~In an oddly phrophetic post yesterday on fakes, we follow up with another very exciting Magic the Gathering Zendikar spoiler including a block theme and mechanic.
Yesterday at around 1528 Hours, Rush_Clasic from MTG Salvation forums posted an MTG advertisement for Zendikar that features a card named Rampaging Baloths on MTG Sally. Apparently, this fuzzy image was captured from an animated gif file he had acquired from the spoiler gods. After some initial excitement on the forums and twitter, the spoiler was labeled 'fake' and the thread closed by urzassedatives only some two hours latter.
Upon receiving further intelligence, urzassedatives claimed Rampaging Baloths was real and subsequently re-opened the thread. To top it off, this card appears to be destined to become a release event promo card! The thread has now experienced over 24,000 views by spoiler-hungry MTG fans.
Soak it in my peeps . .
The advertisement appears to be super-imposed on the front of that GenCon 2009 catalog Zendikar image which lent weight to many of those in the 'fake' camp in the very polarized forum members. As we could not clearly make out the text, we originally thought that this was totally overpowered, even in today's power creep trend. We thought that perhaps something along the line of "Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, you may put a 4/4 green Beast creature token with haste and Sacrifice this creature at the end of turn into play. With certainty, more is to be revealed.
The coolness - A new mechanic - 'Landfall'.
The card that can be partially seen in the ad shows a new mechanic called Landfall. "Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control . . .", trigger something horrible.
Landfall appears to be a very interesting mechanic and may be ripe for abuse or to simply build a deck around. There are several cards in today's standard environment which allows one to search for mana. Some cards that come to mind are the Panoramas, land cycling, or Knight of the Reliquary.
A note about the Zendikar theme.
Straight from the recently released MTG Planeswalker novel, Purifying Fire.
"It's from Zendikar" he said. "A plane of some repute. It is said to be host to some of the most powerful mana sources in the multiverse, but it is also unpredictable, irratic. Voilent and pacific at the same moment."
"A mysterios plane- which may or may not exist- where mana works differently than any where else in the multiverse? And an artifact of such immense power that it will certainly be sought, coveted, and fought over by people far more ruthless then any keralian..."
Landfall seems to fit rather perfectly with the excerpts from the novel as well as some of the hints from MaRo.
In summary, we are anxiously awating this set's release - please send me an eMail if you get a hold of any other juicy tid-bits we can share.