last edited by Griselbrother
The more I think about this card, the better I think it is. As usual, I'm strictly speaking from a Hatebears point of view here, but the fact that it's decent to good in almost all matchups (Storm and Oath being the exceptions) makes it very appealing as Hatebears rarely stumble upon cards that are good in most matchups, which creates a lot of variance and makes sideboarding rough. Revoker, Thalia 2.0, Scavenging Ooze, Deathrite Shaman etc. are examples of cards that are good, but often not great, in a lot of matchups while cards like Kambal, Sanctum Prelate, Stony Silence etc. are examples of cards that are great in some matchups but almost dead in other.
Against Xerox this is a powerhouse that must be answered or else Xerox simply can't win. The fact that it kills Snapcaster is very important, as it let's you attack in with creatures you would otherwise hold back.
Against Eldrazi making their creatures smaller actually helps a lot as the main reason why Hatebears has a bad Eldrazi matchup is, well, that they play bigger creatures. The deathtouch here is of course huge.
Against Shops this has a lot of utility depending on the board state. Blanking Revoker to free your Deathrite Shaman or Mox sounds good, as does instantly killing Overseer while making Hangarback, Ballista and Foundry Inspector less scary.
Against BUG this is also a nice utility card that deals with Tarmogoyf, which is the one problematic card in that matchup.
Against PO and other Storm decks, this obviously doesn't do anything unless they play Mentor. Mentor is one of the harder cards to beat, though, and since those decks rarely play many different win conditions, I think this could even stay in post board.