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Highlights from Core Set 2021 to Pauper

In addition to the basic lands with new layouts, will anything else be seen at Pauper? Let me show you the cards that caught my attention.

On June 25th, the cards of the new Core Set 2021 will be available to players on digital platforms. M21 is an expansion that, in addition to paying homage to the history of the planeswalker Teferi, also promised iconic reprints, new powerful cards and ... dogs. That's right, the presentation of "doggos" had a prominent place in the disclosure made by WotC. From what I have seen of the M21 spoilers, the expansion pleased in general, but what about Pauper? Did the commons pleased the players of our format too? In addition to the basic land with the new layouts, will anything else see play? Let's check the cards that caught my attention: *Green* [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/llanowar-visionary-193.jpeg?8662) [card](Llanowar Visionary) even looks like a meme of the cross between [card](Llanowar Elves) and [card](Elvish Visionary). Most likely, this game also played among designers during the creation of the expansion, but what really matters is that we had a good addition to the format. Although most players think that [card](Llanowar Visionary) will not see a game on the Elves (according to the "opinions I heard" research institute), I still do not rule out the possibility of lists with one or two copies of the new Visionary , which besides having an interesting body for the deck, generates a very popular draw and finally, but not so important, generates a mana. I think any good card that makes the Elves less fragile deserves a chance. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/track-down-211.jpeg?5923) I liked a lot [card](Track Down) too, it stands out for the fact that most green cantrips do not give the option to draw “other cards”, generally the cards not selected go to the graveyard or bottom of library. The problem is that perhaps the deck for this card does not yet exist in Pauper: I imagine it in a midrange: BG, GW, or even a Mono Green when the format has more support for this type of deck. *Red* The red color did not have many strong additions, I will highlight the two cards that most caught my attention, but I believe that if I were to make a top 5 pauper cards from M21, the red would be left out. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/goblin-wizardry-148.jpeg?1115) [card](Goblin Wizardry) has a neat skill: creating goblin tokens with prowess. I really found it fun, and even recommend some tests on Izzet Puzzles, a deck that has no creatures, only magic and [card](Flurry of Horns) that generates minotaur tokens. The Goblin Wizardry costs less and can be played on the opponent's turn, but even assuming the deck improves, still, in my opinion it wouldn't be enough to make him more competitive. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/hobblefiend-152.jpeg?4055) [card](Hobblefiend) is yet another card that deserves to be quoted. In addition to being slower than [card](Carrion Feeder), what makes it much worse is the cost to activate your ability, yet maybe they can be companions in the rogues of life: Aristocrats is a really fun archetype and I personally like cards that have synergy with [card](Falkenrath Noble) ... Speaking of which, a downgrade of [card](Fireblade Artist) would be nice, huh? [image](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/rna-ravnica-allegiance/fireblade-artist-172.jpeg) Going back to reality, let's analyze the white color ... *White* [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/swift-response-40.jpeg?541) [card](Swift Response): I'm kind of suspicious when it comes to [card](Journey to Nowhere) because I'm a huge fan of this removal. Despite the cons, it is very well positioned in the format, its biggest advantage is not sending cards like [card](Stormbound Geist) to the graveyard. And although Tron does a lot of damage without turning his creatures over (mainly the barrier), [card](Swift Response) was one of the cards I liked the most in this expansion. It is always good to have good instant removals at your disposal. *Blue* [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/frantic-inventory-50.jpeg?7155) [card](Frantic Inventory) is perhaps the best card in the expansion, as it arrives to replace [card](Accumulated Knowledge) which is already consolidated in the format. But even with the potential to be the most played M21 card in Pauper, it will not impact the format as much, only Skred's mirror match should undergo slight changes now that players will only be concerned with their graveyard. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/spined-megalodon-72.jpeg?1203) [card](Spined Megalodon): I became very sympathetic to this shark that must compete for a place with [card](Striped Riverwinder) and [card](Ulamog’s Crusher) in the resuscitator. The dispute is fierce, all have pros and cons. I think shark resistance is so relevant that it competes with the cycling of the Serpent. Ahhh how I would like this shark to fly, you know that there are flying sharks in the multiverse, right? This evasion was lacking for [card](Spined Megalodon) to guarantee favoritism. In fact, I have always felt a lack of evasion in the Reanimator. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/tiko-ikoria:-lair-of-behemoths-tokens/shark-token-7.jpeg?4291) I also think it is worth testing the shark as a finisher in a UB Full Control. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/rousing-read-67.jpeg?9299) [card](Rousing Read) also caught my attention. Although its cost is not the most attractive, it brings a package of “values” to the match: Evasion, body, and draw. I think that less explosive hexproof builds can take more advantage of [card](Rousing Read), but it may still be in the vast expansion of "ALMOST a fun card". "- Huuum, but if it cost 2 ..." *Black* [image](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/rise-again-119.jpeg) [card](Rising Again) is not the [card](Zombify) that Pauper deserves... C'mon WotC! This downgrade was totally reasonable, right? We know that the Reanimator needs something beyond [card](Exhume). I think this need will get Rise Again tested in the format. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/village-rites-126.jpeg?7642) [card](Village Rites) is the card that most excited me in M21. I have already assembled some currants with [card](Altar’s Reap) at Pauper, but when I saw the Village Rites spoiler I started to dream big, I am part of the group that would like to see this card playing at MBC. Was it such an absurd idea? I've always found Mono Black's curve too complicated and lately I've been abusing [card](Unearth) to be able to do more magic in the same turn. Perhaps with some changes the deck will have an interesting curve and using two copies of [card](Village Rites) will become standard. Regardless of whether or not I play at MBC, this card is very strong, and I am very anxious about this addition. Overall, I liked what the basic 2021 expansion brought to Pauper. Perhaps the level was below Throne of Eldraine and Ikoria, and that may have disappointed some players, but calm down, soon we will have the release of two new expansions that may still bring something to our format. Soon we will have the release of Jump Start and Double Masters, in the meantime I am curious to know your opinion about M21! Did I miss a card you liked? Comment. Thank you very much for reading and see you next time.

