Curse of the Frozen Casket Preview #2


Spoilers by Ruben Sanchez and Mike Likes


Welcome to our 2nd spoiler article with  Most of you guys hear us talking about spoilers on The Imperishable Podcast but with this article Mike Likes and myself will be going a little more in depth on the cards being spoiled.  We will discuss the cards as they pertain to Limited (Sealed or Drafting) and Constructed (currently we will be using Alice Cluster format).  Once Lapis drops we will just title it New Frontiers since Grimm Cluster will rotate out.  Down the road we may add our input to Wanderer/Wide format once Force of Will announces it.

Our system uses number ratings to gauge how well WE think the cards will perform in Limited and Constructed play.  Ruben will list the pros and cons for each card and give his thoughts and rating on the card for Limited play.  Mike will give his thoughts on the card and rating for Constructed play.

How Our Rating System Works

5.0:  Format All-Star.  This card is a total Bomb card.  For those that aren’t familiar with this term, it basically means this card will win you the game if left unchecked for a turn or two.  These cards tend to be hard to defend against and can turn a game around in a hurry.  Some cards that are bombs in limited may only be a mediocre card in constructed play.

4.0:  Format Staple.  This card is great.  It can be played in multiple decks and will have an impact on the game every time.  These cards can change a game quickly, get you back in the game, or shift the tempo of the game.  These cards are usually vulnerable to some type of removal (or are a removal spell themselves), but they they make up the majority of cards found in major tournament decks.

3.0:  Archetype Staple.  These are generally good cards, and many of them will be the majority of cards found in a tribal deck.  Cards in this category are usually similar to other (higher-ranked) cards but cost 1 Will more or or have a drawback in some manner.  In Limited play, these are the majority of your deck.

2.0:  Niche Card.  These cards serve are very narrow function and are usually meant for your sideboard.  They could be removal spells that only remove 1 type of card, or cards with mediocre stats that have an ability that helps against opponents playing a certain Attribute.  In Limited play, these cards are put in your deck if you have no other options and need the card to reach your 20-card minimum deck size.  For Constructed play, you will rarely play this card unless it’s from your sideboard or you want to be “cute”.

1.0:  Will Rarely See Play.  The worst of the worst.  These cards are rarely played (if they’re played at all).  These cards generally have bad stats, cost too much Will, or have basically no impact on the game when they’re played.  Overall stay away from this card if possible.

And now, on to the cards…

The Monkey King Born From Stone//Great Sky Sage, Sun Wukong

KrembopulosMichael YouGottaTurnIntoACarMorty

Limited:  1.5  (🌟½)

  • Energize.
  • Stats are decent but nothing  to write home about.
  • Ability to search for a card in your deck is never a bad time.
  • The ability to put Flying Cloud into play for free is nice if you have one.
  • ETB effects from flipping helps with card advantage.
  • You need Flying cloud to use either side. Very limited.
  • Too many cards are needed to make this deck viable for Limited.

Constructed (Alice Cluster):  4.0  (🌟🌟🌟🌟)

(Mike):  I think Sun Wukong has a lot of power, but not a lot of flexibility.  His card references 3 other cards, so if you include a playset of each of them, more than ¼ of your deck is already spoken for.  As a player, I find this limitation stifling when creating a deck for him.  Deck building aside, his power level can get pretty crazy since his two henchmen buff his stats, as does Flying Cloud, which he can search for and eventually play for free.  I think The Monkey King will be a real player in the new Constructed format.

Overall Thoughts:  (Ruben):  The Monkey King to me doesn’t seem as if it will do too much in Limited. If you have those cards in a Sealed pool, then maybe. If drafting and you get those cards then you are in good shape. May be tough to run in Limited. In Constructed this Ruler could do some work. Basically buff him up and make everything for your opponent cost more with Sha Wujing and Zhu Bajie. The Flying Cloud card will do some work too for The Monkey King and his resonators.

