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ARB Spoiler 3

Alara Reborn Spoiler 3

We have a total of 8 (!) Alara Reborn Spoilers for you today. On the weekend, of the community peeps received a Magic Player's Reward oversize card in the mail. To his (and our) surprise, it was a card from the yet-to-be-released Alara Reborn set. Duh - of course we are going to spoil this - thanks Wizards !

Perhaps because I am fairly new to the game that I do not really understand oversized cards. Why ? Can you actually build an over sized deck ? Can you even shuffle these puppies ? Would clowns like these ? Personally - they are just cardboard to me with as much significance as the box of Korn Flakes I'm looking at right now. Anywho - Less rant and more spoiler eh ?


Spellbreaker Behemoth, 1RGGg
Creature - Beast, Rare
Spellbreaker Behemoth can't be countered.
Creature spells you control with power 5 or greater can't be countered.

Nice ! I don't think that this will be seeing much action however except in a Naya Stompy sideboard against a control blue but hey - every card has it's place - even Grizzly Bears.

The next few are taken from the most recent edition of Game Japan.

Aven Mimic, 1WU
Creature - Bird Wizard, Rare
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a Wing counter on target creature.
Each creature with a Wing counter on it is 3/1 and has flying.

Hey - this could be good in the right deck but I am not holding my breath for this card to take a strong position in casual constructed.

AEther-caste Knight, WU
Artifact Creature - Human Knight, Common

Very nice - Esper now has Knights. This 2 drop swings as a 2/4 with the exalted abilities. I see Sigiled Paladin being picked over this one but I know that players will find a home for this Knight.

Tar Shards, 3BR
Instant, Uncommon
Tar Shards deals 4 damage to target creature.
Double Cast (When you play this spell, reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a nonland card with lesser converted mana cost than this spell. You may play that card without paying its mana cost. Then put all revealed cards still in your library on the bottom of your library at random order.)

Umm - interesting. We can now chalk up our very first Shards of Alara mechanic here - 'Double Cast'. This instant will timmy for 4 damage AND bring out another spell (for 4 or less) onto the board for free. I am going to have to think about just how evil I can make this card.

Exsanguination, 2BR
Sorcery, Rare
Choose target player. Name a nonland card. That player reveals his or her hand. Exsanguination deals 3 damage for each card with that name in that player's hand to that player. Remove cards with that name from that player's graveyard, hand and library. That player then shuffles his/her library.

Some may start to compare this as a much more expensive Runed Halo but remember that this MAY pain your opponent for 3 (or more). I'm thinking that this will see some play.

Pale Priest-Spider, 4GW
Creature - Spider, Common
Forestcycling 2 (2, discard this card: Search your library for a forest card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.)
Plainscycling 2 (2, discard this card: Search your library for a plains card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.)

Here we have another twist on the cycling mechanic - Forestcycling, and Plainscycling. I see some weird but deadly deck which features this card, Knight of the Reliquary and a bunch of Eventide 'Retrace' cards.

Sage of the Anima, 3gu
Creature - Elf Wizard, Rare
If you would draw a card, reveal the top three cards of your library instead. Put all creature cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

This may be a good card with a whole lot of unreasonable conditional terms. Waaay too many conditions must be in place for this card to work well.

Marici Twinclaw, 2{W/R}g
Creature - Cat Warrior, Uncommon
Double strike

Hello again HYBRID ! ! So, it's a 2/4 four drop critter with double strike. Not many will complain about this card. If you hear someone say 'what about Flame Javelin' - tell them they are just unreasonably greedy.

1 comment:

Nicholas Davis said...

Oof, more Hybrids? I suppose it was somewhat expected... Too soon? we'll see!

Sage of the Anima has me intrigued, though!!!