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Conflux preview + fresh look at Doran

January 6, 2009

I have been following the Conflux spoiler pretty closely and with much disappointment. There are only two cards thus far that have actually made me excited: Path to Exile and Noble Hierarch.

Firstly, Swords to Plowshares is probably one of, if not the greatest creature removal card ever printed and it will always have a special place in my heart. In Conflux comes a card that is a Jedi apprentice to Swords to Plowshares: Path to Exile. its converted casting cost is just (W) and it reads “Remove target creature from the game. It’s controller may search his or her library for a basic land card, put it into play tapped, then shuffle their library.” The strength of this card is on par with Swords, but like most cards that come from the shadow of another, it is never quite as good. There is something that Path to Exile has that Swords only wishes it had and that is it will be sitting comfortably in the Standard scene. 

Here is my prediction of how much this card will shake the Standard metagame. Cards like Stillmoon Cavalier, Voice of All and things with protection from white or that can have protection from white will be sideboarded more often or perhaps even main decked. It is a great way to deal with Kitchen Finks or anything that Reveillark would plan on bringing back. Also the strength of them searching for a ‘basic land’ sometimes is pretty useless for decks like Five-Color Control where nearly all the lands are non-basic and in-turn they will have a couple more basic lands in their mana base. You will see white splashed into more decks. White control could see a comeback because white is also getting a counter spell that places the spell on top of the owner’s library for ‘2(W)’.

Onto the second card that I am excited for. Noble Hierarch is Bant’s personal Birds of Paradise. The Hierarch has a converted casting cost of (G) and  has “tap: add W, U or G to your mana pool” with a power and toughness of 0/1. That by itself is pretty damn respectable. Honestly what makes it 10 times better; It has ‘Exhalted’. Astounding support card in more than just one way. A 2nd turn Rhox War Monk is nothing to take lightly. Perhaps even a 3rd turn Rafiq of the Many that would call for a 5/6 Lifelink, Doublestrike Rhino. Path to Exile anyone? 

Onto my new look at Doran

I have been looking at Stoic Angel for a while without trying to do the whole Angelic Benediction, Cryptic Command or Naya Charm route through tapping their creatures, but just having it’s ability as a world effect without me in jeopardy. So I have been looking at vigilance as a way to get around it. Creatures like Stoic Angel and Wilt-Leaf Cavaliers. Also having Rhox War Monk in there just so I can gain life after the pain lands get me into a good mana situation. But something I have noticed about all of these creatures is that their toughness is a point higher than their power. So I decided that I would like to put Doran into the mix to get some more damage going on. Also, after throwing Doran into the race, I noticed that the drivers are all green and white. Hello, Wilt-Leaf Liege. Counters discard spells just perfectly and gives my creatures +2/+2 a pop.

The mana base now includes white, blue, black and green. That gives us my two favorite charms. Bant Charm and Esper Charm. Gives me access to cool creatures like Shriekmaw, Sower of Temptation and Mulldrifter as well as some nice spells like Negate.

Bon Voyage,

Dillon

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