The Hype Train Is Rolling – LSV Reacts to Today’s Big Announcements

We just got a huge stream from WotC, and there’s a lot to be excited about. You can check out the stream here, but I’ve got you covered when it comes to highlights. It’s hard to narrow it down to a headliner, but if I had to, enemy fetches in Modern Horizons II are probably it, especially since there will be old-bordered versions available as well!

Enemy Fetches in MH2

These are awesome for a few reasons. First and foremost, it’ll get more fetchlands into the hands of players, which is always a good thing. I also love that we are getting more cards with the old border treatment, as I think it looks gorgeous. Somehow this is only one of the many cool things to come from this stream.

Counterspell Will Be Legal in Modern

Another card confirmed to be in MH2, and therefore legal in Modern, is Counterspell. Is this too good for Modern? I don’t think so, and neither do the designers of MH2. A two-mana counter isn’t too much for Modern decks to handle, and even though I do think it will be very good, I’m fairly confident it won’t be broken or need banning. Modern control decks get a boost, but UU isn’t free, and a card that trades for another card at two mana is not really ahead of  the curve. I like this addition, and the art is sweet too.

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Previews

As I said on Twitter, I’m more excited about the Dungeons and Dragons-based set than any other Magic set in my memory. D&D is my favorite non-Magic game, and this is the crossover set I’ve been waiting for ever since WotC bought TSR (and therefore, D&D). Some of the first previews have definitely made me confident that Magic is going to do justice to this long-anticipated crossover.

These cards (and more – Vorpal Sword is another nice one) are excellent top-downs, and that’s all I really want from the set. OK, I would like to see Magic Missile and maybe some of the named characters from the Forgotten Realms, but if these previews are any indication, things are heading in the right direction for sure.

And More…

I’d encourage you to take a look at the Twitch stream for all the details, but these are the highlights that stood out to me. Fabled Passage promos, more alternate arts, and more were also spoiled, but I was here for the MH2 action and as many D&D previews as I could get my hands on. Magic has exciting times ahead, and these were some awesome early looks at it.

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