Want a quick recap for the event as seen through the eyes for the cards slung across countless matches within the last three days? They are the most notable 5 6 cards (we only cannot withstand) that defined Pro Tour secret Origins.
Nissa, Vastwood Seer
During the period of the week-end, literally most of the brand new double-faced Planeswalkers made an appearance into the feature match area. Red players burned alongside Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh, Rally the Ancestors people brought back Liliana, Heretical Healer numerous times, and Jace, Vryletter's Prodigy fueled graveyard porches up and down. But nothing had rather the peaceful effect of Nissa, Vastwood Seer. As the utmost represented Planeswalker when you look at the Top 8, Nissa easily fit into to Abzan Control and Green-based Devotion decks up-and-down the standings, offering price each step of method. Jace could have gotten most of the interest (Team Pantheon famously all played various Jace decks), however it was Nissa who discovered her method to the top of the standings.
Nantuko Husk appears therefore innocent, but each and every time it comes down into Standard it generates a splash. In this situation, it was a key an element of the Rally the Ancestors deck that put minds (and graveyards) aflutter. Players eg Pierre Dagen, Timotée Simonot, and Kenji Tsumura packed Husk into Rally porches to mix with Grim Haruspex to generate formidable draw motors.
When you think about that Nantuko Husk was also an integral little bit of the black-red give up archetype many people swore by, and Nantuko Husk truly made its presence understood.
Speaking of restricted, no card performed even more operate in 40-cards than Topan Freeblade. The very best two archetypes on the week-end had been red-white and white-blue, and Topan Freeblade had been the white typical every person wanted to their side. Renown sped up the format and virtually ensured that successful players must communicate with the red area on change two, and Topan Freeblade was the main culprit. In a position to grow to 3/3 if an opponent faltered, Topan Freeblade would take over combat early, whilst still being show a fair danger in the future. If white was the very best color to draft (plus it ended up being), Topan Freeblade ended up being a large an element of the explanation.
The powerhouse artifact from Magic Origins, Hangarback Walker, likely deserved a spot about this record due to its effect on Limited alone. But due to the wild popularity of Blue-Red Ensoul Artifact, it is a Constructed standout besides.
Both Stephen Berrios alongside finalist and 2014-15 Player of the season Mike Sigrist played the full four copies associated with Walker their contrasting Top 8 Blue-Red builds. Plus in each variation, the Hangarback Walker takes on a heavy load.
Hangarback is amongst the couple of cards inside deck which help it transition from the very early into mid-game, and mid-to-late online game. It's a chump blocker that produces more blockers; it really is an attacker that produces more attackers; and it is an assailant that will leave straight back blockers. It does everything, truly. When that functional stage-straddling card mixes with say, Ensoul Artifact—a card that produces 5/5 hasty fliers as early as change two—itis the makings of a deck that can do everything.
All of us knew Hangarback was a small all-star, but apparently we weren't giving it sufficient credit.
Abbot of Keral Keep/Exquisite Firecraft
Secret Origins features a little something for everyone, nevertheless when the ready struck shelves, red mages throughout the world sensed that the Mountains were seething with unanticipated energy. Abbot of Keral Keep and Exquisite Firecraft were tools that obviously looked capable of pushing purple decks to the next level. The pros came to professional journey Magic Origins expecting mono-red decks is one factor, but could have underestimated it.
It will be an easy task to gloss over Exquisite Firecraft in a first pass throughout the ready. It really is a really simple card. The card is 4 harm for three mana, and it's really sometimes uncounterable. The thing is, if you are thinking about visiting the face, four will be a lot of damage, and from now on purple porches had use of an eight-pack alongside Stoke the Flames. It was also because of the stamp of endorsement by our jet's incarnation of Chandra Nalaar, Patrick Sullivan.
The Abbot of Keral maintain is more viscerally interesting. It really is a prowess body that battles really. In a deck with nineteen one-mana means, you can reasonably anticipate a totally free card around change three. If you've did not draw your third land, it often serves it up or gets you one card closer. It plays completely into a technique of investing your early turns asserting your self regarding the board and completing things down with burn.
Numerous players obtained on these updates to a deck that won the earlier professional journey, also it was the second-most played deck on Day Two of this Pro Tour.