MTG Arena Reveals Historic Anthology 3 Release Date

by in Magic: The Gathering Arena | May, 5th 2020

One of the coolest things to come to MTG Arena was its dedicated extended meta. Historic format is like one of the older tabletop metas where all kinds of ridiculous cards can be used. But the Historic collection is still being developed. On that note, Wizards of the Coast announced that MTG Arena Historic Anthology 3 is coming this May.

Ulamog?! Phyrexian Obliterator?!

Wizards of the Coast are returning their careful gaze to the Historic meta with this coming update. Releasing on May 21 with the May update, MTG Arena Historic Anthology 3 already has a pair of powerhouse cards available. This update will cost the same as the others, 4,000 gems or 25,000 gold. You will get a playset (4) of all 27 cards (up from the previous updates 25).

So, what did they reveal? Something quaint that nobody has heard of? Maybe something moderately powerful, that will see a little play and that’s it? Haha, no! We saw Phyrexian Obliterator and Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger! Well, at least it’s not the other Ulamog that comes with Annihilator as a keyword.

Let’s talk about these cards briefly! Phyrexian Obliterator is a Mythic Rare 4-cost (4 black) Horror for Black. It’s a 5/5 with Trample, and whenever a source deals damage to Phyrexian Obliterator, that source’s controller sacrifices that many permanents. I could see this being snuck into a Rakdos or Mono-Black sacrifice deck to punish the other player. I’d like to see it used with a token generator, and Bastion of Remembrance. But there will no doubt be tons of ways to use it.

After all, if you don’t block it, other player takes at least 5 damage, and if they do block it, they have to sacrifice permanents. And that’s not to say you won’t buff it too with any variety of annoying things! Pyrexian Obliterator serves to improve the staying power of mono-black in Historic, which is something needed badly.

Now we move on to the next card revealed. Fun fact, this card, Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, was the very last update I made to my Legacy deck (RUG Hypergenesis)! Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger is a 10-cost colorless Mythic Rare Legendary Creature – Eldrazi. The Eldrazi are the Old Gods you might find in literature.

They’re unreasonably powerful and a threat anytime they’re on the board. This one, in particular, is a 10/10 with Indestructible! Whenever you cast this spell, you have to exile two permanents. That’s worth the price of admission. Whenever Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hung attacks, the defending player exiles the top 20 cards of their deck. That’s right. Whether it’s blocked, or combat is canceled, they exile 20 cards. I would run this in Blue/Green Turbofog and beat the other player by decking them out. Declare attack, make them exile, and then fog the board so no combat damage is dealt. But, I’m not known for being a good person in card games.

So, Historic is a huge part of this update. What else comes in this update? Why, Permanent Historic Ranked Queues! Originally, Wizards said that Historic Ranked would only be around for two months. After that, it would have an off-season where the format would show up in a best-of-one unranked queue.

That’s not the case now though! Wizards of the Coast has pretty major plans for Historic.

“We’re going to have a lot more Historic content coming up,” said Andy Clauticce, events director for MTG Arena. “And the way that we’ve been rotating Historic and Standard doesn’t really make sense for the content that we’re going to be putting out for the rest of the year. So that Ranked queue, after it comes on in the May update, it’s just staying on. It’s here for good.”

We can expect Jumpstart, Amonkhet, Remastered, and Pioneer Masters as far as Historic Content cards, plus more cards. I can’t wait to see more ridiculous options, but can I make a suggestion or two? Perhaps some of the fun artifact creatures from Alara Block? Maybe Burning Inquiry? I’m so glad that Historic Ranked will have its permanent format, but I hope it doesn’t have the same ranking as Standard. That was something that bugged me when Historic first launched.

I did not like my Historic Ranked matches affecting how my Standard season went. If they’re separate, I will resume playing dumb, Historic nonsense. This is a great move though, and this particular writer is very excited to see all the old, ridiculous cards from his early adulthood and childhood. Get ready for MTG Arena Historic Anthology 3!

Are there any cards you’d like to see appear? Lhurgoyf? Jester’s Mask? Dark Depths? We’d love to know!


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