Bronzehide Lion powers up Selesnya builds in Theros: Beyond Death

The hide of Nemean beefs up GW.

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Aggro and Midrange builds have a cheap and powerful creature to use with today’s Theros: Beyond Death spoiler, Bronzehide Lion. 

Bronzehide Lion is a direct reference to the hide from the Nemean lion Hercules wrestled to death. The lion’s hide wasn’t penetrable and it lived on as a cloak for Hercules after he killed it. Bronzehide Lion in Theros: Beyond Death (THB) gains indestructible at the cost of one Green and one White mana and it lives on beyond its death as an Aura. 

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“When Bronzehide Lion dies, return it to the battlefield,” the card reads. “It’s an Aura enchantment with enchant creature you control and ‘GW: Enchanted creature gains indestructible until end of turn,’ and it loses all other abilities.”

As a 3/3 creature with a CMC of two, Bronzehide Lion is a solid two-drop in a Selesnya Aggro and Midrange build. It also has potential in Bant builds, using a bounce spell such as Granted or Unsummon to return Bronzehide Lion back to hand as a creature. Teferi, Time Raveler’s minus-three ability would work as well. 

Bronehide Lion does have a couple of weak spots, though. If it dies and there isn’t a creature on the battlefield it can attach itself to as an Aura, it goes to the graveyard. And while gaining indestructible is a sweet benefit, today’s THB spoilers revealed Shadowspear, an artifact equipment that removes indestructible and hexproof from creatures.