Alara Reborn Review Part 5: Constructed May 3, 2009Posted by James in : all , trackback
If you are going to make a deck for tournament play, you will probably want to know if Alara Reborn will have an impact. Unlike Shards of Alara and Conflux, a good deal of Alara Reborn cards are very powerful, and not just the rares. Many commons are certainly going to be played in constructed tournaments. Here is my top 10 list for constructed tournaments. At least some of these cards will be seen in standard tournaments:
Tenth Place: Bloodbraid Elf
This card would have been good if it was a cantrip, and cascade makes it twice as good. The only problem is that there’s not a lot of great decks that want to use this card. Certainly some people will try it in a green-red deck.
Nineth Place: Bant Sureblade
Bant decks can also make use of Esper Stormblade and Naya Hushblade. I’m not sure if they will be played or not. A fast bant deck is a strong possibility with the help of Dauntless Escort.
Eighth Place: Dauntless Escort
A weenie deck hates mass removal. This answers that problem.
Seventh Place: Qasali Pathmage
A potential 3/3 with a great sacrifice ability.
Sixth Place: Wall of Denial
If people are going to play this card, it almost makes me not want to play Magic. It is that annoying. This might be a good card for Reveillark decks and possibly 5 color control.
Fifth Place: Meddling Mage
This is good with thoughtseize and it’s good with Reveillark. Could go in Esper Lark.
Fourth Place: Maelstrom Pulse
Yes, this is the coolest card in the set, but there’s not a lot of decks that want to use it. This will probably help 5 color decks the most, but Doran decks will also use it.
Third Place: Jund Hackblade
I know this will see play in red-black decks.
Seond Place: Terminate
I have a very small suscpician that this will see play in red-black decks.
First Place: Anathemancer
This is going to make red-black decks a teenie weenie bit better. And by that I mean that it will become quite powerful indeed.
Red-black got a lot of great stuff and will become a much better deck, and will be one of the best possible decks. A green-white weenie deck or a bant weenie deck will become quite a bit better. Doran, Reveillark, and 5 color control has a larger selection of cards to choose from, but it isn’t clear if they have been improved much.