Are they hidden gems? Maybe not. But these ten cards are still legal in Standard and they need some love.

10. Combustible Gearhulk

Poor [casthaven]Combustible Gearhulk[/casthaven]. Every other Gearhulk sees play in at least a Tier 2 deck but nobody seems to remember that the red Gearhulk does…things, too.

Hell, people have been playing [casthaven]Refurbish[/casthaven] in some of the [casthaven]God-Pharaoh’s Gift[/casthaven] decks. Why not go all Gearhulk, all the time? You probably need some sweepers to stay alive, and [casthaven]Strategic Planning[/casthaven] into [casthaven]Sweltering Suns[/casthaven] into [casthaven]Refurbish[/casthaven] a [casthaven]Combustible Gearhulk[/casthaven] sounds tempting.


9. Kozilek, the Great Distortion

Both non-Kozilek Eldrazi Titans have been responsible for getting a card banned in this Standard format. [casthaven]Emrakul, the Promised End[/casthaven] got herself banned and [casthaven]Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger[/casthaven] helped [casthaven]Aetherworks Marvel[/casthaven] out the door. But Kozilek? Well, no one has heard from Kozilek for a while. Should someone stop by and check on him?

8. & 7. Felidar Cub and Saheeli Rai

Yes, [casthaven]Felidar Guardian[/casthaven] got banned. But Copy Cat players just gave up on the deck too soon and forgot that there was another white Felidar in Standard. Maybe [casthaven]Felidar Cub[/casthaven] is the Cub That Was Promised? Why not? You can kill a lot of…enchantments…with this combo.

6. Seasons Past


Remember when Jon Finkel Top 8’d Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad with a [casthaven]Seasons Past[/casthaven] control deck? Then everyone bought the card and played it and won approximately 90% less? There’s still a few months left to try and get that win rate up!

5. Felidar Sovereign

What? There’s a third Felidar in Standard? Aren’t people trying to beat mono-red? Are you aware that [casthaven]Anointer Priest[/casthaven] is a card? Isn’t there a lifegain deck? Not playing [casthaven]Felidar Sovereign[/casthaven] seems like a missed opportunity.

4. Duskwatch Recruiter


What the hell is going on with green two drops? Like, really. How many ridiculous green two drops are in Standard right now (see below)? This format is wide open, [casthaven]Cryptolith Rite[/casthaven] is still around, and nobody is playing [casthaven]Duskwatch Recruiter[/casthaven]? Aren’t there ramp decks with a ton of mana? The best deck is a bunch of zombies that slowly overwhelm opponents? There’s probably something we’re missing.

3. Sylvan Advocate

Remember when this was the best green two drop since [casthaven]Tarmogoyf[/casthaven]? Brad Nelson and Corey Baumeister played these in Minneapolis a few weeks ago, but they had so much confidence in it that they actually bet on who could win more matches with it in their deck.

2. Spell Queller

This card was keeping [casthaven]Aetherworks Marvel[/casthaven] in check for an entire Pro Tour. [casthaven]Aetherworks Marvel[/casthaven] gets banned, and [casthaven]Spell Queller[/casthaven] can’t even get anyone to return its calls. Did they print an efficient way to kill a three-toughness flier or something?

1. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar


Brendan McNamara contributed to this article.

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