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Scars of Mirrodin Spoiler 8-27

Good Day my MTG pickles,

We have some very exciting news for you . . . Magic: The Gathering Scars of Mirrodin spoiler season is now under steam and players everywhere are chomping at the bit to get this new set out of blister-packs and onto game tables. Late yesterday, casual MTG player LautaroLobos from Chile posted two images of cards from this set which was akin to dropping a bomb as one of the new cards contained a new powerful SoM mechanic - 'Proliferate'.

First things first, the new card with Proliferate, named Contagion Clasp, altough part of the very soon to-be-released Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret paints a good picture about Scars of Mirrodin, provides our second expected watermark, and new keyword - Proliferate. Let's have us a look . . .

Contagion Clasp, 2
Artifact -Uncommon
When Contagion Clasp enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
: Proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)

Looks like we have a Phyrexia watermark on this this card, further confirmation of SoM affiliations. Contagion Clasp provides a -1/-1 counter right off the hop for 2 colorless mana, which which we say is not that bad at all, but the new keyword, Proliferate, will certainly impress you. Early indications is that Scars of Mirrodin will provide quite a few counters and will of course feature the other mechanic, Infect, which hands out poison counters as well as -1/-1 counters. Players are already yattering about using this card in a variety of different ways similar to discussions about the old Eventide card Gilder Bairn and are working out combos and synergies with Planeswalkers and cards from Zendikar block (the Ascension cycle, the Quest cycle, Expedition cycle, Levelers, etc.).


Next card up is Kemba's Skyguard, also a card soon to-be-released Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret.

Kemba's Skyguard, 1
Creature - Cat Knight, Common
When Kemba's Skyguard enters the battlefield, you gain 2 life.

This is a decent enough common and a solid choice in limited play but what will catch players attention is the creature sub-type, Knight. As Kemba's Skyguard is a Knight, this provides yet another option for players building a deck around M11's Knight Exemplar, which may be crucial as many very good Knight cards will be rotating out of standard when Scars of Mirrodin hits game stores. The life gain facet of this card could also be an option for players wanting to trigger Ajani's Pridemate.

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Anonymous said...

Proliferate seems lame, at least on this one card, but it does play well with Level Up, Planeswalkers, Modular, and a Host of other things.

At 4 mana, though it's tough to see it being great - I hope we see some cheaper way to Proliferate our counters!

Anonymous said...

I think coud be good for counter suspend too