The time for Zendikar Rising has almost arrived!!!!

The official launch of previews is this Tuesday on Twitch.tv, but we got our first official look at the set with the preview of Jace, Mirror Mage and Nahiri, Heir of the Ancients on Weekly MTG.

Let’s look to see if these planeswalkers have what it takes to make the cut in standard.

Jace is the first planeswalker to have kicker text. For two additional mana you can create a copy of Jace, Mirror Mage. Two planeswalker for five total mana is a very good rate.

Jace’s abilities are for plus one scry 2 and for zero mana you draw a card and reveal it. Then a number of loyalty counters equal to that card’s converted mana cost are removed from Jace, Mirror Mage. The plus ability is ideal for the blue/green Uro decks that will continue to dominate the top tier of standard at least initially after rotation. I suspect that most of the time Jace will be kicked, so that you can use there abilities together. I expect that you will plus one copy of Jace to put a card on the top of your deck that you want and then use the zero ability on the other to draw it. This should help push the blue/green game plan.

I like the overall design of Jace, Mirror Mage and I think we will see him played in decks that want to filter their card selection.

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For the first time, we get a Nahiri card from her home plane of Zendikar. Nahiri, Heir of the Ancients cost two colorless, a red, and a white mana for a four loyalty planeswalker. Her plus one ability creates a 1/1 white Kor warrior creature token that you may attach an equipment you control. How powerful the ability to add an equipment card to the token will depend on what new artifacts are added with Zendikar Rising. I’m most excited about Nahiri in Historic where there are a lot of great equipment cards that could be played in a Nahiri Boros deck. I look forward to building around Nahiri.

Her minus two ability lets you search the top six cards of your deck for a warrior or equipment card that you will put in your hand while the rest go to the bottom of your deck. Just as with the plus one ability, what cards that Nahiri can utilize will determine how much that ability matters.
Her minus three ability further pushes the equipment theme. You can deal damage to a creature or planeswalker equal to twice the number of equipment you control. If this could do direct damage to an opponent it would be a much more powerful ability, but the ability to kill a creature or a planeswalkers has value on a planeswalker.

I think both planeswalkers have the potential to impact standard. The rest of the set will determine how useful they are during Zendikar Rising season.

Until next time, good luck finding your win condition!