It's been almost two months since we started playing the Battle for Zendikar draft format. The nuanced, synergy structure of the format has made some cards wildly change in relative power level, even though there's been no printing change.
What cards in BFZ draft have changed the most in your experience?
Luis Scott-Vargas – Sludge Crawler, Up
Ingest is much more critical that I thought [when I first saw the set]. And it's good on turn one, and it's pretty good on turn eight.
Sure you have the times when you get Castigator, Shadow Glider, and something else, but too often you're just like “Ok, six mana, kill your Kozilek's Sentinel.” There's so much toughness in this format, Rolling Thunder is not quite what it used to be.
Also, Boiling Earth kind of fills in some of its space ... that card has gone way up for me. I used to be, “I definitely want this card in my sideboard;” now I'm like, “I definitely want this card in my main deck.”
Neal Oliver – Wave-Wing Elemental, Up
I always liked it; now I like it more. Synergy decks were good for a while, but now that everyone's fighting over different synergy decks, the standalone power cards have gone up.
Matt Sperling – Kalastria Healer, Down
It never tables anymore, and the White-Black Lifegain deck isn't that good without it. I don't like drafting it. I mean, I'm on the deck right now, but still...
Tom Martell – Outnumber, Down
I just don't draft a bunch of red decks that have a lot of red guys ... The card's still removal, it's just not a first pick.
Nathan Holiday – Swarm Surge, Up