Tourach, Dread Chanter
Legendary Creature - ???
Protection from white
Whenever an opponent discards a card, put a +1/+1 counter on ~
When ~ enters the battlefield, if he was kicked, target opponent discards two cards at random
Pretty strong modal black creature. Protection from white is arguably the best color to have protection from since it has the most removal / blockers. 1BBB nets is a 3 for 1 that leaves you with a 4/3 that can grow over time. Seems really nice with Liliana of the Veil / Rankle or just a big Mind Twist. Black rarely gets creatures this flexible and more random discard is always fun, I'll be testing this out for sure.
I think the best way to think of this card is a 1BBB 4/3 that hymns them that you will almost never cast as a 2/1 and that you probably won't get relevantly bigger than a 4/3 very often either. Is that good enough? The mana cost sucks, but a 3-for-1 is real and if you're casting it on turn 4 there's a good chance their hand is smaller so you have a better chance of hitting more expensive, high-impact spells. I really like it on the play in aggro too because you get to have a chance at hitting their wrath/board stabilizing planeswalker. I will definitely test this card, although the 1BBB mana cost might kill it.
I'm into this card. The passive +1/+1 triggers off all sorts aside from your own discard; Lootings, Dack, Survival, Hallowblade triggers, Wheels. The four mana mode seems extremely strong - 4/3 double random discard trigger for 4 is immense, and I can accept the 1BBB cost here since there's a failsafe mode with only 1B needed. I'll definitely be trying out Tourach.
I like how between things like Dark Ritual, Hymn to Tourach, Grief, and now Tourach himself, there's a lot more incentive to go heavy / mono black (especially if you support devotion).
I think people are underestimating how versatile powerful / versatile Tourach can be:
- The only creature that really gives you a 3 for 1 card advantage is Palace Jailer, which can be extremely risky.
- The average Mind Twist in my experience is turn 2 mana rock -> turn 3 Mind Twist for 3. This gives you a similar line of play, but you get a 4/3 creature instead of making your opponent discard a 3rd card.
- The floor is pretty decent and it's not hard to grow over time with your own discard effects, not to mention it punishes all your opponent's looting / rummaging / cycling / etc.
1BBB for a 3-for-1 that develops the board is a sweet deal. The problem is that it requires your opponent to have at least 2 cards in hand, which means you have to be able to cast this within a certain time frame to get max value. If Tourach only hits one card, it's no longer good enough. Given the prohibitive mana and timing restrictions, I'm unwilling to play him over any of Black's current suite of 4-drops.
So what of Tourach's "fail" case? Well, a 2 mana 2/1 with protection from White that grows from your opponent's looting effects is not the worst. It can cause a headache for quite a variety of decks--Wx, reanimator, UB/UR. The competition among Black 2-drops isn't that cutthroat, so a serviceable creature which can be kicked for massive upside can definitely break into that slot. If we compare Tourach to Nullpriest of Oblivion, you're trading a slightly worse floor for a far stronger kicked mode. The biggest hurdle for Tourach will be having to decide whether to cast him or hold him when your mana base is incomplete.
1BBB is just so rough to get on curve. Many decks won't be able to consistently hit that until late enough that your opponent could be empty-handed. This feels like another close-but-not-quite-there card. I also like Grief more and that card is borderline, imo, and I don't know if there's room for both.
Card has been fantastic. We've been pushing an emphasis on heavy black cards in my Cube (not devotion). Tourach and Dauthi Voidwalker are great recent cards that reward heavy black. This card is also nuts off Dark Ritual.
Last night I went turn 3 Hymn to Tourach into turn 5 kicked Tourach, Dread Cantor. It was as amazing as it sounds. This deck only had 9 black sources so even when the mana isn't great sometimes you can still get to 1BBB.
My opponent and I both remarked how happy we are with how well Tourach has played.
Worth testing this (and Dark Ritual if you're not running it) in 540 for sure and possibly smaller Cubes.
It's fun to play in mtgo modern cube. I usually cast it with kicker, and have felt bad the one time I played it without the kicker. Very powerful when you can play it turn 4, and great for aggressive black decks.