Guildmages Convene: Ravnica Allegiance Spoilers 2/1/2019
Article by Adam Ray
Happy New Year! We've all settled back into the real world, and the latest bevvy of Ravnica Allegiance spoilers have come through. We've seen enchantments of old put on legs, lands, lockets, and many heads all come together into the first peeks at the new set coming in some short weeks from now.
Ionize in Jeskai decks and make Aggro manageable in the Azorius/X control matchup. As Counterspells go for Standard play, I don't know if it's preferred to Sinister Sabotage.
Detention Sphere. Except now it can block quite effectively. With Addendum being the keyword for the Azorius, perhaps the control plan isn't where the design space is leading us. Valuable instants cast on your main phase can lend to a decent Midrange plan, and this creature is as welcome as Detention Sphere was. Sure it's much easier to kill than D-Sphere, but the value of its trigger can't be ignored. Boy am I glad it isn't a Human for Modern's sake.
Leylines. I wonder if it'll be a cycle, like the Chancellors? In any case, a control deck starting the game fixing their topdeck, and having a reliable fix of their topdeck on a 4/4 flying body is incredibly valuable. I doubt it replaces Azcanta until maybe rotation, but doubling up and the Turn 0 effect is incredibly seductive.
The spoilers should be shining through thick and fast. Keep a close eye right here on Fantastic Universes as they're released, but until then, the circle is now complete on the shockingly good artwork for the remaining 5 Shock lands.