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1.09.2013

Gatecrash Spoilers 10

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Happy Wednesday MTG peeps,

We have for you today yet another Gatecrash spoiler and preview post to the MTG Realm blog.  Magic the Gathering players are into the second week of official previews and our Gatecrash Spoiler List sits now at 76 / 249 cards revealed.  If you want to get a seat for the Gatecrash PreRelease, we suggest you speak with your local gaming store - we'll drop by OMG! Games and see if we can reserve an guildpack for us on the weekend of the 26th / 27th.  As we are watching all the new cards come out, we are continually adding to our 'to buy' list at MTG Mint Card any existing cards we do not yet have which may work well in our future standard or EDH / Commander builds.

Anywhoos - let's get on to the new cards !
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Frontline Medic, 2w
Creature - Human Cleric, Rare
Battalion - Whenever Frontline Medic and at least two other creatures attack, creatures you control are indestructible this turn.
Sacrifice Frontline Medic: Counter target spell with {X} in its mana cost unless its controller pays 3.
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This preview from Dutch MTG site KV Deckmasters.  This card looks amazing - the single white in the 3-cmc means players could splash this in their build.  The Battalion ability here will allow for an indestructible weenie strike AND also has a Mana Leak to nerf some of the best 'X'-costed spells currently ruling standard constructed.  We definitely want to pick up several copies of these.

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Prime Speaker Zegana, 2gguu
Legendary Creature - Merfolk Wizard, Mythic Rare
Prime Speaker Zegana enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is the greatest power among other creatures you control.
When Prime Speaker Zegana enters the battlefield, draw cards equal to its power.
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Mothersite preview.  We are seriously contemplating replacing our existing Momir Vig, Simic Visionary with Zegana as our General in our EDH / Commander build.  As for standard, we already have Garruk, Primal Hunter in the five-drop slot to help us draw cards and wrap up our games but we will want to try to exploit Zegana's 'EotB' effects with Cloudshift / Blink / Resto-Angel.

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Biomass Mutation, x(u/g)(u/g)
Instant, Rare
Creatures you control become X/X until end of turn.

The Gatecrash card image gallery lists this as a Husky preview, though we could not find any such preview.  Three words folks - Giant Mutant Frizzards.  This Simic hybrid card looks decent and players will want to set up some sneaky combat tricks with this and a bunch of small dudes.

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Undercity Plague, 4bb
Sorcery, Rare
Target player loses 1 life, discards a card, then sacrifices a permanent.
Cipher (Then you may exile this spell card encoded on a creature you control. Whenever that creature deals combat damage to a player, its controller may cast a copy of the encoded card without paying its mana cost.)

Mothersite Preview.  Say hello to yet another six drop, this one with a rather wicked Cipher effect.  For the six mana and a potentially repeatable cipher effect you get mess up your opponent for a ding, discard and sac trifecta.  We doubt it'll ever see standard or limited play but EDH / Commander players may be happy for this one.

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Rubblebelt Raiders, 1(r/g)(r/g)(r/g)
Creature - Human Warrior, Rare
Whenever Rubblebelt Raiders attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on it for each attacking creature you control.
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The folks over at Monday Night Magic on MTGCast had this card to preview.  This reminds us of  Fangren Firstborn (Darksteel Rare).  We can see that this card has potential and in the right build may enable your game table army to do some very serious damage.
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Some other new cards out today at common rarity which definitely deserve a mention is Syndic of Tithes, an 'Extort' bear, and Pit Fight, a 2-drop 'Fight' instant, both of which we consider very good.  We'll have a full write-up on these and others latter on.

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