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1.01.2013

Gatecrash Spoiler 5

Happy New Year MTG peeps,

Altough it is New Year's day and a great many people are not even thinking about rolling out of the sack until the crack of noon, it seems that the mothersite never sleeps.  More Gatecrash spoilers were posted again at midnight and those Magic: the Gathering players were treated to three new cards today.  If you are thinking about playing Dimir (blue / black) or Orzhov (White / Black), we think you will be rather pleased with today's previews.



EDIT -  Another Boros Gatecrash spoiler found on Reddit - see below !

 
Both of the mythic rare legendary creature cards today not only look to be worthy of becoming an EDH / Commander general but also has wonderful potential for limited and standard.  Let's have a looky-loo . . .
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Obzedat, Ghost Council, 1wwbb
Legendary Creature - Spirit Advisor, Mythic Rare
When Obzedat, Ghost Council enters the battlefield, target opponent loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
At the beginning of your end step you may exile Obzedat. If you do, return it to the battlefield under it's owner's control at the beginning of your next upkeep. It gains haste.

There is a very stong design link here to Ghost Council of Orzhova but has some lovely upgrades.  We love the ping and life gains aspect (making a gap of 4 life each cycle) to this and look forward to supporting cards to make this particular effect even more powerful.  Ghost Dad also has a decent non-tradition evasion ability with the self exile and return but still can get nailed with instant speed removal which is why we think some players may be thinking about a build with Cloudshift or Restoration Angel.
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Lazav, Dimir Mastermind, uubb
Legendary Creature - Shapeshifter, Mythic Rare
Hexproof
Whenever a creature card is put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, you may have Lazav, Dimir Mastermind become a copy of that card except it's name is still Lazav, Dimir Mastermind, it's legendary in addition to it's other types, and it gains hexproof and this ability.
3/3

Lazav is looking rather nice here as well.  Four mana for a 3/3 hexproof is a solid investment.  The ability tied to the action of a critter going to the yard suggests itself very well to be paired in a 60 card pile with the likes of Thought Scour, Nephalia Drownyard and other mill effects.  The Clone effect is very adaptable to each new critter taking a dirt nap and seems powerful.  If your opponent is not running a mostly creature strategy, then the worth of Lazav is greatly diminished. 

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Dimir Keyrune, 3
Artifact, Uncommon
{T}: Add {U} or {B} to your mana pool.
{U}{B}: Dimir Keyrune becomes a 2/2 blue and black Horror until end of turn and is unblockable this turn.

Yeah!  Finally a much-anticipated keyrune.  We rather liked all the Return to Ravnica Keyrunes and will admit we are a sucker for cycles as there usually provides some nice storyline flavour.  From what we remember, Creeping Tar Pit saw some decent play in Zendikar block and think this keyrune will as well.
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Foundry Champion, 4rw
Creature - Elemental Soldier, Rare
When Foundry Champion enters the battlefield, it deals damage to target creature or player equal to the number of creatures you control.
{R}: Foundry Champion gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
{W}: Foundry Champion gets +0/+1 until end of turn.
4/4
 

This late edition was previewed by our old acquaintance Trick Jarrett from WotC over on Reddit.  From the fuzzy teaser image of the Gatecrash PreRelease promos, it almost looks like this could be the Boros promo.  We love this card for limited but don't think like it will quite make the cut for constructed.
 
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Each new day of Gatecrash spoilers has us thinking up crazy new deck ideas and we've started on a must-get card list from MTG Mint Card to be ready when standard constructed welcomes this new set.
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