Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fetch Lands Reprinted in Khans of Tarkir

That's right, folks... the moment many of us have been awaiting for years... the Onslaught fetch lands are back! When Magic 2015 revealed the enemy colored pain lands from Apocalypse, I assumed that Khans of Tarkir would probably include their allied color counterparts. It has been a long time since I've been this happy I was wrong.

Luckily, I held on to most of my copies from back in the day, so the only ones I'll have to track down will be copies of Polluted Delta. I don't have Flooded Strands either, but let's be real... the likelihood that I will be playing blue/white is so low that it just isn't worth the investment.

Interestingly enough, since these lands are coming back in a block that focuses on the enemy three-color combos (where only one of the three pairs is allied), people probably won't overload their mana bases with fetch lands in standard. However, it wouldn't surprise me if a large number of people just jam Jund or Esper despite new cards that support other combinations.

I absolutely love it when they reprint lands that I have held onto over the years, because the cards I need to chase down in a new set are "real" cards rather than lands. It stretches my budget less, and makes it more likely that I'll play standard in the first few weeks of the new standard.

Personally, I'm most likely to go with either the Temur (green-red-blue) or Abzan (green-black-white)... and in each of these color combinations I already have the lands I need.

Speaking of new cards, Rattleclaw Mystic looks pretty solid. I am always excited to see mana creatures that can assume a beatdown role on turns I don't need the mana. A Noble Hierarch reprint would be better, but I'm not complaining.

As much as I love the Ravnica sets, I can't wait for this rotation. Keep the spoilers coming!
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