Magic 2014: Lifebane Zombie and More …

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Let’s get to it!

Lifebane Zombie

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Zombizzles are sort of back

All bummed out about the Innistad block Zombies rotating out in November? Well, don’t be! You still get about 3 months to enjoy them. M14 even brings in a new recruit into the ranks. Although most of the time he might probably be sitting on the sidellines.

He hates on Green and White (black’s enemy colors) AND has evasion. His stats are pretty bad, but if you’re getting in for 3 once in awhile it’s not too bad. You basically get to drop him on turn 3 and pre-emptively deal with a Thragtusk, Trostani, Angel of Serenity and Restoration Angel. Nice!

If you’re playing him in a Zombie tribal deck you also have Cavern of Souls to make sure he sticks. Another thing he’s good at is supporting your discard spell and making sure you don’t ‘accidentally’ get them to discard a Loxodon Smiter (always a pain).

loxodon smiterYeah, this guy

I can see hi fitting in some kind of black-white discard aggro deck with Sin Collector, Liliana of the Veil and Liliana’s Reaver. Of course the white is also to partially double up on the enter the battlefield abilities by playing Restoration Angel. And you might even want to consider a copy of this:

stronic resonatorDouble your value – Double your fun!

I really like that it allows us to permanently deal with Angel of Serenity. This card is such a pain to play against and it becomes a bigger headache in multiples. All in all, it’s nice to see black getting this nice little boost as I feel that it’s the most underplayed color in the current standard format (with Red or White being the most played.)

Imposing Sovereign

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Blind Obedience on legs

Imposing Sovereign is sure to revitalize the White Weenie archetype. Just like it’s enchantment counterpart it makes Advent of the Wurm and Restoration Angel lose a bit of their effectiveness. I’m little befuddled as to why the creature type is simply ‘Human’ . Would it have been a stretch to make it an ‘Advisor’ or something?

Dismiss into Dream

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The blue ‘Abyss’?

I was joking at a local card shop as to how ridiculous this card is. At 7 mana however, I don’t see it entering the realm of competitive Magic. Still, your opponent’s creature basically gain the disadvantages of cards like Phantasmal Image. If you have an easy way to target over and over for free or almost free – you’re set!

In commander this basically becomes downright unfair. All your pingers basically one-shot anything with needed cards like Basilisk Collar. Plus it takes card of indestructible dudes like this guy.

Encroaching Wastes

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Finally, we can run something other than Ghost Quarter

Nice! we get a Wasteland variant in Standard! Tectonic Edge was pretty decent when it was in Standard (plus it’s even run in a few Modern decklists). This one feels a little more underwhelming still. Kind of like it had a little label that said:

“In case of emergency, crack land!”

I mean, 4 mana ? Really? I guess the Theros lands are going to be crazy good for this effect to cost 4 mana. We don’t get any dual lands or other lands in Magic 2014¬†for those of you who are not aware. So basically pick them up now and hope you get to use them productively later.

Barrage of Expendables

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A really great throwback

Ever since there was that Red/White/Black Zombie Bombardment deck in Legacy, people have been reacquainting themselves with Goblin Bombardment. This card is a great tribute to the might enchantment.

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I wish I had an army of Goblins

Barrage of Expendables will probably see play in a Red/Black Zombies list just like Mortarpod had a few years ago. There’s also other things you can do – like run it in a Boros deck to have your Fiend Hunters¬†permanently remove opposing creatures while maybe even taking down an additional 1-toughness creature. It’s also a great way to defend yourself against Boros Reckoners. You block them and sacrifice your creature before damage is deal, that way the Boros Reckoner is temporarily contained while your life total is preserved.

You can also use it against decks running cards like Supreme Verdict so that you can get some extra ‘reach’ against them by doing a few extra points of damage. Also, you can sacrifice anything they target with cards like Warleader’s Helix (soon to see much more play) so that they don’t get to gain 4 life. Likewise, it can be used to tick down opposing planeswalkers when you are unable to attack them.

Here’s a few other suggestions¬†thanks to our good friend ‘Gatherer’.

Tenacious Dead

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They really want us to miss Reassembling Skeleton, huh?

