While we still have many more Eldritch Moon previews remaining, I’m discussing 3 more of my favorite cards from the new set as the previews slowly trickle out.
Considering it’s hard to tell what cards you may or may not have seen so far, I’ll be sticking with only the officially spoiled cards as of the date in the title for these articles. So if it wasn’t released directly on the mothership by the date in the title, I’ll steer clear until it is. Keep in mind, if I didn’t pick one of your favorite cards, it simply might have been revealed after I wrote this!
3. Eldritch Evolution
Let’s put this one at number 3 due to how popular it is already. Everyone is talking about this card and its similarities to cards like Birthing Pod and Food Chain. While it is only a one-time effect, you are getting a cost boost of 2 rather than 1, which is huge, and a one-time effect is pretty powerful when you’re cheating on mana like this. The first thing that comes to mind is sacrificing a Matter Reshaper, triggering its ability, then searching out a Reality Smasher. Sacrificing something like an Elvish Visionary to nab something like a Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is also pretty sweet.
The problem I see right now is that Eldritch Evolution is card disadvantage. The creature you tutor up has to give you a good deal of value or utility to make it worth your time and investment. Theoretically, you’re going to be playing a creature on one turn, then casting Evolution on the next. That’s a sizable commitment of mana, cards, and tempo. That said, the sky’s the limit with what this card is capable of and I find myself hoping for some sweet combo interactions.
2. Deploy the Gatewatch
Frank Karsten has apparently already run the numbers on this card in terms of how many planeswalkers you will need in your deck to hit 1 or 2 on the turn you cast this. I don’t care about all that math! I just want to jam a deck full of planeswalkers and Oaths and go to town! This is basically a See the Unwritten for planeswalkers that you don’t need ferocious for.
It’s possible I’m not being very realistic about this card. After all, you kind of need to hit 2 planeswalkers to justify the 6-mana cost. It also does cost 6 mana, which is not cheap in any format. I imagine it’s going to feel pretty terrible to whiff on this card. Nevertheless, I can’t help but imagine it in Modern, with a deck chock full of Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, Karn Liberated, and Ugin, the Spirit Dragon. Can I hit 2 of these off of my double-white, 6-mana sorcery? That’s the world I want to live in.
1. Harmless Offering
Wow! This card is everything I’ve ever wanted printed, and I’m not even talking about the fact that it has a little cutie on it! It’s a well known fact that I’m a huge fan of Demonic Pact. I’ve even tried to play the card in Modern. There’s nothing I have wanted to do more than give away a nearly-lethal Demonic Pact. I’ve looked at Shifting Loyalties in Standard. I’ve looked at Sky Swallower in Modern. Not only were those cards far too situational and clunky, they were also fairly expensive. A functional Donate is exactly what I need for the job in both simplicity and casting cost.
Now, I can’t really think of anything else that I’m just dying to give away to my opponents off the top of my head, but this is such a great card to exist for those obscure cards that have insane drawbacks. Here’s hoping more cards are designed for Standard and Modern with this in mind.
Well, these are my 3 for this week. Be sure and let me know what you guys think, and I’ll chime in again next week with another 3 from the new crop of Eldritch Moon previews. Thanks for reading!