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Waste Not ICD

Happy Tuesday MTG peeps,

In yesterday's article, we yattered about the Magic 2015 core set official announcement, the two new M15 card previews and the card design template changes coming with this set.  We did not really go into any individual card discussion (ICD) on the new cards as we had focused on the cool card template changes.  To catch up  with that previous discussion, pop back to yesterday's article or have a look at this handy quick 'n' dirty graphic summary borrowed from our MTG Realm Tumblr page.

Anywhoos - let's talk about that M15 card as voted upon by the Magic Community -
Waste Not, 1b
Enchantment, M15 Rare

Whenever an opponent discards a creature card, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield.

Whenever an opponent discards a land card, add BB to your mana pool.

Whenever an opponent discards a noncreature, nonland card, draw a card.

This is a very decent card.  We would not go so far as saying crazy powerful but will think it can swing games in your favour.  This is of course all reviewed against the cards we presently have in standard.  By the time the next two sets (Born of the Gods and Journey into Nyx) as well as the rest of the M15 core set is published, this card will need another re-evaluation.
For now however, there is just over a dozen or so cards in standard that will cause your opponent to discard.  Unfortunately for you (fortunately for them) most of these spells do not target a card but allows the opponent to choose that card as in the case for 'Drainpipe Vermin' or will leave things to chance as in the case with 'Skull Rend' where discard is to be done in a random fashion. 
For the most 'bang for your buck' we suggest you may be well served with Duress, Thoughtseize, or Disciple of Phenax as these spells will give you some control over the discard and how Waste Not will work thereby delivering you an advantage given the particular board state.  We will definitely be dropping my MTG Mint Card and complete our deckset of Thoughtseize as it is by far the best pairing currently in standard.

That's it for now, so we'll just leave you with a comparative of the 'old' and 'new' card image for 'Wall of Fire'.


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