Ixalan looks awesome so far—it’s packed with sweet Dinosaurs and marauding Pirates, but the card I wanted to talk about today is perhaps a little more innocuous.
The front end of Legion’s Landing is nothing amazing. If you were in the market for a 1/1 lifelink, you could already play Sacred Cat, but the ability to flip into Adanto, the First Fort is what entices me. First off, if you play Legion’s Landing into a double 1-drop, you can flip it and have access to 4 mana as early as turn 3 (I guess technically turn 2 if the other 1-drops have haste like Bomat Courier). A very nice thing to do with your extra mana is to cast Crested Sunmare ahead of schedule and be ready to pump out a Horse immediately thanks to the lifelink on the Vampire token. Adanto should also prove to be pretty strong in games that go long, working with both Vampire synergies (which I think we’ll see more of soon) and any other token synergies you happen to have going on.
I’m particularly excited about using Legion’s Landing in an Annointed Procession deck. With the rotation of Cryptolith Rite, I’m going to be taking a hard look at any possible way for that deck to get access to more mana, and both Treasures and Adanto fit the bill perfectly. Landing being legendary is also some nice hidden upside as a way to help enable revolt for both Fatal Push and Hidden Stockpile.
I was thinking something along these lines:
The Vampire tokens are also excellent at crewing Aethersphere Harvester, which may be a more important job now that Thraben Inspector is leaving a 1-drop sized hole in Vehicles decks. Not having Gideon to ramp into is a bit of a bummer, but Walking Ballista is always looking for a little extra mana and turn 3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance will still get them dead pretty quickly. Perhaps something like this:
This deck is a lot lower to the ground than the Procession list, looking to capitalize on fast starts and use the token ability on Adanto to help keep pressure up or protect Chandra as the game goes longer.
I’m really not sure which of these approaches is the best way to use Legion’s Landing. It’s also possible that something like Oketra’s Monument is the best way to ensure that you’re able to get to the backside. Regardless, a functional 1-mana creature that can eventually turn into Kjeldoran Outpost seems too good to ignore. How are you planning on using Legion’s Landing? Let me know in the comments section!