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.
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary
Meeting of the Five
Before you say anything, I know this isn’t Dual color but it didn’t fit anywhere else! Don’t @ me.
For 8 mana and 5 colors, you too can cast the most restrictive ritual of all time!
Not only is this my favorite Necromancer spell in Diablo, this seems pretty powerful, but also out of place in this set. Needing a dead creature to use a wrath is definitely at odds with each other, but the chance for a cheaper Burn Down the House is pretty tempting. I don’t know if this will see play, but it is a pretty strong card.
Park Heights Pegasus
I’m not too interested in a functional Welkin Tern, but one that can have a Curiosity attached to it is interesting. You could only play this in dedicated tokens decks, and even then this doesn’t seem amazing. Maybe a solid board card or something, but I’m not feeling it considering how difficult it can be to get two creatures down precombat.
Scheming Fence is such a cool design as it’s harder to cast than Phyrexian Revoker, but being able to steal abilities is such a cool design. Considering you (understandably) can’t use planeswalker abilities the applications of the steal is limited, but locking down a walker on a creature is still definitely nifty.
Azorius Tempo is a deck that would probably like this in the board and maybe some other hatebear style deck could come to fruition.
So this is a nifty card that’s like a really bad Baleful Strix, but Strix is pretty obscene. I can only see this in Reanimator decks as a better Undead Butler, but I definitely don’t hate what this is doing. You can either chump and get some value or have a reasonable body later in the game which is pretty neat.
Black Market Tycoon
This is a weird mana dork where you don’t have to spend the mana immediately, but if you don’t, you start getting bonked for it. Considering that doesn’t seem like particularly high upside and this works poorly with other Treasure producers, I feel like you have better options.
This card seems very good as a 2 mana draw 2 discard one is a reasonable rate, 2 mana draw 2 is great, and any deck that wants to discard cards would love to use this. It is a bit narrow, but it’s definitely a reasonably strong card.
Edict effects tend to not be great and one that is limited by what you can sacrifice isn’t helping the case. It does draw a card which is nice and you can build a deck around the concept to trade up for value, but being so limited and (thankfully) not being able to sacrifice lands is definitely holding this back.
I really doubt that this will be good enough, but it is an interesting enough design that it may warrant some investigation. Getting 2 unblockable creatures is nothing to sneeze at, especially if you can make them be particularly menacing. Neve
A 4 mana 5/4 isn’t bad, but it’s not great. A 2 mana 5/4 however is much more interesting! If you have a deck that’s focused on Treasures, this could be a cool way to get ahead quickly as that’s a pretty gross rate. It may be a little cute, but considering the base rate is at least usable, it may be a worthy build around.
Luxior, Giada’s Gift
Now this is graveyard hate! While this wouldn’t be the most effective against Cauldron Familiar, this seems like a huge pain for any deck that’s more reliant on individual cards in the graveyard like Izzet Phoenix, Reanimator, Dragonstorm, and so on. Furthermore this can grow pretty large over the course of a few turns, can be crewed easily, and kill quickly. This is a great hate card and wouldn’t even be surprised if this could be main decked.
A 3 mana 4/3 Haste Vehicle isn’t particularly strong, but adding in a “drawback” is definitely interesting. Obviously you’d only want this if you have value creatures to bounce, but this seems very niche in application. Too restrictive, not worth the drawback if you aren’t accruing value, not feeling it.
Although these aren’t the focus of the set, there are some really interesting and really powerful options I’m excited to sink my teeth into!
Thank you for reading!