The Flying Cloud


Limited:  2.0  (🌟🌟)

  • This can make your J Ruler fly and it

Buffs your wind resonators too if bestowed.

  • Only benefits your J Ruler and resonators if they are wind.
  • Cheap.
  • Card limitations not the best scenario in limited.
  • Helps make J-Ruler stronger.

Constructed (Alice Cluster):  3.5  (🌟🌟🌟½)

(Mike):  The ability to give any of your Resonators Flying permanently for only 2 Will seems pretty good to me.  Add in the fact that this card will stick around if the Resonator it Bestowed to dies and can be used again, makes this card a real winner in my book.  And if I have no Resonators in play, my J-Ruler gets the buff instead.  This card will show up in multiple decks in Constructed (especially any with a Wind Ruler).  I thought this set was supposed to make us want to play Reflect / Refrain less ???

Overall Thoughts:  (Ruben):  In Limited, Flying Cloud could be useful if you are playing wind resonators and your ruler is wind. Other than that, this card is below useful. Situational at best but if you are playing heavy wind resonators-this card could be very good. In Constructed I feel that this card could have some advantages especially when played with some J-Rulers in Alice Cluster. There are some good wind cards that would benefit from a buff and gain Flying.

Sha Wujing


Limited:  2.0  (🌟🌟)

  • Decent stats for its cost.
  • If not playing Sun Wukong, this card is just okay for its stats.
  • Hurts opponent’s deck with tempo if chants are played.
  • 800/700 is decent but if it had some sort of evasion this card would be better overall.
  • Gives J-Ruler Sun Wukong Flying, buff, and Precision if you are using it.

Constructed (Alice Cluster):  3.0  (🌟🌟🌟)

(Mike):  Making all of your opponents Chants cost 1 more will is fantastic.  Add to that ability a decently-sized Resonator, and you have a really good card.  The card is much better if your J-Ruler is Sun Wukong, but it’s still a good card even if you have a different Ruler.  This card will really mess with an opponent whose plan is playing Chants with Quickcast to push through damage in combat.

Overall Thoughts:  (Ruben):  In Limited, Sha Wujing with Sun Wukong would be a great duo if you have it. At least the stats are decent and you hurt tempo with chants. In Constructed, I can see this card being played mainly with Wukong as maybe a 1-2 of in a control shell. Right now I wouldn’t be playing it. There are better 3 drops out there.

Zhu Bajie


Limited:  2.0  (🌟🌟)

  • Will hate more on additions since regalia has been reported to not be in Lapis.
  • Regalia hate may be useless in Lapis cluster Limited.
  • Decent stats.
  • Mainly benefits a specific J-Ruler and is just okay without it.
  • Buffs Sun Wukong nicely and gives Swiftness.

Constructed (Alice Cluster):  3.0  (🌟🌟🌟)

(Mike):  The changes made to Additions in this set make this card better than it would have been previously.  Since all Additions stay in play, making them all cost 1 more will is a huge benefit.  The additional will for Regalia probably won’t be as effective since the best Regalia had a 0 cost and can probably be played before you can cast Zhu Bajie.  His stats are good for a 3-drop, and I think, like his henchman counterpart Sha Wujing, he’ll see play in decks outside of just the ones with The Monkey King as their Ruler.

Overall Thoughts:  (Ruben):  In Limited, this card could be amazing with its counterpart Sha Wujing in play if you use Sun Wukong. Other than that it is just a 3-drop wind resonator with decent stats. The ability to hate on additions in Lapis may be something to think about. Perhaps this set may have heavy additions in it. In Constructed this card could be really good especially since opponents tend to have quite a bit of regalia nowadays. Also, the extra cost of additions will slow things down some as well.

Cloning Magic


Limited:  4.0  (🌟🌟🌟🌟)

  • Cheap cost.
  • Must cast another spell to make Torrent more effective.
  • Quickcast.
  • Torrent can help draw a card.
  • Copying an activated ability can be pretty amazing in limited.

