Magic Arena: Explorer Anthology 1 Review
28/07/22 0 comments
After all, is it worth buying the first Explorer Anthology bundle? In this article, we look at the cards that are in the product and how they might impact Explorer and Historic.Edit Article
Explorer Anthologies 1— the first product in a series of bundles that promise to bring important Pioneer cards to Magic Arena, legal both in Explorer and Historic. But let's be honest: did Explorer Anthologies really insert so many important Pioneer pieces? No. Were our expectations too high? Probably. But the absence of some critical pieces, like Treasure Cruise and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx makes me consider the possibility that this is
intentional— we know that Delve spells (Treasure Cruise, Dig Through Time and to a lesser extent, Temporal Trespass) have a troubled history in virtually every eternal format, so it would be a logical decision to avoid inserting these cards into Magic Arena so soon if they are on a "watchlist" with a not yet established long-term future at Pioneer.
Explorer Anthology 1 is worth buyingbased on how important the cards in the product really are to the format and/or to Historic. To that end, let's evaluate its additions to Magic Arena and how much they might impact the Metagame.
Rally the Ancestors
JumpStart. In Historic, while we have even more payoffs with Blood Artist, we suffer from the same ailment of the absence of a low-cost sac outlet that can repeatedly sacrifice creatures at no additional cost, but I anticipate much more interesting interactions with ETB and Rally the Ancestors in the digital format than in Explorer. How much Rally the Ancestors really adds value over the bundle depends solely on how impactful it can be on Historic, as its results on Pioneer are negligible, and I believe we will have the same problem on Explorer.
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
extremely linearanswer, but perhaps necessary to deal with these situations. Is it worth the four rare wildcards? Definitely not because it's too conditional, but it's a useful "bonus" as part of the bundle.
Alesha, Who Smiles at Death
Temur Battle Rage
manycomplaints in Best of 1 games. But where I'm really excited about Temur Battle Rage is in Historic, where we have Death's Shadow and Kiln Fiend to turn this spell into a combo kill at the right times. I don't think this will be enough to make Death's Shadow a top tier of Historic, but I'm excited to make the same absurd plays with it that I did in Modern. As a common card, Temur Battle Rage is easy to obtain without buying the bundle.
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