Happy Saturday MTG peeps,
We're rather sorry for the lack of posts last week - the group's blogger minion CopySix (yours truly) suffered a minor injury to wrist and elbow but is now back in the saddle riding the wild software and interwebz.
We've got a LOT of catching up to do, so for today, we'll just get to the really juicy Magic: the Gathering news from this week - the preview of the Duel Decks: Zendikar vs. Eldrazi product packaging. Duel Decks has been a thingy since 2007 when Elves vs. Goblins was published. Since then, every year (late August / early September), WotC has produced a Duel Decks ahead of the 'fall' set and provides a handful of new, never-printed cards within the set as an early spoiler to the fall set, which in this case, is Battle For Zendikar. Here's the preview now . . .
We've seen Avenger of Zendikar before - originally from the original Zenkidar block's Worldwake set, and then again reprinted in the Magic 2013 core set. If you like big green fatties with a strong chance of tokens, then you love this card. The original art work was illustrated by Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai and the new lovely alternate art is from Aleski Briclot. Now - that new card - a colourless Eldrazi creature illustrated by Aleski as well. We can expect this in the next set. Stealing your opponents mana is a slick move but hitting one or more in the top four may not produce the desired results. Perhaps if this was not just a one-off eotb effect, we would be much more enthused.
Definitely looking forward to more new cards from this Duel Deck.