Magic 2014: Wrap-up

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Well, all 249 have been spoiled !

WHITE

Angelic Wall

No official art yet! Does anyone care?

I know I don’t.

Blessing

blessing

A ‘blessing’ they changed the artwork

Nice to see they dug up this old fossil just in time. I think it can really be a contender …. in draft.

 

Congregate

congregate

Oh my!

I want to hate on this card so bad, but I have such fond memories of playing it when I was a beginner. I guess it’s not terribly bad….

It can give you a lot more life versus a token or if you are playing a token deck. Then again, you’d probably prefer a mass boost or a mass removal depending on which side you are on.

Divine Favor

Why bother making a variant of such an awesome card? Reprint it and make everyone happy!

 

Fortify

fortify

 

It’s actually not THAT bad. Having played in the Time Spiral block limited format, I can vouch for this card’s effectiveness.

 

Indestructability

indestructability

By all means, stop reprinting

Still not good on a planeswalker (since you sacrifice them when they go to Zero loyalty or under. Maybe we’ll see this in some ‘wacky’ enchantment deck.

Pacifism

They had to bring it back since it’s the ‘basic’ creature control card. I mean, whatever else would we do to deal with Thragtusk and the like?

Pay no Heed

pay no heed

Yet another Bonfire hoser

That’s riiiiight! All the damage! Damn you overpowered white cards! *shakes fist*

Pillarfield Ox

A Sunspire Gatekeepers with no upside? Oh riiiight, the 4 toughness IS the upside.

Silly me!

 

Planar Cleansing

 planar cleansing

For when you want everything to go bye bye!

Seriously?

They couldn’t reprint Cataclysm or something?

Just kidding!

I suppose they still need to keep those planeswalkers under control.

 

Siege Mastodon

Found in 1 out of 3 white based draft decks.

Silence

silence

That should be Sin Collector being quoted there

For when you want to make it into a non-interactive affair. Seriously did they need to really reprint this thing? I don’t think it’s hard to pick up in the secondary market AND the modern deck that runs this card is pretty much dead.

I think Grand Abolisher would have been more appropriate and more appreciated as well.

 

grand abolisher

Sorry pal, maybe next Core Set

Solemn Offering

An ‘acceptable’ Disenchant variant.

Suntail Hawk

suntail hawk

Try not to crash into Flying Men little hawk!

Half a Squadron Hawk in every way! Some would even say a quarter of a Squadron Hawk.

I enjoy vanilla once in a while too, but this is a little ridiculous no?

Wall of Swords

wall of swords

Ah! trusty wall made out of sword!

Nothing beat a good old Wall of Swords.

Except: how does it manage to just float in the air all on its own? Magic….oh yeah, ‘Magic’.

 

 

BLUE

Archaeomancer

archaeomancer

The pauper Snapcaster Mage

It’s like a Gravedigger for your instants and sorceries. If she can trade with an opposing creature on top of it, you will gain even more value out of her.

This card is by no means meant to be a real deal in constructed formats, but boy is it fun in limited! I look forward to once again drafting up a Red/Blue deck full of burn, bounce and utility dudes.

Archaeo comes from the Greek ‘ancient’

Mancer usually refers to the manipulator of a certain element or simply a magician

Now that you know this, you can sleep a little better.

Armored Cancrix

It’s a crab in armor. How funny! We got it the first time Wizard of the Coast, no need for a repeat performance.

Cancel

What? were you all expecting Counterspell ?

I think even something like ‘Deprive‘ would have been asking for too much?

Clone

clone

Will it be better or worse?

I suppose they really need to test out how well that new ‘Legend’ rule is going to work with the Theros block. No better way to do this than to reprint the original.

Coral Merfolk

I guess you might need one – IF you plan on making an all-merfolk Commander deck.

Divination

Simple yet effective. It does sometimes see a semblance of competitive play.

Domestication

domestication

Now an M14 Rare

I feel really cheated that this thing is now a rare. What brought upon this change? It’s sure as hell not Control Magic, not by a longshot ( and even that card was an uncommon).

Essence Scatter

This and Negate – Core Set forever!

Merfolk Spy

As a 1/1 for one blue mana, it has TWO more abilities than Coral Merfolk. How insane is that?

Negate

Good old reliable! I still like having no really good counterspells so as to force players to decide between this and Essence Scatter.

Quicken

quic

not to be mistaken for that archaic accounting software

A nice ‘Johnny‘ style of card. You can probably do some insane plays with it, plus it actually draws you a card so it’s not totally a dead draw when you’re out of gas.

Scroll Thief

Not really as good as Ophidian was now that the Constructed formats are more creature-heavy.

Spell Blast

spell blast

Much needed new artwork

Another counterspell? I’m still not sure how I feel about this one, but I’m guessing that most of the time you’re simply overpaying to counter stuff.

Time Ebb

time eb

That poor bear!

Azorius Charm minus the combat restriction, but at sorcery speed and one mana more.

 

Tome Scour

If only it somehow had a Relentless Rats clause…

Traumatize

traumatize

Now back with a change in rarity!

Not only is this no longer that great of a mill card, but they have the audacity to bump this up to mythic ratity? Really?

This is like in all those ‘mill’ decks that never work. I would much rather play the other blue mythic in this set: Jace, Memory Adept

 

EDIT: So finally it’s still a Rare, I apologize for the misinformation.

Water Servant

Half an Aetherling, in cost only.

Its efficiency gets cut down by half, then half again and again.

Zephyr Charge

zephyr charge

*Gasp!* a new card!

It’s actually not that bad as you don’t have to waste your turn 4 to play something like Levitation. Now that was bad!

Black

Getting rather tired at this moment, so I’ll be back with the rest of the cards tomorrow. Good night!

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