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With myself greatly anticipating this set, waking up and seeing these other reprints make me love Wizards of the Coast a little bit more.

edricspymasteroftrest

Edric, Spymaster of Trest ended up not being a fantastic investment, He topped out at $27 in April, and is now back down to around $13.50, which is still three times as much as his all time low of $4. He is seeing Legacy play at the moment in Bant Aggro and a number of different rogue decks. Appropriate, seeing as he is an Elf Rogue.

That being said, Edric getting reprinted is fantastic, as he definitely belongs in a multiplayer set like Conspiracy. At the moment, he’s pre-ordering for 10 dollars on Star City Games, and will probably stay around that price.

hydraomnivore hydraomnivore1

This one is more of an update than a spoiler, but I mentioned Hydra Omnivore yesterday, and today we see that Hydra Omnivore has been moved up to mythic rare. It’s a fairly reasonable change as Hydra Omnviore will be a very strong card in Limited.

mirariswake

Mirari’s Wake is one of my favorite reprints. It’s simultaneously a green Mana Flare that effects all of your lands, and an Anthem that gives all of your creatures +1/+1. Mana Reflection is a little less restrictive based on color limitations, but is also more expensive, both based on mana and price.

phagetheuntouchable

Phage the Untouchable is a Legendary Creature that a lot of people have a soft spot for, as she kills everything she touches – including players that she deals damage to. But of course her most fun part is that if you cast her somewhere other than your hand, you lose. She’s a little gimmicky, and is something I’ll talk about on Commanding Opinion when I start that series up again.

perniciousdeed

Pernicious Deed is a very powerful card that is still seeing consistent Legacy play in decks like Nic Fit and BUG/Jund decks. Originally from Apocalypse, Pernicious Deed is a very strong delayed removal spell, destroying all artifacts, creatures, and enchantments with converted mana cost X or less. Sitting around $15, it’s nice to see this getting a reprint and giving people better access to Legacy playable cards.

stifle

Stifle, however, is my favorite thing to see being reprinted. Being able to say no to the abilities of cards is extremely empowering to blue players that can usually only counter spells. Original ones are sitting at $35, and Judge foil promos with this artwork are sitting at about $100 – definitely a card that needs a reprint.

vedalkenorrery

I was surprised to see Vedalken Orrery getting reprinted. I recently picked up a few of them for my Commander decks, and I’ll be happy enough to pick up a few more of them. They aren’t showing up on very many Legacy deck lists, but it is a very powerful card in Commander and other multi-player formats due to having a lot of turns that aren’t yours – and you want the chance to do stuff on turns other than your own.

victimize

Lastly, is Victimize, which is a fantastic reanimate spell. It is the least impressive on this list, though, as it is also an uncommon. Essentially, you sacrifice one creature to get two others from your graveyard.

Overall, these spoilers just make me even more excited to draft this set. I’ll also be talking about the rest of the draft exclusive cards very soon.

Until next time,

SolemnParty

 

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This card was spoiled yesterday:

 

A very far-away picture of a card from our new set, Return to Ravnica! Here’s the card itself:

Deadbridge Goliath 

2gg
Creature – Insect Rare
Scavenge 4{G}{G} (4{G}{G}, Exile this card from your graveyard: Put X +1/+1 counters on target creature, where X is this card’s power. Scavenge only as a Sorcery.)
5/5

Credits goes to mtgsalvation for posting this on their site. You can find their spoiler page for Return to Ravnica here.

Now, Deadbrdige Goliath is a 5/5 for 2GG; a pretty solid card in my opinion. With Rampant Growth he’s an easy turn 3 drop. On top of his 5/5 for 2GG, he introduces the new mechanic for the Golgari, Scavenge. Unlike Selesnya’s Populate (which appears to be confirmed) Scavenger exiles the creature from the graveyard to make the ones you control bigger; in that they give +1/+1 counters equal to his power. In this case, it’s 4GG to put 5 +1/+1 counters on a creature you control.

Sadly, it does have to be all to one creature, but this could be interesting if Birds is reprinted in Return to Ravnica, as our mana-bird didn’t get printed in the core set like usual. I like Deadbridge Goliath, and it appears to be the first FNM promo for the set. I like the card, and I hope the rest of the set will be even better.

Butcher’s Cleaver

Another French Spoiler! Like Invisible Stalker, it’s not a difficult translation, but it isn’t english so here’s the source from mtgsalvation:

Butcher’s Cleaver

3
Artifact – Equipment Uncommon
Equipped creature gets +3/+0.
As long as equipped creature is a Human, it has lifelink.
Equip 3
Illus. Jason Felix #217/264 

As we can see, it’s a 3-drop equipment with equip 3 that gives the equipped creature +3/+0, and if the creature is a Human, it gains lifelink. Now, the implications of that are… well, disgusting, as I assume that means it’s humans cutting up other humans and eating them, like Village Cannibal’s +1/+1 counters when humans die. However, It’s not a terrible card, and it’s only an uncommon. Puresteel Paladin can certainly make use of it, and it may see some play in limited.

We’ve got even more spoilers, and one of them is Kessig Wolf Run; obviously for Werewolves, this is what I assume will be called the tribal lands, meaning there will be a blue/black, black/red, green/white and blue/white tribal lands to go with the other tribes in the set. Less exciting than fetches, but we’ve got another 2 sets in the block for them. This also leaves us with one space for land, meaning they’ll most likely reprint terramorphic expanse or evolving wilds, as neither of them were in M12. However, on the actually discussion of this land, it can either tap for a colorless, or for XRG and tap, target creatures gets +X/+0 and trample until end of turn. It’s not bad, and doesn’t state that it’s specifically for werewolves, so it could see some play, but not likely.

Another rare, Champion of the Parish is a Human Soldier that gets a +1/+1 counter every time a Human enters the battlefield under your control. A 1/1 for 1 white that gets bigger seems good to me, I’m hoping to pull a few.

This is a curse I can actually get behind; whenever a creature deals combat damage to the enchanted player, it gets a +1/+1 counter. So Stromkirk Noble would be getting 2 +1/+1 counters instead of his 1, and creatures that don’t get any get them now. For only 1R, it’s a decent card.

Undead Alchemist is a zombie-mindcrank on a stick that makes more zombies when their creatures are killed. Undead Alchemist is not worth it, as it mills instead of damage, not in addition to like mindcrank. While he does make lots of zombies, he won’t see play in standard UB Zombies if it’s going to be competitive.

This card makes it look really easy to be happy when you don’t have a face. Anyway, for 1B, you get +1/+1 and B: Regenerate this creature. It’s a decent card for a common, it’ll see some limited play.

You can’t have horror without spiders coming from absolutely nowhere. For 5 mana, it’s a little expensive for standard, but it could see some limited play, especially with the enemy flashback cost, green and black isn’t going to be uncommon for draft. For 5 mana (4G) you get a 1/2 green spider with reach for each creature in your graveyard. As this is a graveyard set, that isn’t too difficult to do. And flashback 6B lets you do it again later; no complaints there.

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.
////////////
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.

Divine Reckoning is an interesting card. It’s a Day of Judgment -1 of their choice with a 5WW Flashback. It’s a decent card, but it probably won’t see play in standard, but I think it’ll see play in Commander; white has no problem with more board wipes.

 

Slightly less impressive than Garruk is Mindshrieker, an alright rare. 1U for a 1/1 flyer, it’s ability actually isn’t bad; 2 for target player puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard, and then Mindshrieker gets +X/+X, where X is the milled card’s converted mana cost. I like this guy, honestly. Seeing as 2 isn’t bad for 1 mill without a tap, hitting enough decent cards could make this flyer quite a threat in sealed or draft.

We haven’t seen much of spirits out of the set so far; nothing decent, at least. However, this card’s returning of spirits from your graveyard is mandatory, so don’t use it with Dearly Departed. However, a 4/4 for 4W that returns spirits isn’t bad, but it depends on what other spirits are released in Innistrad.

 

Not a difficult card to translate, this is Invisible Stalker, an interesting little card. For 1U, you get a 1/1 Hexproof who’s also unblockable. It’s a decent little card, being a little more dangerous in draft than Tormented Soul as it’s also hexproof and will continuously poke your opponent for the one damage. As a hexproof, you’ll still be able to give it Wreath of Geists, so this unblockable could get there.

 

Mentor of the Meek was the Star City Games exclusive spoiler they announced yesterday and are currently having pre-orders for 3 dollars a pop, as I stated in my previous article. In my opinion, Mentor of the Meek is a great card; now, from the wording of the effect, I assume you can trigger his ability multiple times, but if I’m wrong, mention it in the comments. As it’s enters the battlefield, that includes creatures coming into play with Birthing Pod or flashing in from Venser, the Sojourner, letting you blink a Blade Splicer out, then blink it back in and draw a card for 1 more mana. I’m not sure if he’ll be worth 3 bucks a piece after the set is released, but we’ll know when the format starts shaping up. Until then, he’s a fun little card that I plan on getting a play-set of myself.

 

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