While there are still over 2 weeks of Eldritch Moon previews remaining, I’d like to discuss 3 of my favorite cards from the new set as they trickle out. Keep in mind that I’m often drawn to the unconventional cards from a set, rather than the obvious tournament staples (though these articles may contain both).
Considering it’s hard to tell which cards you may or may not have seen, I’ll be sticking with only the officially spoiled cards as of the date in the title. So if it wasn’t released directly on the mothership, I’ll steer clear until it is.
For the uninitiated, this is basically Kindle for 1 less mana that can only target creatures. This card is so unassumingly good that it blows my mind. Sure, it can’t hit players, but neither can Fiery Impulse and everyone currently play that in spades. The beauty of this card is obvious, and it fills a hole in the red decks.
Fiery Impulse won’t be around forever, and typically the first copy always ends up dealing 2 damage. The latter is also true for Galvanic Bombardment. But unlike Impulse, every copy of Bombardment after the first is going to get better and better, with the final copy dealing a ridiculous 5 damage. On the off chance you manage to draw your third, it can actually kill a Thought-Knot Seer, and the first 2 copies are typically able to kill everything that Fiery Impulse would anyway. This seems like an easy upgrade to me.
This card is really exciting. A 4/4 for 5 is obviously relegated to Standard play, but this is a pretty good one. In a GW ramp archetype this can easily get us something like Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, Kozilek, the Great Distortion, or Emrakul, the Promised End. It could even get you much less exciting cards like Nissa, Vastwood Seer or Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy. Grab a Dragonlord or a Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet! I mean, the sky is pretty much the limit here, assuming that it’s a legend-colored sky.
I think this card is great and I haven’t even seen all of the sweet legends that are going to be available in Eldritch Moon, or even future Standard sets. All I know is that tutor effects and legendary cards are often super strong, and this card combines them both into one elegant package. It also provides you with a fantastic body for the price. Keep in mind that this searches for a legendary card, not a legendary creature. In Standard, this allows you to search for something like Sword of the Animist, Pyromancer’s Goggles, or any of the Oaths.
It’s surprising to me that 2 of the 3 cards that excite me this week are red cards, considering I rarely ever play red. I’m definitely not a red mage, but there’s really no way around the power level of Hanweir Garrison. Sure, this card is meant to be combined with Hanweir Battlements to meld into Hanweir, the Writhing Township, but even without all that jazz, this card is amazing and easily comparable to Goblin Rabblemaster. The fact that you can easily play Hanweir Battlements in your mana base is just icing on the cake.
I was joking with Ali Aintrazi this week on our podcast, Freshly Brewed, and I mentioned that the best way to tell how much of a bomb a specific creature might be is to imagine how tilted you are when your opponent plays that creature when you don’t have an answer for it.
“Elvish Visionary? That’s fine.”
“Reality Smasher? Hoo boy…”
Granted, everyone knows that Elvish Visionary is a powerful card, but it isn’t going to take over—or end—a game the same way that Hanweir Garrison threatens to. Can you imagine this card with a Gideon, Ally of Zendikar emblem in play? For those with dreams of casting a Goblin Rabblemaster with said Gideon emblem in play, this should be a very close second for you and I do not look forward to needing an answer for this when it comes down on turn 3 in the near future.
Well, these are my 3 for this week. Be sure and let me know what you guys think, and I’ll chime in again next week with another 3 from the new crop of Eldritch Moon previews. Thanks for reading!