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Duel Decks: Elspeth vs Tezzeret May 27, 2010

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I am up late tonight and noticed this spicy new announcement, Elspeth vs Tezzeret. Will be available in September. My only question is will these Planeswalkers be in Standard when the decks are out. Or will there be new versions of these guys in M11 or Scars of Mirrodin?

Deck Design and Development: Chris Millar, Erik Lauer, and Zac Hill
Release Date: September 3rd, 2010
MSRP: $19.99


Magic 2011 Product Spoilers May 25, 2010

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Found these while looking at MTG Mint Card’s blog page.

Check out the Wizard Zombies and cool Merfolk.

Rise of the Eldrazi Complete Spoiler April 14, 2010

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Quick update that the Rise of the Eldrazi complete visual spoiler is offically released by Wizards of the Coast a few days early.

Lucky us. Enjoy.

Rise of the Eldrazi Spoiler Pathrazer of Ulamog March 19, 2010

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When we first saw Kolizek, Butcher of Truth I thought he was going to be nuts but basically one of a kind. Honestly I don’t really know what my other expectations were for other Eldrazi but I didn’t think they would all have Annihilator. Now I do.

Pathrazer of Ulamog is another awesome creature that just gets the juices flowing. He looks like some wild creature from a Cirque du Soleil show or something. And another thing how does he get off with six fingers and no thumbs. I guess when you are that huge you just rip trees out of the ground and smash guys. When Pathrazer Annihilates which arm do you think he uses?

Evan Erwin had some great thoughts on Pathrazer of Ulamog and suggestions on how to get him out earlier that turn 11. Check out his spoiler show.

Rize of the Eldrazi Spoiler Mnemonic Wall March 16, 2010

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Welcome to my second of six Rise of the Eldrazi Spoilers, Mnemonic Wall.

Walls, in my opinion, are generally boring and lame. Some walls can be down right frustrating, Wall of Denial. Other than sitting fat and pretty walls just hang out doing nothing but keeping a few attackers neutralized.

Mnemonic Wall is very interesting in the fact that bringing back the right spell could spell very certain doom for your opponent. Did you already cast Cruel Ultimatum this turn, why not play it again? I don’t see this being a four of in a deck, but I could see this getting some constructed play for a late game recursion and chump blockers.

If only Mnemonic Wall had flash it would be exceptionally awesome.

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 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.

Abyssal Persecutor Worldwake Spoiler January 19, 2010

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Is Abyssal Persecutor the stone cold lock that Jund needed to stay top deck?

Worldwake Spoilers – Omnath, Locus of Mana January 18, 2010

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Today’s Worldwake spoilers are pretty awesome. If you haven’t seen them yet head on over to the mother ship and read Mark Rosewater and Doug Bayer in the Daily MTG section. Right now I want to focus on Doug’s article and spoiler Omnath, Locus of Mana.

This is one of those cards the just make my head spin with possibilities. Initial responses on twitter indicate that this card is cool, but doesn’t work great with green in this standard because it’s lacking enough green instants. True, but if you think about extended or even cards that you have at your disposal for play around your kitchen table we maybe able to craft a deck that can win big with big mana.

In a nutshell, there are a lot of elves that can produce a ton of green mana. A quick example is the elf combo decks that ran rampant last summer. Creatures that combo together, Nettle Sentinel and Heritage Druid, can work to produce a huge amount of mana on a turn and it is possible to almost go infinite with other one mana creatures in extended. Add an Elvish Archdruid and a Whispersilk Cloak to the mix and Omnath can get in for big damage.

If your group plays cards from any set consider adding other surprises like Touch of VitaeInstill Energy, or Concordant Crossroads. If you can get a card draw/mana pumping combo going Omnath is going to be a huge force to be reckoned with.