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Kinjalli's Sunwing
- IXALAN

Reviewed Sept. 5, 2017

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 4
Commander [EDH]: 4

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Kinjalli's Sunwing
 
Without giving too much away up front, I realized that most of this week's cards have a reference to the sun in their name. We didn't actually do that intentionally, but it sort of fits with the recent eclipse, not to mention with the impending dawn of a new era in Magic. Pirates and dinosaurs sounds like the sort of thing you would find in some weird meme combining thread on a cynical, poorly moderated imageboard, but I think we should give it a chance. Even in just the leaked cards, I've already seen a few things I want to try out!
 
By the way, I did also say "dinosaur", and I will continue to do so despite the fact that Kinjalli's Sunwing would probably be classed as a pterosaur if someone dug it up in Montana. There's no need to go around correcting "scientific accuracy" on things in popular culture. First of all, somebody did not dig the Sunwing up in Montana; second of all, it exists in the same universe as both Vraska and Emrakul. And third of all, science is not immutable law - terminology and classification has changed in the past and will change again. Let it be whatever it wants.
 
I think one of the things it wants to be is a stealth hoser for red decks. If you've played Standard at FNM recently, you have probably been on the wrong end of Glorybringer - and a card like that is a lot less scary when you slow it down and take away its surprise factor. Many red decks like to switch their plan from burn spells to fast creatures in games two and three of tournament matches, and the presence of a card like this prevents them from doing so as completely as they might, if only because they'll need to get it out of the way. Preventing slower decks from stabilizing with late blockers is something you can get from any number of cards that aren't susceptible to the storm of Keranos, but it's much more threatening when the effect comes with an evasive dinosaur. 
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

I've been on Instagram since late last year, and I have a lot of Magic posts - reactions to new cards, things from my collection, decks, and the like - and stuff from other games as well. If that interests you, come find me: @davidfanany .


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