Well, on part two of the review of From The Vault: Legends, we start off with Omnath, Locus of Mana, originally a mythic from Worldwake. While you’d much rather pull a Jace the Mind Sculptor as your mythic rare out of Worldwake, Omnath isn’t terrible. Green mana doesn’t empty from your mana pool as steps and phases end. In all honesty, Omnath is my favorite Mono-Green general in Commander. Which is why Wizards continues to disappoint, not giving Omnath a new artwork either. As much as I like the original art work, why do they insist on not giving the cards I like new art? However, he’s a great inclusion to the set, but I wish he got a new art.

Are we sure Wizards actually checked this set? Oona, Queen of the Fae, while being a great card in Modern and Commander, also did not get a new artwork. Which is certainly irritating when they’re reprinting only 15 cards from older sets. But from that I digress; Oona, Queen of the Fae, is a 5/5 black and blue 6-drop that wreaks havoc on mono-colored decks, and every other deck, as for x+B/U, she exiles the top cards of the deck equal to x. A great inclusion to the set, but I really wish it had new art.

As far as the art is concerned, I’ll have to agree on The Magic Show; his breast plate is very… breasty. But he’s riding on what looks like a tiger, so I guess that’s cool, but does his buster sword have to take up most of the art? But at least he -got- alternate art. Now, actually about Rafiq; he’s one of the new Legendary Creatures in Bant’s colors (well, one of eight), originally from Shards of Alara, he’s the only legendary creature with Exalted, according to The Gatherer, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. A 3/3 Exalted double strike isn’t bad for 4 mana. I’m fine with Rafiq being in here, props to Wizards for putting him in, but I prefer his original art.

Sharuum the Hegemon is an interesting card in my opinion. Namely because of Sharuum’s infinite damage combo with 2 Sharuum and Where Ancients Tread or with Hissing Iguanar, which you can find here. Outside of her infinite combo, Sharuum is decent in Commander, getting slain Solemn Simulacrums and destroyed Sol Rings or used up Nevinyrral’s Disks. A little costly for 6 mana, but she’s a decent 5/5 flyer on top of the ability. If you like playing Esper Colors, go for it. It’s also another card that got a new art that I like. Props to Todd Lockwood for this one.

Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre (a gyre being any large system of rotating ocean currents… why isn’t he blue then?) is just… meh. No new art, doesn’t really need to be in here, and is completely inferior to Emrakul, The Aeons Torn and Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, despite Kozilek actually costing less to cast than Ulamog. Like the rest of the legendary Eldrazi, when he’s sent to the graveyard by any means, he and the rest of the graveyard are shuffled into their owner’s library. He’s not terrible, but I’d rather play Kozilek if I’m not playing Emrakul. I don’t see the necessity to have Ulamog in here, they should’ve put Emrakul in here despite being banned in Commander.

Visara the Dreadful, originally from Onslaught, is an interesting card to see reprinted, especially with a new artwork, which I personally like far more than her original artwork from Onslaught. She’s a decent card, a 5/5 flyer for 3 and 3 black, with a good tap ability in blowing up creatures and not letting them regenerate, which is good in Commander with Thrun, the Last Troll and Cromat both loving to regenerate when they’re on the board. Come to think of it, why isn’t Cromat in here instead of Kresh? However, there’s only one card left in the set; our new block of Innistrad’s first revealed card;

We have a legendary creature named Mikey; Mikaeus, the Lunarch is a pretty fun card, honestly. As a 1+x drop, you could play him turn 2 if you really wanted to get him on the board early and pump him up with his own ability, or drop him late game with tons of counters to try and finish up a game. In Commander, he finds a friend in Ghave, Guru of Spores, his +1/+1 counters turning into Saprolings at any given time. He’s a great card, and I’m complaining about him not having an alternate art, seeing as the preview card never does. He’s a solid card in the set, and I think he’ll see some significant play in Commander, if not in Standard.

Now, what about the set as a whole? Is it worth shelling out the 50 USD my locals wants to charge for it? In all honesty, probably. As much as I criticize the lack of alternate arts for half of the cards in the set and my hating on Kresh the Bloodbraided, it is worth the 50 USD to buy it, let alone the 35 MSRP. But it’s up to the individuals; if you’re looking for a Sun Quan, Lord of Wu, just buy it. It’s worth it for him in Commander. Though, I’m not sure how you’ll get Ghave, Guru of Spore or Nicol Bolas on horses for his Horsemanship, but that’s up to you.

 

 

 

 

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