Magic: The Gathering Core 2021 Preview Round-Up: June 14th, 2020

Greetings, loyal fans, players, and collectors of Wizards of the Coast’s premier trading card game, Magic: The Gathering! Today, as there were only roughly two to three particularly-new Core 2021 previews to show you, we here at Bleeding Cool were initially stumped as to how to present this article for your reading pleasure. But then, we had an epiphany, of sorts.

The artwork for Sublime Epiphany, a new card from Core 2021, an upcoming expansion set for Magic: The Gathering. Illustrated by Lindsey Look.The artwork for Sublime Epiphany, a new card from Core 2021, an upcoming expansion set for Magic: The Gathering. Illustrated by Lindsey Look.
The artwork for Sublime Epiphany, a new card from Core 2021, an upcoming expansion set for Magic: The Gathering. Illustrated by Lindsey Look.

So, we figure that, rather than showcase to you some older previews, cards that you’ve very likely already seen on our site or elsewhere, we will just be showing you as much that’s been previewed as possible. Does that sound good to you? Great! Let’s dive in. The first card we will be looking at is Sublime Epiphany, and let us just say, the art for this card is gorgeous.

Sublime Epiphany, a new card from Core 2021, an upcoming expansion set for Magic: The Gathering.Sublime Epiphany, a new card from Core 2021, an upcoming expansion set for Magic: The Gathering.
Sublime Epiphany, a new card from Core 2021, an upcoming expansion set for Magic: The Gathering.

Sublime Epiphany costs six mana, two of which must be blue. This is significantly more mana-intensive than, say, Cryptic Command, although its cost’s blue-intensity is slightly better. Furthering the comparison to the famous counterspell initially introduced in the Lorwyn expansion set, Sublime Epiphany is a modal spell with many modes. In fact, it has five altogether, one more than Cryptic Command does. Plus, in stark contrast to Cryptic Command’s limit of two modes to choose out of its four, Sublime Epiphany allows you to choose any amount of them, even allowing you to choose all modes at once. That is bonkers, especially for only two mana more than Cryptic Command. In fact, this card reminds us quite a bit of a certain card from Unstable that has many modes, and many versions at that.

Radha, Heart of Keld, a new card from Core 2021, an upcoming expansion set for Magic: The Gathering.Radha, Heart of Keld, a new card from Core 2021, an upcoming expansion set for Magic: The Gathering.
Radha, Heart of Keld, a new card from Core 2021, an upcoming expansion set for Magic: The Gathering.

The other card previewed today is Radha, Heart of Keld. Radha, as a character, has come a very long way In Magic: The Gathering‘s extensive history. She survived the temporal crisis as a young’un, she grew up to be a major warlord of the Keldon people despite being a half-elf, and now, she’s still alive and well! Her abilities leave something to be desire, perhaps, when compared with her older iterations, but she can be a very powerful beatstick of a card in Commander or elsewhere. Perhaps a way to give Radha trample would be ideal.

How do you feel about Core 2021, for the most part? Is it a good set? Is it fun? Strong? Let us know how you feel about the upcoming Magic: The Gathering set by commenting below!

About Joshua Nelson

Josh Nelson is a Magic: The Gathering deckbuilding savant, a self-proclaimed scholar of all things Sweeney Todd, and, of course, a writer for Bleeding Cool. In their downtime, Josh can be found painting models, playing Magic, or possibly preaching about the horrors and merits of anthropophagy. You can find them on Twitter at @Burning_Inquiry for all your burning inquiries.

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