Hello readers, and welcome to this third installment of “The Exiled Zone”. Today I will be discussing largely the Magic 2010 spoiled cards and some notes that can be taken from what has so far been revealed.
Before I begin, I was going to report on my first tournament piloting the Jund Cascade Aggro deck discussed last episode, but I was unable to attend that tournament due to a sudden illness (don’t worry, not Swine Flu).
Without further ado, lets delve into the spoilers!
No more real-life names anymore?
Despite our promised 50% new cards in the new core-set, we are finding that most of those cards are just old cards renamed. Such as the card Mind Control which has the exact same cost and effect as Persuasion, or the card Divination which has the exact same cost and effect as Counsel of the Soratami.
Also, it seems they no longer want to use the names of real-life species, as they’ve renamed Grizzly Bear (a real type of bear) “Runeclaw Bear” (seriously?!) and Savannah Lions is renamed “Valiant Guard”. This probably also means real quotes are out aswell. I guess this move adds a bit of flavour to the game in the eyes of new-comers, but anybody who has played the game for more than a year doesn’t care so much about names etc.
I also wonder if we are allowed to use for example Persuasion in T2 tournaments as its effectively still in standard post-M10 due to Mind Control. This is a bit hopeful, and if not I will be fairly annoyed as someone offered to trade for my Persuasion as long as its in M10, but as they’ve changed the name to make it ‘more flavourable’ he won’t want it.
Some really cool new (actually new, not just renamed) cards!
Djinn of Wishes – 3UU
Creature – Djinn
Djinn of Wishes enters the battlefield with three wish counters on it.
2UU, Remove a wish counter from Djinn of Wishes: Reveal the top card of your library. You may play that card without paying its mana cost. If you don’t, exile it.
This looks to be a fun card – mainly in the casual domain. It could be more playable if its activation cost was cheaper. Nevertheless, it’s a 4/4 flyer for 5 which is fine and has a nice ability. Overall it’s a pretty useable blue card in what seems to be a set devoid of useable blue cards.
Great Sable Stag 1GG
Creature – Elk (R)
Great Sable Stag can’t be countered.
Protection from blue and from black
This power-creeped Trained Armodon is one of my favourite cards spoiled so far. Its completely anti-fae, it can’t be countered by them, they can’t remove it, they can’t even block it! Its simply going to keep swinging at them till they’re dead. So nasty.
Harms Way W
The next 2 damage that a source of your choice would deal to you or a permanent you control this turn is dealt to target creature or player instead.
I like this card a lot. Its white’s answer to Lightning Bolt, Shock etc. I think Wizards of the Coast are going in the right direction by not just printing cards that prevent damage (which are pretty disappointing) but printing cards that re-direct damage which are much more playable, fun and effective. This will see play.
New tribal lords…
In my opinion, these lords are very cool, although I think the elf one stands above the rest.
Elvish Archdruid 1GG
Creature — Elf Druid
Other Elf creatures you control get +1/+1.
Tap: Add G to your mana pool for each Elf you control.
Cemetery Reaper 1BB
Creature – Zombie
Other Zombie creatures you control get +1/+1.
2B, Tap: Exile target creature card from a graveyard. Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield.
Merfolk Sovereign 1UU
Creature – Merfolk
Other Merfolk creatures you control get +1/+1
Tap: Target Merfolk creature is unblockable this turn.
Goblin Chieftain 1RR
Creature – Goblin
Other Goblin creatures you control get +1+1 and have haste.
I really like this series and they’re all good.
I fear that there’s to be no more Fear:
No, not just the card Fear (which won’t be in M10) but the keyword Fear. Let us take for example the spoiled card:
Dread Warlock 1BB
Creature – Human Wizard
Dread Warlock can’t be blocked except by black creatures.
Its ability text is effectively fear, except it no longer can be block by artifacts. This is probably because (due to coloured artifacts) Wizards of the Coast no longer want artifacts to have a somewhat indifference to black. This is also probably due to the fact that the keyword “Fear” makes no sense outside of Black and thus can not be applied to cards of other colours. I hope they soon find a new keyword though, I kinda liked Fear.
With all these new cards ahoy, there’s no doubt that some of the old cards were going to be replaced by different cards with similar effects that suit the meta-game more so. Already, some of these cards have been spoiled such as:
Planar Cleansing 3WWW
Destroy all non-land permanents
This card, to replace Wrath of God simply doesn’t cut it. Six converted mana-cost is way too much unless the standard post Zendikar is going to be very slow. Take for example a Jund Deck, by turn five, its swinging for game pretty much – although a fourth turn WoG could take care of that, not a sixth turn Planar Cleansing!
Honor of the Pure 1W
White creatures you control get +1/+1.
Wowee! Wizards really do want us to buy this core-set don’t they? At last it’s white’s time to shine and this replacement of Glorious Anthem is a prime example. It’s a shame white has lost its great sweeping ability in terms of Wrath of God, but this is just awesome!
Doom Blade 1B
Destroy target non-black creature.
This is a new and improved Terror as it can kill artifact creatures. It doesn’t really matter in the current meta that the creature can be regenerated. This is also an example of Wizards distinguishing Artifacts from Black as discussed before.
Cool reprinted cards!
I won’t discuss each of these cards as otherwise this article would become way to long and boring, buts here’s a list of some cards that are being reprinted that really strike my fancy!
All of the Lorwyn Planeswalkers
Birds of Paradise
Coat of Arms
Did you notice?
Something I’ve noticed is that they’re reprinting cards from Alara Block? Such as from Conflux:
and Elvish Visionary from Shards?
The only reason I can see for this is for limited play…
Well, I hope you survived your way through this rather large article. I didn’t discuss every single card that’s being printed, as you can see, only the cards that really interested me. Be sure to check out the MTGsalvation website for the full spoiler list so far!
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