Best Amonkhet card for sealed so far
Posted on April 11, 2017, 5:47 p.m. by Shwang
I don't know about you guys, but I'm getting psyched for the Amonkhet pre-release. I was looking at the spoiler today and trying to decide which cards would give you the biggest advantage in sealed. Let me know if you would switch out any of the cards in here, or change the ordering. Here's my list so far:
I'm frankly waiting for the final list before I even start thinking about it. Sure there are going to be some insane Rares and Mythics, but I want to see the Commons and Uncommons, which will be doing the bulk of the work.
I'll be back with some thoughts though this weekend :-)
P.S. I also REALLY enjoy Two-Headed Giant, so I'll especially be looking for the cards that gave an edge in that format.
April 11, 2017 6:24 p.m.
April 11, 2017 11:07 p.m.
Bear in mind that you don't control your card pool, so when looking for the "best" limited card I suggest you make a list of commons and uncommons because you'll have a much higher chance of actually opening those cards in your pool.
April 12, 2017 6:22 a.m.
Yeah, stick to Commons and Uncommons because if youre assuming you'll get a specific Rare/Mythic you may as well just assume you'll pull a Worship which is backbreaking in this set
April 12, 2017 7:49 a.m.
Correct, you have no control, but I just wanted to have some fun brainstorming what the best rares will be in sealed. Decks do mostly rely on commons/uncommons, but there is occasionally the rare that takes over games. I'm just curious what you guys think that could be. Oddly enough, last pre-release, one of the best cards in the sealed pre-release was Aethertide Whale. It would be very unlikely for him to see competitive play outside of limited, but he's very deadly in the right format.
And clayperce I haven't played 2-headed giant at a tournament. I'll have to give that a try. I'm sure it's a whole different list of cards that plays well in that format.
April 12, 2017 9:08 a.m.
Glorybringer is amazing, 5 mana for a 5/5 flying haste and the exert is bonus. You have haste so you just spend the next turn with "summoning sickness". I like Crocodile of the Crossing and Exemplar of Strength, just kill or hinder another, useless creature or put crok's counter on a free exemplar and gain a life and swing with a four mana 5/4. This looks to be a promising set for green.
April 12, 2017 10:15 a.m.
April 12, 2017 11:28 a.m.
i agree very much so. Luckily, Cronk and the Exemplar are not rare or mythic.
April 12, 2017 6:40 p.m.
I think that Deam Worthy and Cast Out are the most impactful spells, being good removal and flexible (accounting for rarity). However, black seems the best initial color, as it appears to fit into most strategies with other colors (zombies with white, cycling with blue, discard with red, -1/-1 counters in green)
April 16, 2017 11:56 p.m.
Black does seem to fit with the other colors the best, but I think for limited, green will also have a big impact because of the sheer power. There are some big creatures in this set for cheap. Like Pinewoodboy0324 mentioned, cards like Crocodile of the Crossing and Exemplar of Strength will be tough for opponents to deal with.
April 17, 2017 9:12 a.m.
Here are some more thoughts though on my favorite Commons/Uncommons:
- Angler Drake
- Ahn-Crop Champion
- Ahn-Crop Crasher
- Aven Wind Guide
- Cartouche of Strength
- Cast Out (already mentioned by others)
- Compulsory Rest (aka United Customer Service)
- Crocodile of the Crossing
- Deem Worthy (already mentioned by others)
- Defiant Greatmaw
- Enigma Drake
- Exemplar of Strength: As mentioned, my favorite card of the set.
- Faith of the Devoted: MVP for 2HG
- Honored Crop-Champion: Especially good in 2HG
- Khenra Charioteer
- Oketra's Attendant
- Ruthless Sniper: Insane in a Discard/Cycling deck
- Shadowstorm Vizier
- Stinging Shot: Best sideboard card in the set. Probably mainboard in 2HG.
- Synchronized Strike: Best combat trick in the set.
- Trial of Solidarity
- Trial of Zeal
- Warfire Javelineer
- Wayward Servant: Especially good in 2HG
April 17, 2017 3:23 p.m.
clayperce good callouts! All of those will be valuable assets in sealed. I like all the cards on the list that kill a creature and do other stuff as well, like Warfire Javelineer, Cartouche of Strength, and Glorybringer. Those tend to be so powerful in sealed. I also agree that Enigma Drake will be good. Late game, in a control-oriented sealed deck, he could be a 8/4 flying for 3! It's fun to see a 2HG player going through cards that could be good for that format since I never play it. That cycling one would be super deadly.
Another uncommon not mentioned yet is Scaled Behemoth. That guy will be tough to deal with. 7 toughness and can't be targeted. With any sort of boost or combat trick, he could be lethal.
April 17, 2017 3:52 p.m.
And yeah, I'm excited to build around Enigma Drake for sure! It's worst (Consulate Skygate for 3) is pretty bad, but like you say, the ceiling is BONKERS.
I'm not sure about Scaled Behemoth. I love the Hexproof, but the boardstate is normally so clogged up in Limited, I'm not sure he's worth it unless you can also get that evasive boost you mentioned. Bottom line: He's no Aethertide Whale nor Plated Crusher ...
Also, I started a 2HG thread over here: 2HG in Amonkhet, in case you're interested.