Hello Everyone! I’m back with more BFZ Spoilers!
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar has big Standard potential. With the token producing ability, it can replace Elspeth in most decks that use her. The token is also an ally for an added bonus. Turning into a 5/5 Human Soldier for the first effect is really good with all the new allies because the 5/5 Soldier is an ally that will enter every turn to trigger ally effects. The ultimate effect is weak but cheap, so it will add up reasonably quickly. Not broken or specifically lacking anything.
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger looks kind of like an Attack on Titan titan, and it’s super sweet. Ulamog can be played way earlier with the new Eldrazi Scion tokens that can be sacced for a colorless mana. He’s not only a big attacker, he makes the opponent exile twenty cards when he attacks. Probably will see play in Standard, but it will almost definitely see play in Tron.
Radiant Flames isn’t playable in my opinion because it can only do 6 damage tops, but that’s only if you tap three BFZ dual lands to cast it. Even in limited, I think it’s junk. Ruinous Path is a great replacement for Hero’s Downfall, which is shifting out of standard. It can take care of Gideon, no problem. The awaken is also nice, because it’s basically 4 mana for a 4/4 with haste, which isn’t necessarily a good card, but it’s a nice bonus. The only downside is it makes you land very vulnerable to all sorts of removal.
With Oran-Rief Hydra spoiled, I think there is going to be a cycle of land-specific landfall cards that include this card and Guardian of Tazeem. It’s really good, and I think it could grow pretty easily to a 7/7 or 8/8. Blight Herder is a great Eldrazi that can put 3 1/1 Eldrazi Scions that can sac for mana if you put two cards from the opponent’s exiled cards into their graveyard. If there are more ways to exile opponent’s cards in BFZ, this card is going to be a great card. If not, it’s going to be really conditional and probably not playable.
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