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Alara Preview 1

~ If you have either been living under a rock or perhaps have just discovered the internet, you may have missed the spoiler season to the Shards of Alara. Today at Wizards is the first day of official previews. So pop over, play a puzzle and review the new set goodness. At press time, the 'Five Worlds' flavour was not yet up. (EDIT - see below).

Many of the cards provided in today's visual spoiler preview had already been spoiled here on MTG-Realm and the usual forums (you know who you are). To this end, we will provide a brief look at three cards not yet revealed.

Bull Cerodon, 4RW
Creature - Beast, Uncommon
Vigilance, haste

This is a really solid card. For those nay-sayers out there who may think the mana cost is a bit steep, just consider that not only this horned monstrosity have haste but vigilance a well.

Tezzeret the Seeker, 3UU
Planeswalker - Tezzeret, Mythic Rare
+1 : Untap up to two target artifacts
-X : Search your library for an artifact card with converted mana cost X or less and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
-5 : Artifacts you control become 5/5 until end of turn.

This is the second Alara Planeswalker previewed (Ajani Vengeant being the promo). The mana cost is reasonable and the comes-into-play loyalty counters are acceptable to just put it out of range of spot removal. I like the first ability of virtually creating vigilant artifacts. I am still pondering the second and third abilities as to whether they are overpriced . . . I will need to see the other artifact creatures in this set to decide perhaps.

Windwright Mage, WUB
Artifact Creature - Human Wizard
Windwright Mage has flying as long as an artifact card is in your graveyard.

I think I should like this card much better if it had unconditional flying ability but then we are getting lifelink out of the deal as well. Good card, too bad about the crazy multi-colour mana cost.

Until next time, Happy & Safe Gaming.
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UPDATE - It appears that the second installment of the Alara flavour section is now up and four new Alara art images are up in the 'Five Worlds' section.

Goblins of Jund getting blown up real good perhaps by even the Planeswalker Sarkhan Vol.

A Rhox warrior champion receiving a medal from a Cleric for a job well done.

A demon beast of Grixis joining Eliza of the Keep (maybe) in a whimiscal tune for an upcomming Grixis talent show.

A Vedalken wizard waiting for the valet to return his pimped-out artifact Sphinx ride at an Esper night club.


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