Crux of Fate

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Crux of Fate

I have a blessedly short memory sometimes, especially when it comes to spoilers I saw over a month ago and haven't really thought about since. Remember Valorous Stance from yesterday?  This is a card. It's a pretty good card at that. It inspired a lot of discussion because it's pretty solid and should be drafted somewhat early; provided the rest of the set isn't so good that it eclipses this. It also inspired a few questions on Twitter.



Now, what I SHOULD have said was "This is not the first 'choose one' card they'd spoiled so far, so it seems likely there will be a cycle, maybe one at uncommon and one at rare." What I forgot was that we've already seen a card that answers his question.

Seeing Crux at rare and Stance at uncommon makes me think we're due as many as 10 mono-colored "choose one" spells in the set, and that broad utility will make them decent cards with additional upside that could see them being played outside of this block and therefore for years to come if they're good enough for EDH. Could a Rorix Bladewing or Scion of the Ur Dragon EDH deck want this over Damnation? It's likely worth the extra mana. It's tough to speculate knowing nothing, but with only 3 cards spoiled so far, it will help us immensely if we can keep track of what we've had spoiled already.


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4 thoughts on “Crux of Fate

  1. After seeing yesterday’s spoil, I’d say it’s safe that we’ll see many modal cards. The quote on Valorous Stance seems to indicate that this set is all about making choices. The change to the template on modal cards in Khans indicates they were looking at the mechanic quite heavily as well.

    Quite a bit different than the colorless theme I think many (myself included) were thinking would be in this set.

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