So Which of the Designer Cards are the Coolest?

Justin Clouse | 27 Jun 2014 22:05
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Aggressive Mining

Leave it to Notch to have one of the coolest, and strangest cards, of the bunch. Aggressive Mining just screams "break me", it's hard not to imagine some potential in it. There's like a 90% chance this card ends up a bulk rare, but perhaps somewhere in the thousands upon thousands of Magic cards there's an awesome interaction or combo to be found. If there wasn't that 'once each turn' clause I think it would have been a sure in for various iterations of the Storm deck, use your lands to start going off and then eat them all for more cards. Because once you're combo-ing out all you need is enough gas to find and hit your storm count. But, alas, perhaps that was too broken. It may however even see play as a pseudo Harrow for any ramp deck that wants to avoid drawing just the ramp portion of their deck and none of their threats, especially if they have some way to pitch lands for other value or get lands in play otherwise. Note that it only stops you from playing lands, something like Farseek put them into play not plays them for how the rules are concerned.

genesis hydra

Genesis Hydra

George Fan, better known as the man behind Plants vs. Zombies, has already had an impact on magic card design. Grave Bramble is a sly nod to his game. Get it? It is a tower defending plant that has protection from zombies. Anyways, Genesis Hydra borrows some design space from the older Genesis Wave. It might not be quite as explosive at "Put all of these things into play!", but a guaranteed creature is not too shabby either. What makes this card noteworthy is that the mono-green Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx fueled devotion and constellation decks are already decks in standard, let alone some of the busted draws mono-green devotion has the potential for in Modern. Pumping out a huge creature and all but tutoring for a card in your deck is a really exciting prospect for some players. Genesis Hydra also plays really well with Courser of Kruphix, giving you some information on how much mana you want to invest. I could even see situations where you see another land on top after you've played the first with Courser of Kruphix and cast Genesis Hydra for 1 as a pseudo-Explore attached to a 1/1 body.

master of predicaments

Master of Predicaments

David Sirlin is most noted for his design and balance work on Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. I like Master of Predicaments for no other reason than this card will create stories. For example, there is a non-zero sum of Emrakul, the Aeons Torn that will get cheated into play by Master of Predicaments. That's pretty awesome and something everyone at the table will remember. "Why didn't I pick less than 4?!?" The 4/4 flyer body is quite good for limited, and I'd expect to see this at many casual or Commander tables.

I think these represent the best or the bunch or at least the ones with the most potential to see a lot of play. However, there are a bunch more and we haven't gotten the full M15 spoiler yet. M15 is actually shaping up to be a pretty interesting set, which is welcome after Born of the Gods and Journey into Nyx haven't managed to have a big splash - especially in Standard. I'm looking forward to more new cards.

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