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Streets of New Capenna Constructed Set Review and Decklists: Black

Streets of New Capenna Constructed Set Reviews
Streets of New Capenna Limited Set Reviews

Hello everyone! With the full spoiler for Streets of New Capenna live, we can finally get into breaking down the cards with constructed applications! For this set, I’m going to be splitting this into 11 articles, 5 for monocolored, one for each 3 color sect, then one for colorless and the stray multicolors. Since I did individual card reviews already, rather than repeat myself, I’ll link the article, but still give the verdict and decklist if that’s what you’re more interested in. For this, I’m going to cover every Mythic, every Rare, and then choice uncommons and commons that have potential. Let’s get into it!

As always, here’s the scale I’ll be using to label the new cards that potentially have constructed applications.

  • 0/5 – Unplayable in every sense.
  • 1/5 – Extremely niche play or very unlikely to see play.
  • 2/5 – Niche to no play, maybe playable in certain conditions.
  • 3/5 – Reasonable playable. Not format breaking, but has the power level to see play in some strategy (or strategies).
  • 4/5 – Very strong card, but not the best the format has to offer. Has the power level to see a lot of play.
  • 5/5 – The very top of the format. This card will create a huge impact going forward on the format.

Angel of Suffering

Now this is a Mythic! A 5 mana 5/3 Flier isn’t too good of a stat line, but this stops you dying from damage at the cost of your library! While in Standard I can’t imagine this being good, in older formats there may be some synergy between this and something like Thassa's Oracle or Jace, Wielder of Mysteries. Super cool card, but that’s about it.

Rating: 1.5-2/5


Body Launderer

Now this is a Mythic in the other direction! A 4 mana 3/3 Deathtouch is a pretty good stat line (if Citystalker Connoisseur taught us anything anyway), so that’s a decent start. Then if a nontoken creature you control dies, you get to connive. On top of that, when Launderer dies, you get to reanimate a creature with equal or lesser power at no additional cost!

This is quite the strong midrange card and although you do need something in the graveyard to get it going and it’s vulnerable to exile based removal, it’s still pretty solid.

Rating: 3/5


Tenacious Underdog

So let’s get this straight. This is a 2 mana 3/2 in Black with only upsides and can be a repeatable form of damage and card advantage? Well this card is insane! This does so much for so little and reminds me of Skyclave Shade which is one of my favorite creatures in Standard.

Mono Black Aggro has been so close for so long and with yet another piece added to the deck, I can’t wait to see if it’s finally good enough.

Mono Black Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $48.13
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
4 mythic
29 rare
6 uncommon
21 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (5)
3
Infernal Grasp
$8.97
1
Power Word Kill
$0.39
1
Hagra Mauling
$1.99
Sorceries (2)
Artifacts (1)
Enchantments (4)
Lands (24)
17
Swamp
$4.25
60 Cards
$70.24

Rating: 3.5/5


Sanguine Spy

Generally speaking sacrifice outlets have to be free to be good. If they aren’t free, the ability and/or card has to be really good to justify it. This card has a medium body, a bad ability, and an ok, but difficult to activate triggered ability. I’ll pass on this one.

Rating: 1.5/5


Shadow of Mortality

(H) Deaths Shadow
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $411.16
Historic
Midrange
best of 1
7 mythic
39 rare
13 uncommon
1 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (25)
4
Esper Sentinel
$139.96
4
Death’s Shadow
$13.96
1
Selfless Savior
$0.39
1
Giant Killer
$0.35
4
Adanto Vanguard
$1.40
4
Ranger of Eos
$7.16
Instants (5)
3
Fatal Push
$7.47
2
Infernal Grasp
$5.98
Sorceries (9)
4
Thoughtseize
$63.96
Lands (21)
1
Swamp
$0.25
4
Ifnir Deadlands
$1.40
2
Shefet Dunes
$1.38
4
Godless Shrine
$51.96
60 Cards
$488.88

Rating: 2.5/5


Cemetery Tampering

While I didn’t include it in the initial article, I realized that Golgari Graveyard aggro could make reasonable use of this. That said, it doesn’t affect my rating.

