Core Set 21 previews have begun. Powerful reprints and planeswalkers filled the first day of previews. We have known for a while that Teferi would take center stage in the set as Chandra did with Core Set 20. What we did not know was how Teferi would be represented in the set. Rather than take the Chandra approach with three unique cards in the set, Core Set 21 is built around Teferi based on the cards previewed so far.

Teferi, Master of Time is the signature card from Core Set 2021. What makes this version of Teferi unique and possibly the most powerful Magic card ever made is that you can activate his loyalty abilities once on each player’s turn when you can cast an instant. His plus one ability is a typical blue ability. You get to draw a card, then discard a card. What makes Teferi potentially the most broken card in history is that for minus three he can have a “target creature you don’t control phases out.” Teferi can activate this ability any time his controller can cast an instant, so he can remove an attacking creature from the game and anything that is attached to it until its controller’s next turn. My first thought was using the ability after a Mono-Red player cast and attached Embercleave to Anax, Hardened in the Forge or another creature to take it out of combat. His minus ten ability gives two extra turns. Overall, Teferi, Master of Time is one of the most powerful cards Wizards has created.

The other new card that pairs well with this new version of Teferi is Teferi’s Ageless Insight.

This legendary enchantment increases the number of cards drawn from one to two instead. When paired with Teferi this means two cards every time that Teferi’s plus one ability is activated. With the draw cards in blue that are used as part of the Jeskai Lukka Yorion deck and Azorius Control deck Teferi’s Ageless Insight and Teferi, Master of Time look like good fits.

Another card that I expect to see in these decks is the powerful reprint Baneslayer Angel. It was originally printed in Magic 2010. After its release, Baneslayer Angel became the standard that other powerful cards are judged. Bring it back into standard further pushes the power level of the format.

This new format looks like one that will be dominated by Teferi, so if you do not like playing against Jeskai or Azorius you might be out of luck at least until the fall rotation when Teferi, Time Raveler and many of the other key cards in these decks leave standard.

Until next time, good luck finding your win condition!