Thursday, February 2, 2017

AER High Impact Cards: Fen Hauler

As we get ready to begin a new season of Standard Pauper events with Aether Revolt added to the cardpool, I want to spend the next couple weeks looking at cards that I think will have a big impact on the format. Today I want to take a look at Fen Hauler

Like Bastion Inventor (which I looked at earlier this week), this card is a big creature in a color that doesn't normally get them. At first glance, this doesn't seem to be that good. However, this card is nearly identical to Gurmag Angler from Fate Reforged. It has the same casting cost, the same Power and Toughness, a cost-reducing keyword mechanic, and even has the additional bonus of sidestepping Artifact creatures in combat. While Improvise is never going to be as mana-efficient as Delve was, in the right deck you should be able to get at least a couple mana discount, which makes this a pretty good deal. The fact that it is so large almost means your opponent may find themselves in a situation where they have to chump-block each turn. In that case, the fact that it can't be blocked by Artifact creatures may actually become relevant.

The Simic Emerge decks that were so strong a couple seasons back proved that a deck that can quickly power out big creatures can be quite a potent threat. Between Fen Hauler and Bastion Inventor, Dimir looks like it may be able to pull off a similar archetype, backing it up with potent removal, permission, and card-advantage spells. I for one can't wait to see what surprised Aether Revolt has in store for us.

See you next week for the start of MPDC Season 36!

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