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6.30.2015

Origins Spoilers 6-30

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Happy Tuesday MTG peeps,

It may be 'Taco Tuesday' to Lego-philes but here at MTG Realm, we are serving up more hot 'n' fresh Magic Origins spoilers and previews for all the rabid Magic: the Gathering gamers out there.  Here is today's installment as collected from the mothersite and around the interwebs.
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Hangarback Walker, XX 
Artifact Creature - Construct, Rare
Hangarback Walker enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
When Hangarback Walker dies, put a 1/1 colorless Thopter artifact creature token with flying onto the battlefield for each +1/+1 counter on Hangarback Walker.
1,T: Put a +1/+1 counter on Hangarback Walker.
illus. Daarken # 229/272

MTG Reddit preview.  Apparently we may make use of Windstorm from Khans of Tarkir with all the new thopter critters appearing in Magic Origins.  Hangarback scales to late game but does not float our boat.
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Gideon's Phalanx, 5WW
Instant, Rare
Put four 2/2 white Soldier tokens with vigilance onto the battlefield.
Spell Mastery - If there are two or more instant and/or sorcery cards in your graveyard, creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.

Magic Japan preview.  Too mana-expensive for standard but Commander fans may find the 'spell mastery' tech useful against board-wipes.
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 Disciple of the Rings, 3UU
Creature - Human Wizard, Mythic Rare
1, Exile an instant or sorcery card from your graveyard, choose one:
• Counter target non-creature spell unless it's controller pays 2
• Disciple of the Rings gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
• Tap target creature.
• Untap target creature.
illus. Clint Cearley # 053/272
3/4

PlanetMTG german preview.  Nice control options which may sway late game play in your favour.  Smells combo-riffic.
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 Talent of the Telepath, 2UU
Sorcery, Rare
Target opponent reveals the top seven cards of his or her library. You may cast an instant or sorcery card from among them without paying its mana cost. Then that player puts the rest into his or her graveyard.
Spell mastery - If there are two or more instant and/or sorcery cards in your graveyard, you may cast up to two revealed instant and/or sorcery cards instead of one.
illus. Peter Mohracher # 78/272

Mothersite preview.  Damn fine card here which is certain to see play in multiple formats.
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 Despoiler of Souls, BB
Creature - Horror, Rare
Despoiler of Souls can't block.
BB, Exile two other creature cards from your graveyard: Return Despoiler of Souls from your graveyard to the battlefield.
Rats and vultures devour. It desecrates.
illus. Chris Staples # 93/272
3/1

TCG Player preview.  Meh - recursion is nice but not at this price.
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 Priest of the Blood Rite, 3BB
Creature - Human Cleric, Rare
When Priest of the Blood Rite enters the battlefield, put a 5/5 black Demon creature token with flying onto the battlefield.
At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 2 life.
Some will sacrifice everything for but a taste of power.
illus. David Palumbo # 112/272
2/2

Mothersite preview.  We can get on board with this powerful spell, even with the life-loss - we suggest you kill this priest off to more fully enjoy the token it produces.
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Abbot of Keral Keep,1R
Creature - Human Monk, Rare
Prowess
When Abbot of Keral Keep enters the battlefield, exile the top card of your library. Until end of turn, you may play that card.
illus. # 127/272
2/1

Hobby Consolas revista juegos preview.  There may be a sweet place in a blue / red Izzet list which may allow you to manipulate the top of your library.
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Scab-Clan Berserker, 1RR
Creature - Human Berserker, Rare
Haste, renown 1
Whenever an opponent casts a noncreature spell, if Scab-Clan Berserker is renowned, it deals 2 damage to that player.
illus. Dave Kendall # 160/272
2/2

iPlayMTG simplified Chinese spoiler.  Decent card - never underestimate the power of damage generated by static abilities.
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Animist's Awakening, XG
Sorcery, Rare
Reveal the top X cards of your library. Put all land cards from among them onto the battlefield tapped and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.
Spell Master - If there are two or more instant and/or sorcery cards in your graveyard, untap those lands.
illus. Chris Rahn # 169/272

Mothersite preview.  Solid mana-ramp tech here - perhaps a green / red build may be beneficial.
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Evolutionary Leap, 1G
Enchantment, Rare
G, Sacrifice a creature: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card. Put that card into your hand and each other card revealed this way on the bottom of your library in a random order.
illus. Chris Rahn # 176/272

