Sweet Jesus have I got a big mixed bag for you. First, the bad.
Jace, The Living Guildpact
"Please make a new Jace and make him terrible" - No one
An astute observer noticed that the blank card frame for Jace spoiled earlier had a 0 ability as his second ability and therefore Jace Beleren was ruled out. That was a nice catch.
It was also WRONG.
This jace has a -3 second ability, but he might as well not because this Jace is a turd. In a set littered with great new card, this is a perennial disappointment. This is a stocking full of coal.
Who wants to mill a potentially good card?
Who wants to pay 60% of their planeswalker's starting loyalty to Boomerang?
It didn't need to be this way, folks. Every jace ever is better than this. They could have reprinted one of them.
I don't know which comic book artist or Indie game designer or Firefly cast member designed this card, but it sucks. Expect it to presell for $25+. Expect a lot of people to laugh.
He's likely to see play because he has a bit of card-selection ability, he has a decent starting loyalty and because Jace, Architect of Thought is rotating, but I'd wait to buy in closer to $15 than $25 if you can.
Sweet sassy molassy.
This card is GREAT!
It's an Aven Mindcenser exactly with a different skill set! This is a real, actual card! This is bonkers! And it's non-mythic! I can scarcely contain my elation. Compared to Jace, this is a radical reversal of designership. This card makes me love Magic again. You may not have noticed, but I hated Magic about 30 seconds ago. All is forgiven.
Meh. This costs too much mana.
Remember Momentous Fall? Remember how we all dubbed it "Momentous Fail"? Well this is a Sorcery. If there's any effect you want to do at sorcery speed, it's sacrificing a creature.
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
I guess they were tired of this card being worth money.
They were also tired of mono-black being so under-equipped with only Thoughtseize, Pack Rat, Nightveil Specter, Grey Merchant of Asphodel, Hero's Downfall and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx that it finished a paltry 1st and 2nd at the latest GP that they decided to throw it a bone. Thanks, Wizards.
I hope there are good soldiers in Khans of Tarkir.
Shivan Reef, Llanowar Wastes, Caves of Koilos, Battlefield Forge and Yavimaya Coast
I said to pick these up a few weeks back. I didn't say it because I thought they would ever be standard legal. Now we get to see what the elegant dance between increased demand and increased supply is going to do to the price of Shivan Reef. I'm not making pronouncements, I'm taking notes. You should, too.
This is a real mixed bag. With the set nearing full spoilage, what colors look good for draft? What about sealed? What are you building around in standard? Sound off below.