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'Journey Into Nyx' preview week: 'Dawnbringer Charioteers'

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Today marks the second day of "Journey Into Nyx" previews on There is no particular order to the previews on the "Magic: The Gathering" site and there is no particular order here as well. With that in mind, here is the next card:

Dawnbringer Charioteers - 2WW - Rare - Creature - 2/4 - Flying, Lifelink. Heroic-Whenever you cast a spell that targets Dawnbringer Charioteers, put a +1/+1 counter on Dawnbringer Charioteers.

It's a shame that "Archangel of Thune" still exists in the Standard format. Otherwise, the Charioteers would have a chance to see play. A 2/4 for four mana is mediocre at best. However, the added abilities of flying and lifelink bring some life to this rather boring creature. Tack on the heroic ability and it improves to a "decent" status. However, it fails to move beyond that point.

"Dawnbringer Charioteers" is one of the featured rare cards for the "Journey Into Nyx" intro packs. With this in mind, the design of this card makes perfect sense. That's not to say every card designed for the intro packs are worthless.

Once the Archangel rotates out of Standard, that's when we might see the reintroduction of the Charioteers. Also, don't forget that Block constructed is also a format to consider. A lot of viable deck ideas for the following Standard format come from the Block format.

At five mana, the Dawnbringer might have been a disaster from the beginning, but this is not the case. Why couldn't we have gotten a flying, lifelink "Courser of Kruphix" though? If the Charioteers cost 1WW instead of 2WW there might be a different discussion being held here.

"Journey Into Nyx" hits stores on May 2. Prerelease events will be held the weekend of April 26 and 27. It will then be released online May 12. Finally, Game Day events will be held the weekend of May 24 and 25.

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