Magic The Gathering players are in for an awesome time with Guilds of Ravnica.
Now that the full spoiler is up on the Mothership, we can start digging for the real gems.
Below I’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 most promising cards from this newest set.
There’s a lot to be excited about with new Modern staples and Commander all-stars.
#10 Beast Whisperer
Glimpse of Nature this is not. Still, I’m willing to at least try Beast Whisperer as a fun engine in Casual decks.
If anything, it’s more balanced than the sorcery card from Champions of Kamigawa.
#9 Bounty Agent
I can easily see this card in conjunction with Aether Vial or Collected Company at the end of turn.
Bounty Agent deals with lots of pesky cards and is a human to boot, which is relevant in Modern.
It’s a nice silver bullet in your sideboard against problematic cards you couldn’t deal with normally.
Apparently, Fleshbag Marauder isn’t good enough.
Plaguecrafter offers way more flexibility and he’s a human, which is again relevant for Modern.
The best thing about this card is how it will always do something as it enters the battlefield. Getting a 3/2 creature and having your opponent discard a card on an empty board is a strong play, though you’ll mostly want to get rid of something valuable like a Planeswalker.
#7 Mission Briefing
Look, we didn’t get a Snapcaster Mage with jump-start, but at least we have… something.
I think Mission Briefing will be tested in Standard and ultimately find a home in a weird Sultai control type of deck.
It’s also fun with Narcomoeba, which sees a reprint in Guilds of Ravnica (as a rare…)
#6 Legion Warboss
While not exactly on the same level of his counterpart Goblin Rabblemaster, Legion Warboss is a scary creature.
As a 2/2 creature he will be easily blocked, but if not he will lead the charge for an army of little red dudes who grow bigger with the Mentor trigger.
Red Deck Wins (RDW) should keep close tabs on this card: it has the potential to be a staple in the upcoming Standard.
#5 Lazav, the Multifarious
Lazav is back in Guilds of Ravnica, and this time he means business!
The cloning effect from a graveyard already has players brewing with cards like Phyrexian Dreadnought in Legacy.
Of course he would be better if the cost was fixed, but the new Lazav is pretty great already.
#4 Divine Visitation
People love doubling effects and while this is not exactly what Divine Visitation does, it works pretty well with a card like Doubling Season.
It’s a very fun effect that unfortunately does nothing the turn it comes into play, but in formats like Commander I could see it being used to great effect.
#3 Doom Whisperer
There used to be a time when demons had huge drawbacks. Call it power creep, but the new batch of demons are pretty amazing.
For only 5 mana you get a 6/6 flying trample atrocity, which is already great. As an added bonus, you can filter your draws for the low cost of 2 life.
This card might see play in a Control deck as a finisher: it’s that good.
#2 Mnemonic Betrayal
The closest thing to Mnemonic Betrayal is Yawgmoth’s Will, which should be pretty telling about the potential of this card.
Guilds of Ravnica has lots of gems for Commander and this is yet another one of them. Cast their bombs and steal the game!
It will never be a 4-of in a deck, but it’s one of the most broken effects in the game and for that reason alone I think you should keep a close watch on Mnemonic Betrayal.
#1 Assassin’s Trophy
This card strikes all the right chords of a new staple for years to come:
- Low converted mana cost
- Instant speed
- Extremely powerful effect with a low downside
This is like Path to Exile, but for permanents. Jund decks just got a new toy err I mean an answer to one of their worst matchups with Tron.
Assassin’s Trophy already fetches a premium and you can bet it’s going to make waves in Modern.
- Charnel Troll
- Knight of Automn
- Goblin Cratermaker
- Pelt Collector
- Risk Factor
- Underrealm Lich