Thanks for coming back for part 2 off our daily spoiler review. Day three of Core Set 2020 spoilers has produced some great cards for standard.

Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord and Mu Yanling, Sky Dancer are the black and blue planeswalkers from Core Set 2020.

Sorin and Mu Yanling are powerful three drop planeswalkers. I am glad to see Mu Yanling get a standard legal card. What I do not like about the card is the two-starting loyalty. The turn that she enters the battlefield you must activate her +2 ability that gives up to one target creature -2/-0 and loses flying until your next turn. This does help protect her from one of your opponent’s threats, but it does not have the value of some other plus abilities. What I really like about Mu Yanling is her -3 ability that creates a 4/4 blue elemental bird creature token. Getting a 4/4 flyer for three mana is great value. Her ultimate ability costs eight loyalty and gives all your Islands the ability to tap to draw a card. It would be nice to have the emblem, but I think it is more likely that a second elemental is created before you ever get close to the needed loyalty.

Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord will find a home in standard because of his first +1 ability. He has two +1 abilities that make him a powerful planeswalker. The first: +1: Target creature you control gains deathtouch and lifelink until end of turn. If it’s a Vampire, put a +1/+1 counter on it. This makes blocking costly for an opponent, because he/she will lose the creature that blocked. The second ability is equally powerful in a vampire deck: +1: You may sacrifice a Vampire. When you do, Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord deals 3 damage to any target and you gain 3 life. With several sacrifice matters and death trigger cards in standard this could easily cause more than 3 damage. His final ability allows you to play a vampire card from your hand without paying its mana cost. This will make five and six cost vampires more playable. Maybe Haunt of the Hightower will see some play now. The added benefit of being able to play a vampire from your hand the turn Sorin enters the battlefield makes him very playable.

The last big reveal of the day were the dual lands from Core Set 2020. They are reprints of the Theros block dual lands. The downside of these lands is that they enter the battlefield tapped but scrying 1 when they enter the battlefield has good benefits. They are ideal for current standard play.

We will have more reviews of Core Set 2020 previews tomorrow.