What card has moved up or down the most for you in Battle for Zendikar draft?

Posted in PRO TOUR BATTLE FOR ZENDIKAR on October 17, 2015

By Corbin Hosler

When a new set comes out, players always rank the cards in rough order of what they think the power level is. Of course, as they actually play with the set—and in many cases go to "draft camp" before the Pro Tour—those evaluations change. So what has moved for these competitors at Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar?

Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz: "Kalastria Healer. It's not just an efficient guy in the Allies deck. It's also great for all the life gain cards as well. It's a two-drop that matters later, which is exactly what you want."

Jamie Parke: "I think I was most surprised that the Eldrazi were not as playable as I had thought they would be. The format isn't quite slow enough, and the more efficient guys are usually just better."

Steve Rubin: Tajuru Beastmaster is better than I had thought. It's a very impactful common, and it goes around late. It's a Glorious Anthem that is also a 5/5.

Ari Lax: Turn Against isn't as good as I thought it would be. I remember Blind with Anger and Act of Aggression were unbeatable, but with the way the power and toughness line up in this format, Turn Against just isn't that good. It's five mana and it usually just acts as a conditional removal spell.

Craig Wescoe: Kalastria Healer has moved up. Yesterday I got it on the 13th pick, twice. It's the best card in the white-black lifegain deck, and one of the best commons in the color.

Hall of Famer Raphaël Lévy: Swarm Surge is better than I thought. It's the kind of card that closes games, and it's a common that's better than a lot of rares at doing that. In the right deck, when you play it, you just win.