Today is one of the last couple of days before the full spoiler for Wizards of the Coast's next upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering, Theros: Beyond Death, will be revealed to the public. In the meantime, it looks as though the renowned games company has left some of the very best cards for last. Today, we will be looking into the very creamiest cream of the crop for yesterday and today.
January 7th, 2020
It looks to me, at a preliminary glance and without any playtesting, that Eidolon of Obstruction could put white decks firmly into a better position in Oathbreaker and possibly also Brawl on Magic: The Gathering: Arena (as well as the tabletop, if people are really playing tabletop Brawl that much). Death and Taxes is a real and viable deck type in formats like Modern and Legacy, so I see no reason that Eidolon of Obstruction won't be seen en masse in white Oathbreaker decks as a really strong and really annoying anti-Planeswalker tech piece.
Okay, folks – here is the card that I need to address from yesterday. Sheldon Menery, one of the biggest names on the Commander Rules Committee, tweeted this, just hours after Thassa's Oracle was spoiled:
Just so you all know, the Commander RC has indeed seen Thassa's Oracle and is aware of its implications for our cEDH friends. We'll be talking about it. #cmdrRC
— Sheldon Menery (@SheldonMenery) January 7, 2020
This card goes ham alongside a Demonic Consultation, and can also win after initiating the Cephalid Breakfast, and all of this (Oracle included!) can be attained via a resolution of Flash-Hulk. If none of these things make sense to you, I understand that – they're all competitive Commander terms and I can explain these in a later article. Let us know if you'd like that! My point is, Thassa's Oracle is already shaking people up with regards to competitive Commander, and the Rules Committee is already investigating through playtesting. We will see how that goes sooner than later, I'm sure.
January 8th, 2020
With only a couple of days to go before the full set is spoiled, we got this mythic rare:
Yeah, three times as much mana. From any permanent you control. Let me put Nyxbloom Ancient (which currently is not on Scryfall yet as of time of writing this article) into perspective for a moment for you. Mana Reflection, an enchantment from around 2008, cost six mana (four generic and two green), and doubled the mana output of your permanents. Twelve short (or really long, if you're me) years later, we have one of those on legs (trunks?) for one green mana more, and it provides 1.5 times the benefit. And it's a 5/5 with Trample.
What do you think about these powerhouses for so many different formats? What do you think Wizards of the Coast was thinking when they decided to send these amazing cards to the printers? Are you planning to use them? Let us know!