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Is it just me, or does Rivals of Ixalan look sweet?
Trust me, I'm a little gun-shy after how poorly the Ixalan cards performed, but now we kinda know what we're looking for to fill out these tribal decks. At 90/196 cards previewed as of this writing, it looks good so far. Maybe we'll even get an Attune with Aether ban as a late Christmas present or something.
I shotgunned a couple of mythic rares to write about, but to see the entire picture, we need to start somewhere else.
If we start simple, this is probably where we end up at.
With Metallic Mimic, Radiant Destiny, and Shefet Dunes, there's going to be an aggressive Vampire deck. You even get access to Legion Lieutenant if you want to splash. It's the exact recipe of solid, aggressive creatures, a good curve, staying power, and powerful sideboard options that makes these sort of decks playable.
Radiant Destiny is excellent. This might not have the city's blessing all that often, but it's more of an added bonus than anything. Comboing with Famished Paladin is nice, but likely unnecessary. Glorious Anthems are historically something that give small creature decks a chance to capitalize on an early tempo advantage or trade up against bigger threats. Vampires desperately needed something along those lines.
With Skymarcher Aspirant, we can actually pressure our opponents early. Vampires had a huge issue with that before, but now we have twelve one-drops that are viable. Even though Legion's Landing and Duskborne Skymarcher don't give the firmest beatdowns by themselves, Radiant Destiny and the like can help out. A triple one-drop opening into Radiant Destiny is as strong as always, especially if one of those one-drops was Legion's Landing. Transforming Legion's Landing is much more threatening in a beatdown deck once it's creating 2/2s.