The final Innistrad: Crimson Vow planeswalker was revealed by Wizards of the Coast tonight, showcasing an interesting trio of availabilities as a three-drop in White and Black.
Kaya was the last of three Innistrad: Crimson Vow (VOw)planeswalkers to drop during spoiler season, but her future within the Standard format seems uncertain at the time of her reveal. Unlike Chandra who slots right into Mono-Red, or Sorin via the color Black, Kaya’s abilities don’t appear to have an established home in the Standard format.
Kaya, Geist Hunter
- CMC: 1WB
- Type: Legendary planeswalker—Kaya
- Rarity: Mythic Rare
- Loyalty count: Three
- Plus-one ability: Creatures you control gain Deathtouch until the end of turn. Put a +1/+1 counter on up to one target creature token you control
- Minus-two ability: Until the end of turn, if one or more tokens would be created under your control, twice that many of those tokens are created instead
- Minus-six ability: Exile all cards from all graveyards, then create a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying for each card exiled this way
The VOW planeswalker might find a home within the Standard format in some form of Orzhov build, synergizing with creatures like Usher of the Fallen, Clarion Spirit, and Adeline Resplendent Cathar. Kaya can also create extra Treasure tokens, generated by Shambling Ghast and Deadly Dispute.
The colors Black and White support a Lifegain archetype within VOW Limited, but other Magic formats might find a way to use Kaya, Geist Hunter to her full potential.
Players can test out Kaya, Geist Hunter with the global launch of VOW on Nov. 19 and the digital release on Nov. 11.