I'm honestly disappointed with the spoilers, I was expecting a "fixed" vindicate that didn't lava spike us, a good two drop, and a reprint of gerrard's verdict, but we didn't get any of those.
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper
At first glance I was really mad about this card when she got spoiled, but I'm starting to come around.
I look at Kaya as a Scavenging Ooze with a little bit of Vraska, Golgari Queen, and Shrine of Burning Rage.
Like ooze, Kaya keeps graveyards down while gaining life. Her upside here is that she can gain more life than ooze could, she has the potential to eat through a yard quicker, and she doesn't consume mana to use this ability. Obviously ooze is a threat in addition to it's ability, but so is Kaya with her ultimate. However just like ooze, she's probably not completely shutting down a graveyard strategy like dredge. Not being able to eat a yard at instant speed is also a ding against her.
Her -1 actually hits something in most decks.
Death's Shadow, Mox opal, vial, hierarch, champions, swiftspear, guide, amulet, around 30% of the hardened scales deck, flameblade adept, chalice of the void, and mausoleum wanderer are the biggest hits I can think of, but there are others. While she doesn't hit every deck with her -1, those are the ones that are affected by the +1.
Her ultimate isn't particularly game-winning on it's own, but we do run paths and rest in peace, so it's more than achievable.
So incremental life-gain and grave-hate, the possibility of exiling something, and a fireball all in one package. I think it's possible she's good, and it's worth testing her.
I already posted about this card, so I won't go into length about it.
It survives bolt, beats all of the threats out of the humans/spirits decks, gains us life (3 life is almost worth a card in modern, and it is worth a card in some matchups), and forcing discard means this is almost always a 2-1 at minimum, it's a 3-1 in alot of matchups.
I will be testing 3 of this card.
Another side-note about this card is that it does provide 4 devotion to Athreos, God of Passage, probably not a big deal, but this guy and any permanent with one blip turns it on.
I think this is better than Damnation for our deck, since we will have creatures on our board most of the time we wrath, recouping the life lost to bitterblossom and bob seems worth the color requirement.
I will be testing 2 in the sideboard.
Angel of Grace
5 mana is alot and that might price this out of the deck.
I have always wanted an extra sideboard slot for Angel's Grace in the board, just as a way to go "Surprise! Your combo does nothing!" to combo decks after they go all-in, then laugh maniacally as they start crying.
Seriously though, this can stop lightning storm, grapeshot, valakut triggers (off of a scapeshift, titan will still kill you unfortunately), I think ther's probably a spot in the kci loop for you to drop her but I'm not sure.
The main purpose for her though is that she can ambush pheonix's, humans, spirits, hollow ones, and many other threats, and eat them. She also at least trades with most threats. Having flash lets us mess up a control player's sequencing, although it is awkward with liliana in our deck. While 6 mana is alot, gaining 10 means gg for burn.
She's probably not good enough, but there's potential for her.
Font of Agonies
I'm not sure we pay enough life for this to work, if only bob and bitterblossom were payments instead of losing life, this would be sick.
So here's where I'm starting:
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4 concealed courtyard
4 field of ruin
4 shambling vent
4 marsh flats
2 godless shrine
4 dark confidant
3 basilica bell-haunt
4 Liliana of the veil
3 Kaya, Orzhov Usurper
4 fatal push
4 path to exile
4 inquisition of kozilek
4 lingering souls
3 stony silence
3 rest in peace
2 damping sphere
2 collective brutality
2 kambal, consul of allocation
2 kaya's wrath
I'm looking for input, let me know what you guys think.