Wanted to get some speculation and thoughts about the new archetypes. Obviously it's too early to tell if each new archetype is constructed viable, but let's pretend for now that it is.
The new archetypes are:
Blood + Wild: Crypt Interaction
Diamond + Wild: Life gain
Ruby + Blood: Damage matters
Sapphire + Ruby: Gobblers/Actions matter
Sapphire + Diamond: Flight
Shardless: 5-threshold effects/fixing
So the question is, what current cards, that don't see much play, do you expect to see in tournaments/gauntlet? Here are mine:
B/W: Oberon's Eulogy--could see a Shin'hare deck that finally has the tools for this.
D/W: Iljun's Parade (+ Major Diamond Gem of gain life = defense)--perfect in the Forever's Child 'go wide' deck.
R/B: Claw of the Mountain God--hard to call this one since the archetype has been spoiled the least. I'd like to hear from some of the people who played the set at the invitational to get a better idea of exactly what R/B is trying to do. If it's 'damage matters', then Claw of the Mountain God is in a great place as an under-costed 3 drop which provides reliable self damage and survives Electrofry.
S/R: Yesterday--Actions matters decks are going to need to play this as a 'get out of jail free' card to give them time for their engines to come online. Zygmunt's Game's presence in the same decks will discourage opponents from following up with their best, most expensive troop.
S/D: Phoenix Guard Messenger--If buffing Flight troops is going to be a thing in constructed, then this is a body in the air that the opponent won't want to remove.
Shardless: Forgotten Monarch--likely to be a free play on turn 4, this will be a nice toolbox for these decks.
...And just for fun:
Chants/Constants: It depends heavily upon what the rest of the chants are; currently, I'd have to say that Circle of Preservation is great since it's a replayable constant in Diamond, which has access to Solitary Exile and Soul Marble. However, if the Sapphire Chant is, as you would expect, a low-cost constant that reads, "When a constant enters play under your control, draw a card." And the Ruby chant deals damage when a constant enters, then I'd have to give it to Incantation of Ascendance. Ruby and Sapphire would then have a nice suite of constants that work together in the two chants, Mindpyre, Cerebral Fulmination, and Incantation of Ascendance, along with the removal/disruption to give them time to work.
What are some cards you think will see play in the new archetypes?