Jacob Van Lunen began playing Magic in 1995. He has participated in organized play at every level of competition and was a member of the winning team at Pro Tour San Diego in 2007, thanks to an innovative draft strategy. As a writer, Van Lunen has had more than three hundred Magic strategy pieces published
Fate Reforged preview season is in full swing. We've already had a week's worth of exciting card unveilings. I had the opportunity to sit down with some of the best players in the game to ask which of the previewed cards they're most excited about!
"Which of the Fate Reforged previews are you most excited about for Standard?"
Josh McClain: "Brutal Warchief seems like a very powerful card in a vacuum that also combines well with a lot of powerful cards we already have in Standard. For example, Hordeling Outburst curves into it perfectly. It's the type of card that wins the game on its own if it goes unanswered."
Sam Pardee: "Flamewake Phoenix is really exciting. The card combos very nicely with Butcher of the Horde, we'll always have at least one of the abilities for butcher and we won't lose any damage. With Flamewake Phoenix and Bloodsoaked Champion in the format it seems like Butcher of the Horde will be better than ever."
"Soulfire Grand Master is great because there aren't a lot of good two drops in Standard for that type of deck, except for Seeker of the Way. Soulfire Grand Master is good in any deck that's trying to race the opponent; I wouldn't be surprised if it helped Jeskai Tempo become a major player in the format again. It's great with burn spells, especially Stoke the Flames, which it can easily return back to our hand thanks the Convoke."
"Ugin, The Spirit Dragon is amazing. In Modern, it helps Tron decks a lot, doing things that even Karn Liberated couldn't get away with. The fact that it clears the board and then starts ticking up while throwing Ghostfires means the opponent is going to need very specific cards to get out from under it."