It's not often when I first read a preview card and I know it will immediately change every format I play, but that's exactly what Assassin's Trophy is going to do. It will undoubtedly be a heavily played Standard card, but that's not what I'm here to talk about today. It will certainly see some play in various decks in Legacy, but again that's not what I'm here to talk about today. I'm here to talk about Modern, the format I play the most and what Assassin's Trophy will do to help out one of the most underplayed shards in the format, Sultai. Before we begin with that, let's look at the card first and talk about what it does.
A two-mana removal spell is just the right cost to see play in Eternal formats. Sure, one mana is preferred, but two-mana spells are perfectly acceptable if they're powerful enough. For that two mana, Assassin's Trophy allows you to destroy any permanent your opponent controls. That's right, any permanent your opponent controls from Teferi, Hero of Dominaria to Urza's Tower. Bryan Gottlieb wrote about the ten cards he wants to destroy the most with Assassin's Trophy to give you an idea of some of the more problematic ones.