Magic: The Gathering's Core 2021 Previews "Something Borrowed"

Earlier today, we mentioned that we were going to emphasize the marriage of old and new themes, concepts, and cards in Core 2021, the newest upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Well, what better way to emphasize a marriage than by sharing things old and new, borrowed, and perhaps even blue? This article will delve into only reprints from within the new core set for Magic, thus exemplifying "borrowed" cards from other sets.

The showcase artwork for Solemn Simulacrum, a reprinted card from Core 2021 for Magic: The Gathering. Illustrated by Joseph Meehan.
The showcase artwork for Solemn Simulacrum, a reprinted card from Core 2021 for Magic: The Gathering. Illustrated by Joseph Meehan.

 

Let's begin with a good example of what happens when robots get sad: What happens is that the robot will ramp your mana and then draw you a card upon death. Don't be glum; it's Solemn Simulacrum!

Solemn Simulacrum, a reprinted card from Core 2021, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in its Showcase version.
Solemn Simulacrum, a reprinted card from Core 2021, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering. Shown here in its Showcase version.

Solemn Simulacrum is one of those cards that always used to be a Commander staple but has been on a steady decline as better cards have been printed, slowly but surely forcing the Glum Golem out of its slot. I guess it really does have a reason to be solemn.

Massacre Wurm, a reprinted card from Core 2021, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.
Massacre Wurm, a reprinted card from Core 2021, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.

Next, we see Massacre Wurm, a mighty monstrosity of epic proportions. This Phyrexian beastie is formidable in most any monoblack control deck and also makes a fantastic reanimation target. As a 6/5, its abilities are nothing to scoff at, even if its cost is a bit color-intensive.

Heroic Intervention, a reprinted card from Core 2021, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.
Heroic Intervention, a reprinted card from Core 2021, an upcoming set for Magic: The Gathering.

As the last card on the roster for this article, we have Heroic Intervention, a beloved staple for decks running green in Commander. The protective ability of this card is a boon to any deck with combos that revolve heavily around their permanents staying in play. Most anything would not be able to ruin the game of a player casting Heroic Intervention, save for maybe a counterspell targeting the card.

What do you think of Core 2021 so far? Is Magic: The Gathering going too far by reprinting so many good cards in this one core set? Let us know your thoughts and opinions 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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