Yeah, I can't believe they printed something just like Baneslayer that actually outdoes it. Makes me feel a little gross. Also unless the art for this is breathtaking, I will be out one beautiful piece of art in my cube.
This is a really good point and perhaps more important than the tribal ability.
Lyra is better than Baneslayer. I'd likely replace Banesalyer with it straight up. Even though Baneslayer is strong, I don't think even a 720 cards cube wants both - they undermine aggro very hard.
Better than BSA, but BSA is only an alright magic card.
BSA is great, the real issue is that there are a million great white 5 drops and a lot of them don't die to doom blade or provide some value before. This is more like BSA is gold but our current selections are platinum.
Currently don't run BSA and not missing her..
May test lyra... Angel of invention is my #3 and has been performing very well of late. Don't think I want 4 white 5 drop creatures.
However, I like the idea of running new hotness and enjoy that lyra has more interesting synergies than BSA.
The angel anthem ability is probably not relevant enough to make you include her, if you aren't already running BSA.
If they print an awsome 2-3 mana angel sometime soon, maybe I'll reconsider
Unless you play multiple Angels without lifelink, the fact that Lyra is legendary might actually make her worse than Baneslayer, since you can't clone her and keep multiple copies on the board at the same time. That plus the random protection shenanigans might mean that Baneslayer's fringe upsides show up with more regularity than Lyra's ...just a thought. But if you're playing Thalia's Lancers, Lyra being legendary could be an upside. At the end of the day, it's basically just Baneslayer #2 is I guess the point. But the number of random non-lifelink Angels (Exalted, Avacyn, Resto) probably outnumbers the clones, so Lyra is probably just better. Plus, the random +1/+1 is still helpful even if it's bolstering another lifelinker.
With being able to grab her with Thalia's Lancers and Time of Need, as well as bounce her with Karakas, and maybe trigger some of the new Dominaria cards, I'm sorely tempted to replace BSA, but I the card's too evocative for me, the art's too good - I would miss her. But at 720, even I don't think I need two copies of this general effect...I've got some thinking to do.
I must be doing something wrong with my 360 unpowered cube because I run Baneslayer and I want to add Lyra in addition to Baneslayer. Outside of Soldier of the Pantheon and Terminus being cut soon for Dauntless Bodyguard and Teferi's Protection, not sure why my white section would likely be ridiculed by posters on this thread based on the opinions I'm reading, but have at it: