Hello friends, it’s story time here today and I’m going to tell you about a little card called Dauntless Escort. Dauntless Escort was one cool cucumber in Alara Reborn. He wandered about Standard and even Modern for a while because he was a creature that applied pressure while protecting against removal. (especially board wipes). The card was very good, but it was two colors and besides the ability was simply a Centaur Courser body. That card saw plenty of play not only in Standard but in Modern. In Modern, it served as a one of in some G/W Hatebears and Abzan Company lists.
Selfless Spirit is insanely good, a 2/1 for 2 with flying automatically is considered for constructed play. In formats that aren’t removal-centric, Welkin Tern could see play. Selfless Spirit is really a card that could revolutionize Standard in my opinion. One of the ways that people expect to keep aggressive white decks in check is the advent of board sweepers and a fast ground game, but the fact is with the addition of the solid Selfless Spirit and (the obviously insane) Spell Queller, it seems like U/W Flyers is going to be one of the staples of the Standard metagame moving forward. A curve of Selfless Spirit into Spell Queller into Gisela, the Broken Blade seems pretty busted. We have other great support cards for this aggressive deck like Mausoleum Wanderer and some other great utility spells.
Selfless Spirit as a card is just insane, you can also throw Rattlechains into the mix which makes the deck absolutely insane. These cards work ridiculously well together and this deck is certainly going to be something to look for in the new Standard metagame. Selfless Spirit is going to also allow for a good synergy with Bygone Bishop, which is going to play very well with Rattlechains and Mausoleum Wanderer. I also suspect that Selfless Spirit could be a great sideboard card for R/W Aggro decks. Selfless Spirit makes me think about really how pushed creatures are in Magic, nowadays. Selfless Spirit is an example of power creep. Because, for the time, Dauntless Escort was very pushed in Alara Reborn. Selfless Spirit looks to be a serious player in Standard and one that will certainly make a bunch of the other new cards from the set better.
Let me quickly go over a couple of the other important Standard spoilers in a sentence or two just to give my quick thoughts.
Deploy the Gatewatch; this card sure is awesome, but I don’t think this one is going to crack constructed. The Planeswalkers in Standard are good, but not insane, and you need a lot of good ones in your deck to justify playing this.
Lilliana, the Last Hope; I can’t stress this enough, if a Planeswalker is three mana, it is very hard for it to be a bad card. Lilliana will almost certainly be a player in Standard, and I believe Modern as well.
Ishkanah, Grafwidow; I just can’t imagine that even in a dedicated delirium deck that there isn’t something better to do than this card. This card is a Standard miss, but pretty sweet nonetheless.
Splendid Reclamation; I don’t know how, I don’t know where, and I don’t know when, but this card is 100% busted somehow, the effect is just too powerful.
Tree of Perdition; Flavorwise, I rate this card a 13/10. No play in Standard.
Gisela, the Broken Blade; A more apt name would be Gisela, the Busted Blade. I mean, have you read this card? This card will see play even without it’s meld ability.
Cryptbreaker; Mark my words, Zombies is going to be a real thing. It isn’t going to be the best thing, but it will be a real thing. Drawing cards while tapping zombie tokens is exactly what black needed to push this sort of ground-game attrition based board flood strategy.
Bedlam Reveler; A no-no for Standard, but I think this one might find a home in another format.
Oath of Lilliana; Don’t you guys love over-priced, sorcery-speed edict effects in a format where 1-mana 1/1s are seeing play? Because I sure don’t.
Thalia, Heretic Cathar; Card is ridiculous in every format. Expect to be seeing her face a lot.
Every Emerge Card; All extremely busted, these are going to shape Standard more than we can imagine. Cost-reduction pushes abilities and cards like Elder Deep-Fiend and Distended Mindbender will probably be the most bought cards of the set and some of the most played as well.
Spell Queller; Best card in the set for Standard surely and it is pretty apparent why. Very good against counterspells and removal and if your opponent fumbles at all then they are basically dead. Oh, and did I mention it is a SPIRIT?!?!
Emrakul, the Promised End: Top end finisher in Standard is all this will ever be. It’s in a very similar place to Ugin and Ulamog and there won’t be strategies specifically dedicated to getting cards in the graveyard to lower Emrakul’s cost.
See you next week!