Courtesy of Wizards of the Coast (WotC) and Crokeyz, check out white’s latest disruptive creature from Zendikar Rising — Archon of Emeria!
Archon of Emeria is another creature in a long line of taxing flyers, but has two ways of disrupting players instead of the usual one. Archon of Emeria is now the latest addition to the family of cards like Hushwing Gryff, Vryn Wingmare, Hushbringer, Aven Mindcensor, and Kinjalli’s Sunwing.
Archon of Emeria starts off with a symmetrical effect that limits each player to only casting one spell each turn similar to cards like Eidolon of Rhetoric and Rule of Law. White has had this type of effect for a long time, but this is the first time it has appeared on a flying creature. Many of the previous “hate bear” style of creatures started off without flying but got upgraded years later in new versions. Archon of Emeria could find a home in a deck looking to slow down ramp decks that make multiple big plays in the same turn.
Much like Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Archon of Emeria punishes opponents for playing too many nonbasic lands. While Thalia also hit creatures, she didn’t fly and was legendary. With the number of nonbasics floating around in Standard from Triomes to Fabled Passage, Archon of Emeria could have a huge impact on the format.