I love it. The first strike mode is medium, but not unusable. I really like its second ability to keep it alive and gives white a decent discard outlet. I'm hoping cards like this signal more karmic guide or Reveillark effects for future sets.
-edit- I known that seasoned hallowblade has the better typing and a similar type of effect, but I want more of these lol. a part of me feels the first strike mode is what allows it to compete with hallowblade, since I might not always want to discard a card to win a trade