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Cards to watch from Return to Ravnica

Angel of Serenity may be expensive, but cheating it out into play can have significant and immediate board impact.
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The prerelease and release weekends from Magic: The Gathering’s Return to Ravnica have ended, and it’s time to take a look at some of the cards to keep an eye on during the coming shifting environment. Some are obvious, like Abrupt Decay’s multiformat magnitude. Others are simply bursting with potential like the ten points of trample on Armada Wurm. Let’s take a look at some of Return to Ravnica’s potential movers and shakers.

Abrupt Decay

It doesn’t get too much more versatile than this. It’s cheap, it’s efficient, and there’s no way to stop it from connecting to its target. Abrupt Decay is poised to be a multiformat all-star from timeless rule sets to Standard.

Armada Wurm

With the Titans leaving the scene, the Armada Wurm is a very reasonable substitute. Not only that, but the Wurm is ideal for combining with blink effects like Restoration Angel or populate powers like Trostani, Selesnya’s Voice.

Cyclonic Rift

Vapor Snag may be making an exit, but this new bounce bombshell functions as token slayer, early-mid game spot control, and late game finisher all in one. Will a deck emerge taking full advantage of the Rift?

Supreme Verdict

Supreme Verdict is possibly the most control oriented board sweeper to ever be placed into rotation, players can’t even stop this one from taking place. While players will have to dance around the multicolor mana cost, it’s located nicely in control oriented blue/white.


Look out planeswalkers, there’s a new removal spell in town and it’s going to be everywhere. Sorcery speed is a small price to pay to enable this incredibly versatile removal spell that takes care of creatures and those dangerous loyalty-loving entities.

Detention Sphere

This one is fairly obvious. An Oblivion Ring that can hit multiple cards? Yeah, that’s fairly powerful.

Loxodon Smiter

3 mana. Can’t be countered. Can’t be discarded. 4/4.

Angel of Serenity

There are going to be so many ways to abuse this sky queen and it has such a devsating board impact that it’s difficult to ignore.

Lotleth Troll

Many cards can’t dream of what this guy brings to the table for just two mana.

Deathrite Shaman

Weighing in at one mana, there are just so many things that this card can do.


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