The big (BIG) news is that the fetchlands are back. You know, the cards that you really want to play in some of the more expensive formats, but that are so expensive it's just not going to happen in your lifetime? Yes, those fetchlands are back. This is your chance.
- Polluted Delta
- Flooded Strand
- Bloodstained Mire
- Wooded Foothills
- Windswept Heath
We suspected that this was coming, but I think a lot of people were caught flatfooted when we found out that they were being printed so soon in the block. It will be nice for newer players to have access to cards that skyrocketed in price, but that are foundational to some of the formats that have developed since they were originally printed.
The new, mono-red Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker looks like a lot of fun. That +1 loyalty ability could be quite shocking since the dragon can come out of nowhere and flap on over on hasty wings.
With every new set, there's a least the possibility for new demons. So far, we have Necropolis Fiend to consider. At first blush, it seems like a long way to go to set up a delve that gives me a good deal on a 4/5 flyer. The potential is for a relatively large body with evasion for only two black mana. But, there's a fair amount of setup before that can happen. In addition to flying, the body comes with reusable creature kill. I'm not sure it earns a slot in my demon tribal deck, but it's worth another look.
The other spoiled cards (so far) that caught my eye are the new tri-lands. I really, really don't like lands that come into play tapped. But, if you are running a five color deck, it gives us a good way to get there without spending a fortune on dual lands. It's also nice for a three color deck to have lands that can color fix the entire range of colors in the deck. These color combinations were "missing" before this set.