Highlights for Day Eight in Magic: The Gathering's Double Masters in 2022

Highlights for Day Eight in Magic: The Gathering's Double Masters in 2022 ...

The fourth day of Magic: The Gatherings Double Masters preview season for 2022. Weve now seen all of the expensive, fancy things this premium set has to offer, and its looking like one of the most exciting sets this year.

The game is paired with hidden treasures that have been waiting for reprints for decades, with fantastic new alternative art and a three-colour draft format that looks lovely and robust. When it was revealed, people were expecting much from Double Masters 2022, but Wizards has certainly proved us wrong.

On day eight of spoilers, weve had the white enchantment everyone was hoping for, the first reprint of a card released 23 years ago, and a massive shakeup to the Pauper metagame. Here''s all you need to know about the Double Masters 2022s preview season.

Smothering Tithe

Three generic traits and one white enchantment

If an opponent draws a card, that play may pay two generic amounts. You create a Treasure token.

After its introduction in Ravnica Allegiance in 2019, Smothering Tithe has had its first booster reprint for the year. It isn''t the longest-anticipated reprint of the set by a wide margin, but it''s one that the game has desperately needed for the longest time.

If you were lucky enough to get a Smothering Tithe in a Ravnica Allegiance pack, your only other hope was being able to see down the Faerie Schemes Brawl deck from Throne of Eldraine. Other than that you have to buy a Brawl deck a format that nobody plays outside of MTG Arena, the cost has increased to almost three times the original asking price.

Smothering Tithe is one of the most powerful ramping tools used by whites. Even in a post-Archaeomancers Map world in which white has many methods to pull out mana, nothing is quite as useful as Smothering Tithe, producing dozens of treasures. This is why one player must crack and refuse to pay, and suddenly you run away with the game and take the win.

Smothering Tithe is also one of the Commander''s most-hated cards, partly because of how simple it is to quietly accumulate mana, and partly because of the endless do you pay the two? It''s really necessary, although it slows down games in a similar way to the Rhystic Study. Sometimes, white really needs the help.

Emiel the Blessed

Unicorn 4/4: Two generic, two white legendary creature

Three generics: Exile another target creature you control and return it to the battlefield under its owner control.

If another creature enters the battlefield under your control, you may pay either one green or one white mana. Place a +1/+1 counter on it. Instead, put two +1/+1 counters on it.

Without having a flicker-focused draft archetype, we could have seen one of the most powerful flicker commanders in the game. At the start of the 2020s Jumpstart, Emiel the Blessed might appear like a cutesy Unicorn tribal commander, but it''s unfavorable how quickly this horse can go off the rails.

Emiel''s main advantage is that it uses the fastest way of flicker. This includes cards like Solemn Simulacrum for card draw, Elvish Visionary and Spirited Companion for card draw, and Aura Shards for artifact and enchantment removal. It''s quite a hassle to keep flickering your creatures.

Emiel isn''t quite as combo heavy as other blink tools but it''s not totally wholesome. Assuming you have at least four mana dorks (creatures that can tap to produce mana) you''ll be able to flicker Village Bell-Ringer to produce infinite mana and get infinite enters-the-battlefield triggers. Alternatively, use Double Masters 2022s Phyrexian Altar with the Avenger of Zendikar plant tokens for infinite

Warriors Oath

Two red sorcerys:

After this one, make an additional turn. At the end of the turns step, you lose the game.

Warriors Oath has been waiting for a reprint for 22 years, the first time between a non-Reserved List card debut and its first reprint in the entire game. At the beginning of the 1999 starter produce Portal: Three Kingdoms, it has paid a substantial market price.

Extra turn spells in red aren''t unheard of, with the last one we saw being Alchemists Gambit in Innistrad: Crimson Vow. Red has the serious disadvantage of causing you to lose the game at the end of the turn.

When you know that you have the victory, this is a game to play, but you just need to have one more turn. Alternatively, you might be playing Commander Legends Obeka, Brute Chronologist, or Sundial of the Infinite, which can tap to avoid the end step and prevent you from losing.

Warriors Oath is probably not the most impressive spell a throwaway from a Standard set did the same, after all. But it is a part of Magics history returning to the table after two decades. Plus, it might snag hidden secondary market prices.

Monastery Swiftspear

One red creature Human Monk 1/2:

Haste.

Prowess.

How can a 1/2 with just the need for courage and prowess be so good in a set where we have had dozens of precon commanders and some of the most powerful cards in the game? Pauper is the answer.

The common-only Pauper format, which has the same card legality as every printed one. At some point, the Monastery Swiftspear transitions from uncommon to common for the first time, which makes its debut in the Pauper format.

Monastery Swiftspear is without doubt the only card to do this Experiment One on the first day, while Militia Bugler and Jeskai Elder were on the final day. But among all the cards that have been reduced to common in Double Masters 2022, it is certainly the most powerful.

Pauper is already a format that is based on generating lots of cheap spells like Affinity, Goblins, Bogles, and Burn all see (or have seen, rest in peace, Affinity) significant play in the Pauper metagame. To make matters worse, Monastery Swiftspear has two toughness, which allows it to tank a slew of things a 1/1 simply couldnt.

The red/white Boros Aggro decks, where this might be a significant upgrade, have already sold inexpensive cards like Lightning Bolt, Kuldotha Rebirth, and Galvanic Blast. It''s unlikely that your Swiftspear will be reduced for four or five damage, and with four copies in the deck, it''s a quick game ender. This is a broad vocabulary that might be incorporated into the game.

Mayaels Aria

One red, one green, and one white enchantment

If you control a creature with power five or grater, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control. Then you can ten life if you control a creature with power ten or greater. Then you win the game if you control a creature with power 20 or greater.

Mayaels Aria gets its first-ever news after it was first printed in Alara Reborn in the year 2022.

Due to its lack of reprints, Mayaels Aria may be a villain in Commander''s new position, where its very easy to pull out and buff creatures to above 20 power. To sabotage the deal, we also had one of the top commanders who used Mayaels Aria for Double Masters 2022. Uril, the Miststalkers'' ability to gain +2/+2, allows you to put counters and gain life almost immediately off the bat.

The Magic version has changed since it was first created 13 years ago, and there are a lot of Naya (red/green/white) commanders this would be great to play in. Gishath and Suns Avatar would be a fantastic deck to run Mayaels Aria in, as all those large, stompy dinosaurs would be dragged up before taking a victory in a few turns. Theres also Obuun, Mul Daya Ancestor, Primal Entity

If you want to create a Naya deck with big monsters smash, there are by far worse enchantments you might bring in with Mayaels Aria.