There are annoying methods to lose a recreation of Magic: The Gathering. When a pink aggro deck filled with creatures with haste demolishes you by flip three, as an example. Or when a blue management deck counters every little thing you attempt, simply flip after flip of “nope” till they lastly get round to ending you off. However there are additionally enjoyable methods to lose at Magic, and being bodied by a combo you did not see coming is certainly one of them.
I used to be taking part in Commander utilizing the preconstructed decks launched as a part of the newest set, Wilds of Eldraine. The theme is fairytales, with a facet of Arthurian legend, and the deck I used to be ruined by went robust on the faeries. Whereas I might summoned a coalition so various it included angels and oxen, I used to be going through a power fully product of flying fey. Which is why the Kindred Dominance card, which helps you to choose a creature kind after which destroy each creature that does not match that kind, was so efficient. My opponent picked “faeries”, and I mentioned goodbye to my oxen and angels and every little thing else.
That may have been unhealthy sufficient, however he adopted it with Thrilling Encore, which helps you to steal each creature put within the graveyard that flip, carry them again to life, and make them your personal. My complete military joined the faerie power, and everybody lived fortunately ever after. Apart from me. I died instantly.
Not like the earlier set, Commander Masters, Wilds of Eldraine is legitimate in a number of codecs. It is the primary Normal-legal launch we have had since Might, and even that was a “micro set” moderately than a tentpole launch. Whereas Magic gamers on Reddit endlessly moan about there being too many releases to maintain up with, if you happen to do not play each single format the rhythm of releases is lots simpler to deal with.
It appears like Normal is due for a shake-up, however I am unsure Wilds of Eldraine will ship it. Again in Might, Wizards of the Coast introduced that rotation would gradual, and units now take three years to drop out of Normal as a substitute of two. That makes it cheaper to be a part of the aggressive scene—you will not must cycle out all these playing cards from the Innistrad units, Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, and Streets of New Capenna for an entire ‘nother 12 months.
The final deck I put collectively in Area, which is the place I am going to play Normal, is a Selesnya Enchantments deck. Meaning it is inexperienced/white and, because the title suggests, has loads of enchantment playing cards in it. It attracts closely on Kamigawa for playing cards like Kami of Transience—a creature that good points +1/+1 at any time when I forged an enchantment and, if killed, bounces again out of the graveyard into my hand once I subsequent lose an enchantment.
Whereas Wilds of Eldraine performs a powerful enchantment recreation, I am unsure this deck wants them. I may pop in Yenna, Redtooth Regent, who makes copies of different enchantments, however who would I do away with? With outdated playing cards staying Normal-legal for longer, it is more durable to justify biking within the new ones.
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Wilds of Eldraine does not really feel important, until you need to choose up that faerie-themed Commander deck, otherwise you’re actually into the theme. It’s a nice theme, although. Take a look at Three Bowls of Porridge, which has three totally different results as you Goldilocks your approach via its three bowls, or Syr Ginger, the Meal Ender, a badass gingerbread warrior. Just like the current Center-earth set, it advantages from familiarity. As a substitute of a bunch of planeswalkers that solely individuals who learn the tie-in books and comics care about, there are playing cards referencing the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Snow White, Cinderella, Three Blind Mice, Magnificence and the Beast, and numerous bits of folklore—like Cooped Up, an enchantment that represents chilly iron’s skill to lure faeries.
Really, I’ll make room in my Selesnya Enchantments deck for that one. It might not have been an annoying solution to lose, however I’ve nonetheless obtained a little bit of a grudge towards faeries as of late.
Wilds of Eldraine is out there now.