Hello everyone! Today, we have our first Aether Revolt spoilers! Keep in mind that these are unofficial, and there is a low possibility that they are fabricated (Kaladesh puns), but for the purposes of this article, let’s assume that they’re real and will be released into any format that they’ll be legal in.
First up, we have Yahenni’s Expertise. This cards is pretty absurd. It’s standard’s new four mana boardwipe, replacing Languish. This will help control decks in Standard, giving them a turn four answer to the myriad of aggressive decks in the format. It also let’s you cast a spell with mana cost three or less from your hand, which is just value in Standard, letting you pair it with something like Grasp of Darkness to finish off a creature, but it’s just absurd in Modern. In Modern, it offers a way to cast Ancestral Visions, Living End, Lotus Bloom, and Balance while also giving you the ability to wipe the board.
Trophy Mage (it’s a cycle with Treasure Mage and Trinket Mage) lets you get an artifact with exactly three mana cost. The only really worthwhile artifacts at three to get right now in Standard are Filigree Familiar and Foundry Inspector. I would play it in some sort of Panharmonicon deck with Foundry Inspectors, Glint-Nest Cranes, this card, and gearhulks, though. Maybe Aether Revolt will provides some three drops with build around abilities akin to Aetherflux, Atherworks, and Panharmonicon.
Scrap Trawler seems good in the RB artifact aggro decks, as it allows you to get back copters and couriers when it dies. I could see a build also running a couple Chieves of the Foundries to fetch back even more copters when they die if you wanted to cut some of the non-artifact creatures and go all in on the artifact theme.
There is one more card in the back, Quicksilver Rebel, but Scrap Trawler is obstructing it, so I can’t see exactly what it does.
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