The other major thing that happened was Eye of Ugin was predictably banned in Modern. However, Ancestral Vision and Sword of the Meek were simultaneously unbanned. This caused quite a ruckus on the financial market as copies of those cards were bought out everywhere. Thopter Foundry, the infamous combo piece with Sword of the Meek, also sold out everywhere. How much will the unbanned cards change the format? It’s hard to say and there are many opinions flying around.
- EDH / Commander players have been raving about The Gitrog Monster, a deck that pretty much builds itself. But as Jason Alt writes in “Let the Community Surprise You,” Odric, Lunarch Marshal has been rivaling Archangel Avacyn as the second-most popular Commander from Shadows Over Innistrad in the early going.
Our take: Basically, the new Odric lets you build surprisingly explosive decks by exploiting the many abilities printed on White Angels. It may not be the most competitive deck on the surface, but it may be better than people think.
- Michael from PucaTrade provides some of the best analysis I’ve seen so far about the Modern banlist changes in “Sword in the Eye.” While everyone has been talking about the potential impact, I think this article summarizes the pros and cons of each card the best. Especially with Ancestral Vision, there are plenty of answers available now to deal with these newcomers to the format. And Eldrazi Winter is predictably over, thankfully!
- Ryan Overturf from Quiet Speculation provided a unique take on the April 4th Banned & Restricted List announcment by mentioning how filter lands like Twilight Mire could see an increase in play in Eldrazi-based midrange decks in place of Eye of Ugin. While pain-lands have been huge for the decks already, filter lands seem underutilized.
- Ross Merriam from Star City Games takes a look at several cards that have impressed and under-performing so far in testing with “Three Up, Three Down.” Archangel Avacyn, Declaration in Stone, and Westvale Abbey have been predictably good. However Arlinn Kord, Asylum Visitor and Relentless Dead have left him unimpressed.
Our take: Relentless Dead will probably be better in Modern than Standard, due to the lack of really good Zombies currently in the format. Arlinn Kord is probably better than initial testing has seen. Asylum Visitor is based on Madness Vampires being good, and that deck has been initially disappointing.
- Over at MTGGoldfish, Islandswamp looks at the impact of restricting Lodestone Golem to a single copy in Vintage. Also, SaffronOlive shares his experience of drafting triple Coldsnap in the Modern Flashback Drafts this week in Magic Online on Rough Drafts.
Because of the triple Coldsnap drafts, copies of Dark Depths, Counterbalance and Mishra’s Bauble fell quite a bit in price on MTGO. If you’re interested in these cards, the time will be coming soon to snap them up at depressed prices from copies entering the secondary bot market.
What are you looking forward to most about the new Standard format? Is Shadows Over Innistrad one of the better sets for casual players in a long time? Will The Gitrog Monster become one of the most popular Commanders in EDH? Let us know in the comments!
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