Won't happen. While casual token decks might use Parallel Lives instead, EDH decks will use both cards, and casual counter decks will use only Doubling Season. Plus, plenty of casual token decks might use both.
The commander decks were by far the best possible way to reprint Doubling Season, especially since the card has extreme synergy with two of the generals. Unfortunately, Wizards listened to the secondary market for the reprinting of a card from freaking Ravnica. It's like having a reserve list without the reserve list.
Yes, token decks in Commander will run both. You only need 1 copy, though. I seriously doubt a well built, casual token deck will want 8 Parallel lives, either. Now, I'm sure the ultra timmies like me will dream of getting a bunch of copies out and making an insane amount of tokens, that's just rediculous overkill.
I'm not saying Doubling Season is going in the jank rare bin, but Parallel Lives could easily knock it down to the $10ish range. Darksteel Forge is around that and got reprinted in Planechase. Reanimate got reprinted in Archenemy. Sol Ring got reprinted in Commander.
Oh, and as for Garruk, a Day of Judgment next turn wipes away all those tokens. In order to be a competitive combo deck, you want a more certain victory than that.
Parallel Lives- Half of a Doubling Season seems good. Season is usually only used for the token half anyway.
Witchbane Orb- a much better version of Ivory Mask that's colorless? That seems insane. EDH?
Scarecrow and Pitchfork- good Limited fodder.
Parallel Lives- it's Doubling Season lite, costing 1 less than DS this is sure to see a lot of play in casual and EDH token decks, in constructed it might have a chance if there is a viable token strategy.
Witchbane Orb- the destroying curses part is okay although thus far Curse of the Stalked Prey is the only highly playable curse, with Curse of Death's Hold being the only other potentially playable one. But the hexproof part makes this a colourless superior Ivory Mask(superior because of destroying curses and because hexproof is better than shroud), and IM has seen a decent amount of play(mainly in the sideboard). If nothing else this will make a nice addition to Tezzeret decks.
The other 2 are ok but doubtful to see much play outside of limited. Although One-Eyed Scarecrow stands a chance to be an okay anti swarm aggro sideboard card.
The Neo-Doubling Season looks like it'll be awesome. I'm also very happy with all of the artifacts, it seems like even the limited fodder in Innistrad is interesting. Wotc and R&D did a great job on this set (and hopefully this block as well.)
Honestly the Witchbane orb is efficient against red but it is even more efficient against black decks. No discard and no edict effects shuts down back hard and black is hard pressed to find an answer to the orb. As an avid UB player myself, leyline of sanctity is a huge troll of a card. This is as well and will be for any non red/green/white player a big roadblock if it gets sideboarded in.
Ha! I saw the picture in the art spoils and I thought to myself: "..pitchfork equipment??" Nice!!
Kinda cool to see another Doubling Season..here's hoping it also costs 1/2 as much ($$) eh?
Expect it to cost quite a bit less. It's a rare in a new set (making it about twice as common as Doubling Seasons were). Plus 'season was never worth much while it was in standard, it's only really high because it's a sought-after casual and EDH card.
Wow paralell lives, My uw venser Splicer deck just became bant venser Splicer..... Play blade Splicer get 2 3/3 golems....blink it for 2 more.....seems legit.
I would like to run it in knights/soilders too but it competes for slots with the cards it most helps (Elspeth and hero)
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Standard BEtched Champion/InfectB WSoilders/knightsW WUVenser SplicerWU RRDWR GFeed the Pack comboG WUPool of ExhaustionWU
EDH GEzuri, Elf OverrunG BGeth, GraverobberB UThada Adel, ThiefU RUrabrask, Big RedR WElesh Norn, CrusadeW WUGAngus Makenzie, Bant ControlWUG
True, but I stand by my comment about Witchbane Orb being a format altering card in Modern. I can see it being a sideboard staple in that format, especially in Planeswalker heavy decks. Witchbane Orb and Elspeth, Knight Errant will be a house.
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