Part One and Part Two of my Standard Pauper review of the set are available now on PureMTGO, so I encourage you to check those out for more detailed analysis of all of the cards.
I've already written about the new colorless mana from the set as well as a first look at the new Lands at Common. Today, I finish up my evaluation of my top two
picks at Common from each of the five colors for Oath of the Gatewatch. So far I've looked at White, Blue, Black, and Red. All that's left then is Green.
Best Green Common: Scion Summoner
Nest Invader is reborn as a 3/3 for 2G, albeit
split among two creatures. Even better, the Eldrazi Scion potentially
both ramps and fixes your mana if you need Colorless, and is probably one of
the best ways to generate Colorless mana in Oath of the Gatewatch. Green
would gladly play a vanilla 3/3 for 2G, and while this isn't quite that
good, the extra versatility helps make up for what it lacks in raw
power. I would love to see a Green Ramp deck come back into the
spotlight, and this card seems like it would be a natural inclusion.
Green Runner Up: Stalking Drone
for a single Colorless mana is a great deal, potentially allowing this
to attack as a 3/4 on Turn 3. Better yet, since this would most natural
fit in a Green Stompy archetype, getting access to Colorless mana should be relatively easy. Also worth noting is that often simply the threat of being
able to pump this up will often be enough to discourage your opponent
from blocking it. At the end of the day, the only thing holding this
back is the requirement that you have consistent
access to Colorless mana.
I thought Green was much better here than in the previous set. What do you think?