Breathe. Just slow down and breathe. Eldritch Moon has been revealed and we're scouring it just like you.
But there's still work to be done.
This week's previews have been just as exciting as last, and players have been making their thoughts felt in the marketplace. Let's dig in.
Lone Rider and Cryptbreaker are making the move to Standard soon. Harmless Offering is still tempting players for fun combos. Ishkanah, Grafwidow is the Spider of our Magic nightmares.
Matter Reshaper is an efficient value body that can go in nearly any kind of deck (except aggressive Human decks that don't really need anything else now). Whether you plan to emerge something new or just grind value against an opponent, Matter Reshaper continues to hang on as one of the best pickups of this preview season.
Spell Queller arrived the other day and put the entire Magic world on alert for Standard Spirits. Bygone Bishop isn't a combo piece with Spell Queller, but in terms of efficient Spirits with solid abilities Bygone Bishop is there, looking not too dissimilar to what Tireless Tracker does for decks that play land.
Like when the Bishop appeared in some Humans builds, anyone planning to cast plenty of smaller Spirits will appreciate piling up clues behind them.
If you want a late-game way to wreck an opponent's hand, Distended Mindbender is going to work just fine. When you start to combine it with creatures that can slip onto the battlefield easily but have a higher converted mana cost—Gurmag Angler comes to mind—you can see how the high costs can be deceiving.
Distended Mindbender is shaping up for some big things soon.
Oh. Hey. Look at that.
The Gitrog Monster is a well-tread option to build decks around. Its abilities lend themselves to creating value, and the desire to turn on delirium means getting a land into the graveyard sooner or later is something players look forward to. With "Stunning Regrowth" in Eldritch Moon it gets even better: Putting all your lands from your graveyard back onto the battlefield when you have The Gitrog Monster out is as amazing as that sounds, and it's just four mana in Standard. Nice.
Zombies have been in the Tribal lead for sales so far through preview season, and Prized Amalgan has been there the whole way. When you get things like Gisa and Geralf, Liliana, the Last Hope and Cryptbreaker you appreciate how much Zombies are being pushed for competitive play.
Don't get left behind in the empty graveyard.
Getting cards into your graveyard looks really good in Eldritch Moon. And if you plan on playing Emrakul, the Promised End or any of the other cards that want a well-stocked bin then efficient creatures like Mindwrack Demon are for you. If you plan to hit delirium and go even further, then there's no downside to the Demon at all. It's not every day you get that kind of Bargain from demonic forces.
Elder Deep-Fiend is one of the most interested emerge creatures coming in Eldritch Moon. Flash means you can effectively "two-for-one" your opponent by emerging in response to a single target removal spell. When it cast it—before it even hits the table—you get to tap down permanents, messing with on board tricks and timing the tapping well if you're flashing it in. It's also a 5/6 that outsizes most creatures seeing play.
Putting it all together means it's doing more for less at the worst possible times for opponents. Apparently some players like that idea.
For more information on Diregraf Colossus please see Prized Amalgam above.
Rattlechains made its Standard Breakthrough in Tomoharu Saito's now-famous Blue-Red Flyers deck. With Spell Queller, Selfless Spirit and Nibilis of Frost arriving in Eldritch Moon it's clear Spirits are getting their day in the Standard spotlight.
We can't wait to see what that looks like.
Join us Monday for the recap on what happened after the full set was revealed, and we'll follow it up with looks back at the body of sales for Shadows over Innistrad as well as the preorders for Eldritch Moon all in time for the Prerelease weekend.
See you then!