Day three of Core Set 2020 spoilers has produced some great cards for standard. The first all-star card from Core Set 2020 is Legion’s End.

It costs just 1B for a creature removal card that has the feel of Fatal Push and Unmoored Ego combined. The card’s text reads “Exile target creature an opponent controls with converted mana cost 2 or less and all other creatures that player controls with the same name as that creature. Then that player reveals their hand and exiles all cards with that name from their hand and graveyard.” The only thing Legion’s End does not do is search your opponent’s library for the creature you exile. This card will be a must for any deck playing black because of cards like Runaway Steam-Kin, Hero of Precinct One, and Wildgrowth Walker dominating standard. It works particularly well against decks playing a graveyard matters strategy. I expect it to become the key black creature removal piece moving into Core Set 2020 standard play.

Two very powerful creatures arrived with Marauding Raptor and Rotting Regisaur.

Marauding Raptor is the best red creature, so far in Core Set 2020. For 1R you get a 2/3 creature. These are good stats for a two costs creature. The bonkers part of the card is its ability. Creature spells you cast cost {1} less to cast. Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, Marauding Raptor deals 2 damage to it. If a Dinosaur is dealt damage this way, Marauding Raptor gets +2/+0 until end of turn. With all the dinosaurs from the Ixalan block making a powerful dinosaur deck should be easy. I counted sixty that would survive the 2 damage dealt by Marauding Raptor. Plus, many of these cards had abilities that activated when the creature receives damage. The enrage mechanic from Ixalan works well with Marauding Raptor. I like Ripjaw Raptor the most for this use because you get to draw a card when it takes any damage.

Rotting Regisaur maybe one of the best three drops creatures ever printed. A 7/6 creature that could cost only two mana, if Marauding Raptor is already on the battlefield is insane. The fact that you discard a card at the beginning of your upkeep is a small price to pay for this monster. In a deck that wants to play all its cards quickly, this cost is minimized because most games you will empty your hand by turn four or five and will not have to discard a card when you have an empty hand.

Today we got the final leyline with Leyline of Abundance.

Its abilities are “When you tap a creature for mana, add an additional {G}. {6}{G}{G}: Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control. Both abilities have value, but if you don’t have Abundance in your opening hand I’m not sure I would take off a turn to play it. I think it will see mostly limited play.

The final creature of note is Yarok, The Desecrated.

Yarok is the third commander from the set. I think it has some standard playability because “If a permanent entering the battlefield causes a triggered ability of a permanent you control to trigger, that ability triggers an additional time.” I think decks playing the Ixalan explore package will want this card. Gaining twelve life from playing a Jadelight Ranger with a Wildgrowth Walker on the Battlefield sounds gross.

Please check back later for our second article of the day that looks at the new lands from Core Set 2020 and new planeswalkers.