Given that the full spoiler releases tomorrow, I'm kinda surprised this thread hasn't been created yet. I'm curious to see overall what people are considering. My thoughts have cooled on a number of things I was initially looking at, but here's where I've ended up:
No one made the thread earlier because no one is really excited about the set. Usher of the fallen is the only really solid card. Most of the other cards are playable and i wouldn't blame them for running, but I wouldn't ever draft a cube and really miss anything from this set.
Will definitely play Usher of the Fallen, seems quite a bit better than the other Lions after Kython. Will test Starnheim Unleashed, though I am unsure of what to cut for it, as it is so flexible and goes into any part of the curve. Perhaps it's time to cut Secure the Wastes, though I am a fan of that card.
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Usher and the Pathways are the only cards I'm excited about for my powered cube. White got a couple interesting testables and there's a couple cards that might make it into my low power list, but nothing on par with recent sets. Honestly it's a bit of a relief to not have a list of 20 cards to swap for the new set.
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Adding Usher of the Fallen for sure, either replacing Student of Warfare or Soldier of the Pantheon, not sure yet.
Doomskar + Starnheim Unleashed are in too as a pair. Since they could go in the same deck, the tension between having either card foretold is interesting. Otherwise, alone they wouldn't be a consideration for me. Too bad there's no reminder text on the extended art versions though
Lyra Dawnbringer > Starnheim Unleashed
Mardu Woe-Reaper > Usher of the Fallen
Master of the Wild Hunt > Toski, Bearer of Secrets
Lavaclaw Reaches > Blightstep Pathway
Starnheim Unleashed: Foretelling this card early, then casting it where X >= 2 will give the player a massive advantage. Worst case, getting a Serra Angel for 4-mana is also fine, but obviously not the best thing you can be doing with the card.
Usher of the Fallen: A decent 2/1 for 1, I don't think it'll get to Boast that often, but should prove more relevant than Mardu Woe-Reaper's ability.
Blightstep Pathway: Rakdos really wants lands that don't come into play tapped, and while this Pathway is fine, I'm expecting to see a B/R Horizon land in Modern Horizons 2, so Blightstep Pathway might not stay in the list for very long.
Toski, Bearer of Secrets: I think this is the sleeper of the set. Coastal Piracy and Bident of Thassa are both fine cards, but both cards are in Blue, and the colour is not known for their creature strategies. If you think about it, Toski is an uncounterable, indestructible Bident of Thassa, that also happens to be a body, and in a colour that heavily supports creature-based strategies. The 1/1 body is not impressive, no, but the opponent almost certainly has to devote a creature to block Toski, or else you get to draw a card. Toski has to attack each turn, yes, but the turn it enters the battlefield you essentially have a blocker that will almost certainly survive the next turn, and with Toski's on-hit effect you'd want to be attacking more often than not. I think all these factors combined makes Toski a decent inclusion, and is better than the sum of its many, many parts.
COVID killed our playgroup for now at least.. so not replying in the style I usually do. This set is bad for cube tho so not missing much.
Usher of the fallen - Marginal upgrade on the mid-tier 1 drops for W, auto include, but also not very powerful.
Valki, God of lies - Powerful good stuff threat in an archetype driven color. My call for card people underrating the most.
Would test but unlikely include:
Cosima, God of the Voyage - Card should play out similarly to a tireless tracker with some differences. Highest sleeper chance for me.
Esikra's Chariot - 3 permanents in 1 card that can also snowball if unchecked is no joke. But raw stats leave a bit to be desired.
Doomskar - Tiny sleeper chance, but in general think itll be > 5 mana wraths but < 4 mana wraths. That doesnt make cut for me.
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider - super cool and close to good enough, but ultimately will be too expensive for its function imo.
Starnheim Unleashed - Decent card, but think it's an overrated card by the forum and definitely not worth inclusion at 540-. Preparing to eat my words. =D
Foretell "package" - New restoration angel is pretty solid, as is the counter spell and the draw spell. Would prob test all together for curiosity.
Snow house rule - basic lands = snow basics:
Reidane god of the worthy - best snow card by a lot from the new set. Think the double tax front side would be brutal on any non-interactive deck and the backside has a lot of powerful situational uses.
Ascendant spirit - Slightly worse than figure of destiny, but an interesting card nonetheless. Think it'll prove a bit too ineffecient, but worth testing.