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hushwinggryff

Hushwing Gryff is a really cool card to me. Another throwback to the planes of Innistrad, we get a white 2/1 flier for 2W.

However, he also has Flash, and has a Torpor Orb stapled to him, which is fantastic.

For those who don’t know the card, here it is:

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Literally the same effect, just on an artifact rather than a creature.

The main thing I like about Hushwing Gryff is that it has Flash, letting you surprise your opponent by turning off their enter the battlefield ability as soon as they flash in their Snapcaster Mage, similar to how Aven Mindcensor flashes in as soon as someone goes to crack a fetchland.

It will most likely see Standard play as long as ETB triggers are still relevant, but that really has to do with the rest of the format. It’s likely to see Modern and possibly legacy play. GW Hatebears likes the idea of this card and wouldn’t surprise me in the main deck in Modern.

As far as Legacy is concerned, I’m not sure what may play it, due to Death and Taxes needing its own ETB abilities too much to forgo them for this card.

Overall, I’m excited for this card, and this is turning out to be a fantastic core set.

Until next time.

-SolemnParty

Game and Mechanics – Flash

Flash is a mechanic that allows you to play a card any time you would be able to cast an instant (essentially, whenever you want in most circumstances). As stated on MTG Salvation, King Cheetah was the first card released with flash.

Originally from Visions, King Cheetah really isn’t a very impressive card, but being a 3/2 with Flash for 3G isn’t terrible during that time, though it’s not a card I recommend now. The actual mechanic wasn’t called flash until Time Spiral, which included significant cards such as Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir.

Flash is an evergreen concept, being used in almost every set, though the best known card of this would be the famous Snapcaster Mage.

Notable cards with Flash:

  • Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
  • Snapcaster Mage
  • Ambush Viper
  • Yeva, Nature’s Herald
  • Jin-Gitaxis, Core Augur
  • Aven Mindcensor

Snapcaster Mage – Innistrad Rare

Snapcaster Mage

1u
Creature – Human Wizard Rare
Flash
When Snapcaster Mage enters the battlefield, target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost.
Illus. Volkan Baga 2/1

We don’t even have official artwork for this picture and it’s tearing up the discussion of Innistrad! In my previous mention of Snapcaster Mage, I said it wouldn’t be a chase rare; well, I’ve been proven wrong. Star City Games is already pre-ordering Snapcaster Mage for $14 USD. Evan Erwin of the Magic Show is praising it as a chase rare, and people are amazed by its very existence on Twitter, so I’m going to take a better look at it.

Being a 2/1 for 1U is pretty good by itself, especially with it having flash and giving an instant or sorcery card in the graveyard flashback equal to i’s mana cost. It gives White/Blue decks flashbacks on Day of Judgment, Mana Leak, Ponder, and other utility cards in the sideboard like Flashfreeze, Revoke Existence or Mental Misstep. It even lets you flashback dismember, giving you an additional dismember in addition to the 2 or 3 in the main deck, as I assume the flashback for dismember would be in Phyrexian mana.

But, wait, we can’t have cards making Dismember better; it’s already ruining standard, just like Mental Misstep is ruining Legacy and Vintage! There’s still the bit of speculation discussing the banning of both Dismember in standard and Mental Misstep in Legacy due to the breaking of the color pie.

More Spoilers!

None of these spoilers currently have pictures to go with them, but the source is here, being confirmed at Pro Tour Phili. Feel free to catch up on all of them.

Slayer of the Wicked

3w
Creature – Human Soldier Uncommon
When Slayer of the Wicked enters the battlefield, you may destroy target Vampire, Werewolf, or Zombie.
You don’t want to see his trophy room.
Illus. Anthony Palumbo 3/2

Slayer of the Wicked is another Flavorful card, a 3/2 for 3W that kills vampires, werewolves, and zombies. Like Elite Inquisitor, unless the tribal decks become big, this won’t be very good. However, he’s decent for an uncommon, and will probably see some play in limited.

Snapcaster Mage

1u
Creature – Human Wizard Rare
Flash
When Snapcaster Mage enters the battlefield, target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost.
Illus. Volkan Baga 2/1

Personally, I like Snapcaster Mage. A 2/1 for 1U with Flash and gives instants and sorceries flashback until end of turn? Giving Day of Judgement or Ponder a flashback option is always great. A decent rare, but not a chase card.

Village Cannibals

2b
Creature – Human Uncommon
Whenever another Human dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Village Cannibals.
They have endured the horrors of Innistrad by becoming the worst monsters of all.
Illus. Bud Cook 2/2

This is a card I wanted to see the art for. Cannibals? In Magic? Zombies we see all the time, but Cannibals? However, Village Cannibals is not a bad card, it could be sided if you’re playing Zombies vs Humans. But, Village Cannibals is an uncommon, and a decent one at that.

Instigator Gang // Wildblood Pack

3r
Creature – Human Werewolf // Creature – Werewolf Rare
Attacking creatures you control get +1/+0.
At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn, transform Instigator Gang.
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Trample
Attacking creatures you control get +3/+0.
At the beginning of each upkeep, if a player cast two or more spells last turn, transform Wildblood Pack.
Illus. Greg Staples 2/3 // 5/5

2/3 is a little small for a 4 drop (3R) but for a 5/5 is great. Instigator Gang gives all of your attacking creatures +1/+0, and he transforms with the werewolf rule. He becomes Wildblood Pack, a 5/5 with Trample that gives your attacking creatures +3/+0; meaning he becomes a 8/5 trample when he’s attacking. A great card in my opinion, I’m hoping he sees some constructed play when werewolves hit the scene.

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