Hareuya MTG Japan preview.  Not a bad way to dig for a creature to answer a stalled board state but perhaps leaving a bit too much to chance here.
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Gaea's Revenge, 5GG
Creature - Elemental, Rare
Gaea's Revenge can't be countered.
Haste
Gaea's Revenge can't be the target of nongreen spells or abilities from nongreen sources.
illus. Kekai Kotaki # 177/272
8/5

WotC Elaine Chase preview.  Sweet beater promising to side-step a number of control options - that mana cost though.
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6.29.2015

Magic Origins SDCC Promo

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Happy Monday (again) MTG peeps,

This is our second article today - to catch our earlier one covering off all the new Magic Origins previews out today, hop on over to here.   This, our second article is our particular interest to Magic: the Gathering players who may be attending this year's San Diego Comic-Con 2015, running July 9th to the 12th.  SDCC is typically when we have a panel from Wizards of the Coast addressing several upcoming products, foremost of which is the next block - this being Battle for Zendikar.  In past years, WotC has also released an SDCC Exclusive in the form of an alternate 'black on black' set of the core set Planeswalkers.


Here's the 4.1.1. for this year's SDCC exclusive from IO9 -

At San Diego Comic-Con 2015 the Hasbro ToyShop offered a limited edition collection of double-faced planeswalkers cards from Magic Origins (the last core set) for sale. The five cards were presented with unique "black-on-black" illustrated by Wayne Reynolds.  This year’s SDCC Planeswalker set also includes a book exploring the backstories of the five planeswalkers featured in this summer’s Magic Origins expansion: Chandra, Jace, Nissa, Gideon, and Liliana. This is expected to be selling at $120.
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Check it out !
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Origins Spoilers 6-29

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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.

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Hallowed Moonlight, 1W
Instant, Rare
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.
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 Thopter Spy Network, 2UU
Enchantment, Rare
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.
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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
2/2

GP Singapore preview.  Nice card which may combo well with some Modern Merfolk strategies.  Suggested serving with Merrow Reejery.
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Funeral-Blade Predator, 2B
Creature - Human Warrior, Rare
Deathtouch
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
1/4

Metagame.it preview (Predatore della Lama Funerea).  We love standard warriors and we love this card.  Great design here.
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Infinite Obliteration, 1BB
Sorcery, Rare
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.
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 Embermaw Hellion, 3RR
Creature - Hellion, Rare
Trample
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
4/5

Le Monde France preview (MonstruositĂ© braisegueule).  Rather nice as the ability is not limited to burn spells but also creatures.  Trample on this is a pinch weird though.
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Molten Vortex, R
Enchantment, Rare
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.

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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.
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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.
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Other non-rare previews out today -
• Goblin Glory Chaser - 1/1 red gobby with menance if renown.

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6.26.2015

Origins Spoilers 6-26

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Happy Friday MTG peeps,

As it is Friday, we encourage you to leave your cave the seek out other humans to get in some Magic: the Gathering gaming.  We'll be off to our local LGS here in Barrie, Ontario - OMG! Games, where we hope to become a Friday Night Magic Hero again.

The end of week one of two of official Magic Origins is closing with 142 of 272 now accounted for and we will need to cover off all the new cards previewed on the interwebs today.  To catch the card image gallery (now updated with yesterday's clutch of new cards), pop on over to this link.
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Vryn Wingmare, 2W
Creature - Pegasus
Flying
Noncreature spells cost 1 more to cast.
It's the favorite mount of military commanders, as well as anyone with a flair for the dramatic.
illus. Seb McKinnon # 040/272
2/1

Manadeprived Preview.  This Pegasus is certainly taking a leak on control decklists, and although decent in sideboards, would not really find a good home in the anticipated standard with aggro lists.
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Knight of the White Orchid, WW
Creature - Human Knight
First strike
When Knight of the White Orchid enters the battlefield, if an opponent controls more lands than you, you may search your library for a Plains card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.
illus. Mark Zug # 21/272
2/2

PureMTGO preview.  Great reprint from Shards of Alara.  Decent mono-white weenie.  Suggested pairing outside of standard is with Knight Exemplar.
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Soulblade Djinn, 3UU
Creature - Djinn, Rare
Flying
Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.
He grants endless wishes, as long as you always wish for a blade.
illus. Vitkor Titov # 75/272
4/3

Mothersite Preview.  We'll need to brew a few lists, perhaps with elemental tokens from Master of Waves.
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Goblin Piledriver, 1R
Creature - Goblin Warror, Rare
Protection from blue (This creature can't be blocked, targeted, dealt damage, or enchanted by anything blue.)
Whenever Goblin Piledriver attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn for each other attacking goblin.
illus. Matt Cavota # 151/272
1/2

