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Rise of the Eldrazi Spoiler Corpsehatch March 15, 2010

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Lots of great Rise of the Eldrazi Spoilers dropping tonight. I’ve got six to share with you, but instead of using them all up in one go I’m going to reveal them one at a time.

First off tonight I’m going to share Corpsehatch. Check out that art. Pretty cool and the name is equally intriguing. Lets check out the card.

This seems like it is going to be a great card in limited. Netting you a three for one in a sense. The mana ability of the tokens is interesting, and I wonder how many other creatures will have mana abilities to help cast Eldrazi creatures. So this twisted Terror could really be great. In casual decks that need removal and usually get to required mana this will be a great card.

Rise of the Eldrazi Flavor Fun With Haiku March 14, 2010

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Now for Something Completely Different

Last week I received a large collection of Rise of the Eldrazi spoiler art from Wizards of the Coast. A few other bloggers and writers were one of the chosen in this spoiler pool. If you have been diligent in your Googling of Rise of the Eldrazi you’ve already seen these images.

As I pondered how I could do something creative with the images it hit me, @DJLunchbox. Enter Will who writes Thoughtful Riot and is a master of haiku. I think you can see where I’m going with this. Anyway I gave Will a call and it went something like this.

Me: I’ve got a Magic haiku project that you might be interested in. Interested?

Will: Yes Sir.

That conversation lead to a series of emails and me with an inbox full of haiku and you with something fresh for this spoiler season. There are about 17 in all so keep checking back for the best poetry ever written for Magic: the Gathering.

Wordsmith and Spell Slinger

I almost forgot to mention that Will also plays Magic. He has an affinity for affinity and I’m pretty sure his favorite card is Ornithopter. When I was still newish to the game Will brought over more cards than I could fathom (at the time). A Rubbermade tub of magical goodness.

So I’d say that if he were a planes walker Will would be Tezzeret or maybe an assistant to Urza.

Rise of the Eldrazi Artwork Spoiler and New Masthead March 10, 2010

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Take a look at some new Rize of the Eldrazi Art Spoilers as Jace works to Unsummon, Unmake, or Counter target Eldrazi. Oh and I hope you like Jace because as you may have noticed I’ve added him to my masthead. Good by lonely moon hello Jace.

Eldrazi Spoiler – Kozilek, Butcher of Truth March 1, 2010

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Happy March everyone. This morning Wizards of the Coast said the same thing and shared the first Rise of the Eldrazi spoiler Kozilek, Butcher of Truth. You can see the card below but I also suggest you check out today’s Arcana update and watch the animation. Just click the “Eye” of Ugin.

A 5.0 Upgrade

My first thought was Darksteel Colosus 2.0, but who am I kidding more like DC 5.0. First off it costs 1 mana less and has one more power. Simple upgrade yet extremely significant. If you are playing with Eye of Ugin getting to this guy two turns earlier is also quite a big deal. A 12/12 that you can cast with any color mana and possibly only pay 8 is really awesome. A quick search in Gatherer relveals that there is only one creature with converted mana cost of 8 with power 10 or greater, Denizen of the Deep. At 10 mana we have two creatures, Progenitis and Krosan Cloudscraper. Well we do have a 13/13 for one mana in Worldwake so maybe I shouldn’t be so excited.

To Cast or Not to Cast

If you are willing shell out the 8 to 10 mana for Kozilek, you don’t just get a 12/12 colossus you get a card drawing bringer of death that scoffs at Terror. How crazy is draw four cards on any creature. I can’t think of any other creature card that gets you four cards as you cast it. Cast is a very important word on that ability. If you some how cheat Kozilek into play via Polymorph or Elvish Piper you didn’t cast the spell and that ability won’t trigger. So sorry guys who were planning on tweaking decks with Summoner’s Trap. Getting those four cards is going to require you to cast this guy.

With that said there are ways to cast for free, like Windbrisk Heights or Hypergenesis. I’m sure there are some other possibilities as well, are their any Mirrodin block spells that give all artifacts affinity?

UPDATE: So I wasn’t paying close enough attention to the type line and this creature isn’t an artifact. Not an artifact.

Progenitis Say What?!?

Assuming you find an awesome way to bring this guy into play, lets take a look at his Annihilator. Whenever Kozilek attacks the defending player sacrifices four permanents. That can be really devastating. Before damage, before blockers are declared your opponent will have to choose between land, creatures, and Planeswalkers.

Also Kozilek makes Progenitis look like a wall. A wall with a clock at that, even if your opponent fogs, they still loose four permanents, pretty soon they won’t have any mana or creatures to deal with your awesome threat.

Colorless Set

Finally take a look at the card number, 6 of 248. We could be looking at a colorless block. Unless Wizards has some hybrid artifact spells up their sleeve we are look at a ton of lands and colorless spells. Ghostfire anyone.

Finally I love the new card art. Are we going to see a shift away from the boarder on this set. Makes the art jump even more and feel more like the cards from Future Sight, minus the sci-fi boarder.

Rise of the Eldrazi Announcement November 16, 2009

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Today Wizards announced Rise of the Eldrazi the third set in Zendikar block. This isn’t big news because the name, images and logo were spoiled last week I believe. Still, super cool name for a set and look at the art below. Awesome.

I think I get so excited in spoiler season because the art looks so good. Better than when its printed on the cards. When viewing cards in a new set I always remember how I was excited when I first saw an art and then feeling, meh, for most cards that have great art. That is probably one reason why I (we) get so excited for a new set during the spoiler season. OK learing about the new cards is fun too.

Anyway Rise of the Eldrazi is set to be realeased on April 23, 2010. So mark your calendars now.

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