With the release of Core Set 2020, I'm trying to return my weekly column to what I consider to be its roots. Theory and Top 10 lists have their place, but I think you're here for decks. And not just any decks. You want the decks sitting just below the top tier, poised for a breakout weekend. You want the decks that will start up the salt mines on your opponent's side of the table, leaving them muttering to themselves as they walk away. Maybe you even want the decks capable of bringing your opponents to tears. How appropriate.
I've taken to a saying over on the Arena Decklists podcast:
Flood of Tears messes with the rules of Magic in a very real way. Free spells tend to be dramatically overpowered unless they are saddled with restrictions. Recently, access to this type of effect has usually been accompanied with converted mana cost restrictions.
Most of these cards proved to be fine role-players, but their restriction prevented things from getting out of control. When it comes to Flood of Tears, not only are the restrictions gone, being able to bounce all nonland permanents is a powerful effect in and of itself. Just the existence of such a powerful reset button has the potential to invalidate accumulating resources on the battlefield in a fair fashion (think Mono-White Aggro). Surely, with all these things working in its favor, current Standard must be devoid of any truly ludicrous permanent for a payoff.
Oh. Never mind, then.