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So now that everyone has had a few days to look over the set, what guild are folks leaning towards?

Pretty sure I am going Boros for my LGS's competitive pre-release. Boros just looks so much stronger than the rest of the guilds in a Sealed environment. If I do a more "for fun" event later in the weekend I think I'll give Golgari a try since they are the best guild and all :) .

September 23, 2018 11:54 a.m.

Have you considered cards which have a high cmc, but can be cast for a cheaper rate like Dig Through Time and Treasure Cruise or the Emerge eldrazi like Elder Deep-Fiend, Vexing Scuttler, Distended Mindbender?

Also, Bone Harvest is great with Yuriko.

September 21, 2018 10:15 p.m.

Oh, and Legion Warboss will most likely see play

September 21, 2018 9:03 a.m.

I'd be very surprised if Vraska sees play in the long run. I think she will get some run early on until folks realize just how bad she is.

The only cards that I think are surefire to see play post rotation besides the shocklands are: Assassins Trophy, Plaguecrafter, Chemister's Insight, Unmoored Ego (sideboard), and Mission Briefing. While there are ton of other very strong cards that should see play, a lot of them rely on new decks rising out of the rotation chaos so its tough to say which one will actually be able to shine.

September 21, 2018 8:54 a.m.

So after looking through all of the cards, I think Boros will surprise people and be the strongest standalone guild in limited.

September 19, 2018 7:37 p.m.

Speaking of commander, mono-white and Boros players must be pretty excited about Dawn of Hope. A card draw engine that enables itself.

September 18, 2018 1:39 p.m.

I agree. Etrata seems great just on how unique she is, but for each legend in this set (besides maybe Lazav), there is another legend out there that does the same thing but better. A lot of these feel like "in the 99" type cards.

September 18, 2018 1:37 p.m.

Multiplayer does present an interesting challenge for her for sure, but I don't think it's getting enough hits in with her (there a ample cards that account for that). I think the bigger issue is how telegraphed she is and your opponent's choosing to not play creatures. I think you build her sort of like how you build Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer -> Abilities that give her flash or haste and plenty of counter magic. That way you only commit her when you are ready.

Honestly, you could probably build a near creature-less deck with her. Outside of Deadeye Navigator, Sakashima the Impostor, new Lazav, Dimir Doppelganger, and Phage the Untouchable (for laughs), what else do you really need? The rest could be filled with turtle effects like Propaganda, ramp, card draw, and mass bounce effects.

September 17, 2018 5:55 p.m.

cough cough Crystal Shard, Erratic Portal, Strionic Resonator cough cough, but seriously though I think I'll just stop building my Yuriko deck right now. THIS is my kind of commander.

The best part is you can just drop her back into the command zone. Plus the politics associated with an opponent having 2 hit counters on them is amazing. Do they play a creature or not?

September 17, 2018 4:52 p.m.

So we got our last three mythics today. One is bad (Thousand Year Storm), one is...interesting (Chance at Glory), and the other looks super fun for EDH and makes March of the Multitudes even more powerful in GRN (Divine Visitation).

I feel that Chance at Glory will be very strong in the limited environment, but probably fall short outside of that.

Also, I swear that they are pushing Dimir sooo hard this set. Note that you can target lands with this.

September 17, 2018 11:53 a.m.

Said on Angel Tribe...

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Fault Line might be good here. Also, no Blasphemous Act?

If you are sticking with the Voltron route, I'd suggest Armory Automaton

What's the purpose of Scroll Rack and Sensei's Divining Top in this list? I don't see their benefit here. I often see a lot of decks running them because they are "good cards", but they have no synergies with the deck. I would consider this one of those decks as you have little-to-no ways to shuffle your library. Instead, simple card draw spells like Faithless Looting, Wheel of Fortune, Wheel of Fate, Magus of the Wheel, or Reforge the Soul would all be better options here. I know you weren't a fan of Outpost Siege, but that card is quite honestly one of the best sources of card advantage for Boros.

To deal with single targeted removal you could add in Swiftfoot Boots.

Lastly, how is Emeria, The Sky Ruin working out for you? 15 plains seems like a bit of a low count for that to work. Emeria Shepherd might be a better option for that type of graveyard recursion as it is more on flavor of the deck and easier to activate.

September 14, 2018 11:38 a.m.

Whoah...these seem pushed

and not sure how good this will be, but it is sure interesting:

And here's Trostani. Probably not as good as Trostani, Selesnya's Voice, but she still seems interesting.

Also, I haven't seen them mentioned much here, but the cycle of 2-2 creatures (i.e. ) look pretty powerful.

So after one week of spoilers and half of the set spoiled, I gotta say, this set is looking pretty awesome. Most of the rares and all of the mythics (besides the Phoenix) look great in limited. Likewise, there seems to be an ample amount of power at the uncommon level. Every mechanic seems to be supported well so far. Lastly, commander got some cool new goodies and important reprints! Lets hope that the next half of the set keeps up the trend.

