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Dark Ascension Spoiler 6

Happy Thursday MTG peeps,

Before we get to the latest Magic the Gathering cards from the Dark Ascension previews, we should remind you to mark your calendars off for the upcomming set pre-release and launch party events. If you reside in central Ontario (just a titch north of Toronto), you should make tracks to the biggest / best MTG gaming store - OMG! Games. Here's the details on the Pre-Release tournament.

OMG! Games - Dark Ascension Pre-Release
When : Saturday, 28 Jan 2012
Description: Sealed Deck Tournaments - 3 Innistrad Boosters and 3 Dark Ascension Boosters. 4 rounds of Swiss play
Start Times: 12:00am (Friday Midnight) 10:00am 2:30pm 7:00pm
Cost: $40 for your first event, $35 for any others played all weekend.
Prizes : 4-0 records recieve 14 packs Dark Ascension 3-0-1 records recieve 10 packs Dark Ascension 3-1 records recieve 6 packs Dark Ascension

Onto the Dark Ascension spoilers 'n' previews !

Wolfbitten Captive,
Creature - Human Werewolf, Rare
1{G}: Wolfbitten Captive gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Activate this ability only once each turn.
At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn, transform Wolfbitten Captive.
Krallenhorde Killer
3{G}: Krallenhorde Killer gets +4/+4 until end of turn. Activate this ability only once each turn.
At the beginning of each upkeep, if a player cast two or more spells last turn, transform Krallenhorde Killer.
Illus. Zoltan Boros #135/158

Late evening addition via the @wizards_magic Twitter account - perfect one-drop for that wolfy deck you want to build.

Beguiler of Wills, 3
Creature - Human Wizard, Mythic Rare
{T}: Gain control of target creature with power less than or equal to the number of creatures you control.

This late-day preview from From WoTC minion Trick Jarrett on reddit. It's a 1/1 body for 5 mana which means a simple Geistflame poke will round-house her into the graveyard. BUT - check out that awesome repeatable Mind Control tap ability - not that bad - especially if you have a house of tokens on your side of the game table.

Havengul Lich, 3
Creature - Zombie Wizard, Mythic Rare
1: You many cast target creature card from a graveyard this turn. When you cast that card this turn, Havengul Lich gains all activated abilities of that card until end of turn.

This Zombie Wizard packs an amazing johnny-riffic ability and will have players wanting to drop this guy into a 'tool-box' build (similar to Birthing Pod) - Start picking your fav effect from the menu. UB Control may just see a resurgence in popularity from this as well. Our only concern - timing. Hopefully one will have a number of suitable targets in the graveyard by turn five and your life total not half gone by fast aggro decks.

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, 1
Legendary Creature - Human Soldier, Rare
First Strike
Noncreature spells cost 1 more to cast.

Every player running a creature-heavy deck (UW humans, etc.) will want to consider having Thalia main deck or at the very least side board. Before it rotated out of standard, we enjoyed playing a full deckset of Lodestone Golem in our artifact build and can report that it really did mess up a lot of opponents. Anywhoos, we divagate from our point - this is a welcome great 2-drop which will provide comfort and joy for those up against decks featuring Snapcaster Mage.

Everwolf, 1
Creature - Wolf, Uncommon
Other Wolf and Werewolf creatures you control get +1/+1.
Werewolf creatures you control that aren't Humans can't transform.

This preview, from the Germans site Planetmtg is exactly what players wanted in their Wolf / Werewolf decks - another Lord. Expect fans of this tribal type to generate builds featuring Mayor of Avabruck, Garruk Relentless and this guy. Although Wizards of the Coast has confirmed NO flip cards (double-faced cards) for Avacyn Restored, Everwolf will still rock the gametables until then. Moonmist will force the transformation of your critters, Everwolf will keep them there and Full Moon's Rise will protect them - very nice.
Lastly, Visit the folks over at MTG Mint Card who now have Dark Ascension complete sets and an assortment of card lots up for pre-order.
Sorry - just another 'one-last-thing -
Simply - Artist Eric Deschamps (featured on Requiem Angel in the
/ Intro Pack) - is amazing. That is all - please carry on.

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