Out of all the cards that have been spoiled for Fate Reforged, there is a good chance that Wildcall will be the sleeper of the set. Ever since it’s revelation, the new mechanic Manifest has been garnering a lot of attention. In fact, it’s gained so much attention many Magic speculators have begun hoarding copies of the card “Trail of Mystery” in hope that it’s synergy with Manifest will help drive the price up. We’re not here to talk about the price of cards though. So, what exactly makes Wildcall so special?
First of all, Wildcall is a very cheap spell to cast. It’s initial cost of two green mana means a player can start casting this spell on their second turn. From here, the additional counters added on to the creature is up to you. For Standard players, the idea of combining this card with Hooded Hydra could make some players very happy. How happy would someone be? Well, thanks to the Manifest mechanic you can now get the full value of Hooded Hydra for only two green mana so long as it was put into play via Manifest. By full value, if Hooded Hydra was put into play through the Manifest mechanic, you can flip it face up for two green mana and it will still come into play with five +1/+1 counters on it.
If you managed to play Wildcall and pay the X cost, you can have Hooded Hydra come into play with five counters plus whatever additional mana you paid.
Of course, no card is without its downsides. The biggest downside here is that you have to have Hooded Hydra at the top of your deck when you cast Wildcall. In Standard, it can be difficult to manipulate the top of your deck. Another big downside to Wildcall is that you may not always hit a creature and therefore not gain any advantage to putting additional +1/+1 counters on it. Nonetheless you can still gain a fairly sizable creature.
There is a good chance that Wildcall will see play in other formats. One format that it has a great chance of seeing play is in EDH. Due to the openness of the format, there are so many creatures that will make great manifest targets. The one card that got everyone excited, however, was Phyrexian Dreadnought. What’s better than getting a 12/12 into play for only one colorless mana?
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