September 14, 2018 11:06 a.m.

Holy crap! Dimir good hooked up today: Lazav, Doom Whisperer, Mission Briefing, and Nightveil Predator are all fantastic! This is making me want to go with the Dimir box over Golgari for the pre-release

New Aurelia isn't anything flashy but she is pretty solid and synergizes very well with Mentor. Most of the creatures she buffs can then in turn mentor her.

September 13, 2018 8:02 p.m.

Said on Flicker of Fate...

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Panharmonicon and Erratic Portal seem like all-stars here.

Also, you are running W/B but not playing some of the best removal in the format? Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, Utter End, and Anguished Unmaking are all better than most of your removal package.

Commander's Sphere is also a great addition

September 13, 2018 10:34 a.m.

Phaetion I was just thinking about that as well. It could go along the lines of:

Bolas knows Teysa wants to rule the Orzhov. So he hires Kaya (whether through an agent or by himself) on behalf of Teysa to deal with the Obzedat. Teysa now gets what she wants and all it will have cost her is her allegiance to Bolas. Kaya can then defect later on.

I was also thinking about how most people (including myself) are assuming Kaya would just align with the Jacetice League. However, we actually don't really know much about Kaya herself. We only had a couple stories related to her a few years ago, but that is it. She is still a bit of a mystery. She could just be a neutral and peace-out after the job is done or she could actually side with Bolas.

Regardless, I think that story line makes more sense then Teysa knowing how to hire a PW/ghost killer.

Plus you could then shift the alliances to:

Team Bolas: Izzet, Golgari, Gruul, Orzhov, Azorius

Team Jacetice League: Selesnya, Dimir, Rakdos, Simic, Boros

Those alliances would set up an equal color pie distribution.

Also, guildmages are back and the two spoiled so far look pretty decent.

September 12, 2018 4:02 p.m.

Flavor wise I agree, she is really cool. Game play wise, I find it sad to see such a disappointing card for one of my favorite PW's. Sure she is great on curve, but she seems pretty niche.

+2: Great if you already have a board presence, but I don't think sacrificing lands when you are behind is where you want to be.

-3: Sorcery speed Abrupt Decay is good I guess if she comes out on curve. But this ability does nothing to help you late game.

-9: You can't judge PW's on their ultimate.

Overall she seems solid in the best case scenario, but fairly mediocre outside of that situation. That is not how you want your PW's to be. I could only see her seeing play if an aristocrats style deck emerges.

September 12, 2018 12:05 p.m.

Well this set's version of signets are spoiled, and they are mediocre at best.

However, we might have just gotten two of the best creatures spoiled so far and they are uncommon:

I also just realized that each of the new split cards has a picture of guildleader as the gold side and an underling on the hybrid mana side (or a displaced guildleader in Niv-Mizzet's case). So that means...Aurelia, Tajic, Trostani (or the Conclave?), and Lazav confirmed!

September 12, 2018 10:53 a.m.

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September 11, 2018 10:22 a.m.

AgentGreen - Because Isperia was assassinated by Vraska leaving no one in charge. It would be all to easy for Bolas to place an agent to lead there (i.e. Tezzeret on Kaladesh). It's pure speculation for sure, but the idea is very much something Bolas would do.

Also, I rescind my Boros comment. They are too closely aligned with Gideon, and the Ravnicans will need an army to battle the Eternalized.

I could see Orzhov being a situation where the Obzedat want to align with Bolas, but Teysa descents and attempts a coup. Enter our inter-planar ghostbuster who deals with the Obzedat and then Orzhov sides with the Jacetice League under Teysa's leadership.

September 11, 2018 10:15 a.m.

That is a hard thing to predict due to how good Bolas is at manipulating pawns. They could easily be acting in accordance to what they think is right, but still fulfill Bolas' wishes. But here are some guesses:

Golgari is pretty much already confirmed to support Bolas since Vraska is working for him.

My guess is Boros will also join Bolas based off of the set trailer.

Judging by some of the cards spoiled so far, I think Dimir and Selesnya will stand against him.

Izzet is interesting becausee of Niv-Mizzet and Ral Zarek. Going off both of their card names though, I suspect Ral will usurp Niv-Mizzet in some form. How it occurs I can't guess.

The others we don't have enough info on but, with Vraska killing Isperia (see Assasin's Trophy), I could see Azorius aligning against Bolas. Then again, if an agent (say Mr. Tezzeret?) fills the power vacuum atop the Azorious guild, they could side with Bolas.

Also, some other spicy spoilers.

March of the Multitudes seems reeeeeally good. Also, can you spot Flblthp in the art?

My EDH golgari senses are tingling.

September 11, 2018 12:19 a.m.

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