Eldritch Moon is out! While we're celebrating with a kickback all weekend long (On everything Magic, not just the latest set!) and excited to show off our amazing plans for Gen Con this year, it's also a great time to look back at what's been selling in the set so far.
This weekend kicks off updated Standard and Draft formats, and we'll be counting the work hours down until we can go join in the fun. For you, this breakdown of the most preorders cards will tell you what everyone else is planning to try next.
For a quick rundown, Jon and Ryan and the video below:
For a longer review, with sweet decks to boot, keep going. This is your advance warning. Get ready.
Cryptbreaker is a powerful Zombie, but it's also conveniently available in the Black Intro Pack too. Collective Effort promises all sorts of interesting angles for white-based Tokens decks. Unsubstantiate is a revisit to Remand, one of Modern's defining control and combo defense spells. Similarly, Summary Dismissal borrows from Magic's trickiest blue spells of the past, answering Eldrazi such as Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger neatly. Voldaren Pariah just missed the Top 10, and the ability to "trade" your tiny creatures for your opponents' best looks promising.
Collective Brutality was one of the key cards highlighted in our Eldritch Moon Set Guide for black. The utility to kill things, Drain Life or make an opponent discard—or even all three thanks to escalate—means anytime you draw this spell there's at least one mode that's useful.
Against Burn and other obnoxious Modern decks is where Raphaël Lévy put it to work:
Bedlam Reveler is one of the interesting wrinkles in Eldritch Moon. Playing a Blue-Red Spells deck? Empty your hand out casting removal and answers, cast Bedlam Reveler and discard likely nothing, then reload with more action. It sounds simple, but if you think casting all the spells is something for Standard's past you'll be surprised at FNM tonight.
While Hanweir Battlements is a fun card to consider for ramp and midrange decks (Surprise! Haste!) it's red's take on Hero of Bladehold that has players fired up. Goblin Rabblemaster isn't too far removed from players' memories yet either, and since Hanweir Garrison is a Human that makes Humans too.
Tribal decks are looking great these days.
We had a blast getting to show off Lupine Prototype using Tinderwall (the best app for finding your Magic love match) and ensuring everyone would come to know Snowball as the best.
Whether it's in Modern to bolster 8Rack (Yes, it's a deck that gets played.) or Standard as part of a madness payoff, Lupine Prototype is here to ask us the intense questions.
There isn't an overwhelming about of Wrath of God options in Standard right now, and the most played version isn't really a derivative at all: Languish. So why is Selfless Spirit such a hot ticket? Turning your army indestructible is still that good. Whether it's saving your Spell Queller (see below) from untimely removal or just winning combat when the opponent desperately wants to trade, Selfless Spirit is one of the rare ways to get its effect.
Thalia, Heretic Cathar is a creature borne of her previous incarnation, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. Going past Thalia into new Thalia is a backbreaking sequence against opponents, and that's exactly where Pro Tour winner and White Weenie master Craig Wescoe sees her going in Modern:
Mausoleum Wanderer is a flying Cursecatcher, with even more added on top. Spirits are the clear frontrunner for the Tribal deck getting the most out of Eldritch Moon. Are Spirits the next Merfolk in Modern? Adam Yurchick has the deck that might do it:
Spell Queller is the Spirit everyone's talking about the most. It counters nearly every spell played in Modern, and many of the critical Planeswalkers and other popular spells (See Languish.) in Standard. Like most Spirits it flies too, meaning your answer is also an evasive threat.
World Champion Seth Manfield pushed the Queller to its limits, and found it wasn't lacking for Standard, Modern and maybe beyond. One of the more interesting decks he discovered played off Battle for Zendikar and Oath of the Gatewatch's Eldrazi themes. If you want something powerful and off-the-radar, Esper Processors is the value deck built for Spell Queller:
Distended Mindbender is one of the better cards using the emerge mechanic. Thanks to that, getting fourth turn Minderbender off to blast your opponent's hand and land a fatty on the battlefield is possible. If you're not into aggressive Zombies or Vampires, it's exactly where black in Standard looks to next as Conley Woods showed us:
Elder Deep-Fiend is modeled after Mistbind Clique, one of the most dominant cards from its time in Standard. While there isn't an army of flying creatures and some of the best countermagic every printed to back it up, Elder Deep-Fiend is not to be underestimated.
When your fatty has flash to mess with an opponent's turn before they can even draw a card, and it's in the color historically keen on drawing cards and taking over the game, you can bet players will be giving it a try. And across the entire TCGplayer team that scored the card, their comments are all in agreement: It's good.
Like I said, consider this your official warning. Join us Monday when we look at the big sellers from over the first weekend of Standard and Modern action. See you then!