Modern Horizons 2 EDH Set Review: Black
Hello everyone, welcome to the Commander's Herald Modern Horizons 2 EDH set review! We're continuing things with the black cards in the set. There's some wacky cards in the Modern Horizons 2 EDH side of things, so let's dive in!
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The set's all here! It's time to get buck and snag some new goodies for your Commander decks. I'll tell you my thoughts on the new sweetness. Let's party!
Archon of Cruelty
Oh, boy! Starting off with a strong Timmy target for reanimator decks. With the Bolas horns in the background, it's hard not to see this as a nod to Am I The Bolas right here on Commander's Herald and tell me if you feel like you're ever the Bolas!. On ETB and attack, you're getting a lot. a bunch of tokens into this maybe? I can feel my horns growing in! Also, check out my column
Lots of talk about this one (and the rest of its cycle) in Modern, which is totally normal.and the Evoke incarnations are spicy for Modern but how do they stack up in Commander? I won't speak about the others in the cycle, but I'd have to say seems underwhelming in Commander but in 1v1 or cEDH? Could be a wild one! Personally, I'm not hyped on it unless it's in a or blink shell.
Tourach, Dread Cantor
Tourach! Cleric! Woo!
I should be stoked, but I'm uninspired by this card. As a discard player, when MaRo teased cards and it was quickly narrowed down to Tourach, I was thrilled. Would this be a doubleon a creature in the command zone? EEK!
Turns out, it seems really good in Modern and I'm not sure it'll see much play outside of there or other 1v1 formats. A Cleric without much to add to the synergy of a tribe means this won't go in my Cleric Tribal focused deck. Targeting one opponent likely means it won't make it in my Discard Party For Everybody deck, but the Cantor does get beefy for every card opponents discard. Protection from white is solid. Maybe this is the new discard Voltron we didn't know we needed!
It is absolutely bonkers what you can get with two black mana. How in the hell is this so cheap! It's a(!) on a Rogue (!). Wait there's more? You can tap and sacrifice this to play cards exiled with void counters. Okay, I guess with enough mana you can play a cool card. What's that? Oh, you can play them without paying cost? Unbelievable. It's play and not cast? So you can ramp? Okay nice. Cards exiled with this get a void counter on them so you can track them for every iteration of this card? That's great.
EVERY BIT OF THIS CARD IS NUTS! This is a lightning rod for removal. I'm definitely jamming this in a ton of my decks, especially my Discard Party deck I mentioned earlier. Reanimator shells, mill decks, discard decks. Can't think of a black deck that doesn't want this! Pair with red for haste and oh god be ready to be so hated.
Magus of the Bridge
Okay, I have a bit of a bone to pick with this card. Let's say this off the top though: the art on this card is absolutely incredible. I cannot wait to get a playmat with this art on it. Huge shout to Bryan Sola. Incredible work.
That aside,is with the downside of . It's supposed to be the magus for Bridge obviously, but the part of Bridge from Below that made it special was that it was basically an enchantment from the graveyard. Magus needs to be in play, so why wouldn't we get rid of the self-exile clause? Make this Magus of the Open Graves, I guess? It's two mana less for the effect which is cool, but make sure you don't have any effects since an opponent's creature hitting the yard means Magus is OUTTA HERE! I don't know, I'm a little bummed on this one, but I will be trying this out in my list.
New goyf! This one actually IS aon a creature! It's got madness which my Discard Party deck with will absolutely love. There's a hefty discard theme in Modern Horizons 2 and I'm thrilled about it. This can definitely be a beater, but repeatable discard around a full table if this survives a turn cycle is still pretty fun, especially if you madness it out. It may not be the strongest, but I really like it!
Mechanic named card, here we go!is a solid card. The nonlegendary condition and a -1/-1 counter are drawbacks, but there are plenty of solid targets in your deck, I'm sure. Although, and are right there and will likely be first choice. They're better cards and they can pick from any graveyard. Persist might be something in or ? I don't know. Decks that care that this is a sorcery may not have too many creatures in them anyway so I'm not sure about this.
Nah. This ain't it. Suspending this makes you a target, even if you're a group hugger. Cascading into this ormight be the best way to do this, but what if you don't have those options. Either way, I'm already not high on tutors. That said, the Expertise cycle from Aether Revolt can play suspend cards like this at no cost and can be a surprise. That's the way I'm thinking I'd play this. Maybe and too?
A nerfed. Sorcery speed hurts this, nonlegendary can hurt this in some strategies. But it's 2 mana! Could be useful in a deck. This can snag a bunch of haymaker creatures, but there's for that. Hell, there's another card in the set at 4 mana that I'll talk about later that is more flexible on its target. But Unmarked Grave is 2 mana! is a good time, too. is a bit more bang for your buck. This can help with Flashback, Retrace, Reanimator strategies, sure, but personally, I'm not feeling it. You already know how I feel about tutors. This might make some lists, but I think this is the Entomb knockoff that they deemed acceptable in Modern.
Uncommons and Commons of interest
Break the Ice
Some great snow-hate but mostly notable for being mass land destruction in black. It's interesting to see! Definitely meta-dependant.
I love cheap creatures that draw a card on ETB. Especially ones that can come back to your hand in a pinch. I'm a big aristocrats player (hmm Mike's signature decks are discard, mill, and aristocrats? I wonder why he's reviewing black cards!) so I like finding some utility like this. Sure, it costs 6 mana to re-proc, butis gonna try it out. I also think and decks might like this lil dingus.
Feast of Sanity
Another discard card, of course. I like this for my discard deck. This isn't anothertype card. It can possibly be a closer, but I think more often than not, this will pluck off some problematic creatures. I'm not too high on this, but I'll try it out.
A 3-mana sorcery that exiles a creature or planeswalker could see play in some metas. Incidental lifegain is helpful. Sorcery is tough, but somebody might find some use for this.
Hey look, it's a colourshiftedor ! It's great. I love this! is the first to jump to mind, but I know my deck is going to give this big guy a hug.
If thehand in the background of this card's art doesn't give it away this is an Entomb on legs. Sidenote, what's the deal with Warlocks? There's a WB Warlock in this set I wanted to be a Cleric so badly and here's another guy I have to shake my fist at?!?!?! That said, solid card.
was already edged out by but this is a consideration over that. The choice to pitch a card to destroy a creature or planeswalker can be huge upside. Says the discard guy.
Did somebody say? Or ? Or s? Shout out to this Darksteel throwback design!
It might not seem like much, but I really like this little guy. Surveilling multiple times is fantastic! Card selection and dumping things into your graveyard?is a big fan!
ARE YOU AS EXCITED AS I AM?
All in all, there are some neat cards and designs throughout Modern Horizons 2 with amazing reprints likeand . Black has a few stand outs, but as far as it's concerned, I'd say WotC did a good job designing this for Modern. Let me know if there are some cards you think I did a disservice or if you found some dope interactions not mentioned here!
Party forever! Mayor of Fart City, out!