Just taking a quick look at new Planeswalker prints, Chandra and Nissa (who both have two different versions in this set) are both fantastic. Chandra is definitely by far the superior Planeswalker to be printed in Kaladesh (it is her homeland, afterall). She is not the first Planeswalker to have four abilities (compare to Jace, the Mind Sculptor)but she definitely has relevant abilities and a great converted mana cost for what she is.
Energy counters add a new mechanic for us, but we’re not really sure exactly how effective they will be. Not too many cards with this mechanic printed look astounding, but they’re definitely not all terrible. Most cards that have been revealed give you energy counters, but there doesn’t seem to be much do with the energy counters once you have them, or the build up will take a while. For example, Architect of the Untamed, or Aetherworks Marvel.
New keywords introduced. Fabricate. (When this creature enters the battlefield, put N +1/+1 counters on it or create N 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature tokens.) This is a neat mechanic which allows the player to make a choice based on game state. Bigger creatures, or more creatures? That is the question.
Inventors’ Fair, which is basically an artifact tutor, could possibly be a new EDH staple. Searching mechanics are definitely a hot commodity in this format, particularly since everything is a singleton except basic lands. And if you’re running an artifact win con, then this helps you find it faster. Aetherflux Resevoir also has potential in EDH. Cast all the spells, throw all damage!
Let’s not forget to mention the Masterpiece Series. If you loved the Expedition Lands printed in Battle for Zendikar and Oath of the Gatewatch, you need to check these out here. Seriously. Super awesome reprints of our favorite artifacts. Mox Opal, Swords, Sol Ring, Aether Vial, and more. Too much. Can’t handle the awesome.
If you’re as anxious for Kaladesh to hit the shelves as we are, check out our prerelease events page here!