Voraciosu Wurm

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Why must they always print superior Grizzly Bears ?

A few more reprints were confirmed as well:

Rewind, Sign in Blood, Briarpack Alpha, Gladecover Scout, Verdant Haven, Plummet

Yeah, nothing exciting aside from maybe Rewind which was always cute with Flash creatures. Let’s hope the final 50 or so remaining cards contain a few pleasant surprises.

In the meantime, you can Pre-Order your singles here!

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Magic 2014: Spoilers to date 2

… and we’re back!

Today’s another small spoiler session. Let’s get the ball rolling.

 

Seraph of the Sword

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Fog Bank‘s angel cousin. This thing is going to give headaches to more aggressive decks. At least it lacks Vigilance.

Ogre Battledriver

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That’s MR. Hill Giant you maggot!

Bonescythe Sliver

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Slivers get their own Kinsbaile Cavalier

Into the Wilds

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Oracle of Mul Daya version 2.0

Megantic Sliver

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Big Daddy Sliver! He’s the Pre-Release promo? Woah!

Awaken the Ancient

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Technically costs 5 mana since you don’t get to attack if you play it turn 4 (barring ramp)

Vastwood Hydra

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This is going to make m miss Primordial Hydra.

Ring of Three Wishes

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A ‘fairer’ ‘cheaper’ Planar Portal

Ratchet Bomb

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Glad to have it back!

Guardian of the Ages

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Nice flavor, but that’s about it …

That’s more or less the Rares and Mythic spoiled so far. I will be posting a new blog on the Uncommons and then Commons. It’s nice too see some new Magic: the Gathering cards instead of infinite reprints, even if they are not the greatest. This set is sure to be a blast to draft and Sealed as well as really sweet in the Commander formats. Who knows what cards will make it into Standard decks – probably Slivers?

Magic 2014: Spoilers to date

Hey there guys and gals! I’m going to be doing some small previews here and there on the Magic 2014 set that’s being released this summer. Most will be just be some one-liners with pictures as we are really busy doing articles and adding tons of inventory. Here goes:

 

Hive Stirrings

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GameDay freebie and soon to be sliver deck staple.

Colossal Whale

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Great flavor. That’s one hungry whale!

Goblin Diplomats

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Nice ability on these guys. Make them swing at you then strike back.

Devout Invocation

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Kind of like a slower Entreat the Angels, but pretty need with mana dorks.

Archangel of Thune

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A ‘watered down’ Baneslayer Angel.

Windreader Sphinx

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Someone at Wizards of the Coast really likes that Isperia ability.

Shadowborn Demon

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You get a nice ‘Murder‘ effect out of it and the drawback is not too bad.

Scourge of Valkas

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A dragon deck auto-include and upgrade to Shivan Dragon.

Primeval Bounty

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Nice little 3-ability enchantment for Commander decks.

Rise of the Dark Realms

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Liliana Vess‘s Ultimate – in card form.

Savage Summoning

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Now anything can be a Restoration Angel for the cost of a measly Green Mana

This particular card is most likely going to see some serious play. Imagine any creature you wish had flash and pair it with this. Neither will be counterable. Of course it requires a creature in your hand otherwise it will do nothing on its own. This is the kind of rare that’s going to be in huge demand as it’s going to be played in just about all formats that can use it. Be sure to grab foil ones for your Commander deck.

Don’t forget that this is also very very awesome with Snapcaster Mage . But of course, most of you already knew that.

Ajani’s Chosen

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Nice! a Rare ‘paneswalker pet’. Looks like Ajani is confirmed for 2014.

Jace’s Mindseeker

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Nice ‘mill ‘ creature. It’s somewhat inefficient, but you do get potential value if you mill the right card.

Liliana’s Reaver

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This is actually the most efficient pet so far, if only its stats were reversed.

Chandra’s Phoenix

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It saw competitive play before. Will it rise from the ashes again?

Garruk’s Horde

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Why did they reprint this? I hope that if a new Garruk is in 2014 he’s awesome.

Stay tune for another Spoiler later on as we continue our brief overview of the Magic: the Gathering 2014 Core Set.