Obscura Interceptor, I’m sorry, we have to let you go. We don’t have any use for you anymore – you got replaced. Ertai Resurrected is one hell of a card. Combining Mystic Snake and Ravenous Chupacabra in one card is something I didn’t even think about in my wildest dreams. Not only that, instead of having Cancel and Murder attached on a body, we have Disallow and Hero’s Downfall, which is a significant difference. But (of course there is a but), Ertai has the downside of giving the victim of its triggered ability an extra card.
The first question you have to ask yourself is, “is what Ertai Resurrected does worth the downside?” I believe it’s well worth it and we’re going to see a lot of Ertai Resurrected in Standard. Having the flexibility of Hero’s Downfall or Disallow attached to a 3/2 flash creature is outrageously good. Your opponent drawing a card is only fair and will still leave you trading two-for-two in a sense, but you gained the tempo advantage by trading with the opposing spell or permanent while gaining a 3/2 creature on the ground.
Imagine you play against an aggro deck. You slam down Ertai on turn four during their attack and you destroy one of their creatures while blocking another. This is a big tempo swing in your favor that’s well worth the price of your opponent drawing a card.
But it doesn’t stop there! The legendary Phyrexian can blow up your own creatures to draw you cards or it can counter triggered abilities of your own like a Meathook Massacre trigger. Not only that, it can counter “lose the game” triggers like the one on Alchemist’s Gambit or in eternal formats you can counter Demonic Pact to give you a huge advantage.
Ertai Resurrected is powerful in itself, very flexible and has the potential to be a combo piece. I found my favorite card out of Dominaria United, what’s yours?