With Strixhaven coming soon, it’s time to review the most recent release of Magic! Time-Spiral Remastered promised reprints of some old favorites to offer some new possibilities moving forward. But what are the best options for upgrading your deck?
Let’s take a look at what Time-Spiral Remastered has to offer, and see what the best options to pick from the set are.
Akroma’s Memorial is the bane of some the biggest current meta decks, including Aggro-Red and Dimir Rogues. Though it is a seven mana cost, if you can get this beast on the battlefield, you can clean house without issue. The only downside to this card is that since it is a legendary, you will only be able to add one to your deck, making it a tricky card draw. However, if you have any artifact deck search cards, definitely put them together with Akroma. You won’t be disappointed.
Gemstone Caverns requires some luck to get it’s best effect, but it has a great payoff. Getting an any mana land can change the game. It doesn’t matter your colour combination, what cards you are planning on ramping up into. If you are able to draw into Gemstone Caverns in your opening hand, use that luck as much as possible.
Sliver’s are back, baby. These horrifying looking creatures have appeared in every mana colour, ready to create the most terrifying all mana deck you have ever seen. Add in the absolute monstrosity that is Sliver Legion, granting a major +1/+1 bonus to all the Slivers on all sides of the battlefield, and you will have a truly frightening army of faceless monsters. Just be prepared for some possible mana blocks – playing an all colour deck can be a real pain for that.
Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
Before he was a Planeswalker, Teferi was a powerful mage. And this card reflects this greatly.
Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir may not be the rarest or most expensive card being reprinted… but that’s part of the point. This card is powerful, and it is a solid option for budget players. It does have a five mana cost, which is pretty high, but the benefits match. Limiting your opponents the ability to cast instant spells to their turn restricts the use of counterspells, quick damage, etc. Teferi also offers any blue deck a great way to flash their creatures all the way to victory.
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Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
I know that our Dimir Rogue friends have been excited to see this.
Urbog, Tomb of Yawgmoth is a great option for anyone running a black combination deck. Being able to make any land colour also a swamp can be game changing. This is especially true if you are running a dual colour black deck, such as blue/black or red/black. With Urborg on the field, you never have to worry about getting mana blocked in one colour ever again.
Notable Mentions: Pact Cards
Pact cards are a mixed bag to say the least. While they have an initial zero mana cost, this immediately bonus is cut by having to pay the actual mana cost at the beginning of your upkeep. It is essentially mana financing – get the effect now, pay later.
While sometimes the cost of the spell may be pretty steep for the effect, such as Pact of Negation, Pact cards can absolutely change the course of a game if used correctly. Just make sure to use too many of them in one turn, or you may suddenly find yourself bankrupt of mana due to those pesky interest costs.
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