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M12 Minisite

Happy Wednesday MTG peeps,

Some more Magic the Gathering spoiler 'n' preview news. Wizards of the Coast has now put up the Magic 2012 core set mini-site. This M12 product page contains everything you need to know about the upcoming set and includes linkage for set mechanics, wallpapers, product information, pre-release promo card, and of course the visual spoiler / card image gallery.

clicking the image will take you to the M12 mini-site.
With the posting of the mini-site and the accompanying card gallery, the following cards have now been confirmed for inclusion to the M12 set :

Elite Vanguard, Grim Lavamancer, Incinerate, Levitation, Manic Vandal, Overrun, Primeval Titan, Quicksilver Amulet, and Rites of Flourishing.

In addition to this, the Lucky Charm cycle is also confirmed as returning (this is a cycle of artifacts that let you gain life whenever a player casts a spell of the appropriate color).

Most notable in this set of M12 previews . . .
Grim Lavamancer,
Creature - Human Wizard, Rare
, Exile two cards from your graveyard: Grim Lavamancer deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

Turning your graveyard into an arsenal is excellent. Your Standard metagame is starting to take form and we think there is a place for burn decks here. Even though Stoneforge Mystic has left the building we know that you are still thinking about getting a Basilisk Collar on this for death-ping or perhaps giving it poison via Grafted Exoskeleton - or even Phyresis to drop two poison counters on your opponent.

Quicksilver Amulet, 4
Artifact, Rare
: You may put a creature card from your hand onto the battlefield.

Being able to slide a huge fatty from your hand onto the game table on the cheap is never a bad thing. You also reduce the risk of your expensive creature spell of being ccountered. We're sure if this is better or worse than Elvish Piper but we still like it and it may certainly grow more on us after Innistrad is released.

Rites of Flourishing, 2
Enchantment, Rare
At the beginning of each player's draw step, that player draws an additional card.
Each player may play an additional land on each of his or her turns.

This is just an excellent card if you are able to slide into your Commander deck. We suggest that you start brewing ideas for a Valakut or Primeval ramp deck as we are sure that these builds will make a splash at your local FNM.
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