In the last segment of this series I went over how some of the most important cards leaving the format change how the format itself is going to be played, and although we will be mourning (or celebrating) their departure, the important thing to be looking at is how old cards held down by them will rise up to replace them. In this segment I will be talking about my top 5 cards I think will make the biggest impact on the format now that their former oppressors are leaving us.
- Regisaur Alpha
This dinosaur seems to gain a lot from rotation, and because of that most other dinosaurs also become better by virtue of working so well with the alpha. With Regisaur Alpha’s biggest enemy in Glorybringer leaving the format the dinosaur is posed to make waves. Alpha fought Glorybringer on both slots on the curve and just really matched up poorly against the dragon. This card is going to be good, and if not now certainly when Gruul is showcase in Ravnica Allegiance.
- Vance’s Blasting Cannons
This is another card that has been held down by another card being just the better version of this card, Chandra, Torch of Defiance really held the Cannons down from flourishing, Chandra just did the same thing as the Cannons but better because she could do other things too. Without her red may have to look at another option for card advantage and I thing the Cannons are really poised to make a booming impact.
- Vraska, Relic Seeker
This card might not be very fair to put on here because previously Vraska saw a good amount of play but really dwindled off in recent months. With Golgari being one of the supported guilds in this set there are bound to be some really powerful cards in this pirate’s colors. WIth her being such a powerful card to begin with I think she is bound to be the heavy hitting top end in some BGx deck
- Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants
Ajani has seen little to no play since his release in the summer set, and its not because he isn’t good enough but because white was more labeled as a control color in standard as of late and red was just so dominant. White gets a lot better with rotation as it still keeps cards like Ajani, History of Benalia, Seal Away, and Shalai, Voice of Plenty. White just loses very little in this rotation, and I know the B/W Knights deck still has potential it just might need to wait a little while on Godless Shrine.
- Shalai, Voice of Plenty
Speaking of Shalai I think she is the biggest winner from this rotation, no longer will Glorybringer and Chandra be around to beat her up and take her lunch money. Shalai is most likely going to always take a full card to answer now, which makes it much harder to answer other threats she may have been protecting with her hexproof ability. Not to mention Selesnya is a featured guild this time so she is bound to pick up some toys.
Well that’s all for me this time, as before let me know if you think I missed anything or just to talk about ideas you might have for some of these cards, see you next time with the final segment of this series!