I know what you’re thinking, how can a Return to Ravnica review have gold cards when we already did the guild reviews (followed by how come it has taken this long to judge cards)? Well, one card didn’t have a guild symbol. So there.
Vraska the Unseen
Planeswalkers are an interesting breed for multiplayer games. The normal test is can they defend themselves, but when facing down three or four opponents, defending isn’t a real option – until now. Vraska’s +1 evokes No Mercy with great delight. Taking a page out of the Azorious playbook, her ability lasts until your next turn so unless someone can one-short this gorgon, she’s going down with one hell of a fight.
Her -3 is great since everyone loves Vindicate (well, except the person it has been cast against). Then there is her ultimate which is hilariously over the top. Getting three 1/1 assassins isn’t great, but getting mini-Phages is amazing. Thankfully they only trigger off combat damage, but I’m just dying to play around with the assassins and Camouflage. Oh, and this seals the deal on my Golgari-Populate deck idea.
This is mana fixing! For anyone considering any multicolor (or even mono-colored) Commander deck, you probably want to run this. We may have finally found a replacement for Darksteel Ingot! But where this card interests me most is the weirder color combinations that don’t always get mana fixing support – like white-red-black. Oh, and this is a minor piece of mana acceleration.
In RtR limited, this is an interesting Bonesplitter variant. In casual though, this card has potential but you really need to work on it. Being able to give +5+0 for only two mana is amazing – especially thanks to some of blue’s weirder color-shifting cards, like Shyft! In the right commander deck, this could shine unexpectedly but you need a lot of gold… or some of those Alara Reborn gold-hybrids.
Awful at milling and super expensive to return cards, this is still an interesting artifact since it gives every color access to Regrowth. If your Commander decks needs a way to get a specific card back, this is for you.
I don’t like this card in multiplayer. It’s narrow, it shuts down someone specifically and just leaves me bored. It’s good and works well as a stopgap measure when a deck gets out of hand, but it just isn’t exciting.
Tablet of the Guilds
I’m still looking for a good cereal name for this. I wish this card cost 3 and worked for all spells and not just yours. The art is awesome though.
This may be my favorite dumb card in the set. The ability is so hilariously narrow, I can’t help but smile. Don’t play this.
While Street Sweeper is dumb, Volatile Rig is exactly what my coin flipping deck needed! I love the concept of a super fragile robot that can explode at a moment’s notice. Is this card good? Probably not, but it looks to be fun.
Five mana effectively is a lot to pay for making a creature unblockable. In infect decks, this could be worth it but I see it as being almost exclusively for limited. Unless you’re playing a mono-colored deck that can afford it and use it.
A reprint of Rupture Spire, this is a perfect one for 5-color commanders. It’s cheap, it’s a great card to get a new name.
Top 5 Return to Ravnica Gold, Artifacts and Lands for Casual and Commander
5. Transguild Promenade
4. Volatile Rig
3. Civic Saber
2. Chromatic Lantern
1. Vraska the Unseen