Once again, bear in mind that I am not sorting according to power or combo potential, although that may be a factor. These are subjective awards calculated purely on coolness.
Most Awesome Non-Planeswalker Mythic Rare
#3: Scourge of Valkas. I like Dragons. How is that not clear by this point?
#2: Devout Invocation. Ye gods this could produce an impressive endgame.
#1: Rise of the Dark Realms. This is how necromancy is supposed to work.
Runners-up: Archangel of Thune; Kalonian Hydra; Windreader Sphinx
Most Awesome Planeswalker
#3: Garruk, Caller of Beasts. Pricey, but he’s in green and has a nasty set of abilities.
#2: Ajani, Caller of the Pride. Cheap, but can still wreak havoc. If nothing else double strike and flying on a decently sized creature can win the game in one swing.
#1: Chandra, Caller of Pyromaster. (Okay, that’s not the card’s real name. Sue me.) There’s nothing quite like a mixture of harsh abilities and decent casting cost.
Runners-up: Jace, Memory Adept; Liliana of the Dark Realms
Most Awesome Rare Creature
#3: Xathrid Necromancer. I do have a soft spot for human tribal effects, especially evil ones.
#2: Jace’s Mindseeker. I do like the hybrid of mill and sorcery-stealing.
#1: Vastwood Hydra. Combine with Death’s Presence for goofy amounts of +1/+1 counters.
Runners-up: Bonescythe Sliver, Mindsparker, Witchstalker
Most Awesome Noncreature Rare
#3: Oath of the Ancient Wood. Terrible penis jokes notwithstanding, I like the enchantment-based stuff in this. It’s a nice prelude to Theros, which is apparently an enchantment block.
#2: Haunted Plate Mail. Awesome.
#1: Strionic Resonator. They don’t copy triggered abilities much. Or ever. Now they can.
Most Awesome Minotaur
#3: Canyon Minotaur. This one has been around forever.
#2: Undead Minotaur. It’s not a good card, but then these have never been about “good”, they’ve been about “awesome”. The only way to make this better would be either to make it a Ninja Pirate, or to make it an actual playable card.
#1: Minotaur Abomination. As above, but with bells on. Say what you will about its casting cost – this is TWO ZOMBIE MINOTAURS NAILED TOGETHER.
– OSM out