Updated October 19th 2017
The council is currently watching the following cards:
- Mana Drain
- Eladamri’s Call
- Lim Dul’s Vault
- Sol Ring
- Primeval Titan
- Oath of Druids
- Time Walk
- Madcap Experiment
- True-Name Nemesis
- Stoneforge Mystic
- Eldritch Evolution
- Birthing Pod
Mana Drain: A powerful card that is currently an “auto-include” into any blue deck playing counterspells. Sometimes has the ability to win the game on the spot with the mana it provides.
Eladamri’s Call: Another cheap efficient creature tutor that is seeing wide amount of play in the popular creature combo decks.
Lim-Dul’s Vault: Having just been set to 0 we want to ensure that this card does not push combo to the forefront and keep the archetype in check.
Sol Ring: A very powerful piece of fast mana that was recently lowered. This card saw minimal play at 4 points and we want to ensure that it being lowered to 3 doesn’t over do it.
Primeval Titan: Being used more and more as a tool to establish the Thespian’s Stage + Dark Depths combo as well as present an even more immediate must answer board presence. The fact that it represents 2 game winning threats in one that are both reasonably difficult to interact with outside of counterspells warrants it’s inclusion on the Watchlist.
Oath of Druids: An extremely powerful build around card that has seen very little play. Having recently been lowered we want to ensure that this card doesn’t give control and combo decks a free tool to punish creature decks too heavily.
Time Walk: A hot topic in every council meeting over the past year, this card has gone down, then up, now back down. The numbers show that when this card has an equivalent point value to Ancestral Recall it gets out performed in terms of winning tournaments and over play. However this card has proven to be incredibly powerful in the past and will continue to be a topic of discussion for the council in the future.
Doomsday: A very powerful uninteractive combo card that has the potential to setup a game winning combo the turn it is cast. The dedicated Doomsday decks have been struggling recently which is why it was lowered however we want to include it on the Watchlist to ensure it doesn’t slot into other combo decks and give them an unneeded boost.
Madcap Experiment: Currently seeing an increasing amount of play in blue decks as a haymaker against creature/combo decks for little cost. This card is able to singlehandedly warp aggressive matchups.
True-Name Nemesis: A creature that requires a very small subset of cards to answer it or it will often take over the game immediately. Very powerful in conjunction with equipment and is a powerful tool for the blue based midrange decks against aggressive decks.
Stoneforge Mystic: One of the most successful pointed cards. Stoneforge has had success in both weenie decks and blue midrange decks for it’s ability to come down early and force the opponent to have an immediate answer or fall behind quickly.
Eldritch Evolution: Recently raised, we want to ensure that decks that received other point decreases weren’t given too much free reign. However it may prove to be too weak at 1.