There has been a lot of talk and speculation lately, wondering if we were going to get a card similar to Awakening Zone in Battle for Zendikar.
Turns out we did, and I’m loving this card all around. Awakening Zone cost 2G, and this only costs another generic mana. In return for adding a single mana to the cost, we get 1/1s instead of 0/1s and a very useful tutor ability. Having that second ability tacked on really should draw attention to how good this card could be in what looks to be the second coming of Mono G Eldrazi ramp. Keep in mind the card states “Eldrazi card“ and not specifically a creature. So, it should be very desirable in a format like EDH where it can get your copy of All is Dust.
From Beyond is currently pre-ordering at $1.99 as I’m writing this article. I was frequently refreshing the spoiler page on SCG hoping this would be close to 1$ (or even better under 1$), but alas it isn’t. I think they got they pre-order price correct, and I’m not as willing to buy these at 2$. I think even with a good amount of play this ends up being similar to what Frontier Siege did back when it had a small spike during that first SCG Open. If that’s the case and the ceiling of From Beyond is 5$ (being generous) then buying in at $1.99 doesn’t seem like a good idea when factoring in risk and uncertainty.
That all being said, I would be surprised if this didn’t see play and I don’t think this is strictly a “Frontier Siege vs From Beyond” title match. They’re fundamentally different, and the fact that this generates creature tokens puts it in a different role than Siege. This instantly interacts with cards like Sword of the Animist and Ghostfire Blade, both of which have been on our radar for quite some time. I think this makes a really strong case to be playing either of those (or both!) alongside From Beyond
Think of this as the Eldrazi version of Thopter Spy Network, a card about which I raved during Magic Origins. They’re different cards, but they can fill a similar role, building incremental advantage and slowly taking over a game.