Quote from ChrisBP7 »I have to say though that this set is truly in danger of having to cram way too much stuff in, I would have preferred a two set structure (and Innistrad 3 could have been done in one set in my opinion). I am very much excited for it.
Yeah, the art and flavour look fantastic so far...and I'm getting similar vibes to Throne of Eldraine with this set.
In short, because of these such flavour-strong promotional vibes, I fear Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty will similarly not be a powerful set (I'd estimate Crimson Vow levels of not-powerful), at least when it comes to Modern and up. We only perceive Throne of Eldraine as powerful - and arguably, so does Wizards - because Oko, Thief of Crowns and Once Upon a Time are ban-worthy levels of jacked. Drop them from consideration and Emry, Lurker of the Loch feels like the most powerful remaining card for a mile, with everything behind her being interchangeable role players at best (and often even being interchangeable in practice in tournament results - Drown in the Loch is enjoying one hell of a heyday right now, but that card has perennially disappointed me a la Prismatic Ending and Portable Hole due to repeatedly failing when you want hard removal the most). ...OK, Brazen Borrower and Bonecrusher Giant have solid niches in Cascade decks, but Brazen Borrower's body often hasn't felt like it's worth a card, and Bonecrusher Giant has proven itself to be interchangeable (with stuff like Seasoned Pyromancer and Dead // Gone) even in Cascade decks.
I fear such emphasis on flavour in the promotional phase is hiding a lack of power and tournament impact in the release phase.