The New Scourge of Modern
Scourge of the Skyclaves is one of those cards that look busted at first glance but require extensive testing before it is possible to reach any definite conclusion. Now, a few weeks after the release of Zendikar Rising, we have the results and can definitely say that the verdict is in.
Will Omnath Keep Dominating Standard?
There was finally a good enough reason to pull the trigger and ban Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath. However, right now, the new Omnath decks appear to be much more problematic and much less reliant on Uro than the banning would suggest. Is there any chance this still balances out the Standard format?
Bringing the Party to Standard
Apparently, you have to fight … for your right to party. The brand-new mechanic is a little hard to make work in the context of 60-card decks, but the potential rewards are plentiful. Let us take a look at party and other tribal shenanigans in the updated Standard format with Zendikar Rising.
Belcher & Co. – The New Zero-Land Decks
Zendikar Rising has brought us brand-new modal double-faced cards, spell in front and land on the back. Suddenly they are all the rage, making waves in formats all the way back to Modern. It's not hard to find the reason why — in the possibility of decks not running any lands at all.