Holistic Wisdom: Top 7 Cards from Rivals of Ixalan

by Freyalise on 12 January 2018, Friday


Holistic Wisdom: Top 7 Cards from Rivals of Ixalan


"Holistic Wisdom" is all about LISTS! This series is a result of Freyalise's exploration of Dominaria! Let's follow recent trends, hot decks, metagame calls, Magic pop culture and pretty much everything! Each week, we'll pick a topic and make a list that's both informative and fun to read!


All the Rivals of Ixalan cards have been unveiled. There are tons of goodies in this highly-anticipated expansion but here are just seven of our best picks!





7. Baffling End


Baffling End


Silkwrap was extremely good and Baffling End will become a crucial removal spell for Rivals of Ixalan Standard and Limited.

Enchantment removal does not seem to be super prevalent at the moment, meaning that you won't be giving Dinosaurs away. However, a 3/3 Dinosaur seems more harmless than a hasty Mantis Rider, or an unchecked Tireless Tracker, or a huge Sylvan Advocate, which makes Baffling End possibly a better card than Silkwrap!




6. Blood Sun


Blood Sun


Blood Sun is one of the biggest cards to impact Constructed, all the way from Modern to Commander. It is not difficult to include a copy or two in main decks or sideboards, and the value gained from shutting down utility lands is super advantageous. 

Tsabo's Web is probably too good to bring back, but a twist on Blood Moon seems like a fair and balanced fix.

5. Ravenous Chupacabra


Ravenous Chupacabra


Even before Prereleases and the Limited season begin, Ravenous Chupacabra is charging out of the gates as the most powerful uncommon in Rivals of Ixalan. It is abusable with Raise Dead effects - oh look, Recover, as well as bounce or blink. It also takes down black creatures unlike Nekrataal

Enough said, if you have a chance, please play Ravenous Chupacabra. It might even be good enough to see play in Standard!

4. Dire Fleet Daredevil



Dire Fleet Daredevil


Aside from having two relevant creature types, it's also decent as a 2/1 first striker for just two mana. If required, it can come out on turn two and begin to apply pressure, or you can save it for the late game.

What makes it shine is his ability to make a Snapcaster Mage impression. It doesn't have flash, and it doesn't use your graveyard, but we're sure there's always something juicy in your opponent's graveyard.

3. Angrath, the Flame-Chained



Angrath, the Flame-Chained


Probably the card with the highest power level in the game, Angrath, the Flame-Chained only suffers from it being two-colored, making it possibly trying to find a home for. However, it embodies card advantage, life loss, board and creature control, and a win condition all rolled up into one.




2. Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca


Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca


The Merfolk received the greatest boost from Rivals of Ixalan, pushing it into a scary-looking Tier 1 deck. Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca will become the centerpiece of the deck, since it provides longevity in the deck's game plan.

Together with the next (two) cards, they will dominate Standard for a long time to come.




1. Silvergil Adept & Merfolk Mistbinder


Silvergill Adept Merfolk Mistbinder


What can we say? Joint first for both these beauties!

This Merfolk sees play in Legacy and Modern and may also see heavy play in Standard. Together with Merfolk Mistbinder, both these two-drop creatures might just be the most important creatures in Rival of Ixalan across nearly all format.s




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