I get these "when you surveil" cards are to make Surveil into a distinct limited playstyle or whatever, but "when a card enters your graveyard from your library" would just be so much less parasitic for older formats - plus none yet would be breakable with that clause.
They probably didn't want to force people to dump good cards just to trigger their triggers. It would suck to try and, say, pump your thoughtbound phantasm to trade with a surveil 1 card, only to find yourself staring at your bomb and either losing your phantasm.
For kicks, can anyone think of a way to Convoke out the Loxodon on turn 2 in Modern?
I'm not saying it would be good, but fun for sure.
With Memnites and Ornithopters it’s possible on T1.
I’ve been tossing this concept around in my mind all night. Is there a possible Modern deck there? Memnites and Ornithopters and these guys and Conclave Phalanx? Kinda feels like the roots of a white deck in the style of Hollow One - a deck that can get a crazy T1 board presence with the right opening hand. But how to make it more consistent in the absence of the perfect opening hand?
Dreamland: plains, 4 Memnites, this ... 12 power on board turn one.