After opening a box, I felt really underwhelmed. Sure, there's going to be value in Standard-viable cards, but nothing really stood out for me. The art didn't exactly thrill me either, aside from a couple things by McKinnon - everything has a gentle smudged or blurred effect to it.
I got a foil Ral and a non-foil Vraska, which was nice, but I probably would've preferred it the other way around. A 5 mana walker better bring some serious moves to the table and I'm pretty sure Ral doesn't have the chops for that.
Dimir kind of got half their wish - Surveil will definitely see play across all formats, but there's not really any good payoffs for actually Surveiling. How many cards have text that say "Whenever you Surveil, do X"? Dimir Spybug, Disinformation Campaign, Blood Operative, Darkblade Agent. The effects cry out for an infinite loop exploitation, because you certainly won't win off the back of these alone. It's half a mechanic that needs support from either Undergrowth or Jump-Start or something outside of Standard to be really useful.
Undergrowth is limited by its necessity to fill the graveyard with creatures. Mill is indifferent to whether you're putting creatures or lands or spells in, most of the time, so that's a big strike against it.
Jump-Start is just a worse version of Flashback.
And Mentor is probably the most usable out of the lot, but again, it's limited. Mentor isn't Battalion - I wish it were. It's like they took Evolve and made it actually usable, but then it's still not quite good enough.
Convoke is slow and again, not much payoff.
Some of the standalone cards are quite good though - Emmara, Soul of the Accord is, in my opinion, the best card of the set. It's no Rhys the Redeemed but it's as close as we're gonna get. Shame Anointed Procession cycled out.
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Oct 12, 2018Neuroticneurok posted a message on Guilds of Ravnica - afterthoughts, please share your likes & dislikesPosted in: New Card Discussion
Sep 20, 2018Orzhov had one of the most overpowered keywords during RTR - playing a control shell with Extort as a backup was very difficult to win against.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
I'd love for more Extort (no Haunt, though, it's the Cipher problem all over again), but I doubt we'll get it.
Sep 20, 2018Same glaring problems, same lack of effort to solve them.Posted in: The Rumor Mill
Ral's deck has 3 Fearless Halberdiers instead of Piston-Fist Cyclops, no Crackling Drakes, and most importantly, no Firemind's Research.
Oh, and here's some other cards that would've worked well that aren't in there:
I'm not even going to go into Vraska's deck.
I know they're for beginners, but if this is the quality newbies are going to start with, I'd much rather they just not play at all. These decks are just sloppy, cobbled together garbage. It makes me angry that anyone, ANYONE would spend $15 on these.
Sep 18, 2018*stares blearily at it*Posted in: The Rumor Mill
I don't like it. At all.
Quote from dietl »Imagine this being a bear that can tap + sac to deal 2 damage. That alone would be a pretty nice card. This card is really versatile and you are seriously underestimating it. It might very well see Standard play.
Underestimating it? I doubt it. It's a bone they threw the 5C players, and nothing but.
Sep 16, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from bedwa_5CG »Quote from Dopamine_Kai »This is nuts. Dimir is looking freakin' OP right now. This goes direclty to my Dimir Midrange deck as a 4-of.
Also, can we call it ''Flying Gonti''?
We used to call Gonti "Evil Liberace" so I'm going to request this be called as"Flying Liberace" by our group to continue the tradition....
All the specters are Liberace.
That means Urgoros, the Empty One is Witch King Liberace.
Sep 16, 2018Neuroticneurok posted a message on Pack's Favor & Severed Strands - partial cards from FB & App advertisementsPosted in: The Rumor MillQuote from MRdown2urth »Bone Splinters but more expensive? Maybe it hits another card type?
I agree it'll probably be a Bone Splinters variant. The art name does remind me of the days of Theros, with Triad of Fates and Fate Unraveler.
Sep 15, 2018I'm glad they provided some aggro outlets for UB this time around instead of solely going the control route. It has the potential to be a big threat, but it'll have to build towards it: no matter how big the number after the Surveil, it still only counts as a single activation.Posted in: Rumor Mill Archive
Sep 13, 2018Posted in: The Rumor MillQuote from AUTUMNTWILIGHT »Do Boros fans even have one card that they can celebrate? they are getting screwed six ways to Sunday.
The Mentor cards haven't been too bad. We got back Skyknight Legionaire, and not everything has been spoiled yet.
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