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The legendary cats of Nine Lives


Core Set 2021 brought [[Nine Lives]], a rather interesting card with a cute kitten surrounded by spirits that represent legendary Magic cats, which I'm going to show you now. Pay attention to the image below, where the spirits are numbered, it is from them that we will talk about the legends of this card. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/uploads/1592549985.jpeg) The first cat in the image is [[Marisi, Breaker of the Coil]], Marisi led his fellow Leonins in a riot against the Cloud Empire and the Spiral's restrictions, an outdated set of laws written on an ancient stone. And then, a great civil has began. The white wall that housed the spiral was broken and the Nacalt were divided into two tribes. The proud ones who followed Marisi's beliefs were called the Wild Nacatl and the other tribe, the descendants of the Cloud Empire, were called the Cloud Nacatl. [image](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/crop/c19-commander-2019/marisi-breaker-of-the-coil-46-med.jpeg) The second cat is also from Alara, [[Jazal Goldmane]]. He was a great leader known for his morality and character. He had a keen interest in history and prophecy, and sought to understand the nature of Alara's fractured plane. With the help of his brother, Jazal brought his pride to prosperity and peace. In contrast to the rest of the Wild Nacatl, he questioned the separation of his people since the Breaking of the Spiral and even tried to reach the Cloud Nacatl, those who chose to remain in the mountains after this event. Because of his political beliefs, he was killed by zombies that the shaman Zaliki summoned. [image](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/crop/c17-commander-2017/jazal-goldmane-62-med.jpeg) The Third Cat is actually a Dragon Cat, [[Wasitora, Nekoru Queen]]. After mating with Mayonako, the alpha male of the group, Wasitora decided to have her young in Madara, chosen because she liked the fish from that place. Wasitora settled down near the village of Sekana. The villagers did not like to constantly pay fish tributes, so they called Tetsuo Umezawa, the imperial champion to destroy the dragon cat. Nekoru and the champion fought, but the duel was interrupted by an Ancient Wurm. Wasitora helped Tetsuo to defeat the monster and the samurai decided that she didn't need to be killed to free Sekana, he named her with his imperial representative and defender of the port city, his payment, of course, would be in fish. Wasitora had her young in Madara and years later during the Amendment it was shown that they control the entire island. [image](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/crop/c17-commander-2017/wasitora-nekoru-queen-49-med.jpeg) Our fourth legend is [[Jedit Ojanen of Efrava]] who was a tiger warrior from Dominaria. Jedit was very adventurous in nature and instead of staying in Efrava, he traveled the world, looking for his father who was also an adventurer. This eventually led him to conflict with the magician Johan who was responsible for the death of his father. In the final battle between the two, Jedit sacrificed himself to send Johan into a desert, where he was killed just as Jedit's father, devoured by Sandworm. [image](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/crop/plc-planar-chaos/jedit-ojanen-of-efrava-131-med.jpeg) Our fifth cat is one that recently came to us, [[Jaheera, the Orphanguard]]. In Ikoria, when a human hunter kills a monster, he usually leaves the monster's offspring to fend for itself in the wild. Kaheera is driven by maternal instinct and protects any young creature she encounters, creating