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1.23.2012

Dark Ascension Spoiler Complete

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Happy Monday MTG peeps,

And what a Monday it is. Magic the Gathering's Dark Ascension set (set 2 of 3 in the Innistrad block) is now fully in the open. This set contains 158 cards (64 common, 44 uncommon, 38 rare, and 12 mythic rare) which are now up on the Visual Spoiler on the mothership. We suggest you drop by the MTG Realm Spoiler list which is now up will all the card text and all the Mythic Rare / Rare card images. We'll endeavour to clean up the small errors due to mad-typing latter.

Last evening, there was a party-like atmosphere on the forums as MTG fans around the world waited with bated breath counting down the last few hours and minutes as the Wizards of the Coast website refreshed to reveal all the new cards. We, like many, waited like kids on Christmas eve for Santa to deliver cardboard awesomeness. We imagine many gamers are a bit hung over with the lack of sleep today from reviewing all the new cards till the wee hours of the morning.

Anywhoos - let's have an overview of the new set . . .
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Dark Ascension has six cycles -

Increasing Flashback Spells: Five rare spells with Flashback, which double their effect if they are flashed back — Increasing Devotion, Increasing Confusion, Increasing Ambition, Increasing Vengeance, and Increasing Savagery.
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Mythic Rare Allied Color Creatures: Four mythic rare creatures that are of an allied pair associated with one of four monster tribes associated with Innistrad — Drogskol Reaver, Falkenrath Aristocrat, Havengul Lich, and Huntmaster of the Fells.
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Ally Flashback cards: Each of these common spells has a flashback cost involving its counter-clockwise ally on the color wheel. This cycle mirrors the ally cycle from Innistrad, which had flashback costs in the color's clockwise ally on the color wheel. — Ray of Revelation, Saving Grasp, Reap the Seagraf, Fires of Undeath, and Wild Hunger.
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Enemy Flashback cards: Each of these uncommon spells has a flashback cost involving the enemy color two slots later on the color wheel. They are the reverse of a cycle from Innistrad, as the colors of the flashback cost and the regular casting cost are flipped. — Lingering Souls, Mystic Retrieval, Deadly Allure, Burning Oil, and Tracker's Instincts.
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Tribal Lords: A cycle of uncommon cards that are allied-colored lords tied to one of the monster tribes on Innistrad. They all provide some form of benefit in addition to the standard lord effect. Immerwolf is the only one which is not named Captain. — Drogskol Captain, Diregraf Captain, Stromkirk Captain, and Immerwolf.
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Enemy Utility lands: Like Innistrad, Dark Ascension and Avacyn Restored contain (between them) a cycle of colorless lands that can be tapped for one (colourless) mana and have an additional tap ability requiring two specific colors of mana to activate. In this cycle, the colors are of enemy pairs. — Vault of the Archangel and Grim Backwoods. The cool thing is that MaRo has provided confirmation of the remaining three lands of this 10-land cycle to appear in the next set, Avacyn Restored.
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We expect that before the end of the day, the entire list of singles will be up on MTG Mint Card for pre-order.

We suggest you get in there quick before they sell out of the more popular cards . . .

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