the Humility archetype we’re pushing, but I’d include both this enchantment and Emeria’s Call as generically good cards over OG Elspeth.
Elspeth is still a top tier white card in my experience. More planeswalkers for Elspeth to take out has only increased her importance.
In the 3-0 archives, she's tied as the #4 most represented non-land card from September 2019 - September 2020 on our cube discord. The numbers would probably be higher if the MTGO Vintage Cube didn't swap out Knight-Errant for Sun's Nemesis for a brief period of time.
Seems to me like OG Elspeth's time is done. This card does a good job eclipsing her.
I like OG Elspeth more than any other white planeswalker. Being able to go on offense immediately with evasion makes her a huge plaaneswalker killer. If you're adding more monarch cards, being able to make bodies / attack in the air makes her even more important. While Court of Virtue has a higher upside than pretty much any planeswalker. Elspeth / Gideon being risk free makes them more preferable to Court of Virtue.
This card feels absolutely busted to me. Palace Jailer is amazing and this seems about on par.
Maybe I'm somehow overrating it...but I don't think so...I think this will be oppressively good.
Top 10 white card in cube.
I think this is overrating it. Palace Jailer is great because it's an instant 3 for 1: you're up a creature + card while your opponent is down a creature. Palace Jailer being a creature makes it also very abusable with blink / recursion and can be found with multiple creature tutors.
While I think this card is strong, I don't think it's as strong as some other 4-drops like Palace Jailer / Elspeth, Knight-Errant / Gideon, Ally of Zendikar.
I think this is the best of the cycle so far. While not as cheesy as the blue court, this enables you to control monarch for the rest of the game. Both effects giving flying is really pushed when it comes to monarch.