Day two of spoiler season has yielded far less than day one. In fact, the most interesting card as far as Constructed is concerned was spoiled yesterday evening:
A card that immediately warrants comparisons with cards like Remand and Venser, Shaper Savant is bound to be a good card. I would argue that it isn’t as good as either, but it is clear to me that it will be a Standard staple until it rotates.
Remand, while not as flexible, is significantly more powerful, since it cantrips. A Modern staple, it would be too good for Standard (at least in R&D’s estimation), but this comes close. While the ability to send a spell packing is the most powerful of the card’s effects, returning something to its owner’s hand (even if it is uncounterable) adds a ton of flexibility and utility against cards like Ormendahl, Profane Prince.
Just consider for a moment a deck like Bant Collected Company or UW/UR Fliers. Consider what this card does in that type of deck. In the later turns (4-6, etc.) a card like this can represent a substantial mana advantage when an opponent attempts to tap out for something to stabilize or race.
Plus we get to play this alongside Reflector Mage for the next few months. That is good news, I guess. Depending on your point of view.
While this isn’t going to be great in a ton of decks, that Human subtype has popped up again to great effect. The White Weenie Humans decks will certainly play this card, at the very least in the sideboard against other Humans decks. If Humans can do anything, it is make small creatures big, with any two of Gryff’s Boon, Thalia’s Lieutenant, and Always Watching, in addition to the occasional Gideon, Ally of Zendikar emblem, or a surged Reckless Bushwhacker. It may still be too hard to flip for the maindeck, but I strongly suspect that testing will prove it to be great in the mirror.
This is one of the better plays on words in Magic, but outside of limited this card won’t see any play. I would not be surprised if it was outstanding in limited as a graveyard/delirium enabler that becomes a pretty bomby creature.
And yes, that is the Grizzled Angler’s face on the Anglerfish’s angler-thing. Grisly.
Intro pack rares are bulk. Most of these are even mediocre in Limited. I would never be sad about first picking a Niblis of the Frost, but the rest of these are pretty bad.
See ya’ll tomorrow!