Oath of Kaya is Pretty Horrible… For anyone who wants to play fair Magic
In this episode, Mike reveals his favorite card from War of the Spark
It’s Commence the Endgame!
Here’s his thinking: Commence the Endgame is a hefty six mana, yes; but it does everything he ever wanted. It draws “only” two cards. But instead of the other two cards he might get from, say, a Dragonlord’s Prerogative, the rest translates into a kind of Maro. This, of course, feeds into his new pet mechanic: Amass.
Patrick is a little less impressed. “It’s just another card draw spell that makes a dude,” says the Hall of Famer.
“I don’t know if it’s the best card; but it’s my favorite.”
Everything You Could Ever Want to Know About Oath of Kaya from War of the Spark
- Don’t love Commence the Endgame? Mike posits Oath of Kaya might be the actual best card in the set.
- It’s like a slow Lightning Helix. Throwback to fourteen years ago: Mike wrote the original preview for Lightning Helix on the Mother Ship!
- But it’s not just a slow Lightning Helix. This card is a massive disincentive to anyone wanting to play fair Magic at all. Remember all those shiny Viashino Pyromancers WotC gave away to MTG Arena players a few months back? They’ll never see the light of the stage or the ning of a strike again. Not with this around.
- “Well if they never trigger the second ability it’s just worse than a Lightning Helix.” -Patrick
God-Eternal Oketra is… Very Difficult to Kill
It’s not actually unkillable. It is, in fact, very difficult to kill.
God-Eternal Oketra is also an amazing card advantage engine! “People have built their entire deck design around much worse value than ‘cast any creature'” in the past.
This card seems tailor made for G/W. It prevents you from being punished for drawing a late game Llanowar Elves. In fact, you’ll get a nice five-damage-for-one-mana return on one of those!
Additionally, cards like Growth-Chamber Guardian will be extra useful as they can help ensure a steady stream of triggering creatures. Just a great card.
Our intrepid duo talk more and more great cards! War of the Spark just keeps giving them to us! We have no idea what Standard will look like in a couple of weeks; but it’s going to be… Different for sure.
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