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hydraomnivore

Hydra Omnivore is another exciting reprint for Conspiracy. Originally a Commander Deck exclusive, Hydra Omnivore is a card designed for multiplayer – whenever this 8/8 for 4GG deals combat damage to a player, it deals that much damage to each other opponent as well.

At 6 mana, this 8/8 is a monster in a limited format like Conspiracy. At worst, it gets hit by a Swords to Plowshares and you gain 8 or more life as far as Conspiracy is concerned. Without Trample, however, it isn’t a gigantic threat and is on par with the power level of the set.

Personally, I’m just a huge fan of this hydra, and with its original Commander printing sitting at 12 dollars, it’s nice to see a reprint.

We should have the rest of the spoilers for Conspiracy by the end of the day tomorrow (Monday, 6/2/14), and I’ll be covering as much as the set as I can when we have everything.

Until next article,

– SolemnParty

grudgekeeper

 

“Your defiance is noted.”

Grudge Keeper is a 2/1 Zombie Wizard for 1B – a decent power and toughness for a 2-drop. This is one of the more flavorful cards in the set in my opinion – whenever players finish voting, each opponent who voted for a choice you didn’t vote for loses 2 life.

At common, this card will likely see play in most black decks as it has a decent power and toughness, and the added effect could be impressive with cards like Coercive Portal and Plea for Power where most players are likely going to be voting against you. Outside of Conspiracy however, this card likely won’t see very much play outside of an EDH deck built around the Will of the Council mechanic.

– Solemn Party

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When looking at a card like Magister of Worth, I generally just see it as an EDH card – it’s a 4/4 for 4WB that, while good, I would expect to be roughly bulk rare, maybe a little bit more.

Then, I see this on MTG Stocks.screenshotmagister

At the time of writing, Magister of Worth is apparently pre-ordering for around 37 dollars – for a regular rare? At the same time, the reprint of Exploration is only going for a little under 20 dollars.

Conspiracy is doing a very good job of confusing retailers and players alike. I find it unlikely that it will stay that high, but it is something we should discuss.

At this time, Dack Fayden (the greatest thief in the multi-verse) is pre-ordering around 58-60 as well. In a set where players and retailers have no idea what the supply and demand for this set are going to look like, the prices are going to be extremely high. In Dack’s case, it’s mostly a combination of the “Jace Tax” and hype for Conspiracy. If this set does not get bought enough, then players are going to have a hard time opening product. Otherwise, if the set is bought like a normal set, the prices will likely stabilize.

Personally, I would not advise pre-ordering very much from this set – the prices are going to be high and supply is going to be high as long as stores are willing to stock it for sale and in-store drafts.

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Grenzo, Dungeon Warden is an interesting legend to come out of this set. While he starts as a 2/2 Legendary Goblin Rogue for RB, there’s a little X at the end of his casting cost – allowing him to come in to play with X +1/+1 counters.

While this is a unusual trait for a Goblin, his ability puts this ability in perspective.

2: Put the bottom card of your library into your graveyard. If it’s a creature card with power less than or equal to Grenzo’s power, put it onto the battlefield.

Grenzo is an interesting card that I’m interested to see more of. Cellar Door is one of my favorite cards from Innistrad (and is apparently the most beautiful phrase in the English language) as it uses a “bottom-deck” mechanic, that is very rarely seen.

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With Reito Lantern in Conspiracy, it’s actually a fairly decent pick in Limited. While milling yourself in limited (with a 40 card deck at least, not counting you Worldknit players) is usually a bad idea, Reito Lantern lets you cycle cards back into your deck, or keep your opponent’s Reanimate targets out of their graveyards.

On top of this effect, there’s the fact that Grenzo can just get plain huge – enough mana being poured into him makes him a force to be reckoned with, and the larger he is the larger your targets are.

Aside from Reito Lantern, there isn’t very much in Grenzo’s colors that allow him to put creatures on the bottom to drop into play with Grenzo – you may just have to hope for the best. Red does have access to Magma Jet and Portent of Betrayal, and black has access to Read the Bones and Viscera Seer. Temple of Malice can also provide an option for putting cards on the bottom with its Scry ability.

While I”m not exactly sure how I”ll use Grenzo yet, he’s definitely a very interesting card. With this interesting mechanic and some limitations to breed creativity in Commander, I’ll be happy to see Grenzo when I draft Conspiracy.

– SolemnParty

 

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