Theros: Beyond Death Previews – Shoal Kraken, Naiad of Hidden Coves and Vexing Gull

We continue today’s spoilers with a pair of menacing sea creatures, as spoiled on LadyLavinas‘s stream, and a bonus one from the official Magic: The Gathering Twitter account!

Theros: Beyond Death will be released on January 16, 2020.

Naiad of Hidden Coves


Naiad of Hidden Coves could conceivably make it into Constructed, but it would take a very niche deck – one that both cares about Enchantments and Flash cards. T4 Naiad + hold up Quench or Negate sounds appealing in that deck, but without those two specific circumstances the card seems a bit too low impact. However, I could see it in the Artisan formats in one of the enchantment decks that’s likely to spawn as a result of Theros: Beyond Death!

In Limited however, Naiad is a pretty strong card – enabling your enchantment synergy and ramping you to your Flash cards and instants. There’s an entire Limited mechanic designed casting your first spell on your opponent’s turn to get additional value. I would take Naiad at about 3.0 level using the LSV draft rating scale.

Shoal Kraken


This sea monster looks a bit bigger than its statline suggests when facing up to that lighthouse; as expected from Theros: Beyond Death at this point, we have great art! Shoal Kraken, though it is sadly unlikely to ever find a home in Constructed, is a really strong Limited card. We saw how good a strong blocking statline combined with the ability to loot away lands in the late game can be with Sage of the Falls. While Shoal Kraken will be slightly harder to trigger for some decks, it blocks more things profitably.

I would recommend taking Shoal Kraken at about 3.5 using the LSV draft rating scale.

Vexing Gull


Vexing Gull is a nice common for limited play, which you can ideally use a combat trick and use as an evasive creature to attack with afterwards.

Join us later today, as there are more spoilers to go! Find the full schedule here.

If you’ve not already, be sure to check out our Theros Beyond Death Spoilers page for the full visual card gallery of all the cards revealed so far, and participate in our Theros Beyond Death Preorder Giveaway that runs until January 8, 2020!



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