There are twelve cards in the format that have adapt. Four commons, four
uncommons, and four rares.
I really like the look of these cards. Aeromunculus is substantially above
rate, and even Skitter Eel has the potential to be a high-impact card in
the format, something we rarely see on a common Hill Giant. Historically,
Limited decks without mana sinks can struggle as the game goes long, and
adapt is a great solution. but it can be a little sneaky.
Note that you can actually adapt multiple times if you can remove the
counter or counters from the creature. This wasn’t the case with the
monstrous mechanic and gives adapt more potential.
This doesn’t mention adapt either! So, any card that can remove or place
+1/+1 counters in this set has more to it than usual. Here are all the
cards in the set that can add or remove counters.
The fact that these cards are capable of giving creatures flying thanks to
Skatewing Spy, trample thanks to Trollbred Guardian, tap a creature thanks
to Sharktocrab, and more is fantastic. The real question will be how often
these interactions come up. If it’s frequent, I expect cards like Stony
Strength and Essence Capture to be much better than they look.
Outside of making creatures bigger, what does a Simic deck in Ravnica Allegiance look like? Can it be aggressive? Controlling?
Will it just be your run of the mill midrange Limited deck?
These are the proactive two-mana plays that Simic has access to at common
and uncommon. Looking at these squashes the idea of building an aggressive
Simic deck. Simic can still curve out with creatures and assume the role of
the beatdown, but it’ll be difficult to draft a deck where that’s the
primary strategy. Adapt looks to play the long game. It rewards time to
sink mana into putting counters on creatures.
There does appear to be a small mill theme in here with Wall of Lost
Thoughts and Persistent Petitioners, but I imagine that attacking with
beefy creatures will be a much better avenue to pursue (though I recommend
keeping this on the backburner). Maybe Azorius will be better suited for
the mill strategy, but green does provide great blockers to turtle up
Evaluating Quench as a two-drop is a little ambitious, but that’s going to
happen a fair amount of the time. Given that this counter is soft and not
difficult to play around, I don’t think you can afford to wait for the
right moment. It’s a fine card, but don’t be too picky. Also, Quench isn’t
the only interactive card in this color combination.
While there’s a good chunk of interaction here, there’s not much good
removal. Counterspells and bounce spells are reasonable, but usually we get
something harder in blue like Capture Sphere (although that didn’t end up
being very good, it was mostly for archetypal reasons). Slimebind is
supposed to fill this role, but without removing a blocker I’m unsure this
card will live up to its role. Simic won’t get there on creatures backed up
by interaction in the same way archetypes like Rakdos may be able to.
However, there’s a common I’m excited about in Growth Spiral. Maybe ramping
a bit and drawing cards is more what Simic should be doing. Here’s a
potential Simic deck, built with only commons and uncommons, that uses that
gold common well: