Two other sets have already gone by, so this article is way overdue. I didn’t do a full set analysis of TBD, but I commented on some possible constructed and limited applications for a few cards that stood out to me. I got things right, and plenty wrong, so I’ll go through each of the cards I discussed here and talk about that.
I was originally pretty excited for this card, but that excitement has waned. Now that this card has become ubiquitous, I can’t stand it anymore. However, I do think that it’s a good card for the meta that is also fair. It gives competitive decks the ability to respond to things that are indestructible. It also punishes opponents for killing whatever you have be it creatures or planeswalkers, although leaving them alive may be a punishment in and of itself. I just think it’s a little too competitive. It’s gotten to the point where players will exile each others’ ECDs. In spite of my prediction, I think that it’s actually turned out to be way more powerful than The Eldest Reborn ever was (and I called it “far inferior” to that card), and that’s mainly because of its I which has the flexibility to remove any threat at all. Getting things back from your own graveyard is usually what you want to be doing anyway. The 3 mana target CMC limitation doesn’t matter in most matchups, although there are a lot of competitive Lurrus decks running around, but hey, one card can’t be good in every situation (except Teferi, Time Raveler). …
Update: August 3, 2020 — Banned Banned Banned!
Wotc announced that 3 of the cards I wrote about in this article have been banned. See their post here: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/august-8-2020-banned-and-restricted-announcement. I find it a bit unusual that they decided to ban cards that were so popular and have been around for so long, but they offer a pretty good explanation in the article: it’s experimental.
Magic the Gathering’s newest set has been fully spoiled. I’ve always been interested in doing a card review for a new set, and this is a foray into that. I’m not going to be discussing the entire set … instead I’m just talking about the cards that I’m personally most excited about. I don’t necessarily think that all of these cards are good, although some of them are. This is just a list of cards that I am most excited to play in constructed, and to a smaller degree, in limited.
I’ll be talking about the card in general and my opinions on it from a gameplay and flavor perspective. Then, I’ll dive into where I think this card will be played in both constructed (mostly standard) and limited. …