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JOU Spoiler Spotlight: Sage of Hours

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There's nothing more fun than taking extra turns. 

Seriously, we all love to do it. And thanks to a sweet new spoiler from Journey into Nyx, now we can do it  in Standard.

All the turns are belong to me, thanks.
All the turns are belong to me, thanks.

All the talk has been about the combos. Basically, using stuff like Vorel or the new Ajani or Sunbond or... anything, really. There's a mess of different combos with this guy. And that's just Standard.

So it's safe to say people have been gushing about this card. It's also safe to say none of these combos will be good. Thankfully, most people do seem to have realized this already, and they're fully aware that all the "fun" combos with this are just that and nothing more.

So we have a "bad" card that is nevertheless creating excitement. I'd say that's the hallmark of a well-designed card. Like with the new Ajani, Wizards seems to be focusing on flavor and that "wow" factor moreso than grindy tournament cards. After all, 5-mana Planeswalkers that don't protect themselves and 2-mana 1/1s aren't exactly setting the tournament circuit on fire, but they're a hell of a lot of fun to talk about. Who doesn't want to pull off their janky Standard combo just once or walk away from FNM having gained 100 life?

At least, that's my opinion on these cards. In Commander, Sage of Hours is legitimately insane, because the combos to set it up take less work, and with stuff like Doubling Season it all becomes much more feasible. I'm sure this will find its way into many a Commander deck, and I know I'll be looking for an opportunity to sling it at a Friday Night Magic.

 

What about you? Looking forward to playing with Sage of Hours?

Corbin Hosler

Corbin Hosler is a journalist living in Norman, Oklahoma (also known as the hotbed of Magic). He started playing in Shadowmoor and chased the Pro Tour dream for a few years, culminating in a Star City Games Legacy Open finals appearance in 2011 before deciding to turn to trading and speculation full-time. He writes weekly at QuietSpeculation.com and biweekly for LegitMTG. He also cohosts Brainstorm Brewery, the only financial podcast on the net. He can best be reached @Chosler88 on Twitter.

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2 thoughts on “JOU Spoiler Spotlight: Sage of Hours

  1. I honestly think this is potentially one of the most powerful cards I have ever seen, especially in constructed. There are so many effects to just directly put +1/+1 counters onto creatures and the fact that these effects simply targeting SoH give him one paves the way for any number of combo decks imho. Card Draw, flashback, blinking, counter-clocks, etc. As long as you can maintain card advantage somehow, this essentially becomes the new Time Walk. And even if you can’t set up an early game infinite loop everytime, going 2, 3, or 4 turns ahead of your opponent is still crazy just for the land-drops.

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