Monday, December 31, 2012

Gatecrash Spoilers Part 2

So already we've seen seven cards and know about 25 other cards already (from this post). Now we have four more to reveal.

Evolve is already known as the keyword for Simic, so what else do we have? These, of course:


  • Bloodrush - Gruul
  • Battalion - Boros
  • Extort - Orzhov
  • Cipher - Dimir
The first reveal we have this morning is Rubblehulk. This card fits somewhat with the abilities of Borborygmos Enraged as it deals with land. With this card, if you discard it (what appears to be the Bloodrush keyword), an attacking creature gets +X/+X for the turn where X is the number of lands you control. This looks pretty cool. Either a creature with power and toughness equal to the lands you control, or a three mana pump spell... For people who like Red/Green, this looks like a really good keyword for you. Based on the two revealed Gruul cards so far, they appear to be solely land based.
The second card is Firemane Avenger. So Battalion is the keyword for Boros, and you get to fully utilize red and white abilities in this card. When it attacks with two other creatures, target creature or player is dealt three damage (red), and you gain three life (white). So based on this, I'm assuming Battalion involves a creature attacking and requires a couple more creatures to attack as well... I'm not so sure the 3 damage and 3 life gain is involved in each creature with Battalion of it. These keywords seem a bit more complex than the RTR keywords... Nevertheless, imagine three of these under your control at the same time attacking... That's 9 damage wherever you want and 9 life gained, PLUS the 9 total damage dealt in combat. Pretty awesome!
Orzhov's keyword Extort comes from Treasury Thrull. So first the keyword: You cast a spell and pay white or black mana, and an opponent loses one life and you gain one. Perfect black/white flavor. If you have several creatures with Extort on the field, and you pay that one White/Black mana, you gain a nice amount of life, while making your opponent lose a good amount. Assuming the ruling on Extort executes individually (like Exalted executing separately for each Exalted creature). So I mean the one mana covers all instances of Extort and you don't have to pay per instance... We'll see where this goes...

Now to the card itself: So here you have a great ability of returning an artifact, creature, or enchantment when Treasury Thrull attacks. Not deals damage, but attacks. Pretty awesome...
Our last card today is Whispering Madness. Cipher, the keyword for Dimir is found on this card... Personally, I'm not big on the whole "discard hand and draw" since I build decks based on cards I typically need to pull out and play, not where I lose the good cards and draw cards that aren't so great. Although, maybe Laboratory Maniac might be good here...

Anyway, on to Cipher: so you "encode" a spell with Cipher on a creature, and when it deals combat damage to a player, the creature's control can cast  a copy of the spell. Personally, I wouldn't use this card, and I especially wouldn't use Cipher with this card, unless I just plain didn't have any cards in my hand and my opponent does...

I will say, Cipher looks good for my Blue/Black unblockable deck...


So there you have it... four more cards released as previews. Gatecrash is looking good...

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