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SoM Spoilers 9-10

G'Day MTG folks.

Just a reminder to all, be sure to check out our Scars of Mirrodin Spoiler list which is constantly updated - linky is HERE.

Righto - The spoilers gods were kind again and showered internet land with a decent volume of Scars of Mirrodin spoilers last night. We will cut the witty banter short and get straight to them . . .

Trigon of Contagion,4
Artifact, Uncommon
Trigon of Contagion enters the battlefield with three charge counters on it.
: Put a charge counter on Trigon of Contagion.
: Remove a charge counter from Trigon of Contagion: Put a 1/1 green Insect creature token with infect onto the battlefield.

Yummy delicious pizza - at least that's what we think the dude is holding. This is a solid example of a crap rare (edit - Uncommon) that won't be invited onto the red carpet anytime soon. Having said that, we still do think it a decent sink for late game mana.

Leonin Arbiter, 1
Creature – Cat Cleric, Rare
Players can’t search libraries. Any player may pay {2} for that player to ignore this effect until end of turn.

Yep - this is a serious kick to the tenders for anyone hoping to play a lot of fetchlands after the release of the upcoming set.

Painsmith, 1
Creature – Human Artificer, Uncommon
Whenever you cast an artifact spell, you may have target creature get +2/+0 and gain deathtouch until end of turn.

You know those cute little Memnites or Ornithopters ? Yeah - they just got a whole lot more dangerous with Painsmith which can give one of them a nice pump and deathtouch. Expect shenannagins with this card as players develop synergies.

Galvanic Blast,
Instant, Common
Galvanic Blast deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
Metalcraft – Galvanic Blast deals 4 damage to target creature or player instead if you control three or more artifacts.

Dang. The 2 timmy to a criiter or player for just one red is decent, add in the new metalcraft abilitiy and this thing is the bee's knees and an auto-include in any Red-Deck-Win variant.

Engulfing Slagwurm, 5
Creature – Wurm, Rare
Whenever Engulfing Slagwurm blocks or becomes blocked by a creature, destroy that creature. You gain life equal to that creature’s toughness.

Nice. Fatty.
Quite a beatstick which oddly enough does not even want to deliver damage to a creature, it just wants to destroy it. With the local meta-game all weird on life-gain decks, we know some of those players will be paying attention to the potential of this card.

Molten-Tail Masticore, 4
Artifact Creature – Masticore, Mythic Rare
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Molten-Tail Masticore unless you discard a card.
{4}, Exile a creature card from your graveyard: Molten-Tail Masticore deals 4 damage to target creature or player.
{2}: Regenerate Molten-Tail Masticore.

Ummm. We dunno. We thought a bit about this and cannot quite fit it in with anything decent right now. We think there are a lot better cards out there for our casual constructed game. Perhaps the readership may want to enlighten us how this card is really good.

Myr Battlesphere, 7
Artifact Creature – Myr Construct, Rare
When Myr Battlefield enters the battlefield, put four 1/1 colorless Myr artifact creature tokens onto the battlefield.
Whenever Myr Battlefield attacks, you may tap X untapped Myr you control. If you do, Myr Battlesphere gets +X/+0 until end of turn and deals X damage to defending player.

Did they just say 'Battlesphere' ??
- that name is reason enough to play this card. For 7 colourless, you essentially get to power up the game table with a 8/7 (edit - reading is tech) across 5 creatures. We definitely want to see this played with Myr Galvanizer to pump those other myr. Alternatively, if one could slide a trample effect on this, it might be decent late-game bombtastic times.


Anonymous said...

Not to nitpick, but the Trigon of Contagion isn't a rare; it's Uncommon.

Anonymous said...

Trigon of Contagion is a neat card. True it's a bit overcosted/underpowered, but there are lots of ways to make it playable. It'd be GREAT in a deck with Doubling Season. (like that isn't obvious, but still).

Also, I predict a trend of modified art for this card: Ninja Turtles. You rightly pointed out the Pizza angle, but failed to note the hands holding the pizza are GREEN!!! COWABUNGA DUDES!

Anonymous said...

Umm the Battlesphere does have a trample like effect. But it's more a kick to the face. (It will still hit your opponent for 4 even if it's blocked, provided you tap your 4 new Myr for the pump.) Just imagine the damage potential will 4 of each of the Myrs. 24 to the face.

Anonymous said...

Again not to nitpick, but i don't think the Battlesphere would become a 8/11 would it - it would become a 8/7 as its +X/+0.

Anonymous said...

Ummm you said it would become an 8/11 but if you look closely it says it gets +X/+0 so it would be a 8/7 not an 8/11 and if you played it in an all Myr deck with the mana Myr you could also get it out sooner and have some more pumping for the Sphear

Anonymous said...

Now, I don't speak...whatever language Trigon of Contagion is in but I believe the insect has infect.

Anonymous said...

Myr galvanizer + Myr battlesphere

double the amount of bonus you get :D