Marauding Raptor is probably the best card in your deck.
We’ll get to that in a second; but how about some other hits from the upcoming M20?
Brought Back from Core Set 2020 Has Some Awesome implications for Modern
How about with fetchlands?
- Start with, say an Arid Mesa.
- Follow up with, I dunno, a Windswept Heath.
- Then crack them both! You can go and get basic Plains or some kind of Sacred Foundry action… Whatever. Cast Brought Back!
You’ll have four lands in play on turn two. Four!
While this is kind of color-bending-ly good, Patrick points out that it essentially costs three mana because you forego your first turn mana tap to set it up turn two.
How about good old Mulldrifter?
You know how you can cast Mulldrifter for five mana, get a 2/2 flying creature, and draw two cards?
In our hypothetical you play your fifth land (and crack it); then evoke Mulldrifter for three mana. You draw two cards and put your flying fish in the graveyard. Now cast Brought Back.
… You’ll not only get the 2/2 body back, but the land you played and cracked. The outcome on this sequence is two additional drawn cards (and a free Ramp) over the five-drop cast.
Colossus Hammer Will Create an All-New Archetype
Check out Colossus Hammer:
This card is super cheap… But has a prohibitive equip cost. However, if you just neutralize that equip cost, you can give a creature +10/+10!
Here is Patrick’s proposed sequence:
- Kor Duelist (1/1 double strike for W)
- Sigarda’s Aid (W) + Colossus Hammer!
You’ll pay a total of three mana for a double striking 11/11 creature… Lethal (in most cases) on turn two.
Big game, right? Big and quick.
But sure… How About When Marauding Raptor is the Best Card in Your Deck?
This creature is quite impressive.
The obvious follow-up is Ripjaw Raptor. You can play it for three (perfect curve out from your two drop), buff your Ripjaw Raptor, and draw a card! Rawr.
But Raptor Hatchling is also great.
Raptor Hatchling is already a great card for defensive decks in Standard. In With Marauding Raptor, though? For only R — one mana — you get +4/+0 to your Marauding Raptor and a 3/3 Dinosaur! Being able to cast multiple Raptor Hatchlings [specifically] in one turn will provide enormous amounts of power.
We’ll just skip the Polyraptor “combo” for now.
Tons more in the cast. Give it a listen?