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Tricks of New Capenna

Tricks of New Capenna

Tricks of New Capenna

With a little more experience in the format under my belt, I wanted to share with you all a few insights about the new set. In perticular I’d like to talk a bit about combat tricks present in the format and their importance. Let me start by stating that pretty much all combat tricks are cards I actively want in my decks. All are a bit diffrent and have various uses, but all are good cards. There are a few reasons they are significantly more important in this format than in most others. First and foremost, the set is very combat centric. Games are mostly decided by the combat step, so being able to affect it, is very important. The format is also a tempo format and very often you find yourself racing your oponent, so being able to push additional damage, they are not expecting is a great way to win the game. Another reason for combat tricks being good are the shield counters. Usually the biggest risk of running a card like that is getting blown out by a removal spell. With shield counters that risk is minimised, making tricks much better. Last, but not least some of the tricks are actually synergy based cards, but more on that, when I get to specifics.

Without a doubt the best trick in New Capenna is ">For the Family. Currently I’m quite happy to even first pick it and I consider it to be the second best common in green, only giving ground to the mythic common – Jewel Thief">Jewel Thief. For the family">For the family most of the time grants your creature a massive boost of +4/+4. With the format being centered on board presence, more often than not, you have the required 4 creatures in play to get full value off of For the Family. It’s noteworthy that green has a few ways to make citizen tokens, as do red and white, which are usually paired with it. [Exhibition Magician] by itself gets you half-way through to activiating For the Family">For the Family. Another important factor is that creatures are quite small in New Capenna, so it’s highly unliekly anything your oponent has can trade with a +4/+4 trick.

Next we move to red, which has two tricks – ">Daring Escape and Antagonize">Antagonize. Daring Escape">Daring Escape is better in GR, while Antagonize">Antagonize is better in RB, but both can be played in either deck. Daring Escape">Daring Escape giving +1/+0 and first strike requires you to play creatures that match your oponent in size, wich RG will do almost always, that being the reason it fits better in that arechetype, though a Crooked Custodian">Crooked Custodian is a premium target for the trick also. RB tends to have a little smaller creatures and doesnt have access to For the Family as a finisher, so Antagonize">Antagonize helps with both problems – it allows even a Corrupt Court Official">Corrupt Court Official to win combat against most of what New Cappena can throw at you and gives the needed power boost to finish games. RG on the other hand tends to be low on removal and Daring Escape">Daring Escape fills that role perfectly. As you are usually the one attacking and you’re doing the attacking on the ground, you are going to get blocked often. Winning those combat steps is what Daring Escape">Daring Escape does best.

I’ve mentioned Corrupt Court Official">Corrupt Court Official while speaking about Antagonize">Antagonize, but there’s another trick that the Official likes even better – Fake Your own Death">Fake Your own Death. That’s the most synergistic of the bunch, as it allows you to not only win combat and have your creature survive, but cruicially it triggers ETB effects. A play pattern of „block your 3-drop with Corrupt Court Official">Corrupt Court Official that discarded you a card on the previous turn, pump it with Fake Your own Death">Fake Your own Death, kill your thing and make your discard another card” is a game winning play. Oh… and you get a treasure token out of the deal too.

In white we have Revelation of Power">Revelation of Power. This one is a little more… tricky. You don’t really want to just jam into any white deck, as for it to be really good it needs counters. There are two uncommons that combo with it really well – Disciplined Duelist">Disciplined Duelist and Illuminator Virtuoso">Illuminator Virtuoso. Duelist has a shield counter by default and Virtuoso gets to connive when it’s targeted, so when you discard a non-land card to it (which happens before the Revelation resolves) it already has a +1/+1 counter. Attacking with a 4 power flying double striker with lifeling will win you any race and as stated before there are tends to be a lot of racing in New Capenna. Those two are the best targets for it, but a Raffine’s Informant">Raffine’s Informant will do just fine. All you need to remember is to have a few creatures with counters on them and a copy or two of Revelation of Power">Revelation of Power will shine in your deck.

In blue we get another premium trick in the form of [Majestic Metamorphosis]. As with Revelation of Power this can grant evasion to your creature and as with all other tricks it will push damage through. What is great about this one though is that you get to draw a card too. 4/4 is a stat line that matches most of the biggest creatures in the set, so generally it will be enough to win a combat step granting you a nice 2 for 1. What is cruical about this card is that you can (and often should) target artifacts with it. There is no better feeling than killing your oponent’s creature or even the oponent with a treasure token.

Last we get to [Quick-Draw Dagger]. This artifact should be thought of as a combat trick, as that’s the only reason you would put it into your deck. It’s quite simmilar to Daring Escape">Daring Escape and as with Escape it fares best in decks that have decent sized creatures and little evasion, as those are the types of decks that need to win combat steps the most. The nice thing is that it leaves a short sword after fullfiling it’s role as a trick. To be fair it is the worst of the bunch in my opinion and does not make my deck quite often. If you didn’t manage to find the more premium ones, it will do in a pinch.

As always, thanks for reading and if you have any comments, feel free to share them.


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