Hello everyone! This week is an interesting one as a new set has just been released, and we have a rare break in the major tournament cycle! For that reason, instead of outlining testing results and advising you on what to come equipped with for the next Regionals, I’d like to take a look at some of the more interesting and powerful cards in the latest expansion, Unbroken Bonds. Many players, including myself, felt as though the Standard format had grown stagnant in the weeks leading up to the EUIC, so hopefully Unbroken Bonds is just what we need to pump some lifeblood back into the format.
For the purposes of this article, I’ll be highlighting the cards that I think make for interesting additions to the Standard and Expanded formats. Some of these cards will slot easily into existing archetypes and others may be powerful enough to become the bases for brand new decks.
With Unbroken Bonds being on PTCGO for the past week or so, I do have some hands-on experience with these cards—but far from the amount I’d need to be 100% positive about these assertions. There’s never a substitute for putting the time into proper playtesting, but looking over a set in this manner is valuable and I’d expect the majority of these concepts to come to fruition in the metagame.
I’ve chosen to cover fewer cards than I usually would to make room for decklists and longer form thoughts on some of them, but as always, if you have any questions about anything I didn’t cover, please let me know in the comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
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