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EDH Decks UWB Oloro, Ageless Ascetic's spring of life RUG Animar, Soul of the Elements and friends... lots of them WBG Karador king of two worlds (value and attrition) WRKalemne's Angels BRUG Yidris's Wild Party UWBR Breya's Terrifying Tinker Toys UBRThe Pretender
Well this has interesting implications about future standard threats. I doubt this was made just to hose Kaladesh, or any other preexisting threat in standard. Even if it was, why would they print hosers to sets that will rotate in 3 months anyway?.
It's possible this was designed just to address threats within M19 limited, but putting a limited answer at rare seems odd. It's also possible that this is an answer to something in Ixalan block or Dominaria, but neither of those has any real colorless threats (aside from maybe Karn, I guess, but you'd think his tokens would warrent some other form of hatecard than one-shot spot removal).
It seems more likely that this is aimed at something coming in future sets.
The only problem there is that we'll be on Ravnica for the next 3 sets, and then another core set, followed by another rotation. That means that the threats this card is designed for would likely have to be in one of these Ravnica sets, a world not known for its colorless cards.
We do know that the third Ravnica set doesn't focus on the Guilds, so it's possible it could have a colorless theme for some reason, but that strikes me as odd too.
Overall, this is just a bizarre card to see in this meta.
Given this information
- Story features the past of Ugin, Bolas, and the other original Elder Dragons from Legends
- Vivien's article implied that either the five characters on the packs (Ajani, Tezzeret, Liliana, Sarkhan, Vivien) or them and Bolas are the only planeswalkers
Maybe we have a colorless pre-spark version of Ugin that might be good?
This makes me ask so many questions that the only thing I can really say to it is "why"?
I think my biggest question is why it's black. Like, I get that black can exile stuff, but...
A) White is traditionally a hoser color
B) White traditionally runs these one mana exile effects
C) White could also actually use the help to be more of a solid Modern color.