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Kaalia of the Vast Commander players and dragon lovers rejoice: Scourge of the Throne is a powerful new dragon with the ability to let you have two attack phases in one turn. The one catch? The opponent that the Scourge is attacking must have the highest life total or tied for the highest total among all players.

While the Scourge of the Throne doesn’t have Haste, he does have Flying and is a 5/5 for 4RR. He also has Dethrone, meaning that he gains a +1/+1 counter whenever he attacks the player with the most life or tied for most life. He’ll be a major bomb in Limited, thus why he is being printed at mythic rare in Conspiracy. But long-term, this guy’s value lies in Commander aggro decks like Kaalia and Aurelia, the Warleader. He’ll fit into all sorts of aggressive strategies and pretty much any Dragon deck in Commander.

He’s not really playable outside of Conspiracy Limited or Commander, but he’s going to have plenty of long-term value in Commander for the simple fact he can give you a second attack phase in decks that can probably take out a player in one turn given that sort of effect. He’s basically a slightly better version of Hellkite Charger, and can be combined with other creatures that give you extra attack phases like the Charger and Aurelia. With other cards that grant additional attack phases on top of that, you may be able to wipe out a table in one turn. This is going to be a very fun card.

~ Elspeth for the Win

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Exploration is a card that has not seen been since the days of Urza’s Legacy. Now it’s being reprinted in Conspiracy with gorgeous new art. It’s been an expensive card for quite a long time due to its utility in Commander. Being able to play an additional land on each of your turns is a bit deal, especially in mono-green decks like those led by Azusa, Lost But Seeking as their Commander. Also, being a one-drop Enchantment is extremely powerful.

This an extremely good card for Limited, as it can set you a turn ahead of your opponent immediately and keep you well ahead of the mana curve all game. It’s even more important that this has been a relatively expensive card for awhile, over $25 a copy (median around $37 as of 5/20/14). Now it will be far more affordable for newer Commander players, and foil copies will now exist – as Urza’s Saga did not have foils. It’s a great reprint, and will probably remain a very valuable card for a long time.

~ Elspeth for the Win

MTG – New Spirit Legendary Creature Revealed for Conspiracy

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Updated 4-29-14 with the English name

As we learned about Wrath of God’s inclusion in From the Vault: Annihilation, we also had a Legendary Creature revealed from Conspiracy.

Here’s the translation from Japanese:

Brago, King Eternal
Legendary Creature – Spirit, 2WU, 2/4
Flying
When Brago, King Eternal deals combat damage to a player, exile any number of target nonland permanents you control, then return those cards to the battlefield under their owner’s control.

At worst, whenever this guy does combat damage, you can blink your tapped creatures to untap them. The fact that you can blink any number of non-land permanents you control is extremely useful in Commander. Now, like all other Conspiracy cards, this card will only be legal in Legacy, Vintage, and Standard – besides any cards reprinted in the set that would otherwise be legal in Standard and Modern. It may not be that playable in Legacy, but it should become a Commander staple.

In many ways, it’s a better version of Roon of the Hidden Realm. Roon only blinks creatures, and requires an investment of 2 colorless mana and a tap. Brago can blink anything that’s not a land (he can blink mana rocks, of course). He’s going to become a staple in Bant decks, especially Derevi, Empyrial Tactician decks that probably didn’t need yet another way to untap things. Then again, this isn’t actually untapping, but it can have a similar effect. Also, any Bant deck that runs Prophet of Kruphix, Derevi included, can flash Brago into play at the end of your opponent’s turn, essentially giving him haste for your turn.

The even better part about Brago is that he’s a Legendary Creature, and also a Spirit, which is a fairly well-established archetype in Commander. Plus, Journey into Nyx has Skybind which has a great Constellation effect that allows your deck to still blink things even when Brago doesn’t deal combat damage to a player. Cards with Constellation effects in general from Journey into Nyx are going to be helped a lot by Brago’s existence in Commander, especially Eidolon of Blossoms, which is the green (and slightly better) version of Mesa Enchantress.

Brago is going to be a very fun card to watch, and could be a factor in the Conspiracy draft meta-game, as well. He’s going to be a King in Commander, a card that will go directly into my Derevi deck, and a card I look forward to brewing with in the future.

~ Elspeth for the Win

Dack Fayden – Conspiracy Mythic Rare Card Review

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Finally, we have our Dack Fayden planeswalker. He’s been a long time coming, so has he been worth the wait?

First of all, a three-drop planeswalker with three loyalty counters is pretty good. His first ability is a +1 for a Faithless Looting effect: draw two cards, discard two cards. This isn’t bad card filtering, especially in a red/blue deck. The -2, honestly, is very powerful. There are plenty of artifacts to steal in Legacy and Commander. For him to hit the board and immediately gain control of say, a Wurmcoil Engine, is pretty ridiculous.

But the ultimate ability, his -6, is perhaps one of the silliest effects I’ve ever seen on any Magic card. The fact that it’s an emblem already makes it good. What this emblem allows you to do is just ridiculous. It reads: “Whenever you cast a spell that targets one or more permanents, gain control of those permanents.” Therefore, you can target a whole bunch of creatures, and there are plenty of spells that allow you to do this, you gain control of those permanents. Note that it says permanents, and not non-land permanents. Imagine Spreading Seas someone’s shock-land and not only depriving them of certain colors, but the land itself.

Some people are already calling Dack their all-time favorite planeswalker. What is for certain, he’s going to see a ton of play in Legacy and Commander.

~ Elspeth for the Win

(Note: I previously believed that Conspiracy would be Modern-legal, for some reason… there will be Modern-legal reprints in the set, but alas, Dack Fayden will not be legal in Modern.)

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Thoughts on Magic the Gathering: Conspiracy Multi-Player Draft Set

There’s quite a bit of buzz right now going around about the new Conspiracy draft format that Wizards is bringing out in June. Apparently, it’s a format where you draft, then split into multi-player free-for-all games. This sounds super awesome. Wizards was quite serious about this, and their announcement was actually encyrpted. Thanks to Alexander Silady on Examiner, you can find the translated official announcement for MTG Conspiracy here.

In any case, we already have two cards to chew on: Cogwork Librarian and Magister of Worth. All cards from this set will be Legacy-legal and also legal in Commander (EDH).

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As far as drafting in this new format is concerned, Cogwork Librarian is pretty awesome. It’s a card that may even work its way into some cubes, and it’s only a common! When you draft it, you leave it face up. What’s interesting about this is that anytime you draft a card with this card face-up on the table, you may draft an additional card from that pack. If you do, you put the Librarian into that pack. Talk about a change in draft strategy! Otherwise, though, it’s just a 3/3 artifact creature for 4 that’s a vanilla otherwise. It’s pretty useless outside of drafting formats, but it has some sweet art, and could see play in Pauper Cube, especially (being that it’s a common!)

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Magister of Worth is particularly fascinating because it’s a very playable card in Commander. It’s a 4/4 Flying angel for 4WB (4 colorless, 1 White, 1 Black). It has a new mechanic called Will of the Council on it. Whenever it enters the battlefield, starting with you, each player at the table votes for grace or condemnation. If grace wins the vote, each player gets each of their creatures back from the graveyard onto the battlefield. However, if condemnation gets more votes, or the vote is tied, you destroy all creatures other than Magister of Worth. That’s a pretty powerful card right there. Being that it’s the promo card for the set, there will be a bunch of these floating around!

It will be fascinating to see what else is in this set. Being that it’s a multi-player format, there could potentially be a ton of great Commander cards, and even some Legacy play-ables, yet to be revealed!

~ Elspeth for the Win

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