Kamigawa’s Day 2 Best Cards: Neon Dynasty Destroyer
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty there are only two days left until the preview season and it is clear that this series will have a big impact on the Standard meta that is still reeling with recent ban.
In addition to its impact on the Standard, several cards were revealed today that can be played in the 60-card eternal format or become a staple in Commander. The Limit Format is also slowly becoming clear about what each color pair wants to do.
From completing the Kodama cycle to another effective White removal, here are the best Neon Dynasty card from day two of spoiler season.
March of Otherworldly Light
Prismatic Ending is the best elimination spell in Modern right now. The ability to scale with the game and hit anything from a drop to problematic end-to-end threats is why it’s so powerful. March of Otherworldly Light Similar to Prismatic Ending with some disadvantages. Despite any downsides, this immediacy is a great throwaway in the Standard and will see applications in the eternal format.
March of Otherworldly Light shines with its ability to discard White cards to reduce mana cost. This is the best way to use dead cards in a particular match. The removal of exile is also key with the March of Otherworldly Light because of the prevalence of graveyard usage in the Standard.
The card can snipe two early drops like Ranger Class or Luminarch Aspirant while being able to scale and take down your opponent’s Vorinclex.
Kodama of the West Tree
The last part of the Kodama cycle in Magic is one of the best. Kodama of the West Tree is an amazing Three Drops Creature that helps mechanics from various archetypes, thanks to the new modified keyword in Neon Dynasty.
Modifications include Equip, Eurasia, and Counters attached to Creatures. Kodama’s ability to trample Creatures has been modified and allows you to rampage while hitting very hard. Kodama will land on the Green Counter deck + 1 / + 1 which is currently on the fringes of the Standard. Kodama gives the deck a three-drop body that’s sure to make any Creature with a Deck significantly better.
Although Kodama probably won’t be considered a commander, it’s an automatically included feature transaction counter in Commander as Halana and Alena, Partner or Ezuri, Claw of Progress.
The white carriages will love Hotshot Mechanic. This one-mana 2/1 can drive a vehicle as if its power were four. This is a great way to speed into vehicles with expensive crew costs like the Colossal Plow. Hotshot Mechanic is a glue card in these decks.
Hotshot Mechanic can also pilot Esika’s Vehicle on its own. Looks like Esika’s Chariot will find a nice home outside of Mono-Green Aggro in Standard.
Call out disaster
Energy costs are colorful and the effect is not overwhelming, but experienced Magic Brewers will love building around Invoke Calamity. This Instant lets you cast two spells with a combined mana value of six or less from your graveyard for free. For five mana, this is not a bad deal.
Which deck in the Standard wants this card? It looks like a mostly Red Magic deck could make good use of this card as a way to maintain pressure.
Calling Calamity an instant is the key to this card’s playability. Here’s a way to use Burn Down the House again to deal with a problematic Creature match. It can regenerate two damage spells to continue to pressure the opponent’s total life.
Junji, the midnight sky
Junji, The midnight sky looks like the best card in Neon Dynasty Dragon cycle so far. Mono-Black Control is already a flagship deck, established in the Standard. Junji fits perfectly on these lists at the drop of five. Interaction with Blood on the Snow is very strong. If Blood on the Snow kills Junji, it means you can revive two Creatures.
It’s also good to point out that Junji can revive a Creature from any graveyard. This is a great way to get your opponent’s Creatures as you clear the board. Even if the death trigger does not occur, Junji is still a 5/5 Flying Creature with menace. It asks for an answer then punishes the opponent for killing it.
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty digitally released on February 10th with a worldwide tablet release on February 18th.
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