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We've all come to recognize just how powerful the energy cards from Kaladesh are, but when the set was first released, it was the artifact theme that was most prominent. W/R Vehicles won the first Standard Open when the set was legal, and that deck quickly evolved to incorporate a black splash for two very powerful cards:
The former is an aggressively-costed creature that can come back for more quite easily, and since its color requirement isn't relevant until later in the game when you want to recur it, splashing it in the Boros shell was quite easy.
But it was Unlicensed Disintegration that was the real prize. Three mana is about the price we expect to pay for restriction-free removal in Standard, especially at instant speed, and Unlicensed Disintegration tacks on a free Lava Spike, a huge gain for answering planeswalkers or to simply pressure your opponent's life total in an aggressive deck. For much of the last year, Unlicensed Disintegration was a premier removal spell in Standard, but since the rotation of Thraben Inspector as a cheap source of an artifact, the decks that support it have disappeared.
I'm not ready to give up on such a powerful card, and I think Rivals of Ixalan has added enough tools to make it work, despite not replacing Thraben Inspector with another source of cheap artifacts.