Two more Khans of Tarkir spoilers, and they’re both good cards: Adamant Negation, a Temur counterspell and Siege Rhino, an Abzan creature with value.

adamant-negation

Adamant Negation is basically a reprint of Spell Pierce, except that with Spell Pierce, the controller of the spell had to pay 2 colorless mana instead of only one. However, if you control a creature with power 4 or greater, it’s a straight-up Negate. My main problem with this card is that you may as well just play Negate for 1U. If it could counter any spell as its Ferocious ability, it would be much better. Still, a one-drop permission spell that can become a pure Negate in the late game for only a single mana is at least going to be playable in Standard. In the early game, it can still be an effective Spell Pierce-type card.

siege-rhino

Siege Rhino is a bit more exciting. It’s a 4-drop that’s a 4/5 Rhino. It does have the three colors in its casting cost: 1WBG, but it also has trample and a fairly strong effect as well. When it enters the battlefield, each opponent loses 3 life and you gain 3 life. A 6 point life swing and a 4/5 trampler for only 4 mana is great value. I’m really beginning to love these Abzan creatures. He’s a straightforward great creature for Limited and could see some Standard action as well – heck, perhaps even some Commander play alongside the Abzan Khan, Anafenza, the Foremost.

These are two solid cards with definite play-ability. The Rhino is easily one of my favorite creatures in the set so far, and the permission spell could show some promise in Standard for a bit.

– Elspeth for the Win

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