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Dragons Maze Spoilers 4

Happy Wednesday MTG peeps,

Welcome to Day 3 of official Dragon's Maze previews.  Today, the mothersite provided an interesting creature cycle, the Rakdos Champion and latter via Reddit, the Orzhov Champion.  If you are a fan of EDH / Commander this new Magic: the Gathering set should be of particular interest to you with all the Legendary creatures running the maze.  We're planing to pre-order the entire cycle at MTG Mint Card latter.  Make sure you check back latter and we suspect there may another card preview latter on in the day which we'll get posted here.  Strap-in let's go . . .
Lavinia of the Tenth, 3wu
Legendary Creature - Human Soldier, rare
Protection from red
When Lavinia of the Tenth enters the battlefield, detain each nonland permanent your opponents control with converted mana cost 4 or less. (Until your next turn, those permanents can't attack or block and their activated abilities can't be activated.)
4/4 / / preview. Dang!  This is a fine-looking card has literally blown our socks off - we have to purchase new socks now.  Looking forward to building with Lavinia in almost every format.
Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch, 2br
Legendary Creature - Human Cleric
First Strike, haste
Each other creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it has haste.

Exava here take's the Rakdos 'Unleash' tech to a new level.  Dropping a Rakdos Cackler on turn one was never a bad thing but latter game, the little Devil who could could be a titch lame - not anymore though.  We're already thinking about how we can use Mikaeus, the Lunarch, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Gavony Township or Innistrad's Undying mechanic for profit here.


 Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts, 5wb
Legendary Creature - Human Advisor, Rare
Vigilance, protection from creatures
Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy that creature. Put a 1/1 white and black Spirit token with flying onto the battlefield.

Not quite what players were expecting here and the biggest complaint is the mana cost - seven mana seems a bit steep.  We do like the vig and pro-creature ability.  Spriti token gen is solid too as well as her power / toughness.  We will likely consider this for EDH / Commander and not likely as the general either.

Armed, 1r
Target creature gain +1/+1 and double strike until end of turn.
/ Fuse /
Dangerous, 3g
All creatures able to block target creature do so this turn.

Here's a mtg-jp preview featuring an uncommon 'Fuse' card.  First, we've just gotta say that we are loving the awesome / hilarious fuse card names - Bravo Wizards!  We have no doubt that this will make a mark in multiple formats and may even go as far as win a few matches.

We have in Dragon's Maze a Champion cycle, land cycles, and here is a full color cycle of common creatures that care about how many Gates a player may have.  Each costs four mana, is a 2/4 and has a 'EotB' effect which may be of interest to players looking for blink targets (Cloudshift, Resto Angel, etc.).  Overall we would be rather happy to see this in limited. 

Opal Lake Gatekeepers, 3u
Creature - Vedalken Soldier, Common
When Opal Lake Gatekeepers enters the battlefield, if you control two or more Gates, you may draw a card.

Saruli Gatekeepers, 3g
Creature - Elf Warrior, Common
When Saruli Gatekeepers enters the battlefield, if you control two or more Gates, gain 7 life.

Smelt-Ward Gatekeepers, 3r
Creature - Human Warrior, Common
When Smelt-Ward Gatekeepers enters the battlefield, if you control two or more Gates, gain control of target creature an opponent controls until end of turn. Untap that creature. That creature gains haste until end of turn.

Sunspire Gatekeepers, 3w
Creature - Human Soldier, Common
When Sunspire Gatekeepers enter the battlefield, if you control two or more Gates, put a 2/2 Knight creature token with vigilance onto the battlefield.

Ubul Sar Gatekeepers, 3b
Creature - Zombie Soldier, Common
Whenever Ubul Sar Gatekeepers enters the battlefield, if you control two or more Gates, target creature an opponent controls gets -2/-2 until end of turn.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Gatekeepers cycle is pure, distilled limited filler. It doesn't even have an interesting design. All 2/4's for 4 mana that do a typical thing associated with their color when they come into play. WoTC really phoned it in on this one.