It’s a new year and a new Magic the Gathering set is on the horizon, and with the set fully released for viewing online players all over the world are weighing in on card quality, potential playability, and power level. With experts of all stripes making their opinion known the decision to add the opinion of our own prodigiously skilled Magic community was easily made – and the EDH / Commander format most played in the store certainly looks at this card pool as exceptionally interesting indeed.
For those who need a refresher; Commander (sometimes called EDH, or Elder Dragon Highlander) is a format of Magic utilizing a 100 card deck comprised of single copies of cardswithin a specific combination of colors designated by a Legendary Creature card who exists outside of your deck and is usually available to you at any time you could normally cast it (eliminating the variance of having to draw it). The set has been around for about tenyears and is popular enough that Wizards of the Coast releases yearly products to support it specifically, as well as incorporating cards in standard releases that fit in well. It is a casual, multi-player format that is widely regarded as the most inclusive and welcoming format to newer players.
So with that in mind, the Magic Community at Family Fun Hobbies (as polled and moderated by our resident EDH Guru / Assistant Manager Sean Breitenbach) presents for your consumption:
THE FIVE MOST EXCITING EDH CARDS FROM AETHER REVOLT
5. Sram, Senior Edificier
Every new set gives at least a few new options for Legendary Creatures to lead your deck, and Aether Revolt gave us a cycle of mono-colored legends of varying power levels. While Sram Senior Edificier isn’t the most powerful of the cycle, he’s by far the most exciting. Giving white decks the ability to actively draw cards issomething the color has been sorely lacking, making it a less attractive option to play. The card synergies well with the new and popular vehicle mechanic and will definitely be showing up in many lists to come.
4. Trophy Mage
Trophy Mage is the latest in a cycle of blue creatures that allow the player to search their deck for an artifact card with a specific casting cost and put that card into their hand. What sets the Trophy Mage above the other cards in the cycle is the caveat that the artifact you search for has to have a casting cost of exactly 3 mana. This is literally DOZENS of relevant cards . . . the options are limitless, and having the ability to search your deck for exactly the answer you need on a creature that can serve as an attacking or blocking creature in addition to said tutoring is highly desirable.
3. Whir of Invention
Slightly better than tutoring a 3 mana cost artifact to your hand is literally the ability to search your deck for an artifact and put it directly into play – your only limit being how much mana you putinto the spell. An additional upside to the card is that you can use artifacts already in play to add to the amount of mana you pay into the spell, allowing bigger and better artifacts to come out and bolster your board. To top it all off, you can play the card at Instant speed – meaning at any point in the game, not just on your turn.
2. Rishar’s Expertise
Sean’s personal favorite card in the set (and narrowly missing the margin for number one on this list) is the green card in a cycle of Expertise cards that tie in to each of the new legendary mono-colored creatures of the set. Each of these spells has an effect that happens upon resolution of the spell and they then allow the caster to cast a spell from their hand without paying the mana cost of that spell – essentially giving the caster two spells for the price of one. The green card in the cycle allows the caster to draw cards equal to the highest power among creatures you control (which in Green decks can be pretty high indeed) and then cast a spell from their hand for free that costs five mana or less. It is entirely possible to draw 5 or more cards from this spell easily, and you then get to potentially cast one of those cardsFOR FREE. This takes two of the most powerful mechanics in Magic (drawing cards and reducing mana cost) and staples them together in one card.
1. Paradox Engine
It’s hard to describe the relative power level of this card without using other cards to give context. This card gives a player the potential to use creatures that tap for mana (either from their own rules text or other card effects) to fuel spells which will untap them again. You can then generate more mana, to cast more spells and untap again . . . and again . . . and again . . . ad infinitum. Infinite amounts of mana barely scratch the surface of what this card could do with different combinations of cards. Even something as simple as being able to attack and thenuntap your creatures to have blocking capabilities during your opponent’s turns . . . it’s so simple it’s elegant, and as a colorless artifact it can potentially fit in every deck without restrictions. It’s almost scary to think about from the perspective of veteran players, and with a Masterpiece edition of the card available as well as the regular version, this card will be highest up on the list of desired acquisitions from this set.
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