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Amonkhet Spoilers: Limited Review for April 6


Welcome to Liliana's special spoiler day for Amonkhet! There were other cards spoiled too of course, but we (and she) both know that she's the most important.

I'll be reviewing these cards from the standpoint of how well I expect them to perform in Limited. We can't rate the cards completely accurately without knowing the entire set, but we can evaluate the cards in an "average" limited format. You can find all the latest spoilers on the Amonkhet page. Please note that if I haven't yet reviewed a card, it's probably because the official spoiler for it has not been released yet.

Grading scale

A: This card will often be the best card in one's deck. I'd consider splashing it where possible. (Verdurous Gearhulk, Aethersphere Harvester)
B: This card is rarely cut from a deck that can cast it. In draft, it signals that a color or archetype is open. (Aerial Responder, Fatal Push)
C: Cards like this make up the majority of limited decks. You're neither excited nor embarrassed to have them in your deck. (Lawless Broker, Hinterland Drake)
D: I'm not putting this in my main deck unless I have a specific reason or I'm low on playables. (Curio Vendor, Aegis Automaton)
F: This card will have little or no impact on the game if I draw it or is strictly sideboard-material. If I cast this card, please stage an intervention for me. (Madcap Experiment, Secret Salvage)

White

Glory-Bound Initiate

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

B-

Two mana 4/4 lifelink creatures are good. Glory-Bound Initiate can't block that well, but who needs to when you're gaining four life every other turn from lifelink? Play combat tricks more often when you have a copy of this card in your deck.

Regal Caracal

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

A-

There's not many other Cats in the block, but by itself Regal Caracal is awesome. It gives you two 2/2 lifelinkers to use in combat, and it's even itself a 3/3 if the tokens die. This works really well with Trial of Solidarity and other team pump spells.

Blue

Curator of Mysteries

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

A

You should almost never cycle Curator of Mysteries away, and you should almost never overvalue other cycling cards because of its potential scry value. If your cheap 4/4 flyer sticks around, you're generally going to win the game regardless of what else is going on.

Black

Liliana, Death's Majesty

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

A+

Liliana, Death's Majesty doesn't have removal until her ultimate, but she can do that just two turns after being cast, and she consistently makes creatures with her other options. Starting off with 6 loyalty and a 2/2 is a ton for your opponent to have to deal with for just five mana. I like the Zombie synergy in her abilities as it really makes her feel like a necromancer, and I hope to win many games of Limited with her.

Red

Hazoret's Favor

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

C

If you're throwing away real creatures to Hazoret's Favor, your opponent can chump block or take some extra damage, and you'll soon run out of steam. With some tokens or opponent's creatures (via a Limits of Solidarity) to sacrifice, this becomes more interesting. I'd count this as a build-around-me card unless you're very aggressive. 

Magma Spray

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

B-

Combat tricks and embalm creatures both look to be good in Amonkhet, and Magma Spray will be extra good at dealing with each. Take this early and always play it. 

Soul-Scar Mage

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

C+

If you have the spells to back it up, Soul-Scar Mage is a good early attacker. It can even threaten to block when you're actually just holding up your mana to cycle something away. The -1/-1 counter effect is also nice, but direct damage is already great in Limited, and you'd already play all the copies of Magma Spray and Trial of Zeal you could get.

Green

Colossapede

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

C

Not a lot to say about Colossapede. This is a green creature. It has a mana cost and power and toughness. Flavor text is nice. You can't have too many five drops in your deck, and the ones you do have need to be about this big or better.

Manglehorn

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

C-

Never thought I'd see green get a better Manic Vandal. Amonkhet isn't an artifact set so sometimes Manglehorn will do nothing at all and be overcosted. Sometimes, when you destroy a Monument or similar, you're getting pretty far ahead though. I think this is probably sideboard material, but if we see another good cycle of artifacts at Common or Uncommon, that could change.

Mouth//Feed

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

B

Mouth // Feed is already acceptable on its own, and Mouth // Feed can draw two or three (or more) cards later in the game to refill your hand. This is basically the green Mulldrifter. Cherish it.

Pouncing Cheetah

$ 0.00$ 0.00

C

Nothing particularly flashy about Pouncing Cheetah in this set. It's kind of good for ambushing exert creatures when your opponent is going for a big attack, but its two toughness keeps it from being great.

Watchful Naga

$ 0.00$ 0.00

C

The power level for Watchful Naga is low for an Uncommon but it does offer potentially repeatable card draw if you can power it up or keep removing blockers. We'll have to see if the tools for that actually exist in the set. 

Multicolor

Failure//Comply

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

D

Although you might slow an opponent down a bit with Failure // Comply and/or Failure // Comply, this is pure card disadvantage and very situational in being able to find a spot where it's good.

Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

B+

Well this card as nuts. Even if you never trigger Hapatra's first ability, it's forcing your opponent to always leave back at least one blocker for it. I would take pump effects (such as Cartouche of Ambition) higher once I have her to try to make the trigger happen. 

Also her second ability does a lot of work on its own. Spawning one or two Sedge Scorpions for free with a Splendid Agony is really great value.

Colorless

Throne of the God-Pharaoh

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

D

You'd have to be very aggressive and token heavy to want Throne of the God-Pharaoh in your Limited deck. If you're winning, another 2-3 drop creature would do just as well most of the time, and if you're losing the Throne does stone nothing.

Conclusion

With the Planeswalkers out the way, I'm ready to see the three remaining Gods! Please join me for more spoilers and more Limited review tomorrow and next week as spoilers continue. Reach out to me on Twitter @JakeStilesMTG or in the comments below with your thoughts on the new cards.



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