We’ve got a new Sorin spoiled – Sorin, Solemn Visitor. At 2WB, a 4 loyalty planeswalker is pretty decent. Let’s just go over his three abilities real quick.
+1: Until your next turn, creatures you control get +1/+0 and gain lifelink.
-2: Put a 2/2 black Vampire creature token with flying onto the battlefield.
-6: You get an emblem with “At the beginning of each opponent’s upkeep, that player sacrifices a creature.
His +1 is essentially a non-permanent version of Sorin, Lord of Innistrad‘s -2, though the life link is new. It doesn’t offer him much protection, though – if you don’t already have creatures in play to get the benefit. The -2 however is his protection – he makes a 2/2 black flying vampire. Not as good as Sorin, Lord of Innistrad as it’s on a -2 instead of a +1.
His -6 is essentially Sheoldred, Whispering One’s static ability of forcing sacrifices, which isn’t too bad. He’s basically Sorin, Lord of Innistrad with the words jumbled around. I could see him seeing Standard play if WB becomes big, but he’s unlikely to inspire a deck by himself.
Personally, I’d hate to pull this in any limited event. Is it a completely useless artifact?
If a player would begin an extra turn, that player skips that turn instead.
Not a bad static effect, but what does this have to do with this set? I understand there’s time travel in this block, but we haven’t seen a Time Warp reprint yet – though maybe we will. It’s mostly here for story purposes, though – as it introduces Ugin to the set.
If Ugin’s Nexus would be put into a graveyard from the battlefield, instead exile it and take an extra turn after this one.
This is definitely the better of the two abilities. Taking extra turns in any fashion is pretty solid. In a format with Shrapnel Blast, it’s relevant to mention it isn’t too hard to kill your own artifacts. It’s mostly a matter of what Johnny players decide to do with this card.
Bitter Revelation is another story based card, but it’s actually playable. It’s a 3B sorcery that lets you dig through 4 cards, add two of them to your hand, and then send the other two into the graveyard. Then, you lose two life.
Honestly, I really like this card, especially with Delve appearing in the set. It’s also splash-able, meaning Sultai colored decks can easily set their mana base up for this card. I’m a fan.
Most judgment on Sorin will be withheld until we have the full set, but we’ll see with time what Standard will form into.
Until next time,