Constructed (Alice Cluster):  3.0  (🌟🌟🌟)

(Mike):  This card looks like a fun card to play.  You’ll want to make sure you have a decent amount of Resonators with Activate abilities, but luckily there’s a lot of these to choose from.  Any copying effect has the potential to be broken.  The Torrent ability is a nice bonus if you can get it, but don’t hold onto the card because you’re waiting to get the Torrent bonus if you could win the game by casting this card.

Overall Thoughts:  (Ruben): In Limited this card could be devastating with a key activated ability on the chase. It could change a game in a hurry. If playing this card, good things will happen. I love it for Limited. In Constructed this card could also be back breaking and could shift a game quite quickly. Drawing cards is never a bad thing. I would find a way to use this card in many decks. Very good.

Protector of the Forest


Limited:  3.0  (🌟🌟🌟)

  • Good stats for this resonator.
  • No evasion.
  • Flavor text is solid.

Constructed (Alice Cluster):  2.0  (🌟🌟)

(Mike):  While I think this card will see some play, it doesn’t impress me that much.  It’s stats are good for a 5-drop, but without a way to push it’s damage through (Flying, Pierce) it’s just a big body on the ground.  It’s not a bad card, but it’s certainly not impressive.  In a dedicated Beast deck, this card would go up to a 3.0 rating.

Overall Thoughts:  (Ruben):  In Limited this card is a great 5-drop. The stats are really good and if anything buffs beasts in Lapis Cluster, this card could get even better. If I am playing wind, this card is going in. Very good. In Constructed this card will be okay unless playing it in a beast themed deck. There are better 5-drops and you want something game changing at 5. Overall this card is really good in Limited and can be okay to good in a Constructed deck.

Magic Born Vegatation


Limited:  2.5  (🌟🌟½)

  • Cheap.
  • Way too easy to kill early on. Will be Public Enemy #1.
  • Great way to generate will when needed.
  • Would be okay to play if you need some spots to fill or you can protect it as it generates counters.
  • If left alone, this card generates tons of advantage later on.

Constructed (Alice Cluster):  1.0  (🌟)

(Mike):  I can’t see including this in any deck, since as soon as I rest it to put a magic counter on it, I feel pretty certain my opponent will just attack it next turn and kill it.  Even if I had an addition that gave this Resonator a fair amount of ATK, I’d probably be better off putting it on a different Resonator instead and increasing its ATK instead.  This card looks like a trap to me.

Overall Thoughts:  (Ruben):  In Limited this card could be decent to good. I would play this card if I had some slots to fill but wouldn’t hesitate to cut this card. It will need help. If it was unable to be attacked, this card would be way better. In Constructed this card is more or less the same. Too many ways to get rid of this card. Cute for right now but I don’t see myself playing this card any time soon.

Bird of Paradise, Dancing in the Sky


Limited:  2.0  (🌟🌟)  

  • 400/200 for 1G and flying is good.
  • Must have more BoP in deck to make this more effective.
  • ETB trigger gets you another BoP.
  • Almost identical in name to the Magic the Gathering card with the same name.
  • Has evasion.

Constructed (Alice Cluster):  2.0  (🌟🌟)

(Mike):  Don’t let my low rating fool you.  I like this card.  It’s great to be able to search out another one of these birds when you put one into play, as it creates a steady stream of Resonatory your opponent must deal with.  My main complaint is that this card is another card that limits deck building choices, as you’ll usually want to add 4 of these to any deck you build with them.  400 ATK in the air is good, but with only a 200 DEF, this bird probably won’t stick around long.

Overall Thoughts:  (Ruben): In Limited it is not bad for 1G to get a 400/200 flyer. The ETB trigger is only useful if you have more than one in your deck. What are the odds of that? Could be low but would be nice if you did. In Constructed I don’t see this card being played unless in an invested beast deck. We will wait and see I guess.


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