It’s somehow preview season already, and we are getting the first glimpse of cards from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. It’s a futuristic cyberpunk setting, and I’m personally excited to see Magic’s interpretation of such. The cards previewed so far also look sweet, and today I’m going to take a look at one of the hottest (it actually looks like a flaming sausage to me). Take a look at Atsushi, the Blazing Sky!
Atsushi has a lot to offer for just four mana. First of all, it’s a 4/4 flyer for four (with trample even), though as we’ve seen recently, that’s not quite enough to get it into a ton of decks. Luckily, there’s a lot more to come.
When Atsushi dies, you get an option – mana or cards. You can chose to get a Black Lotus (actually, three Lotus Petals, which is even better), or a shot at playing two cards from the top of your deck. You do get to play them, not cast them, which means lands are fair game, and it’s until the end of your next turn, giving you a fair amount of time. This is a powerful set of abilities, and I think they are going to give Atsushi the push it needs to show up in wide variety of decks.
The ability to choose between cards and mana covers basically all your bases, since these two resources are usually at odds with each other. The only thing Atsushi doesn’t do is give you additional board presence when it dies, but you can’t have it all. Plus, choosing the Treasures will often let you cast a removal spell, so maybe Atsushi really does do it all.
The first place that springs to mind when it comes to a home for Atsushi is in Alchemy, since I already was having fun with a Dragons deck. Here’s a place to start:
4 Fearsome Whelp 4 Orb of Dragonkind 4 Dragon's Breath 4 Town-razer Tyrant 4 Goldspan Dragon 4 Atsushi, the Blazing Sky 2 Leyline Tyrant 2 Inferno of the Star Mounts 4 Chandra, Dressed to Kill 4 Frost Bite 2 Faceless Haven 3 Shatterskull Smashing 19 Snow-Covered Mountain
This deck piles on the Dragons, and even has an Orb for you to ponder. Fearsome Whelp has impressed me, and generating a ton of mana works nicely with Leyline Tyrant. Give it a spin, as it’s far from the only deck that Atsushi powers up.