im pretty doubtful that the contents of this set and mh1 were connected in any way. the teams were designing for different environments with little/no overlap. id consider diabolic edict getting a reprint slot when liliana's triumph was placed into WAR a testament to how insulated the design teams were.Quote from SpeedGrapher »Yeah,this was clearly an overflow set for the cards they couldn't fit into modern horizons. This set also has a heavy commander/EDH theme just like horizons did. Either that or power creep has just gone up a few more ticks. Every card seems value driven and under costed. Such as Cavalier of Night. Destroy a creature, life link and replaces itself. Okay.
Quote from idSurge »I swear, this set could have been sold as a Modern Horizon's, and nobody would blink. A lot of things look close to broken.
ive seen quite a few comments regarding 'power creep' being showcased in this set, and id have to disagree. mtg has largely avoided the pitfall of power creep due to the small(er) curated cardpool in a rotating standard format and limited design parameters. however this doesnt mean that sets or standard environments cant or wont vary significantly in 'power' (in the abstract). the last few sets have been above average in strength in addition to good mana, this in turn demands power in other designs to keep the standard meta churning.
i mean just look at various past standard environments/sets and the decks that were played. plenty of similarly strong or stronger cards show up. arcbound ravager, stoneforge, delver, the titan cycle (primeval, etc), snapcaster mage, thragtusk, jace VP, gearhulk, scarab god, etc, etc. those are just on the creature front. once you look at noncreature stuff its not even a contest when comparing over the years.