At last, we bear witness to the new cycle of Gods! This is a returning cycle, and will be similar to what we’ve seen on Theros.
Only this time the development team seemed to take another approach and designed these a bit differently. The devotion mechanic won’t be returning, and instead we see that these will have conditions that need to be met in other ways in order to “turn on”. The interesting thing to note is that these are already creatures, and don’t switch from Enchantments. This means that specific removal will be better than others against the new cycle. In addition, a player doesn’t have do deal with the creatures that were devoted to the God – just the God themselves. Here’s just a few removal spells that gain additional stock as these enter the card pool:
The -1/-1 counter theme is also effective against the cycle of Amonkhet Gods. Now, in terms of Hazoret, the Fervent – I do think this has some potential. The more I looked at this card the more I realized that this condition isn’t as hard to meet with certain cards in Standard. The question is – do we want to meet it? Obviously having no cards is not a great situation to be in for Magic players, but that might not be an issue if the game ends quickly. Here’s just a few cards in the Standard pool that have fantastic synergy with Hazoret:
The list goes on. The upside about Hazoret’s ability is that even when drawing from the top – any unwanted cards that a player draws can just be pitched as a Shock. As I continue to evaluate the card, and discuss it – the better it becomes to me. It’s a very all-in type of creature, but perhaps there’s an aggressive archetype that can go the distance quickly and end the game before Hazoret is dealt with, and working with minimal cards.
What instantly jumped out at me was an uncommon revealed the same day:
Suddenly the prospect of discarding cards can become quite potent. Utilizing Hazoret as a top-end finisher, games can end really quickly. Flameblade Adept alongside a Noose Constrictor and Hazoret the Fervent can quickly deal 20 damage by Turn 4. It’s going to be really exciting where exactly deckbuilding can go featuring Hazoret. Perhaps we’re just scratching the surface here.
We also were privy to Hazoret’s Invocation – Amonkhet‘s Masterpiece Series:
I feel like the God cycle will always have value. These cards appeal to a wide variety of players, and will always be desirable. I think once players figure out how these God cards fill their niche in Standard, players will have more drive to acquire these. I feel these may be undervalued for the time being, and at current value there’s not much downside to adding them to your collection if you plan to use them. I think once we see the entire cycle, it will be clear which one of these Gods will be desired most by players. Currently Hazoret may be ahead of the curve.