August 28, 2019

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Getting Ready for Throne of Eldraine – #7 – Looking at post-rotation Multicolour cards – Part 1

Welcome all to the Getting Ready for Throne of Eldraine series! Today I’m going to be continuing a 7-part series on what current Standard cards from the four non-rotating sets (Guild of Ravnica, Ravnica Allegiance, War of the Spark, and Core Set 2020) will see more play or less play.

If you missed my talk on post-rotation cards from other colours you can find that right here:

White – Looking at post-rotation White cards
Blue – Looking at post-rotation Blue cards
Black – Looking at post-rotation Black cards
Red – Looking at post-rotation Red cards
Green – Looking at post-rotation Green cards

I’ll be dividing some key cards from each color into three categories:

– Moving on Up
– Staying Level
– On the Decline

Today I’m going to be talking about Multicolour cards. So let’s see how they stack up once Throne of Eldraine comes into Standard in October.

On the Decline

Ashiok, Dream Render – With search cards like Scapeshift and Field of Ruin leaving the format, its static ability isn’t needed. Since we know nothing about Throne of Eldraine, it’s uncertain if graveyard hate will be needed.

Chance for Glory – I think the few Aggro decks that used this as a finisher, won’t be around for this to exist in Standard.

Collision // Colossus – With the lack of flying matters decks in the format, this card will start to be removed from main and sideboard of any Gruul decks that emerge.

Crackling Drake – With the death of the Izzet Drakes decks due to lack of quality spells, I don’t see another deck this could fit well into.

Disinformation Campaign – With a good chance of no new additional Surveil cards in Standard, I don’t expect to see this card in many decks.

Dreadhorde Butcher – It will tough for Aggro decks in a 5-set Standard environment, so this should see less play until more cards enter the Standard card pool.

Empyrean Eagle – With most of the Jeskai Winds deck being disbanded, this should stop showing up in any Standard decks because of that.

Feather, the Redeemed – I think that the Feather deck as we see it now won’t exist anymore unless there are some good spells printed in Throne of Eldraine to boost it back up to playable status.

Goblin Electromancer – This will start to see more play again after the card pool grows and there are more instant and sorcery spells to make it worthwhile.

Kaya, Orzhov Usurper – A lot of the strong 1-drop creatures are leaving the format and without a strong graveyard strategy in Standard, this will start to see a reduction in play.

Staying Level

Assassin’s Trophy – This is still one of the premium all-inclusive removal spells in the format. I don’t see it dropping off in play in post-rotation Standard.

Cindervines – I still this being used a great sideboard card against Control strategies which could be on the rise after rotation.

Deafening Clarion – This is still one of the best sweepers in the format and it will continue to stay that way. If any aggro decks due decide to emerge after rotation, this will stop them quickly.

Despark – There will always be large permanents on the battlefield that you will need to deal with no matter what deck you are playing against. Therefore, Despark will always have a place.

Dovin’s Veto – This is still a key card for Esper and Azorious Control decks to use to stop noncreature spells from your opponent without fear of it being countered itself.

Find // Finality – Mid-range creature decks should start to be more popular both halves of this card fit well into that Standard environment.

Growth Spiral – This will still be a great spell to help Simic, Bant, and Sultai decks ramp their mana. Value cards are still value cards even when there is a Standard rotation.

Hydroid Krasis – There is no reason to see this value giant slowing down anytime soon. It will find a home in ramp decks and mid-range creature decks.

Kaya’s Wrath – Still the best mass removal card in the format, this will be one of the most feared cards for creature decks for the next 12 months.

Moving on Up

Ajani, the Greathearted – I see some creature heavy decks in the format coming up, and Green White decks are lined up at the top of the stack. This planeswalker will help you win games with your go-wide strategy.

Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice – I can see this Angel making a comeback as a more mid-range play for new Boros decks. It’s a great way to finish off your opponent and hard to kill with 5 toughness.

Bedevil – With cards like Vraska’s Contempt leaving the format, this could rise to the top as a top-level removal spell.

Deputy of Detention – I believe this is the card that gains the most value thanks to the removal of Lightning Strike from Standard. A great removal creature that will become harder to kill with less overall removal in the format.

Enter the God-Eternals – With mid-range and Control decks on the rise, this 4-in-1 spell should start to see play more frequently.

Expansion // Explosion – Izzet decks will start to transform into Control decks in the new Standard, and this will be a great way to deal some damage and gain card advantage.

We will start to get some more information on multi-colour cards once we know more about Throne of Eldraine. Thanks again for reading the Getting Ready for Throne of Eldraine series! Join me next time as I continue into what multicolour cards will start to see some play!