Top 10 Best New Cards in Magic 2013 (M13 Review) July 12, 2012Posted by James in : all, reviews, strategy , trackback
Magic 2013 is unlikely to have many cards show up in Standard and it lacks many great cards from Magic 2012 (e.g. the Titans, Mana Leak, and Ponder.) Even so, there are ten cards that I like quite a bit, and some of them could make a difference in Legacy and Modern.
1. Master of the Pearl Trident
We know that Lord of Atlantis is used in Legacy and Modern, but Master of the Pearl Trident is strictly better because it only helps your own Merfolk. There is no question that some people will play this card sooner or later in a tournament.
2. Augur of Bolas
Agent of Bolas is likely a 2-for-1 and it’s a 1/3, which is larger than Elvish Visionary. Elvish Visionary has been used in Elf Decks, and this card will probably be used in Merfolk Decks. Additionally, this card is so good that I expect it to make an appearance in Standard.
3. Sublime Archangel
Sublime Angel is one of the most powerful Angels ever made. I don’t know how many decks will use it, but it’s good.
4. Thundermaw Hellkite
Thundermaw Hellkite is the best Dragon ever made. It’s Similar to Demigod of Revenge, but it’s more splashible. Odds are that this will make an appearance in a Standard Deck at the very least.
5. Ajani Caller of the Pride
Ajani is one of the few three casting cost Planeswalkers and they’ve all been played in standard so far. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one shows up in a standard deck as well.
6. Liliana of the Dark Realms
Liliana of the Dark Realms has one of the best removal abilities on a Planeswalker and gives card advantage, but it’s only really meant to be played in a mono black deck. Some people believe we will see dual lands with land types once Ravnica makes a reappearance, which could make this card more playable in Standard.
It’s an instant Earthquake. I don’t know if it’s good enough for standard play. It can take out several Planeswalkers at once, but it doesn’t deal direct damage to the opponent.
8. Elderscale Wurm
Elderscale Wurm might be good enough for standard, but it’s certainly good enough for Commander.
9. Diabolic Revelation
Demonic Revelation is unlikely to be good in anything other than Commander, but it could be good in that format.
Omniscience is unlikely to be good in anything other than Commander, but it could be worth playing in that format. This card looks “fun” and I hope to see more omni-cards in the future, such as Omnipotence. I predicted that we’d eventually see various Omni-cards, but I actually said they’d exist decades from now. In fact, I predicted that Omnipotence would do what Omniscience does here.