The first week of Modern Horizons has almost ended, but the stream of interesting, soon-to-be-released cards continues. Today, the official Magic Twitch stream revealed a new Mox card that will see release with the new set: Mox Tantalite.
Mox cards are as old as Magic itself. Mox Emerald, Jet, Pearl, Ruby, and Sapphire were the originals. Each costs 0 to cast but taps for 1 mana of the color their name invokes. Printed in Alpha, these cards are so powerful that they became restricted to one copy each in the Vintage format. Meanwhile, Legacy has banned them. The ability to create more mana than your opponent on early turns is powerful and widely sought after.
‘Fixed’ Mox cards continued to emerge in the years after the original Moxen made their impact on Magic. Mox Diamond, Chrome Mox, and Mox Opal all have a significant downside to use them, but even these have been considered too powerful for certain formats. Chrome Mox was quickly banned in Modern, and Mox Opal is strong enough in Artifact decks that it was recently put on a watchlist as well.
These days, Mox cards tend to be relatively tame. Mox Amber was printed in Dominaria and has barely seen any play at all. Regardless, the allure of these magical jewels is undeniable, and the latest one is no exception. Enter: Mox Tantalite.
More reminiscent of Lotus Bloom than its Moxen predecessors, Mox Tantalite can be suspended for free, and in 3 turns, the player can cast it. Unlike Lotus Bloom, however, you can reuse Mox Tantalite every turn, rather than just once.
There’s only one deck in Modern that plays Lotus Bloom (Ad Nauseum) and Lotus Bloom just fits their gameplan a bit better than Mox Tantalite. However, Tantalite seems quite strong in Commander; players could use it for mana fixing in any deck that needs it. As most Commander decks utilize 3 or more colors, more mana fixing is always welcome in the format. If you’re a Commander player, grab a copy as soon as you can!
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