The Elemental archetype continues to become a reality in Magic: The GatheringStandard as Core Set 2020 spoilers like Thicket Crasher spell bad news for other MTGarchetype themes.
Creating a Core Set different from ones in previous years, Magic: The Gathering continues to strengthen the Elemental theme in Core Set 2020. Able to combine with Blue or Red, or simply go Mono-Green, the symbiotic relationship between the elemental cards is similar to Slivers.
Costing four mana (one green) to cast, Thicket Crasher is a Common four/three elemental. Not only does Thicket Crasher have Trample, but he gives other elementals you control Trample.
Counters provided by M20 cards like Omnath, Locus of the Roil, Creeping Trailblazer, and Overgrowth Elemental can beef up elementals on the battlefield quickly, allowing a player to attack with a hefty amount of potential life-damage by turns five and six. Add Thicket Crasher into the mix on turn four, and now all those elementals have Trample, breaking through any chump blockers your opponent might have.
Mono-Green will likely use all the M20 elementals the best, but they can also be splashed in Red and Blue thanks to planeswalkers like Chandra, Acolyte of Flame, and Mu Yanling, Sky Dancer.
Magic: The Gathering Core Set 2020 releases July 12 and digitally via MTG Arena and Magic Online on July 2. An M20 pre-release Draft is scheduled for from July 5 to 6.
MTG Tribal deck ramps up with M20 Lotus Field
Black Lotus returns as reprinted land card.
The infamous Magic: The Gathering Black Lotus card has returned as a land reprint in Core Set 2020 as Lotus Field.
Once an artifact that disrupted Magic: The Gathering games to the point of rule changes and being banned, Black Lotus is one of the most coveted cards in Wizards of the Coast history. And now it’s back in reprinted form as a land in the MTG Core Set 2020, based off Lotus Vale (Weatherlight).
As a land with no casting cost, Lotus Field comes onto the battlefield tapped and requires the player to sacrifice two of their land cards. Upon first glance, having such a high cost might seem extreme, but Lotus Field provides three mana of any color once the costs are paid in full. In addition, Lotus Field also has hexproof, keeping it protected at all times from removal cards that target any permanent.
Tribal decks aren’t the only ones that benefit from land cards like Lotus Field. Producing three mana of any color when tapped provides splash options for tri-colored decks and can even help in dual-colored, providing the double and triple mono-colored mana needed for beefier cards.
Lotus Field and the other 279 cards in Magic: The Gathering Core Set 2020 release on July 12, with a pre-release Draft weekend from July 5 to 6. Digital MTG players will get early access to the M20 set via MTG Arena and Magic Online on July 2.