9 Ixalan Cards That Would Make Great FNM Promos

Author Thumbnail BY Brian McCormick - February 06, 2018
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Wizards of the Coast recently announced that Friday Night Magic promos will no longer be foil tokens, and instead are re-introducing foil Standard cards for rewards. Last July, WOTC said they made the switch to tokens in order to make FNM less competitive and more new player friendly. They are switching back to Standard Tokens for the following reason:

While the experiment with special premium tokens was aimed at fostering a fun, inclusive environment for Friday Night Magic, the real-world results did not match our expectations. That, coupled with the community's feedback, led us to change back.

I, for one, am excited that WOTC is changing back to Standard playable FNM cards and applaud them for this change. I still use my FNM Aether Hub and Fatal Push, and can't wait to see what new cards will get the premium treatment. That being said, in no particular order, here are 10 Ixalan cards that would make a great choice as an FNM Promo:

(P.S. only uncommon or common cards were selected, as rares and mythics traditionally do not get the FNM promo treatment)

#1- Opt

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Opt is a great choice because it is playable in multiple formats. Plenty of Modern decks run Opt in their main deck. It hasn't seen as much play in Standard recently, but it is a solid consideration for Approach decks and control brews. Opt is a great FNM card to attract control or combo players.

#2- Thunderherd Migration

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It's almost a crime to put new art on this beautiful piece by Lars Grant-West, but the card itself would make for a great FNM promo. Tribal is a major theme of Ixalan, and Thunderherd Migration is a big part of the G/R Monster (with Dinos) deck. Mana-ramp go-big style decks have really suffered lately in Standard with the lack of Rampant Growth, but Thunderherd adds some great potential, assuming you are willing to use Dinosaurs.

#3- Legion Lieutenant

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Everyone loves a fun tribal deck. I've played against my fair share of Vampire tribal decks at FNM, and Legion Lieutenant is one of the reasons the deck can become so fearsome to play against. Even after Ixalan Standard rotates, this will see play in casual tribal decks for years to come. For those reasons, this would make a great FNM promo.

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Brian McCormick is a Fantasy and Science Fiction enthusiast & Co Founder of Epicstream.com