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Fate Reforged PAX Spoiler

Happy Tuesday MTG peeps,

We are still in the process of catching up with all the Magic: the Gathering news over the weekend - and more specifically the Fate Reforged previews revealed during the PAX Australia MTG Panel.  The panel, hosted by Aaron Forsythe (Director, MTG R&D), also had Will Chan [Brand Manager APAC, Hasbro Australia] as well as Dale Aitken [Regional Manager APAC, Hasbro Australia].

Fate Reforged is the second set in the Khans of Tarkir block and will released on January 23, 2015.  This set will contain 185 cards and will also feature hybrid mana or 'half mana' which represents a spell cost which can paid in your choice of one of two colours.

With regards to the storyline, we've learned that the block's main character, the Planeswalker Sarkhan Vol, travels back in history to a time before Tarkir's five clans are not yet at war with each other and before the fateful battle between Ugin and Nicol Bolas.  Sarkhan then meets each Khan of the five Clans such as Yasova Dragonclaw, Khan of the Temur warning them of what is to come thus altering the future.

Anywhoos, let's now get to the two new Fate Reforged cards previewed at PAX Australia !
Crux of Fate, 3BB
Sorcery, Rare
Choose one —
• Destroy all Dragon creatures.
• Destroy all non-Dragon creatures.
Ugin's whispered summons led Sarkhan Vol to the moment that would echo down the centuries and seal Tarkir's fate: the primal battle between Ugin and Nicol Bolas.
illus. Michael Komarck # 65/185 

Never underestimate the power of a board wiper - this may be a new tool to consider for mono-black control or devotion perhaps.  Flavour text is awesome and intriguing.

Yasova Dragonclaw, 2G
Legendary Creature - Human Warrior, Rare
At the beginning of combat on your turn, you may pay 1(U/R)(U/R). If you do, gain control of target creature an opponent controls with power less than Yasova Dragonclaw's power until end of turn, untap that creature, and it gains haste until end of turn.
illus. Winona Nelson # 148/185

This looks to be rather decent card and perhaps a very welcome Commander / General for your Commander game.  The 'act of treason' effect could produce some interesting game play but we don't really see a powerful 'build around me' kinda card here.  Having said this, we're still wanting to get one from MTG Mint Card to have on hand for made home-brews.


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