In Dominaria, Wizards Matter
Here are the first ten Modern Staples — of the top of our heads — that happen to be Wizards:
- Burrenton Forge-Tender
- Delver of Secrets
- Grim Lavamancer
- Baral, Chief of Compliance
- Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy
- Meddling Mage
- Snapcaster Mage
- Magus of the Moon
- Master of Etherium
There are more! Tons more! Those are just the first few we thought of.
Why does this matter? The Dominaria set has a number of cards whose performance improves if you have a wizard on the battlefield. Examples: Wizard’s Retort and Wizard’s Lightning
This spell costs 1 less to cast if you control a Wizard.
Counter target spell.
Put another way, Wizard’s Retort is a Cancel… But a Counterspell if you have a wizard on the battlefield.
Longtime listeners probably remember that Mike had some success with another card that was Counterspell if he had a particular creature type: Silumgar’s Scorn. With creatures as good as Grim Lavamancer and Snapcaster Mage being wizards, there may just be ample opportunity to cash in on Wizard’s Lightning
This spell costs 2 less to cast if you control a Wizard.
Wizard’s Lightning deals 3 damage to any target.
There is already precedent to playing three damage burn spells that sometimes cost one and sometimes cost three in both Modern and Legacy. Rift Bolt much?
Being three converted mana cost is actually an advantage sometimes; Chalice of the Void anyone? Grim Lavamancer is already a wizard you might play in either format’s Burn deck!
Mike, at the least, would much rather run one or two copies of this card than, say, Shard Volley.
Dominaria brings us a new Baneslayer Angel
Legendary Creature – Angel
Flying, first strike, lifelink
Other Angels you control get +1/+1 and have lifelink.
Is this card better than the [multiple] Pro Tour-winning Baneslayer Angel?
Patrick points out that giving other Angels +1/+1 — and lifelink — is way better, generally speaking, than protection from demons and dragons. Having a Lyra Dawnbringer in play with a Baneslayer Angel is much better than having two Baneslayer Angels, at least.
“Lyra Dawnbringer was born to kick it with Mutavault.”
In Dominaria, It’s Actually Pretty Easy to be Green
“You know me so well.”
What was Mike talking about? Oldies — and goodies — Gaea’s Blessing and Llanowar Elves are two of the reprints that the Resident Genius has his eyes on. To wit:
Gaea’s Blessing – According to onetime Lead Developer Brian Schneider, “There’s no reason you should need any other way to win.”
Llanowar Elves – Patrick thinks this will bring Brian Kibler — finally — back onto the Pro Tour. Mike imagines it will be the best card in Standard!
… And that’s just the first third of this podcast!
Sagas, Legendary Sorceries, and rules changes await! Check it out now: