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New Capenna Limited Set Review – Black

Hello and welcome to my New Capenna Limited Set Review! As always, I’ll be reviewing every card for Limited play, with both ratings and commentary. Because this is a three-color set with five factions, I’m going to go by faction + a two-color pair first, then do the monocolors afterwards. Make sure to read the commentary, since the rating isn’t the full story, though it ultimately does help you compare different cards. Let’s get to it, starting with the rating scale.

Brokers & UW / Obscura & UB / Maestros & RB / Riveteers & RG / Cabaretti & GW

White / Blue / Black / Red / Green & Other

 

 

 

Retired and inducted into the Limited Hall of Fame: Pack Rat, Umezawa’s Jitte, The Scarab God.

 

Header - Mechanics

First, let’s tackle the mechanics found in the set. This is a brief overview of each, so I don’t repeat myself whenever one of these cards pops up.

Shield Counters

Boon of Safety

Shield counters protect your creatures, as they prevent the first time the creature would take damage or be destroyed (and are then removed). There are a few notable implications: ping (one damage) effects become better, as they can strip shield counters nicely, and expensive destroy effects become a bit worse. If you have a bunch of ways to grant shield counters, you’re best off looking for evasive creatures or large threats. Overall this looks like a fun mechanic that will add some nice depth to gameplay.

Alliance

Rumor Gatherer

Alliance is an ability word that says “whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, do X.” What X is varies, but it’s usually a simple output like +1/+1 or the like. Some cards, like the one above, do different things if you trigger the ability multiple times, and all of the cards reward playing lots of creatures or creating tokens.

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