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Welcome to the Rivals of Ixalan Ari Lax Awards, back after a brief hiatus due to being chased by a Dinosaur or ten. Okay, there weren't actually any Dinosaurs, just crazy Thopter Vedalkens and some energy stuff, but it's time to move along and see what gems the next set has to offer.
The "Hidden Treasure" Award
While there are a bunch of new and flashy things in Rivals of Ixalan that draw the eye and many just obvious on-rate cards, there's a few weirdos that are masking their power.
Honorable Mention: Deeproot Elite
Metallic Mimic was a much maligned necessity of last season's Zombies decks. It was an awkward, slow, sequencing-dependent lord.
Deeproot Elite looks like a lot of the same, but it is going to play out way differently.
First off, the +1/+1 counters have "haste." You can immediately put them on a creature that can attack that turn. Huge upside compared to the slow boost of Metallic Mimic.