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Khans Of Tarkir!

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Now that Khans of Tarkir has been out for a week or so and I’ve gotten a chance to draft, I think it is the perfect time to talk about the set. I know that I say this every time but I’m really excited about this set! I’m excited for a few reasons!

First, I feel that this set will change the pace of the game. By changing the pace of the game, I feel that the meta for MTG has been at a fast pace that makes it harder for the newer players to get into the game. The meta for the last couple sets has seen turn 4-5 wins, which might seem nuts for someone trying to get into the game. Khan is a very multi-color friendly set. I was even seeing players drafting 5 color decks. Usually, an idea like that is done as a joke or as a challenge to yourself but there is so much mana-fixing in this set that it makes it a viable strategy.

Don’t get me wrong, just because the pace has been changed a bit, it doesn’t mean that this set is bad. There are tons of amazing and strong new and old cards. They are also reprinting the Fetchlands from the Onslaught block. This is HUGE! I predict that the addition of these lands will not only affect Standard but will also have a huge impact on Modern.

Second, we are being introduced to some pretty awesome characters to the MTG mythos and have been reintroduced to some familiar faces in this set. The plane of Tarkir is a place that is ruled by 5 warring clans, whose fighting has driven the once mighty dragons of that plane extinct. Each clan is ruled by the Khan/Warlord.

Mardu- Zurgo Helmsmasher
Temur- Surrak Dragonclaw
Sultai – Sidisi, Brood Tyrant
Jeskai (aka.. MERIKA!)- Narset, Enlightened Master
Abzan- Anafenza, the Foremost

Sarkhan

This set has also seen a return of Sarkhan, which we haven’t seen since Rise of Eldrazi. I’m excited to learn more about what has happened since being in the service of Nicol Bolas and what has brought him because to his homeland. Along with Sarkhan, we have a new planeswalker card for Sorin. I thought that the Lord of Innistrad version of him was strong but this new card tops that.

Third, Khans features a number of new mechanic and it also features a couple returning mechanics. Prowess, Raid, Outlast, Ferocity, Delve, and Morph. Here’s a quick breakdown of the new mechanics and how they will change gameplay as we know it:

Prowess Whenever you cast a non-creature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until the end of the turn.

Raid if a creature is summoned after a creature attacks, certain abilities trigger on the summoned creature.

Outlast Allows players to place +1/+1 counters on creature at sorcery speed. (certain creatures allow for extra abilities if creatures have +1/+1 counters on them)
Ferocity- Allows for different effects as long as you control a creature with power 4 or greater.

Delve Player can exile cards from the graveyard to reduce to the casting cost of cards.

Morph Pay 3 to cast a creature face down as a 2/2 creature. Opponents can’t see what the creature is and the player can unmorph the creature at anytime by paying it’s morph cost.

Fourth, as a huge EDH player I am looking at each of these new Legendary creatures and nearly foaming at the mouth about how excited I am to have new general opportunities. Not just new opportunities, but honestly, GOOD new opportunities. Nothing against the Theros and M15 but some of their legendary creatures from that set were complete garbage. We’re looking at you Jisen and Triads of the Fate! I’m looking at these Khans and I see doors of opportunity! This is especially exciting because some of these colors had very limited options for generals.

On top of having the new generals, I was pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of the Fetchlands. Like I mentioned earlier, they reprinted the ally color fetchlands from the Onslaught block. Modern has only had enemy color fetchland lands from Zendikar so far and those are going for about $40-60 each. If you’re running a multi-color deck for modern, having a complete playset for each set of lands can set you back close to $400+. Personally, it’s the high cost of the land base that has kept me out of modern. With these reprints, I think that people would be willing to get into Modern. Modern definitely needs the attention because I’ve been at plenty Modern constructed events at some of my local LGS where barely enough people show up for it fire off.

Pro-tip! If you get Fetchlands in any of your packs… KEEP THEM. They’re only going for about $15-20 but when they rotate out, they will jump back up in price.

But enough about the Fetchlands, let’s talk about some of the other cards in this set.

Clever Impersonator MTG

Clever Impersonator. For a while now, I thought that the best clone/shapeshifter would forever be Phyrexian Metamorph. Well, I stand pleasantly corrected. Clever Impersonator is in my opinion, one of the best cards to come out of Khans! For CMC of 4, it comes into play and copies any non-land permanent. I can’t wait to start cloning other players planeswalkers and announce “That’s a lovely Planeswalker you have there! It would be a shame if SOMEONE COPIED IT!”. Artifacts, Enchantments, creatures, and planeswalkers are no match for this Shapeshifter’s amazing shapeshifting abilities. I know it is definitely going to have a home in each of my EDH decks that run blue!

Ugin's Nexus MTG

The next card that got me excited was Ugin’s Nexus. I’m excited for two reasons. The first is because this means that there might be a possible return of Ugin into the storyline (For those that don’t know Ugin is supposed to be an god dragon) and the second reason is because I hate players that take extra turns. There is nothing more annoying in a match than playing against someone who plays cards that make it so they take extra turns while their opponents sit around twiddling their thumbs waiting for the chance to actually play. It’s one of my MTG pet peeves. I like being able to throw a wrench into that strategy.

While I could go on and on about this set all day, I will leave it by saying this much… “If you haven’t gone and drafted this set yet, you should. Players both old and new will really be able to get into this. “

If you have drafted this set, let us know what you think in the comments below! What is your favorite card or strategy so far? Also, if you bought a box.. What were your favorite pulls?