So, while I begin work on an official review for Standard Pauper for Theros, here are some of my early thoughts:
- I am quite pleased that the "Enchantment-Creature" theme was deemed simple enough to be included at Common. The Common cycle of "Nymphs," while not amazing, seem pretty good. They are all marginally playable even without their Bestow ability, and once that is taken into account, they range from fair to good, with my favorite being Nimbus Naiad.
- Similarly, the Heroic mechanic seems pretty strong, and seems like it will contribute to some of the best creatures in the new format. Wingsteed Rider, Wavecrash Titon, and Staunch-Hearted Warrior all seem well worth consideration.
- As I mentioned previously, Scry is quite good, and the addition of that keyword ability to so many different spells is going to add quite a bit of value to the set as a whole.
- Even the "Devotion" mechanic managed to make its way into Common, albeit only in Green and Black. But all three of these Commons look playable, particularly Gray Merchant of Asphodel. The fact that this mechanic is so minimal probably also means that the "mono-color matters" theme of Theros is pretty muted, at least for now.
How about you? What are your thoughts on the set?