Sunday, April 29, 2018

Modern after Dominaria

In short: Dominaria has a little impact on Modern format.

A bit longer:

Damping Sphere
This uncommon card has the highest potential to find home in sideboard of Modern decks, thanks to its cheap cost and effectivnes against Storm, KCI or Ad Nauseam. Damping Sphere also has added utility against Tron.

Karn, Scion of Urza
A colourless draw engine and token generator certainly provides an exciting package. High starting loyalty. is nice addition too. But still it costs four mana. It is a lot in Modern format. Especially, unban of Jace proved it.

Goblin Warchief + Skirk Prospector
Come back of Goblins? The reprint of Goblin Warchief and Skirk Prospector bring they in Modern format. I think Goblin Chieftain is a better card most of the time.

Cast Down
Next removal, worse than Fatal Push, but better than Go for the Throat, which seems less play lately.

Naban, Dean of Iteration
Only one deck has enough Wizards to play Naban. I'm speaking of Merfolk deck. Merfolk Wizard is Silvergill Adept, Harbinger of the Tides and Master of Waves.

Mox Amber
To make full use of Mox you need to cast it your first turn and be able to tap it. Cheap one mana legends, such as Isamaru, Hound of Konda and Kytheon, Hero of Akros enable it. Both cards are white. I can't think of other playable one mana legends. At this moment Mox will not see any play, but this card someday may become a Modern staple.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

How to draft Dominaria?

This time I divided cards from new set into three categories. First one is dedicated for absolute bombs. Second group are very good cards, you won't find here medium cards, only cards you always want to include to your deck. Third category are the best commons available in every color

1st pick: (Bombs)
artifact: Karn, Scion of Urza, Icy Manipulator
whiteLyra Dawnbringer, Shalai, Voice of Plenty
blue: In Bolas’s Clutches
red: Siege-Gang Commander, Verix Bladewing
black: -
green: Multani, Yavimaya’s Avatar
multi: Aryel, Knight of Windgrace, Darigaaz Reincarnated

2nd picks: (Very good cards)
artifact: Helm of the Host, Traxos, Scourge of the Kroog, Weatherlight
whiteHistory of Benalia, Serra Angel
blue: Zahid, Djinn of the Lamp
red: Fight with Fire, Wizard’s Lightning.
black: Cast Down, Demonlord Belzenlok, Josu Vess, Lich Knight, Phyrexian Scriptures
green: Steel Leaf Champion, Territorial Allosaurus
multi: Grand Warlord Radha, Muldrotha, the Gravetide, Tatyova, Benthic Druid, Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

The best commons:
whiteGideon’s Reproach, Sergeant-at-Arms, Call the Cavalry, Blessed Light, Pegasus Courser
blueCloudreader Sphinx, Academy Journeymage, Deep Freeze, Academy Drake, Blink of an Eye
red: Ghitu Chronicler, Rampaging Cyclops, Fiery Intervention, Keldon Raider, Shivan Fire
blackVicious Offering, Eviscerate, Stronghold Confessor, Fungal Infection, Deathbloom Thallid
greenLlanowar Elves, Yavimaya Sapherd, Saproling Migration, Ancient Animus, Baloth Gorger

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Dominaria: mechanics

Dominaria mechanics:
  • Sagas - is a new enchantment type. As saga enters the battlefield and as your first main phase begins add lore counter and do corresponding effect. Sacriface it when you collect three counters. Adding a lore counter doesn't use the stack. If you find a way to remove a lore counter from a Saga, that doesn't cause any of its abilities to trigger. It triggers only when you put a counter. In this case, you will get the same effect for a second time when you will put a lore counter in your next first main phase. On the other hand, if you put simultaneously two counters, you get two effects.
  • Legendary Sorcery - you may cast this spell only if you control a legendary creature or planeswalker. There are no other restrictions on legendary sorceries, so you can cast more than one with the same name in a turn.
  • Hexproof from ... - for instance hexproof from black means that this creature can't be the target of any black spells or black abilites an opponent controls.
  • Kicker - allows a player to pay an extra cost for a bonus effect. Kicker costs can be paid a maximum of one time
  • Historic - sagas, artifacts and legendaries are historic. For instance, when you cast a historic spell you get a bonus effect. 

Legendary cards will have a new frame. Take a look at Urza's Ruinous Blast.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

New online format: Brawl

Wizards introduced a new online format - Brawl. Brawl is very similar to Commander, with the following exceptions:

  • Players start at 30 life, not 40
  • Decks consist of 60 cards, not 100
  • Planeswalkers can be commanders
  • Only Standard-legal cards can be used; consequently, Brawl uses the Standard banned and restricted list rather than Commander's
  • Commander damage rules (from commander) do not apply.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter / Holiday!

I love Easter. It’s a time for eating all the chocolate you can find with complete impunity! 
Happy Easter to everyone!