Speed Vs. Cunning is the gift that keeps on giving. We have a few presents from the visual spoiler today.
Some old favorites are getting new art.
And some of our suspicions have been confirmed.
The old cycle of tri-lands had a tendency to be underrated. While they were first-pickable in draft, people didn't tend to consider them collection picks until a lot of them started to approach $1 on buylists. A few of them have gotten several reprints over the years and that has limited their upside and obscured how much they would be worth now if they had been left to their devices. Get as many of these as you can for free. People had a tendency to leave the older ones lying on tables once the draft was over and while that may not happen this time around, grab free money while you can and sock these away in a box. Also, the foils will be underpriced. I think they will be overpriced right away, but they will sink and become solid pickups after a while. These are great EDH inclusions and foils will be valuable.
So now we have a new keyword - prowess. This is a really clunky card, but it may get there in limited. However, you don't play as many non-creatures in limited so you're likely using this guy as a poor man's Ophidian. The card itself is not relevant, but you have to wonder if there will be any relevant creatures with Prowess.
All signs indicate that despite RUW being control colors now, Jeskai is not as much a control wedge as you'd imagine. With this odd [card]Wee Dragonauts[card]esque keyword, we may see Jeskai play more like RUW delver than RUW control.
Is Prowess better than the ability on a card like Blistercoil Weird or Nivmagus Elemental? Not on this creature, but if we get a good creature like that, card like Gut Shot and especially Gitaxian Probe could have real upside on Modern. Probe is out of control right now as it is.