Released on 2 November 2018, Guilds of Ravnica: Guild Kits comes in five decks, each representing one of the five guilds highlighted in Guilds of Ravnica. But these decks don't just contain Guilds of Ravnica cards; they include cards from all Ravnica expansions, highlighting some of Ravnica's most iconic spells. Each Guild Kit comes with one preconstructed 60-card deck and has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of 19,99 €. There have been seven Ravnica expansions thus far, so let's dig into what made the cut in these new and unique Guild-focused products.
Let's begin with what any good mage would start with – blue. Izzet and Dimir have, depending on your perspective, the two most powerful mechanics introduced in Guilds of Ravnica: Jump-Start and Surveil. So how do the new decks take advantage of these mechanics with Ravnica's deep pool of cards?
The Dimir lean into the mill strategy, both for the player and the opponent. Glimpse the Unthinkable will quickly deplete the top of either players' library, giving ample room for cards like Dimir Doppelganger and Blood Operative to work their magic. Mission Briefing and Notion Rain are also notable cards, both providing great deck filtering with the former also offering recursion.
Izzet turns its focus on creatures that benefit from spellcasting, like Guttersnipe and the new Crackling Drake. With that comes new Jump-Start cards like Radical Idea and Chemister's Insight. Lastly, the new Firemind's Research provides powerful inevitability as you work through the various card draw, copy, counter, and direct damage spells that populate your deck.
Blue decks are naturally spell-focused, as that's what blue does best, but fear not. If creatures are more your jam, then these next three decks have you covered.
The Selesnya deck focuses naturally on the guild's signature Convoke mechanic, both in the past and now. There's a lot of token generation from cards like Advent of the Wurm, Scatter the Seeds, and even Tolsimir Wolfblood. This means plenty of creatures for powerful convoke cards like Conclave Tribunal and Hour of Reckoning. Additionally, the reprint of Privileged Position is sure to make Commander players happy.
Golgari focuses on the graveyard, bringing the powerful dredge engine to Golgari's new payoff mechanic, Undergrowth. It should, therefore, be a cinch to fill your graveyard for your Necrotic Wound or Izoni, Thousand-Eyed. The reprint of Abrupt Decay is also welcome, though many players would have probably preferred another avenue for getting the highly sought-after Assassin's Trophy, easily the priciest rare in Guilds of Ravnica.
Lastly, Boros is, unsurprisingly, also creature-focused with new cards like Legion Warboss teaming up with old classics like Aurelia, the Warleader. They make for a quick and powerful engine for the new Mentor mechanic they've gained access to.
Long story short, if you like Ravnica, you'll like this product. Wizards of the Coast has really worked hard to include interesting and iconic cards from Ravnica, along with some reprint value and genuinely cool decks that have the capability to do powerful things.