I love this guy because he can be cast with a Sanctum Prelate set to 1. He also isn't blown out by misstep nearly as much as Crop Rotation because you don't have to commit to sac a land right away. I intend to test this guy in the Knight of the Reliquary shells I've toyed around with.
@chubbyrain Yes, but a lot has changed since thorn was restricted. The hate cards for shops as an "aggro-blitz" deck have improved and the metagame has shifted more towards PO than Xerox (at least that is my general understanding of the meta). I also don't partake of the online meta so most of my theory comes from a couple places:
- My local meta
- Anecdotal reporting of other local metas from Vintage players I talk to.
- Tournament reports on TMD.
Based on these 3 things I don't think Thorn of Amethyst would somehow "break" shops again as an archetype because players are already moving away from Overseer Shops in favor of other builds and those other builds wouldn't be able to abuse Thorn quite as much. Just thinking logically here, would a player really want multiple thorns in play when their plan A is to resolve one of 5-7 copies of a Karn Planeswalker?
As to your unsolicited rants comment, I'm truly sorry that I caused you headaches in the past, but it's in the past and I'm trying to discuss the effects a REAL new card might have on the meta and the type of shift it could cause. I have no interest in being lectured at for perceived past indiscretions. I want to move the conversation forward and not reopen that can of worms. Please keep things civil.
I have a very serious question for the community regarding this card. So here goes:
Does anyone think this card as an early answer to artifacts justifies one or ALL of the following unrestrictions?
- Thorn of Amethyst
- Chalice of the Void
- Lodestone Golem
The reason I ask is that I think shops is going to be a hurting archetype very soon (with the existence of the new ouphe + this card + a lot of other tech that has been spoiled) and I think this card helps shore up a fair amount of the turn 1 feel bads that shop can bring forth. Like this is a turn 0 solution to chalice of the void + ravager or chalice of the void + overseer. It's also a turn 2 solution to chalice + sphere on the draw. I always thought the restriction of chalice was mostly the fault of the workshop archetype for abusing the card too much and that chalice being in the format was otherwise a good thing for deck diversity and meaningful choice when it came to deck building. The possible upsides I could see to bringing it back would be:
a. Make Misstep way less of an auto-include in the format because Chalice @1 stops the cannibalizing of 1-drop.
b. Allow more hate decks to run it and open up a resurgence of certain archetypes like Blue Moon.
Now, here are the possible disasters to unrestricting Chalice:
a. Chalice + Lavinia seems probably too busted.
b. Eldrazi could perhaps abuse Chalice too much because of the diversity of card types it runs alongside Ancient Tomb and perhaps we'd be right back in the same coin-flip feel bad situation we were right before it got restricted.
Anyway, just curious to hear people's thoughts.
Yeah, this card is just phenomenal. I think it is easily the best card spoiled so far and I intend to build around it with Knight of the Reliquary, DRS, Abrupt Decay and possibly Leovold to keep the green count high. I also think you could run like 1 Sylvan Library and some Tireless Tracker to say nothing of Green Sun's Zenith. OMG, the possibilities for this card are exciting. What utility!