Monday, June 17, 2013

M14 Spoilers

Ajani’s Chosen Archangel of Thune Bonescythe Sliver Devout Invocation Hive Stirrings Sentinel Sliver Steelform Sliver Colossal Whale Jace’s Mindseeker Opportunity Liliana’s Reaver Rise of the Dark Realms Awaken the Ancient Battle Sliver Blur Sliver Chandra’s Phoenix Molten Birth Striking Sliver Thorncaster Sliver Garruk’s Horde Kalonian Tusker Megantic Sliver Predatory Sliver Primeval Bounty Savage Summoning Vastwood Hydra Staff of the Flame Magus Staff of the Mind Magus Staff of the Wild Magus

I'll see if I can't get these added to the spoiler page something this week.

From the Vault: 20 & M14 Intro Deck Packaging

Honestly, this just looks awesome. Sure I'll want the cards inside, but right now, I'd just be happy with the box...

Let's See That Again! (Planeswalker Edition)

Since I'm doing this sort of series, I figured it'd be cool to look at the planeswalker characters that have been printed, and come up with some characters that should have a new planeswalker version printed for them.

You know, instead of all the versions of Ajani, Jace, Liliana, Chandra, and Garruk we have running around.

Elspeth Tirel

Elspeth, Knight-Errant  Elspeth Tirel

Elspeth has a really awesome first card, and a pretty cool second card. I just wonder what else we could wind up with on a third card...


Tamiyo, the Moon Sage

Tamiyo, like Elspeth, had her first card printed with her first name and a title. We can only hope for a second card with her last name on it sometime in another year or two. She's pretty good, and it'd be interesting to see what else she is capable of... And as a blue planeswalker, she's the only one besides Jace who has only been printed as blue (Tezzeret has a blue/black version).

Sorin Markov

Sorin Markov  Sorin, Lord of Innistrad

Sorin is the only planeswalker other than Liliana who had a card that was only black. I like Sorin, Lord of Innistrad best out of both of them, but hey, another Sorin could be cool.


Koth of the Hammer

Koth, like Tamiyo and Elspeth, was not originally printed with a last name. Unless he just doesn't have one, but I have a feeling he does. (Note, I haven't ready any of the novels or anything, wish I had of course, but if you know if any of these planeswalkers do or do not have last names, please comment and let me know). Koth is pretty cool. He deals mostly in mana and what mountains are capable of, so it'd be cool to see what else can be done. Oh, and Tibalt could have been included here, but everyone hated his first version, so he may not show up again, but I have my own thoughts on Tibalt.

I know we're talking about Koth here, but Tibalt, story-wise, just became a planeswalker, so theoretically, he'd get better as time went on and more versions of him were printed. I'd take it or leave it, but as a non-Chandra red planeswalker, Koth is definitely more awesome than Tibalt.

Nissa Revane

Nissa Revane

Elves should come back. Hell, we should visit Zendikar again, in a few more years (I guess 10-ish years?). Nissa does tribal and she does it well. People who use her love her. But if I read the story aspect of her (probably on the Wizard's website), then she's been secretly experimenting with black magic. Kind of like the elves from Lorwyn/Shadowmoor. Since their tribal colors were black and green. So it'd be cool to see her in a black/green planeswalker. But... we already have Vraska and kind of Garruk for that now, so maybe another mono green version? Or maybe a mono black of her? (That idea is from the whole Mikaeus, the Lunarch and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed legends from Innistrad and Dark Ascension. She could possibly get corrupted by the black magic and no longer be a green planeswalker).


Karn Liberated

Now, I don't think this guy has a last name. Regardless, he is the only colorless planeswalker, and therefore fills the spot. Plus, I'm pretty sure he's the easiest way to actually win by using Battle of Wits...

Sarkhan Vol

Sarkhan Vol  Sarkhan the Mad

Sarkhan is a planeswalker who has shown up twice in multicolored cards only. And he's been missing for three blocks. Plus... DRAGONS. *cough* Sorry about that. Sarkhan Vol is pretty cool, and he's just been reprinted with Elspeth, Knight Errant in Modern Masters, so that must mean something. Sarkhan does a bit of Tribal like Nissa, but Nissa does more tribal. Sarkhan Vol doesn't have to be just dragons, especially with the ultimate on any planeswalker being hard to get to...

I don't know, just some food for thought. If you took all five colors, colorless, and multicolored, which planeswalkers would you want  to see done in a new card? (Note, Kiora Atul would totally make my multicolored choice if she was already a card, as long as she was good. She isn't already a planeswalker with a card, and I think many of us wish she was...) Maybe you can let me know in the description. And if possible, try not to consider the original five (Ajani, Jace, Liliana, Chandra, Garruk). They've had new cards often enough.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Let's See That Again! (Land Edition)

I wanted to start a new series on this blog with things I personally would like to see again. Either printed as a full cycle, or else printed again (like the shocklands were). Here are the five lands that should be done again:

Innistrad Dual Lands

Clifftop RetreatHinterland HarborIsolated ChapelSulfur FallsWoodland Cemetery

Think about it like this: if the allied dual lands from the core sets were printed from M10 to M13, which means 4 sets, we've only seen these enemy dual lands once. Maybe it'd be nice to see them again...

Dryad Arbor

Dryad Arbor  Dryad Arbor

Yeah, I know it was in Future Sight, and then reprinted with a pretty cool art/format in From the Vault: Realms. Why should it be reprinted in my opinion? Not just it, but a cycle would be cool. I mean, couldn't there be 1/1 Land Creatures out there other than Forest Dryads? I mean, there could be a Land Creature - Island Illusion, or Land Creature - Swamp Monster... That'd be cool, right?

Horizon Canopy

Horizon Canopy

Once again, my thought is for a cycle. Dual lands that are like Brushland, but you can also sacrifice them and draw a card. I'd like to see these. I mean I personally can't think of any good dual land ideas so having some done that appeared in Future Sight would be nice. Wizards can only print and reprint the same card so many times.

River of Tears

River of Tears

Yet another Future Sight land. And yet again, I think it'd be cool to have them, whether or not I would actually use them. When played, it produces black mana, next turn, it produces blue mana until you play a land. It's not too bad, but it isn't the best... Not in my opinion anyway.

Grove of the Burnwillows

Grove of the Burnwillows  Grove of the Burnwillows

And again, like Dryad Arbor, another land that could use a good cycle and was also reprinted in From the Vault: Realms. I'm not a fan of giving 1 life to each opponent if you tap the land for a colored mana, but it could be done, I guess...

Nimbus Maze

Nimbus Maze

Now THIS is a land I would love to see in a full cycle (you know, allied AND enemy dual lands?). It taps for colorless, yet with a plains, it can create blue mana, and with an island, it creates white mana. It's sort of like the core set and Innistrad dual lands, yet it comes in untapped and has three options if you have types of land. Just a thought...

Scars of Mirrodin Lands

Seachrome CoastDarkslick ShoresBlackcleave CliffsCopperline GorgeRazorverge Thicket

They were pretty cool. They can be played on the first, second, or third turn if you play a land each turn, and it will be untapped and you can use it for one of two colors. They were done pretty recently, but the enemy dual lands of this type would be nice.