Happy New Set!
I can’t think of anything more fun in Magic than cracking some brand spanking new packs at a Pre-release. My friends and I will be hitting up a gauntlet of events, starting with the traditional midnight sealed (and post-even McGriddles!).
I’ll post on Monday about the adventure, but in the meantime check out my post on fun ways to crack all those prize packs you’ll be winning this weekend!
For now, I bring you a special edition of “Best Cards Ever Made,” featuring the 5 best cards in the new set, Avacyn Restored! These five cards are must-plays in your sealed decks this weekend –
Talk about your power creep! We used to have to play with 6/6s for 7 mana! (See Vizzerdrix and Trained Orgg), but now we have a solid 7/7 body for 6 mana – what a deal! This set is so full of fatties, and this guy fits right in. Ramp into him and you could have a super slammer coming at your opponent’s face early and often.
Just forget about all those “flicker” effects; taking the next 3-4 turns in row to cast him again and again will only increase your opponent’s heart rate even more, and you’ll eventually stick him. And you know how you can really tell he’s playable? He’s an uncommon.
#4 Midnight Duelist
You might remember an earlier installment of “Best Cards Ever Made” featuring a sweet little kitty one-drop called Sanctuary Cat. That was a 1/2 for W, and that was amazing enough! Now we have a 1/2 for W with an ability – INSANE!
With the horde of vampires printed in Avacyn Restored (SEVEN of them!), this guy is bound to be a helpful blocker at least once per tournament; so shove as many Midnight Duelists in your deck as you can.
#3 Otherworld Atlas
Artifacts can make or break a set, and fortunately for Avacyn Restored there are some good’uns! Card draw is one of the most important mechanics to exploit in Magic. Otherworld Atlas gives you the opportunity to draw an incredible number of cards just by ticking up some counters. Not only that, but you get to be everyone’s best friend by letting your opponents draw cards too!
This is also the perfect card to show off the new Miracle mechanic, since you can tap it on your turn to have your opponent draw his/her Miracle card and show you how to play it! The flavor text should read: “only a fool draws cards alone, but it takes a genius to let everyone draw!”
#2 Butcher Ghoul
Everyone loves zombies, and everyone loves undying – so why not mash those together and see what happens? Butcher Ghoul is what happens, giving you a sweet 2-cost creature with staying power in the form of a second life.
Now, people who love Walking Corpse should be going nuts over this card – Butcher Ghoul is even better, since it gives you a chance to chump block your opponents’ beasties late game before becoming our old shamblin’ 2/2 friend. As I said earlier, Avacyn Restored is chocked full of giant Angels, Demons, and huge Beasts, so ripping this guy late in the game will give me such an intense emotion, I can’t even express it!
#1 Seraph Sanctuary
This set contains a record number of Angels, so it should be no surprise that a land like Seraph Sanctuary has been thrown in too. This card is clearly the best sealed card in the set for several reasons:
First, you gain a life just for playing it! A free life! You’re going to be taking a crap-ton of damage over the course of the game with all those fatty creatures in the set, so you’ll want to stock up on as much life as you can – every little bit helps. This fact alone makes it playable in every deck!
Second, if you’re playing a white deck, you’ll likely have at least one Angel, which (if played in the right order) will at minimum double the land’s overall life gain!
Third and finally, even after doing all the above, it still adds colorless mana, and doesn’t come into play tapped! It’s also a common so you can open one in every pack and gain some epic life!
With all these abilities, Seraph Sanctuary is clearly the best card of the set; it fits in every deck, so it’s an auto-include in every sealed deck you make this weekend.
Honorable Mention – Galvanic Alchemist
While Galvanic Alchemist isn’t really a playable card in my eyes – I generally dislike blue cards and I don’t see why you’d ever want to untap your opponent’s creatures – this card includes something near and dear to me in the art – an owl.
I collect owl cards (turning the sarcasm off for a second: this is actually true…ok sarcasm back on), and Galvanic Alchemist features this spectacular spirity/mystical owl, so I have to get at least one foil version. It’s a much, much, much better improvement over the last owl art in Magic – that horrible Crushing Vines card in Dark Ascension, showing the horrific plantic torture of our wise birdly friend.
Good luck to everyone this weekend in whatever pre-release events are going on, and let’s hope for Black Lotuses (Lotii?) in the Helvaults!
I hope we’ll enjoy this set, and if we don’t, well, M13 is right around the corner!