#magic the gathering
There are some exciting cards in Modern Horizons, and I don’t just mean the powerful cards (Urza!!) or the obviously useful (Force of Negation!). What gets me excited are the smaller, more obscure, cards, that just happen to go really well into some of my favourite commander decks. So in no particular order:
1] Cordial Vampire
Whenever a creature dies, I get a +1/+1 counter on each of my creatures? I happen to play a Marchesa, the Black Rose, Vampire tribal deck, based around putting counters on my creatures so I can sacrifice them and return them to play with Marchesa’s ability. Cordial Vampire could have been designed specifically for me!
I started playing Commander back when Alara block had just been released, and ever since I’ve dreamt of one day having Genesis. I know it was never crazy expensive, but it always seemed just above the price I wanted to pay for it. I waited for years and could not understand why it never got reprinted - not even in Ultimate Masters, the graveyard set it would have been perfect in. Finally, someone in R&D has heard my whispered prayers - Genesis is here! Now where to play it?
3] Throes of Chaos
My favourite thing to do in magic, is move lots of cards from one zone to another. My second favourite thing to do is to cast random free spells from my library. Cascade and Retrace on a single card? My Jodah, Eternal Archmage deck that plays every Cascade card is very excited.
4] Fists of Flame
Zada, Hedron Grinder, just wants to be loved. And when I say loved, I mean targeted by an instant or sorcery that says ‘draw a card’. Fists of Flame does much more than that - it will draw a card for each of my creatures, give them all trample, and each one will get a higher power boost than the last. This is a powerful finisher for Zada and I can’t wait to play it.
5] Springbloom Druid
Izoni Thousand-Eyed is always looking for ways to fill her graveyard, and to get all of her ramp on creatures to boost Undergrowth. Harrow on a 1/1 body is ideal for this deck - 3 mana is a great spot on the curve for ramp, the body gives sac fodder, and the ability helps fix for Izoni’s tricky mana requirement.
This looks amazing! Just the team to handle the huge cast of Planeswalkers and characters that makes M:tG so special.
Reading articles about the influences of Greek myth on the Theros block in MTG, written by people who clearly have no clue about Greek myth, is causing me physical pain.
The Ones that Did
*Honor Worn Shaku
*Reki, the History of Kamigawa
*Untaidake, the Cloud Keeper
*Yomiji, Who Bars the Way
The one that didn’t