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Avacyn Restored First Thoughts – April 16, 2012 Spoilers

April 17, 2012

New Avacyn Restored previews for cube! I almost forgot about it tonight, since there were only a couple spoiled on the mothership. Luckily, I remembered just in time, and here are my first thoughts on the new cards.

There aren’t any incredible standouts to review today so I’m just going to bang them out:

Wolfir Silverheart is potentially a good card for big green aggro, and seems about on the power level of Rampaging Baloths… with haste? Imagine this on shadow creatures, or even a Birds of Paradise.

Nephalia Smuggler feels like a card that would go well in my roguish Sygg, River Cutthroat Commander deck, but the effect feels a little expensive and slow for cube, when you compare it to other blink effects that aren’t as fragile.

Goldnight Redeemer comes from a long line of too-expensive-to-see-play fliers. It will be impressive in draft, I think, based on the way the new set seems to be shaping up (i.e. a slower format). Not for cube, when for the same cost you can get a Titan.

Appetite for Brains is a cool antithesis to Inquisition of Kozilek, but it just doesn’t hit enough cards in my cube to play it.

Champion of Lambholt might be able to give green some reach. It’s a bit fragile for the cost, but it has the potential to get out of hand very quickly. Anyone supporting tokens in their cube should definitely take a look at this one.

Descent into Madness is interesting, but Smokestack this is not. There’s no way to get around the inherent symmetry of this enchantment (plus you already played it from your hand, so you’re down a card already) and cards are exiled, so there’s little chance for a synergistic effect with cards like Life from the Loam, Crucible of Worlds, or reanimation effects.

Well, that’s it for today.

Wait, there’s another?

Oh! Awesome.

Slayer’s Stronghold makes Stensia Bloodhall cry. Hard. If you control a creature, you’ve got more power on the battlefield. Turning topdecks into immediate threats is strong. I can’t wait to pump up Mirran Crusader with this one. The activation cost on this card really seals the deal, since unlike some of the other spell-lands from Innistrad block, this one is very cheap.

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