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Amonkhet Spoilers: Limited Review for April 7


Welcome to the end of the first week of spoiler discussions for Amonkhet! Nicol Bolas is still nowhere to be seen. We apparently have one Planeswalker left, and we're starting to get some interesting Commons revealed.

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

Angel of Sanctions

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

A-

Angel of Sanctions gets rid of something (albeit temporarily) and beats down in the air and then can come back embalmed and lock down a problematic permanent again. If that's not a premium card, I don't know what is.

Approach of the Second Sun

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

F

Approach of the Second Sun is way too slow if you only have one copy of it in your deck, and it's arguably worse if you have two copies (because then you're diluting your deck even more). Congratulations to whomever makes this work in Limited, but I can guarantee you that it will not be me.

Supply Caravan

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

C

Supply Caravan doesn't have particularly impressive stats, but getting an extra chump block for attacking (or exerting on the previous turn) is a decent bonus.

Winged Shepherd

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

C

While no one's going to be cycling away Curator of Mysteries, Winged Shepherd's cycling cost is a lot more welcome. This is expensive enough that I'd mostly look to play it with cycling-matters cards. Even though you don't need to pick this Angel early, you can easily play multiples of it since they'll never clog up your hand.

Blue

New Perspectives

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

C

New Perspectives is a little overcosted as a card draw spell, and it's free cycling clause will rarely be useful in Limited since cycling costs are mostly already cheap and in the late game there are few nonlands you'd want to cycle away. Nevertheless, card draw is often needed for slow decks to stay ahead, and this is definitely card draw.

Black

Cruel Reality

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

C-

The format would have to be extremely slow for Cruel Reality to see play as it's a 7-drop that does nothing if you're behind and works fairly slowly if the board state is at parity. I'll still be trying to make it work, but it certainly doesn't fit into every black deck.

Red

Nimble-Blade Khenra

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

C

Prowess hasn't been evergreen for long, and already we have a near-reprint of Sanguinary Mage. Combat tricks are probably going to be more plentiful in Amonkhet due to exert creatures wanting to get in for damage and survive, and that of course makes prowess better. Still this is a one power creature for two mana so it's not incredible.

Green

Champion of Rhonas

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

B

While in Limited, your options for huge creatures to put in your deck are few, Champion of Rhonas is still good even if you "only" hit a Colossapede, and it gets better if you're able to somehow keep it around for multiple attacks.

Dissenter's Deliverance

$ 0.00$ 0.00

C

Dissenter's Deliverance is probably better than Manglehorn in one's main deck since when your opponent doesn't have artifacts, you'd rather have "G: Draw a card and trigger your cycle abilities" than a 3 mana 2/2.

Multicolor

Bounty of the Luxa

$ 0.00 $ 0.00

B-

Bounty of the Luxa can absolutely win you a game of Limited that goes long, but it takes a while to do so and requires being in a very specific color combination. I'd be much more likely to try to make this enchantment work in Sealed than Draft due to the generally slower speed.

Conclusion

Please join me for more spoilers and more Limited review again next week, and place your bets on what you think the three remaining God cards are going to be like. I'm hoping for Bontu to make the opponent discard cards. Reach out to me on Twitter @JakeStilesMTG or in the comments below with your thoughts on the new cards.


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