We have gotten a few more spoilers over the course of the week, and… well, we have one heavy hitter, but overall the spoilers haven’t been great so far. Let’s get the mediocre stuff out of the way.

Hanweir, the Writhing Township

Well… this certainly could be a heavy hitter. It looks like an absolutely absurd card, but without the front side we are missing too much to have much of a clue. If the front is a land… then we might have a real card on our hands, judging by how Westvale Abbey was powered. However, this monstrosity dies to a lot, including Grasp of Darkness, that Ormandalh doesn’t die to. I suppose we will have to wait and see.

Supplanter of Identity

You can’t do a whole lot with that, can you? Here you go:

  • Supplanter of Identity
  • Creature - Shapeshifter
  • Whenever Supplanter of Identity attacks you may exile another target non-token creature. If you do, Supplanter of Identity becomes a copy of that creature until the end of the turn. Return the exiled card to the battlefield under its owner’s control at the beginning of the next end step.

This is going to be a ton of fun in limited (though still not amazing), but it has no home anywhere else. This is primarily due to the fact that it doesn’t do anything a Wall of Wood couldn’t do on defense. I love the design, but it is almost certainly bulk.

Thalia, Cathar Heretic

  • Thalia, Cathar Heretic
  • First strike
  • Creatures and nonbasic lands your opponents control enter the battlefield tapped.

Evidently WOTC really has decided that white should be the best color in Standard. The format is home to several decks (Collected Company Humans or White Weenie Humans) in which this is obviously a house. Hitting it off a CoCo is absurd, and topping off your aggressive start with this will make it so hard for your opponents to stabilize. Evolving Wilds is not looking very good right now.

This clearly has homes outside of Standard as well. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is the hatebear, and new Thalia just so happens to be great with it. Both hinder your opponent’s mana, and this makes creatures stabilize far too slowly. This will make an excellent addition to Hatebear decks in both Modern and Legacy. AEther Vialing one in in response to an opponent’s creature is something I very much look forward to doing. Whether this puts the deck to tier 1 or not is yet to be seen, but I think it will be enough of an improvement that the deck has a very real chance.

We have had some interesting reveals this week, and I certainly look forward to the set. The flavour is looking pretty exciting, and as always the speculation, brewing, and subsequent tournament results are a joy to follow.

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Caleb was introduced to Magic in Zendikar, but has only been really involved in the game since Theros. His favorite format is Modern, followed closely by Cube. A Spike at heart, he rarely brews for fun, but boy does he love to brew. You can follow him on Twitter @CalebYarbrough1.