“Rivals of Ixalan is full of Commander friendly cards. Standard is doomed.”
Fret not! Azor, the Lawbringer is here to save the day!
Standard players have been waiting for this mythic to arrive, and now is probably the best time for it to show up. Energy is in danger of disappearing from the metagame, and we’ll find out about that in a few days time. While patiently waiting for how Standard will turn out in the aftermath of the next banning announcement, let’s check out this wonderful new creature (as a UW player, I’m really stoked!) from Rivals of Ixalan.
This crit is the byproduct of the merging of these three cards (in a way) and is something that a control player would have really wanted for a while. It detains your opponent for a turn which allows Azor to protect himself from possible removals for a turn, and threatens to turn the game around in your favor each time you attack with a pseudo-Sphinx’s Revelation effect. Although it doesn’t have that very protective trait that a blue finisher usually has such as hexproof, it gets you in the position to win games if it’s left unanswered even for just one turn. There’s no doubt that this card is going to be big in the format when something wrong happens to energy as a whole.
Big creatures don’t usually end up as Modern favorites, unless you could win games in an instant when you drop them ala Primeval Titan or Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite. However, UW is a flexible color that has enough tools to protect a clunky but very efficient finisher like Azor. Not counting on it to be that efficient as the control player’s weapon of choice, so maybe we could say that this is an experiment for anyone who would like to use it in Modern.
Azor, the Lawbringer is definitely a great Commander card that could attract a lot of attention for deck building purposes. EDH players are already drooling at the idea of blinking this back and forth to abuse its power, although that takes more than a blink spell and some mana to accomplish. As positive as I sound in branding this as a potential Standard star, this card still has Commander written all over it. But don’t worry too much about it’s value in the long run, as this should easily be a top three mythic from this set as far as value and popularity is concerned. Just don’t fall in love with the card too much, as this could still end up as a bust if energy variants stay as the decks to beat.