Typically underwhelming Core draft fodder.
Is "unique" in it's ability and stats, as in, there are currently no blues creatures at common for the same casting cost that are strictly better or worse.
Only good if you support blink effects and need a blue beatstick. Otherwise save your mana for Cloudreader Sphinx.
We do already have Naga Oracle, which seems generally better, total pow/tou is the same, just redistributed, but leaning more towards toughness, but essentially has "surveil 3" instead of just "scry 2" which digs deeper and synergizes with graveyard matters stuff
I like the Silverback, probably just because I like Gorilla cards in MtG. I'll probably try to find a space for it for testing. Green, as people have been saying recently, is in a really weird place in pauper cube. Like it feels like it's Mono-Green ramp or go home - not a lot of synergy between other colors, unless you're going aggro or graveyard.
Two new gobbos:
Goblin Hitchhiker 1R
Summon Gobbo R: Goblin Hitchhiker gains flying until end of turn. Activate this ability only if you control a creature with flying.
Demolishing Digger 2R
Summon Gobbo 3, ,Sacrifice an artifact or land: Draw a card.
I like the Digger a lot - decent body for 3 mana and it draws you cards in the late game.
I like the Gorilla. I wasn't super thrilled about the Excavating Anurid, because it's kind of weird on turn 5, where you don't really want to sac a land unless you have 2 more in hand and no higher drops. Threshold can also be pretty hard to enable.
A 5/4 Trample is a lot more solid to start with and even though an etb trigger is significantly weaker than a die trigger I think the Gorilla is a lot better. I think I like the possibility to draw a card over an additional toughness or additional keywords like e.g. Tajuru Pathwarden.
I think I run enough fliers to make winged Words worth it. Strictly better Divination, right?
Another: Audacious Thief 2B
Creature - Human Rogue
Whenever Brazen Thief attacks, draw a card and lose 1 life.
I think this is the first instance of an unconditional draw off an attack trigger at common. Phyrexian Rager guarantees us a card when we play it, but this just needs to swing twice to gain us advantage.
And squad captain 4W
Whe it ETBs it gets a +1/+1 counter for each other creature you control.
Kinda meh, risky, but could be interesting if you push swarm.
Goblin Smuggler 2R
Another target creature with power 2 or less can't be blocked this turn
Pauper isn’t really a format where we have 2 power creatures that NEED to connect. Maybe you’ll like this if you run cards like Saltwater Stalwart
Audacious Thief seems really good. Sure you don't draw a card if it's killed before it's attacked, but simply combined with a lot of removal this could really carry it's weight. It only needs to swing once to be at least Phyrexian Rager, which still is a very good card.
Yeah, I'm a big fan of that bird wizard! This set is giving us some very tight new cards at common. The funny this is, none of these cards even look like they should be uncommon. Like this bird would be a lame uncommon, yet we feel its a pushed common. Common, I feel, has to do with complexity of the card. Drawing a card when attacking, and drawing a card upon ETB, these are very simple ideas. Simple and elegant and I'm glad WotC is printing them at common, as they should have always been doing.
I do wish WotC would make a move towards adding some more complexity in the realm of engine cards at common. I miss when we had cards like Tortured Existence being printed that could define a whole archetype.
I think the Seer is an auto include. A card is definitely better than half a card aka a 1/1.
Edit: They have really raised the average powerlevel of sets again. I think WAR, modern horizons and now m20 have a pretty consistent common powerlevel, which is a significant step higher than it was before, and I think we can expect it to stay like this, which means, that we get 5-10 cubeables each set. So far no new real over the top staples have been printed, but I think thats fine. With everything basically being cubeable it will definitely be very hard to make cuts and inclusions, but this will also diversify different cube lists.
Ha ha, yeah, I stopped bothering to make 1 to 1 cuts/additions to my 360 cube. Yesterday I just added every new card I like and want to play with and I'll have to start cutting cards to get back to 360 from (currently) 423. And that doesn't even include M20 cards yet!! I agree with you, @Al_Z_Heimer, the new diversity of cubable cards is great to break up the uniformity of tier 1 cubes. It also enables archetype cubes to be much stronger. I think we'll be seeing much greater variety in each others' cubes moving forward!
Or even a Walking Corpse that loses you 1 life? cause that's exactly what we're comparing here. A 2/2 that loses 1 life vs a 2/1 Flyer that loses nothing.
I'm used to people thinking things are cubeable that aren't, but we don't get too many easy staples that people don't even want to run. This guy is likely in the hunt for 2nd-3rd best blue 3-drop behind the bouncers.
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I am going to give situational answers:
Stitched Mangler (lowest of the possible)
Better in context. As a flat "I replace myself" 2/1 Flying it is a more card-neutral (and in pauper that is VERY rare) threat.
There are 2x 3cmc's that bank a mana. Some that present future card parity, then advantage. But we had Soaring show-off + Skyscanner, and those did not do enough. So I am very willing to accept the discussion of Curve + Evasive threat. I just am waiting to see it in game over the 2x 3cmc's that bring a friend.