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9.04.2012

RTR Spoiler 11

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Happy Tuesday MTG peeps,

We have a few more new Return to Ravnica cards to make a lot of Magic the Gathering players happy.  Two previews from the mothersite as well as another from a German site and another from Reddit now brings up our Return to Ravnica spoiler list to 80/274.  You may want to take advantage of that early bird special on MTG Mint card RTR card lots given how decent the cards have been so far.  Anywhoos - We'll stop our yattering and bring you to the new awesomeness with some initial feelings each new card and what they bring to the game.
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Worldspine Wurm, 8ggg

Creature - Wurm, Mythic Rare
Trample
When Worldspine Wurm dies, put three 5/5 green Wurm creature tokens with trample onto the battlefield.
When Worldspine Wurm is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into it's owner's library.
15/15

This may very well become the next target for ramp decks - ramp, ramp and ramp moar!  Get this out and the game will most likely swing your way.  Not completely unreasonable to dream about an attempt to use the new populate mechanic to copy wurm tokens.

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Havoc Festival, 4br

Enchantment, Rare
Players can't gain life.
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player loses half his or her life, rounded up.

This is an expensive enchantment.  Perhaps too expensive for standard, but with a powerful effect such as this, expect it to make in onto a few EDH / Commander lists.

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Lotleth Troll (spelling?), bg

Creature Zombie Troll, Rare
Trample
Discard a creature card from your hand: Put a +1/+1 counter on Lotleth Troll (spelling?).
{B}: Regenerate Lotleth Troll (spelling?).
2/1

As this is a preview card from German site magicspielen.de, the name and finer points within the card text may be slightly incorrect.  The trample effect may not be all that relevant but we are liking that not only this can chump block with just a swamp to reset it but more importantly can pair up rather nicely with Gravecrawler or even Veilborn Ghoul.  Looks good to us in a jund Zombie build or other reanimator tech although the green splash could be tricky.

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Dryad Militant, gw

Creature - Dryad Soldier, Uncommon
If an instant or sorcery would be put in a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.
2/1

This card hoofs Snapcaster Mage and most Flashback shenanigans employed by popular 'Delver' decks right in the tenders.  This will find its way into a lot of sideboards.  We think someone, somewhere is already contemplating a control deck with this and perhaps Yeva, Nature's Herald for flash and Cloushift for blink.
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