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Eventide Black/Green August 7, 2008

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Part of my Eventide exploration, here is my review of selected black/green hybrid cards, found on the full visual spoiler.

There are so many great cards in this group I can barely choose 5 to fit this post. I was also very excited about black/green before the prerelease so now that we can see the full set you can see where my attention has shifted.

Creakwood Liege
This is by far the best liege in Eventide. Dropping 3/3 guys every turn is a huge game changing situation. Of course this guy is really vulnerable to a lot of removal. I still think black green themed decks are great with these guys and one could always use the enchantments to pump this guy. 

Hag Hedge-Mage
I really like this card because it is a great mid game card. It gives card advantage as well as getting back a creature. Also look at that artwork wouldn’t you poop your pants if you had dream where that guy was walking out of a swamp at you. Ya you would.  

Noxious Hatchling
Three things I like about this card: art, name, and cycle. I really like these come into play guys that are small and get bigger. I think they are good for the casting cost as they can become a force. I’ve always like the word noxious; when I was in college I created a fake magazine called Noxious Opus so this kind of makes me reminisce. By now you know I love great artwork and this card is no slouch. 

Quillspike
I’m looking forward to adding this to my Blowfly Infestation deck. This guy gets big but is really really weak for three mana out of the gate.  

Sapling of Colfenor
Hello Treefolk. I’m thinking about running a 70 card treefolk deck, you know just for fun. I do wish that this guy was a little bigger like maybe a 3/5, especially, because, well no reason really he just should be bigger. He hits like a kithkin but stands tall like a Doran.

Eventide Prerelease July 9, 2008

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Here is a quick rundown of what I would like to open on Saturday.

So far I think the Liege’s are overpowered in Eventide. Most of them cost more, which kind of sucks, but balances the scales a bit. I think Creakwood Liege is the best of the bunch so bring it on. I also enjoy playing black in limited more than any other color so this caters to my personal preferences.

Once I secure the Liege I’d love to open this guy:

Card advantage out the wazzoo especially since limited games tend to last longer this guy is a game changer for sure. Since I’ll be in black green here is the final bomb of my deck:

Whew I’m going to have a big day for sure.

4th of July Eventide Roundup July 4, 2008

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Happy 4th of July.

We get a national holiday and Wizards spoils a bunch of cards. I posted the art on Light from Within earlier and here is the card in full. Will it find a place in Kithkin Mirrorweave decks? I’d run it although it boarders on a win more card. But imagine how killer it would be to have Light from Within on the table with Thistledown Liege in play, attacking with three flying spirit creature tokens, and turning them all into the liege. Ouch. 

I poked some fun at the art on Spirit of the Hearth in an earlier post so I’ll give it a fair look now. Interesting protection creature. The only problem is there isn’t too much direct damage spells floating around right now. This would protect against discard and spells like Thoughtseize but your not going to have this out on turn one. This would be so much better if it were a smaller creature and cost less. I’d even give up flying to bring the cost down. So great art, not that exciting card. 

First of all I love the all Liege cards. Creakwood Liege packs a powerful punch. Initially when I saw this artwork I was hoping for a bad ass Scarecrow, instead we got a guy who drops 3/3 worm creature tokens. Suck on that Wolf-Skull Shaman. I do see this finding a place in the B/G elf decks, the elves knew it was coming, they have great patience. Creakwood’s drawback is his power and toughness. He can fall to a number of nasties. 

Now I’ve got to say U/R got the shaft on the Liege. Ya his abilities are awesome and he’s a 4/4 but a casting cost of 6 for the leige is a bit much. In today’s meta game things need to move fast. Now I was thinking that the Eventide Liege so far is a bit more serious than what we have seen in Shadowmoor. Any thoughs on that? Also will all the new Liege’s be Horror creatures?

Finally, I’m continually disappointed in the Scarecrow creatures. What a great new creature type. How interesting, how cool. How unexciting did these turn out to be. I guess everything can’t be super awesome in a set but I’m really sad to see this guy… So after walking away for a sec and coming back to this post I’ve had this new thought. I get what Wizards are doing with Scarecrows, they are solitary creatures each doing it’s own thing independently not a unit of straw warriors with a vengeance. Scarecrows are not slivers either and should function differently.  

OK I’m not going to leave on that note so here is the other card everyone was talking about last night. Pretty cool. According to the Eventide Orb there are 21 instances of untap. I don’t know if that included the untap symbol or just the word.

Have a good holiday everyone and don’t light too much on fire.

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