Good day Disciple of Bolas!
This week I am going to go over the cards that I feel have potential to see play in either Modern or Legacy (while it lasts).
The Emerge mechanic has some powerful effects in Eternal formats. Usually, when there are spells or abilities that offer a discount, trouble often follows. Add to that fact that they all have the word “Eldrazi” in the Creature type and things get really problematic.
The Elder will deep fry your opponent by flashing end during their upkeep, tap their lands down and putting a nearly unkillable body on the table (with a Cavern of Souls it would also be uncounterable). Reminds me of this card actually:
If that card doesn’t scare you, then you didn’t play in that format. Also a 5/6 body is dang near impossible to deal with in Modern as only Terminate and Path to Exile are regularly played cards to deal with that body at instant speed.
Now add the following cards to the list:
Could you imagine casting any of the Emerge group with an Eye of Ugin out? Being able to not only get the addition discount of 2 mana for the Emerge 5, you also would have gotten the ability to search your deck for additional copies in the mid-to-late game. I guess we found out why Eye of Ugin was the ban card of choice for Wizards R & D now.
Sigarda’s Aid is an interesting card. There is only a few decks I could see experimenting with it currently (Bogles, Enchantress, and Puresteel Paladin storm decks) but the ability to flash in something like Batterskull or any of the Swords as a surprise blocker seems pretty dope.
As if Death and Taxes doesn’t have enough toys already. *rolls eyes*
Thalia, Heretic Cathar is a monster in Modern and being able to pair it with Thalia, Guardian of Thraben (yes they can be on the battlefield at the same time!) will drive most opponents quite nuts. Besides making it impossible to play fetchlands (they come into play tapped), Heretic Cathar also taps creature put into play by Sneak Attack, Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and Goryo’s Vengeance.
An Eldrazi Wish? You have so many options to search up including a board wipe (All is Dust). Modern Mono Blue Tron could be a good fit.
If a spirit deck is Modern playable, this creature is probably part of that list. Having a Cursecatcher like effect will allow players to play an aggressive game while having some control over what their opponent’s play. Don’t forget that Lingering Souls is legal too.
Unsubstantiate deals with the one thing that control decks cannot normal do: Uncounterable spells.
Abrupt Decay you are now on notice.
Modal spells usually turn out to have many powerful effects when combined. Collective Brutality has the best potential for breakout in older formats, specifically in combo decks as they can afford to discard the extra cards at times.
This is the guy that you either love or hate. The pipe dream with this guy is being able to play him for RR as your last card and then draw 3 cards. I actually believe that is something that can be sculpted to perfection in a format like Modern:
|4 Monastary Swiftspear|
3 Bedlam Reveler
4 Death's Shadow
3 Goblin Guide
|4 Gitaxian Probe|
4 Mutagenic Growth
4 Temur Battle Rage
3 Become Immense
4 Mishra's Bauble
|2 Blood Crypt
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Steam Vents
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Stomping Ground
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Windswept Heath
1 Wooded Foothills
If the guy had haste, he would have been broken.
So let’s talk the card of the set for most players. Being able to sacrifice a Kitchen Finks to find a Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker to combo off is but one of the many possibilities for this card. The other craziness that has been talked about has been Allosaurus Rider into Griselbrand.
The word underrated comes to mind when talking about Grapple with the Past. This is a mini Life from the Loam or Raise Dead at instant speed. The mini Life from the Loam comparison is where I believe the card will see the play value from.
Now for the card that I believe is the card of the set, and considering Sam Black certainly thinks so, I feel that there is reason to watch this card intently.
This is an interesting creature. We haven’t had many creatures that enter the battlefield with effects that counter or delay spells in the game’s history (Venser, Shaper Savant and Spellstutter Sprite). Unlike the other two, Spell Queller doesn’t permanently deal with the spell (unless you count bounce in response to proper triggering). Lightning Bolt and Path to Exile is the premiere removal spells in Modern so this card is not safe from removal unless a WU spirits deck makes an appearance.
So a one sided Library of Leng effect gets printed on a land? This has some interesting application that really messes up discard in Modern and Legacy.
Next week we will explore some new ideas for decks in Eternal formats.
Until next week,