The Top 10 MTG War of the Spark Planeswalkers for Constructed Magic

Author Thumbnail Nick Price August 05, 2019 17:47 PM

7Liliana, Dreadhorde General

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The headline character from War of the Spark alongside "Gideon Blackblade" and "Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God", this 6-mana Liliana has not seen much play in Standard

She’s a decent finisher in Black midrange decks, but the Dreadhorde General is likely more notable for her gorgeous Japanese alternate art printing. Illustrated by Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano, foil version of the card currently sells for 220,000 Yen on Hareruya’s online shop.

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It’s an incredible price for a card on the fringes of playability. But when rotation hits and Standard players are scrambling for cards that end the game quickly, we might see more of this sweet card and her gorgeous alternate art.

6Tamiyo, Collector of Tales

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I hate myself for ranking a card that helps make the Standard Simic Nexus deck better this high, but no one can deny how well "Tamiyo, Collector of Tales" slots into that deck’s game plan. 

Both her abilities make it so that Nexus players never seem to run out of gas and always find a way to turn a losing position into a W. Her static ability, while not always relevant, just reinforces her importance to a deck that is usually vulnerable to discard spells.

I do feel better knowing that the Collector of Tales is just as good in the Command the Dreadhorde decks that I enjoy playing. She fills up your graveyard and helps you set up for that big turn while also finding key interaction or a Hydroid Krasis to refill your hand. 

This is just a bonus point in her favor, but activating her plus ability and deciding what card to name adds a fun tension to games of Standard that might otherwise feel repetitive.

5Ugin, the Ineffable

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We kick off our top 5 with "Ugin, the Ineffable", a 6-mana Planeswalker whose power lies in his versatility. 

In Standard, Ugin sees play as a one or two-of in control and midrange sideboards as a way to answer problematic permanents or carry the late game with his plus ability. His static rarely matters as utility Artifacts like "Treasure Map" have fallen off the radar thanks to their vulnerability to "Teferi, Time Raveler".

In Eternal formats, however, Ugin can power up heavy colorless strategies and archetypes like Eldrazi, Tron, Cloudpost, and Stax. He works especially well with "Karn, the Great Creator" (who we’ll get to in a minute) to generate even more mana for cards like "Walking Ballista", "Endbringer", and "Mycosynth Lattice". His plus ability is just an added bonus that can help close out the game after locking out the opponent.

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Nick Price is a writer and Magic: the Gathering player from Manila, Philippines. When he’s not out grinding Magic tournaments or spending time with family, Nicholas plays Standard and Limited daily on MTG Online