It may have seemed like forever ago that we were looking for the latest preview cards, and waiting for our chance to crack open some sweet new cards. Well wait no longer, for the Hour of Devastation has finally arrived. This weekend those of us lucky enough to have sometimes to ourselves will more than likely choose to spend that time busting open our new Pre-Release kits. The very fortunate among us will also win some shiny new packs of Hour of Devastation, and might be able to get a draft going with some friends. Drafting a new set is both daunting and fun, with the thrill of seeing if you can find a new Planeswalker or another limited bomb. But what if you crack open your first pack and all you see is a dud Rare? Worst still, what if none of your Uncommons are even playable? Fear not, for we here at Master of Magics have you covered. We have trolled through magics latest set to find you the best first pickable Commons, so you don’t have to. So sit back, relax, and check out our Top 5 Limited Common Bombs in Hour of Devastation.
Number 5: Bitterbow Sharpshooter
Green never fails to impress with big stompy creatures, and Hour of Devastation is no exception. As a 4/4 for five mana, Bitterbow Sharpshooter might at first seem slightly below the curve in terms of power. But don’t let that foul you, as these Jackal Archers can really pile on the damage. With both Reach and Vigilance, the Sharpshooters will not only hold off most other early to mid-game threats, but can do so while also going on the offensive. If it had maybe one extra toughness, it may have been high up the list, but I would keep an eye out for them during your first few drafts.
Number 4: Steadfast Sentinel
Now I know what you are thinking. How on earth can you consider a four mana 2/3 as a limited bomb? Well that’s easy, it has Eternalize. This could be said for all the Eternalize cards in the set, but Steadfast Sentinel impress me more than the rest. As with the Bitterbow Sharpshooter, Vigilance is the main factor in this selection. Being able to attack and stay back to block is something you should always keep your eyes open for, and the fact that we can get it back as a 4/4 later in the game is just the icing on the cake. If you can get your hands on a few of these early, then you can be sure your opponent will be in for a bad day.
Number 3: Granitic Titan
This guy may not be Desert Cerodon, but he does have one thing going for him. Unlike the giant land beast of Amonkhet, this elemental has Menace and in Limited any from of evasion is welcome. That’s not all. Like his bigger cousin, if we are not in need of a giant beat stick and would rather dig for answers, we can Cycle it away to draw a card. Although I would prefer the Cerodon, with only one pack of Amonkhet per person, I’d be happy to have the Titan fill out the top end of my deck.
Number 2: Striped Riverwinder
You may be starting to notice a theme emerging in this article in that Keywords are king, and they don’t get much better than Hexproof. So, when you put this great Keyword on a 5/5 Serpent that can also Cycle for a single Blue, you have well and truly got my attention. Though it is very expensive at seven mana, this Blue bomb is certain to be high up on the picking order of most drafters. If you are thinking of going Blue, or are looking for a signal and this guy falls in your lap, read the signs and go Blue.
Number 1: Rampaging Hippo
Without a shadow of a doubt, the best Limit Common in the set has to go to this destructive Green meanie. For your initial investment of two Green and four generic mana you get a 5/6 with Trample, which isn’t too shabby if you ask me. Not only does it beat any other creature on this list, but does a fine job of handling most other Commons and Uncommons in the Block. Just like the Granitic Titan and Striped Riverwinder, it can be cycled if we have no need for it. If your Rare and Uncommons are not up to scratch, then the Rampaging Hippo is defiantly first pickable.
Well I hope this article has been some help to you, if you have your own top 5 list we would love to hear it. I hope you have fun playing with Hour of Devastation this weekend. The set looks sweet and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. What cards are you hoping to pull at the Pre-Release? Drop us a line and let us know. If you wish to support the site, give us a like and share on social media. But until next time, Good Luck and Have Fun.