Dark Ascension has been out for a few weeks now, and no doubt everyone has been blown away by how powerful the set’s commons are. Wrack with Madness, Hunger of the Howlpack, and Burden of Guilt are absolutely insane!
But the strongest common in the set without-a-doubt has to be Sanctuary Cat. It’s a one drop, which is fantastic in the current quick draft format, and it starts the early damage clock, just like its fellow one-power for one-mana cards Delver of Secrets and Doomed Traveler. But the Cat is way better than those two cards, because of one key fact – Sanctuary Cat has TWO toughness. DEFENSIVE BLOWOUT!
That’s right my friends, you can drop a defensive house on turn one while on the draw, and never have to worry about a pesky Stromkirk Noble doubling in size, as Sanctuary Cat stands up to those annoying turn 1 drop + turn 2 attack plays. Sanctuary Cat says no sir to Geistflame too, so you can play the kitty and never fear that your defender could get wiped away so easily.
Given its insane early game role, it’s obvious that Sanctuary Cat is a clear early pick in a draft, and players should pick up as many as they can.
Here’s another way to look at the Cat. Savannah Lions and its progeny of other 2/1 creatures for 1 white mana have been heralded as must-play cards in both drafts and constructed decks featuring white weenies. We all know that the best offense is a good defense, so the opposite of an offensive Savannah Lions – our awesome defensive Sanctuary Cat – has auto-win written all over it!