in that way her diverse litter of monsters from all the dominant clades of Ikoria. [image](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/crop/piko-ikoria:-lair-of-behemoths-promos/kaheera-the-orphanguard-224p-med.jpeg) The sixth legendary creature represented in Nine Lives is [[Arahbo, Roar of the World]], an avatar cat from an unknown plane. Just as a lion's roar spread across the savannah, Arahbo's voice resonates through the Multiverse, stirring the hearts of all cats and awakening their spirits at his call. As a primordial being, Arahbo represents the ideal feline: intelligent, perceptive, assertive, balanced and a cruel hunter. He climbs the mountains of his world and lives on its snowy peaks, which offer camouflage to increase his sneak attacks. Although independent by nature, he learned to tolerate the presence of other respectful cats, accepting his offers while enjoying his inspiring presence. [image](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/crop/c17-commander-2017/arahbo-roar-of-the-world-35-med.jpeg) Our seventh feline soul, [[Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist]], is a warrior cat member of the Weatherlight crew, which was best friends with Gerrard Capashen with whom she trained with Multani. When Mirri and Gerrard became members of the crew, they were instrumental in the search for their captain Sisay who had been kidnapped and taken to the plane of Rath, one of the worlds controlled by the Phyrexians. When Selenia attacked her fellow Crovax, Mirri dived in front of him to deflect one of the dark angel's attacks. Mirri was seriously injured in the chest and was taken back to the Weatherlight to be treated. Crovax was also knocked unconscious after he killed Selenia thanks to Mirri's sacrifice, however by killing the angel he was contaminated. Mirri and Crovax recovered, but remained under observation. Mirri was curious when Crovax woke up stunned and staggered out. She followed him to the deck and saw her trying to sabotage the Weatherlight candles. It attacked Crovax, causing both to fall from the ship. Crovax tried to use his new hypnotic powers to subdue her, meanwhile Gerrard, managed to rescue Sisay and during the escape, he saw Mirri and Crovax battling, he tried to rescue her, however he was confronted by Greven il-Vec, and was forced to fight with him while Mirri fought alone. Realising that Gerrard could not save her, Mirri let Crovax kill her so that Gerrard could save himself and flee. [image](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/crop/c17-commander-2017/mirri-weatherlight-duelist-43-med.jpeg) The eighth cat of nine lives is [[Kemba, Kha Regent]]. She is a relative of the Golden Puppy Raksha and the regent Kha, which means the leader and ruler of the remaining Leonins who live in the Razor fields of Mirrodin. She tries to unite the Leonins who divided into two groups: one supported the kha regent, while the other furiously rebelled, now they have a common enemy, the Phyrexians. [image](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/crop/som-scars-of-mirrodin/kemba-kha-regent-12-med.jpeg) And the ninth and most important life is that of the kitten in the art of Paul Scott Canavan. He twitted that he was asked to draw a perfectly ordinary domestic cat surrounded by the ghostly spiritual avatars of his past lives, the eight legendary and important ancestors’ legends of magic. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/uploads/1592549170.jpeg)

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Meu nome é Marcos, apaixonado pela lore do Magic: The Gathering. Editor e criador de Conteúdo no canal InvoKando.

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