Last updated 18 April 2021
The ‘Watch List’ are a selection of cards that are on The Committee’s radar for the next Points Announcement. Their performance in all event results will be actively monitored. This is not to say that other cards are excluded from points changes, simply that the core cards below are on the agenda for mandatory discussion at all meetings during the intervening 3 months.
The current Watch List includes:
Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath (+1)
Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath is a new addition to the watch list. It is a threat that must be removed, but even if it is, it still gains value. The same could be said for many 4 and 5 cost spells. However, they lose value against cheap counterspells, whereas Uro can still Escape later on and demand another immediate answer. Even if Uro is exiled by Swords to Plowshares he still draws a card. And if a land was put it, in a few turns it will have provided enough extra mana to pay for Uro. The result is that Uro trades positively against the best removal and counterspells ever. Due to his lifegain and size, Uro is a problem for Aggro decks, a struggling archetype that we’ve been looking to help for years. Surrounding Uro with plenty of disruption against combo and then letting him handle the rest, seems to be a recipe for success.
Teferi, Time Raveler / Narset, Parter of Veils / Opposition Agent (+1)
These 3 drop cards may be holding back/ making it hard for combo decks. We are very conscious of Opposition Agent’s “feel bad” factor, however, we do like the fact that it is a great at combating tutors.
Deathrite Shaman (+1)
On the surface this one seems really strange. However, this card has been banned in multiple formats due to its power level and its effect at all stages of the game. While we don’t believe this card alone is an issue in this format. We are looking at reducing the power level of midrange decks and for that reason we are going to watch list this card.
Chain of Smog (+1)
This card has the potential for very fast kills with some new cards from Strixhaven. The new Magecraft mechanic found on efficient threats like Clever Lumimancer or even Witherbloom Apprentice allows for infinite copies of Chain of Smog to create infinite Magecraft triggers.
Dark Petition / Personal Tutor (-1)
These cards sees little to no play. We are considering to potentially tick down to zero points.