I thought my friends were kidding when they said that Dominaria is here to save the day for Standard. No one was kidding after all.
Although the set has been leaked (not sure if its accidental or an inside job!) way before spoiler season began, no one was really able to tell how good the cards were until they had the chance to see the whole thing. History of Benalia was one of those cards that looked prime to be in the middle of the pack as a fringe player, or a breakout card in the right shell. I’m actually very excited about this card (and the whole new “saga” concept) and what it brings to the table for Standard players.
Drafting this set and welcoming it to Standard at the same time is equally exciting in so many ways. History of Benalia is one of those cards that have a low ceiling and arguably, a high floor value. It might seem like a bit slow at first glance but Standard is a format where you don’t die to one-turn combos out of nowhere, and having a steady threat would always be the best way to win games. Having two knights that have vigilance and the ability to go big once this saga enters its third phase could cause a huge tempo swing — and you could also bear in mind the fact that there are other knights out there that could benefit from this boost!
There are a lot of decks out there that could be made with the entry of DOM, and it seems to me that this card is going to be one of the major players in the upcoming Pro Tour. I am restricted to the idea that this card is only good at the moment for Standard use, so make sure that you grab your copies early if you really need them. We’ve always seen huge spikes from chase mythics in a set (ahem, Rekindling Phoenix) once it has been set off by a winning deck, and this enchantment has all the makings of a breakthrough card.
I guess chivalry isn’t dead after all!