Overall I'm much more interested to retail draft this set than in its contribution to my cube. Invasion block was one of my favorite moments in magic.
: I'm really looking forward to having another discard matters piece for black that is more aggro-centric. Go-wide is an interesting angle for the hellbent deck. I'm always looking for more reasons to keep my pet card Raven's Crime
in the cube.
: Likely taking Flameblade Adept
s place. If I ever break my "anti-tribal" position, it'll be for Phoenix Tribal.
: I've been looking for a 2cmc token support card in white. This printing is long overdue imo.
: It's not the tribaless version of Gravecrawler
I've been hoping for, but at least it can block, and is an upgrade on Gutterbones
and Dread Wanderer
Uncertain but Interested:
Squee, Dubious Monarch
: I think I prefer Phoenix of Ash
and I don't love the idea of running both. Could take Breya's Apprentice
's slot which is fine, but somewhat unremarkable. Ox of Agonas
might be coming out which would reduce some of red's graveyard munching.
Liliana of the Veil
: Been flirting with including this for a while, and the price drop of a reprint likely means I'll grab a copy.
: Super solid roleplayer, which is rarely the type of card I'm drawn to in my cube.
I'll still probably test it.
: 4/3 Trample, Reach is interesting at 3 mana. I really wish it didn't exile upon 2nd death. I'm keeping the 5c Zoo Archteype in the back of my mind. I think it's an interesting contrast to the 5c goodstuff decks that I'm accustomed to. I think the Greenwidow is likely a square peg in a round hole in my current environment.
Founding the Third Path
: The uncertaintly lies in so many of blue's spells being bad/underwhelming spell reanimation targets: Miscalculation
, Occult Epiphany
, Deep Analysis
, Nexus of Fate
, etc. I foresee skipping the first chapter 80%+ of the time. I think I'm already talking myself out of it.
Braids, Arisen Nightmare
: If I wasn't increasing my cube's powerlevel and testing LotV I'd be giving this a spin. I feel like it's more of a Sulfuric Vortex
than a Stax piece.
Guardian of New Benalia
: It feels like this should be an instant upgrade on Seasoned Hallowblade
, but I'm not confident that it is for me. A 3 power indestructible blocker is pretty good in my cube. Guardian adds complexity and introduces a one-off mechanic. I'm probably going to hold off.
: Seems good. I can just never decide on the criteria I use for selecting my cube's removal spells
The Dragon War
: Seems totally reasonable. I'm not sure I'm looking to add any additional noncreature permanents to my red section.
: This is not the colorless Pernicious Deed
I thought it was at first glance...there's too many downsides between self-exile, entering the battlefield tapped, and sorcery speed activation
Interested but Doubtful:
: Interesting card, but spell volume isn't really where my cube is going at the moment. I also think 3cmc is an awkward spot in the curve for the spell reduction cost, and as others have mentioned most spellslinging cards have low cmc to begin with.
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse
: Interesting Wheels.dec piece, but probably is too generically punishing to be that fun.
Baird, Argivian Recruiter
: My boros section has a go-wide and go-tall intersection, and this could be a decent connective piece. I'm not extremely happy with Boros' offerings at the moment, but I'm not sure this brings enough to the table.