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Making Sense of Kamigawa’s New Red and White Marches

The Kamis go marching on, apparently, and we have two Marches out of a potential cycle on our hands (I’m assuming there will be five of these). They are exciting, and both share a mechanic that really piques my interest. Let’s take a look at March of Otherworldly Light and March of Reckless Joy.

 

 

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The mechanic these both share is that you can exile cards from your hand to make them cheaper, which is always a powerful ability. That does only reduce the generic cost, so you’re always spending at least one mana, but getting to play a five or seven-mana spell for one mana is fantastic. Let’s take a look at what else they do.

March of Otherwordly Light

Prismatic Ending

The obvious comparison here is Prismatic Ending, which has a very similar effect. This always makes you pay one more than the cost of what you want to kill, since the W in the cost doesn’t go towards the X (unlike Ending), but the cost reduction makes this an affordable play at any stage of the game. What you’re really getting from this is flexibility, as it can exile artifacts, creatures or enchantments, and of any size. It’s fantastic against creaturelands, Urza’s Saga or any other token, while being easily castable even against real cards.

This would be a strong removal option even if it didn’t have the cost reduction ability, and as is it’s an exciting addition to Standard and Historic, with some chances of Modern play too (while it’s a bit more expensive than Prismatic Ending, being an instant and getting to hit Urza’s Saga is a huge win).

March of Reckless Joy

Reckless Impulse

March of Reckless Joy follows red’s theme of exiling cards from your library and giving you a turn and a half to play them. This costs one more than Reckless Impulse for the same effect, but has a couple key differences. As an X spell, it scales up – you only get to play two of the cards, but getting to see five or six cards is quite strong. It also has the pitch clause, letting you cash in cards in hand to see more cards from the top of your library. 

This looks much more appealing in red-based combo decks or decks trying to assemble particular synergies, especially if they have access to a lot of mana. Getting to pitch a bunch of redundant pieces and look at five or more cards is perfect for these kinds of decks, and casting this honestly is fine too. It does fall off in low-curve aggro decks, where Reckless Impulse probably does the job at a better price point, but I can still imagine digging desperately for that last burn spell with this.

The Marches are a sweet cycle so far, and I bet the rest are spicy as well. Keep an eye out the march of preview cards continues, since we will have instant reactions and all the analysis you need!

 

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