Golgari Graveyard Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $113.42
Standard
Aggro
best of 1
5 mythic
36 rare
7 uncommon
12 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (25)
4
Willow Geist
$1.40
4
Skyclave Shade
$1.40
4
Cemetery Prowler
$15.96
Instants (3)
3
Infernal Grasp
$8.97
Sorceries (4)
4
Mulch
$1.00
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (2)
Lands (22)
6
Forest
$1.50
2
Swamp
$0.50
4
Darkbore Pathway
$21.96
4
Deathcap Glade
$31.96
60 Cards
$162.6

Rating: 2/5


Shakedown Heavy

Jund Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Buy on TCGplayer $290.76
Standard
Midrange
best of 1
7 mythic
37 rare
11 uncommon
5 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (1)
Instants (8)
3
Voltage Surge
$0.75
2
Abrade
$0.50
2
Infernal Grasp
$5.98
1
Power Word Kill
$0.39
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (4)
Lands (25)
1
Mountain
$0.25
1
Swamp
$0.25
4
Darkbore Pathway
$21.96
3
Rockfall Vale
$5.37
1
Deathcap Glade
$7.99
3
Haunted Ridge
$44.97
60 Cards
$441.7

Rating: 4/5


Cut of the Profits

Drawing cards and losing life is super emblematic of Black and there’s plenty of great cards with this effect like Sign in Blood, Night's Whisper, and Painful Truths. This is much more expensive than all of these and although you can copy it, you need to give up a substantial creature to do it. If this could target either player then maybe it could be saved by it’s utility, but this seems quite weak as is.

Rating: 1.5/5


Whack

I’m a big fan of the color hosers, but this one is somewhat an exception. There isn’t anything wrong with this card particularly but I think it’s worse than Ray of Enfeeblement which is weird considering how similar they are. Nevertheless, this isn’t much worse than Ray so it’ll be a solid board option when it rotates.

Rating: 3/5


Night Clubber

While Infest designs are generally good (depending on the format of course), this is the first time I can think of it being on a cheap creature! This only gives -1/-1, but not only is it one sided, you can blitz it if the body isn’t useful for you. You won’t be able to use this against many strategies which probably limits its usefulness, but the strength is definitely there for it to see some play.

Rating: 2.5/5


Rogues’ Gallery

I don’t think this card is particularly good, but any 3 mana card that can potentially “draw” 5 cards should definitely be considered. This would require an insane amount of set up more than likely, but I’d love to be wrong and this to be a good card in a deck.

Rating: 1.5/5


Dusk Mangler

Call me crazy, but I feel like this card is a lot closer to playable than it seems. If you could cheat this in and/or flicker it, this is reminiscent of Archon of Cruelty which is the reanimator target of choice in Modern. I don’t think this is better than the other reanimator payoffs, but I’m keeping my eye on this one.

Rating: 1.5/5


Graveyard Shift

Reanimator effects these days are generally 5 mana, but each of them tends to have a gimmick. While I think Diregraf Rebirth is still the best of them, getting an instant speed Rise from the Grave if you have a decently sized graveyard definitely isn’t bad! I’m not sure if this or Rise from the Tide for the mana reduction is better, but there’s definitely a debate there.

Rating: 2.5/5


Corrupt Court Official

Portal 3 Kingdoms reprint, let’s go! While this effect is commonplace nowadays and always somewhat close to playable, just wanted to highlight the weirdest reprint in awhile.

Rating: 1.5-2/5


CONCLUSION

Black seems reasonable overall with a lot of interesting designs, but few cards that truly stand out. It’s definitely weaker than Mono White, but significantly better than Mono Blue.

Thank you for reading!

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Robert "DoggertQBones" Lee is the content manager of MTGAZone and a high ranked Arena player. He has one GP Top 8 and pioneered popular archetypes like UB 8 Shark, UB Yorion, and GW Company in Historic. Beyond Magic, his passions are writing and coaching! Join our community on
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