Happy Monday MTG peeps,
A ton of new Magic Origins cards to talk about today from the mothersite and a number of preview outlets. Of note is an interesting proposed change to the mulligan rule, game table card layout for coverage and basic land arts for Magic Origins.
We'll yatter about this latter when things slow down after official previews but for now, the change for mulligans is not much changed other than that at the beginning with the starting player and proceeding in turn order, any player whose opening hand has fewer cards than his or her starting hand size may scry 1. For now, let's get on with the new cards.
Hallowed Moonlight, 1W
Until end of turn, if a creature would enter the battlefield and it wasn't cast, exile it instead.
Draw a card.
Creatures of darkness instinctively hide from the light.
illus. Mike Bierek # 16/27
Magic Judges Blog preview. This is a kick in the tenders for Collected Company in standard and provides sweet sideboard against a number of popular Modern lists which may rely on re-animation, tokens and what-not.
Thopter Spy Network, 2UU
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control an artifact, put a 1/1 colorless Thopter artifact creature token with flying onto the battlefield.
Whenever one or more artifact creatures you control deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.
illus. Jung Park # 079/272
Mothersite preview. Lovely card for Commander and casual builds and we'll want to play this.
Harbinger of the Tides, UU
Creature - Merfolk Wizard, Rare
You may cast Harbinger of the Tides as though it had flash if you pay 2 more to cast it.
When Harbinger of the Tides enters the battlefield, you may return target tapped creature an opponent controls to its owner's hand.
illus. Svetlin Velinov # 58/272
GP Singapore preview. Nice card which may combo well with some Modern Merfolk strategies. Suggested serving with Merrow Reejery.
Funeral-Blade Predator, 2B
Creature - Human Warrior, Rare
Whenever Funeral-Blade Predator deals combat damage to a player, that player player loses life equal to the number of creature cards in your graveyard.
illus. Jason Rainville # 101/272
Metagame.it preview (Predatore della Lama Funerea). We love standard warriors and we love this card. Great design here.
Infinite Obliteration, 1BB
Name a creature card. Search target opponent's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with that name and exile them. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
illus. Yeong-Hao Han # 103/272
TopLevelPodcast.com preview. SWEET. This nasty piece of cardboard is certain to kill your opponent's win-con combo.
Embermaw Hellion, 3RR
Creature - Hellion, Rare
Whenever another Red source you control would deal damage to a permanent or player, it deals that much damage plus 1 instead.
illus. James Paick # 141/272
Le Monde France preview (Monstruosité braisegueule). Rather nice as the ability is not limited to burn spells but also creatures. Trample on this is a pinch weird though.
Molten Vortex, R
R, Discard a land card: Molten Vortex deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
If you can't take the heat...well, that's going to be a problem.
illus. Philip Straub # 156/272
Mothersite preview. There may be some rather narrow application beyond standard where this may shine, but for now, we can't take this heat.
Pyromancer's Goggles, 5
Artifact, Mythic Rare
T: Add R to your mana pool. When that mana is used to cast a red instant or sorcery spell, copy that spell and you may choose new targets for the copy.
"I hope to meet Jaya Ballard someday. I think we'd get along." — Chandra Nalaar
illus. James Paick # 236/272
ChannelFireball preview. Solid card in a variety of formats with red burn at its center. Getting to five mana rapidly we think would be key. OP as heck when Melek, Izzet Paragon is online as Commander.
The Great Aurora, 6GGG
Sorcery, Mythic Rare
Each player shuffles all cards from his or her hand and all permanents he or she owns into his or her library, then draws that many cards. Each player may put any number of land cards from his or her hand onto the battlefield. Exile The Great Aurora
illus. Sam Burley # 179/272
Commandzone podcast preview. Bad card is bad - we thought this may make the cut into a rampy Commander list but think our mana is better spent elsewhere.
Other non-rare previews out today -
• Goblin Glory Chaser - 1/1 red gobby with menance if renown.
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