Welcome back everyone! Preview season is in full swing right now, and personally, I am more excited for this set than any set that has come out in the past three years. With that being said, we have some new spoilers today! I went over the early spoilers that stood out to me last week, and am here with some updates. Lets jump right in!

The first card I want to talk about is Yawgmoth’s Vile Offering. The final legendary sorcery has been spoiled, and in my opinion, this card could easily see Standard play.

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This card could easily be great if we just see some ways to mill cards from the top of our library effectively. Last week, I talked about a potential BG Aristocrats/Reanimator deck, and I think this card would slot in perfectly. We’ve got Slimefoot, the Stowaway and Yahenni, Undying Partisan, so getting a legend on board shouldn’t be that hard, and when you’re reanimating something powerful like Darigaaz Reincarnated or Muldrotha, the Gravetide, and also killing their best creature or planeswalker, you’re bound to be ahead in the game.

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Another card that stood out to me from the spoilers is Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain.

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Many people on Twitter and all over the Magic community have claimed that today is an age in which if your creature doesn’t do anything upon entry to the battlefield, it will not be playable (due to cards like Ravenous Chupacabra, Hostage Taker, etc). While I think this is true currently, I think Dominaria might be leading Magic in a different direction. Ixalan has very few cards with the “this creature is immediately relevant” tag on them, and there are so many good cards in it not currently seeing play.

With the rotation of Kaladesh and Amonkhet in the fall, I think we will be seeing the format move much closer to the Standard that everyone remembers and wishes we could go back to. I’m talking Innistrad-Return to Ravnica or Theros-Khans of Tarkir level good.

With this change, I think Jhoira could easily have a place in the meta, as turning every single one of your artifacts or legendaries into a cantrip is such a powerful engine that I think could shine in a less “value” based magic format.

Another card that I think could see play if Magic is going where I think it is is Lyra Dawnbringer.

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On the surface, this card is insane. Now, looking at the current Standard, with Vraska’s Contempt and The Scarab Gods flying around, Lyra doesn’t have much room to shine. However, if Magic does take the route of making creatures creatures again instead of instants and sorceries with power and toughness attached, Lyra could be a defining force in the metagame. The card hits hard and buffs your other angels. Baneslayer Angel was played in Standard, why should Lyra not be good in a format that resembles that one?

Some more white cards that were spoiled that excite me are Teshar, Ancestor’s Apostle and Shalai, Voice of Plenty.

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In case you don’t speak foreign languages, here is the text on Teshar: 

Legendary Creature – Bird Cleric
Flying

Whenever you cast a historic spell, return target creature card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield. (Artifacts, legendaries, and Sagas are historic.)

With that out of the way, I think both of these cards could be great in Standard! If you’ve read my articles from past spoiler seasons, you may have guessed by now that my preferred style is W/x creature midrange. Sadly, that isn’t too great in Modern right now, but with these two cards being spoiled, I could easily see a comeback in the archetype.

Teshar is the card with the most “broken” potential, as you can set up some crazy loops with it and Ornithopter or nameless other artifacts, so it should be interesting to see what happens with that in the format. At the very least, I’m sure it has some place in my aristocrats deck, to keep bringing back relevant creatures. The body is definitely not ideal for a four mana creature, but I think the potential upside negates this.

Shalai, Voice of Plenty is the card I like more, even though it is a much simpler card. I think this card simply has a good body, and the last effect can easily put you in the lead when the board stalls. This card reminds me of something that would have been good in GW Devotion, one of my favorite decks of all time. I’ve also heard some little birds hint at devotion returning in the near future, so I’d keep this card in the back of my mind if I were you. [PLEASE Wizards just reprint the entirety of Theros block as the next set and add Mastery of the Unseen]

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The last card I want to talk about today is Zahid, Djinn of the Lamp.

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I know people have been talking about this card already, so I’ll keep my analysis short: This card has the best flavor text in recent memory.

All jokes aside, Zahid is just great. This card is literally just a four mana 5/6 flyer! Having an artifact in play is a ridiculously low ask, and basically any deck can do it. From Bomat Courier to Scrapheap Scrounger, or even the new Mox Amber, this card will be hitting the field on turn four until the time it rotates, mark my words. This card even turns on your Mox Amber in case it wasn’t on before! Good card, end of story, lets move on to the wrap up.

Well, I hope everyone enjoyed today’s article, and I hope you’re all excited for Dominaria! I’ll be at GP Hartford in two weeks, and I’ve narrowed my deck choice down to either Hollow One or Ad Nauseam. I’ll be making my choice this week, but I think both decks are great and I’ll simply stick with the one I like best. Good luck in all of your upcoming Magic tournaments, and may you crush many “little mortals” in the near future!

See ya next week,

Riccardo Monico

Enjoying Dominaria Spoilers? Check out my article from last week in which I go over the innitial spoilers that have me excited.

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