February 4, 2017

Aether Revolt Bundle Pack: 9 Cards You Should Know About

You can pick up the new Bundle Box for $30 on Amazon!

Aether Revolt was released on January 20, 2017. This means new cards and new products to buy, collect, sell, and sort.

The Aether Revolt bundle is one of these new products, but what exactly is in a bundle?

For those of you who don’t know what a bundle is, picture a fat pack, which includes ten booster packs. Wizards of the Coast officially changed the name of fat pack to bundle during the Kaladesh block.

So, what is available in an Aether Revolt bundle and what strong cards are in Aether Revolt?

What’s In An Aether Revolt Bundle?

Included in the Aether Revolt bundle are ten booster packs. Ten whole booster packs to open up and enjoy. This means one hundred and fifty total cards to look through and add to decks. Eighty basic lands are included as well – with sixteen of each color.

In addition to all of the cards, there’s also a visual player guide to the set and a spindown life counter.

What Are The Best Aether Revolt Cards?

Everyone is dying to know what the most popular cards are in the Aether Revolt set. Consider picking up a few of these at your local game store.

Heart of Kiran

What’s great about Heart of Kiran? Well, for starters, it’s a two mana cost artifact card that can also be a 4/4 creature. Now, it’s a bit of a stretch, but if you’re playing red, consider throwing a Kari Zev – Skyship Raider into your deck. That way, you can crew Heart of Kiran with a pirate and her monkey. Why? Because it’s awesome.

Seriously though, who doesn’t love a two mana cost 4/4 creature with flying and vigilance? Another great feature is that, if you have a significant number of planeswalkers in your deck, you can remove a loyalty counter from one of them to pay Heart of Kiran’s crew cost.

Walking Ballista

Everyone remembers Hangarback Walker – one of the most important cards in standard during the Origins set. He is an XX mana cost 0/0. He enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters. When he dies, you get a thoper for each counter on him.

Walking Ballista is the next Hangarback Walker. Wizards might as well have just named this card Ballista Walker.

Walking Ballista has an XX mana cost and the ability to enter the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it. The only difference is that it takes three more mana to pump up Walking Ballista. He also doesn’t do anything when he dies.

Ballista Walker instead deals damage as you take counters off of him – giving you the option to kill a big creature or deal tons of damage to your opponent.

Tezzeret the Schemer

If you’re playing Tezzeret the Schemer, you’re playing artifacts. This Tezzeret actually might make his way into a few Sultai decks (blue, black, and green). His +1 ability generates an Etherium Cell that produces mana. You can’t argue that Tezzeret isn’t a good planeswalker. As a four mana cost planeswalker, he offers five loyalty counters.

Tezzeret’s ultimate offers a pretty amazing Ensoul Artifact ability during combat via an emblem (Wizards’ new favorite ability).

Paradox Engine

Who doesn’t love casting a counterspell and untapping everything you own?

However, Paradox Engine only untaps nonland permanents you control. In a blue-red modern artifact deck, think of the possibilities of untapping your Copper Myr and Silver Myr. This allows you to generate mana to cast spells, to untap your creatures, to generate more mana.

Clock of Omens will live to see another day. However, it will probably be sitting right next to Paradox Engine.

Under-Appreciated Aether Revolt Cards

Greenbelt Rampager

This card isn’t appreciated because of its drawback. He has to be returned to your hand if you don’t pay two energy.

Despite this, you can get an energy counter on turn one for a one mana cost card.

So, how can you get around the drawback? Two cards make Greenbelt Rampager worth the trouble. Highspire Infusion and Ornithopter. Can you say attack with flying on turn two? On turn three, you can have a 0/2 Ornithopter, a 3/4 Greenbelt Rampager, and whatever else you can get out for two mana.

Heroic Intervention

Apparently only true green players can see the benefits of having Heroic Intervention in a deck – as shown by its low monetary value.

Two mana cost, instant speed, plus permanents you control gain hexproof and indestructible? What is wrong with this card?

More MTG players are starting to appreciate this card, which can be seen by its tiny increase in price over the last two weeks. Every deck can benefit from Heroic Intervention – or at least use it in a sideboard.

Take Into Custody

Everything is right about this card – including low mana cost and control. The only thing this card doesn’t do that its predecessor (Chilling Chill) does is draw you a card. Tapping down a creature for a turn or two is increasingly more necessary with every set release. Counterspells do help more than simply tapping a creature, but you can’t counter every creature your opponent casts.

Lifecraft Awakening

This card is the essence of green. Lifecraft Awakening gives life to an artifact. It does everything that a green spell should do for an artifact. The flavor text just proclaims how amazing this card really is. “It was made, yes, but that does not mean it cannot grow.”

Aether Revolt Promo Cards

Besides what’s available through booster packs, what promo cards are available in Aether Revolt? Four promo cards are currently available. Trophy Mage, Yaheeni’s Expertise, Scrap Trawler, and Quicksmith Rebel.

Scrap Trawler is available as a Buy-a-Box promo and, depending on your game store, might still be available. It offers new art, the Aether Revolt watermark, and a foil finish.

Quicksmith Rebel was available during launch weekend. It is foil, dated, has the same watermark, and has awesome new art.

Although Trophy Mage doesn’t offer new art, it does offer a cool black background instead of the traditional white for the text box. The black text box definitely makes this Trophy Mage stand out.

Yahenni’s Expertise is also amazing. Wizards did a great job with the art and the clear background – making every word stick out. It’s gonna be hard to get your hands on this card. You had to make top eight during Game Day. Good luck finding someone willing to sell this one.

Overall, Aether Revolt is a great up-and-coming set. Get a bundle today!

You can pick up the new Bundle Box for $30 on Amazon!