Mothersite Preview.  SWEET! Reprint from Onslaught and we are glad for it.  Goblin Rabblemaster may have been in the backseat recently but dust those off before rotation.
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Some other non-rare Magic Origins cards out today include -

• Vryn Wingmare, 2W
Creature - Pegasus
Flying
Noncreature spells cost 1 more to cast.
It's the favorite mount of military commanders, as well as anyone with a flair for the dramatic.
illus. Seb McKinnon # 040/272
2/1

Manadeprived Preview.  This Pegasus is certainly taking a leak on control decklists, and although decent in sideboards, would not really find a good home in the anticipated standard with aggro lists.
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Knight of the White Orchid, WW
Creature - Human Knight
First strike
When Knight of the White Orchid enters the battlefield, if an opponent controls more lands than you, you may search your library for a Plains card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.
illus. Mark Zug # 21/272
2/2

PureMTGO preview.  Great reprint from Shards of Alara.  Decent mono-white weenie.  Suggested pairing outside of standard is with Knight Exemplar.
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Soulblade Djinn, 3UU
Creature - Djinn, Rare
Flying
Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.
He grants endless wishes, as long as you always wish for a blade.
illus. Vitkor Titov # 75/272
4/3

Mothersite Preview.  We'll need to brew a few lists, perhaps with elemental tokens from Master of Waves.
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Goblin Piledriver, 1R
Creature - Goblin Warror, Rare
Protection from blue (This creature can't be blocked, targeted, dealt damage, or enchanted by anything blue.)
Whenever Goblin Piledriver attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn for each other attacking goblin.
illus. Matt Cavota # 151/272
1/2

Mothersite Preview.  SWEET! Reprint from Onslaught and we are glad for it.  Goblin Rabblemaster may have been in the backseat recently but dust those off before rotation.
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Some other non-rare Magic Origins cards out today include -
Dwynen's Elite - meh.
Gnarlroot Trapper - nice card in your g/b elf-guild.
Shaman of the Pack - damn good finisher - go elves!
Sylvan Messenger - ok, perhaps a modern tribal tech? - meh.

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6.25.2015

Origins Spoiler 6-25

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Happy Thursday MTG peeps,

Another slew of Magic Origins previews out again today which should make Magic: the Gathering players rather happy.  Perhaps the big news from the mothersite is what we are to expect for this core set's rare land cycle - so let's read on !
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Demonic Pact, 2BB
Enchantment, Mythic Rare
At the beginning of your upkeep, choose one that hasn't been chosen —
• Demonic Pact deals 4 damage to target creature or player and you gain 4 life.
• Target opponent discards two cards.
• Draw two cards.
• You lose the game.
illus. Aleksi Briclot # 93/272

Twitter Preview (Walk the Planes?).  This design reportedly based upon the WotC 'You Make the Card' (YMTC) event.  Great design and all modes are very cool, including the last one.
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Helm of the Gods, 1
Artifact - Equipment, Rare
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 for each enchantment you control.
Equip 1
The blessings conferred by it rival the number of stars in Nyx.
illus. Anthony Palumbo # 230/272

Big Magic Preview.  Ermagherd Enchantress artifact goodness, and yes, we will want a few copies of this one.
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Archangel of Tithes, 1WWW
Creature - Angel, Mythic Rare
Flying
As long as Archangel of TIthes is untapped, creatures can't attack you or a planeswalker you control unless their controller pays 1 for each of those creatures.
As long as Archangel of Tithes is attacking, creatures can't block unless their controller pays 1 for each of those creatures.
illus. Cynthia Sheppard # 4/272
3/5

Gathering Magic preview.  Mythic Rare is mythic and promises to have an immediate impact as soon as it lands and sticks to the battlefield.
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Woodland Bellower, 4GG
Creature - Beast, Mythic Rare
When Woodland Bellower enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a nonlegendary green creature card with converted mana cost of 3 or less and put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.
illus. Jasper Sandner # 207/272
6/5

Magic EU Twitter preview.  We like this but cannot imagine very much influence this may have upon standard constructed when the tutor is limited to a 3CMC.
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Exquisite Firecraft, 1RR
Sorcery, Rare
Exquisite Firecraft deals 4 damage to target creature or player.
Spell mastery - If there are two or more instant and/or sorcery cards in your graveyard, Exquisite Firecraft can't be countered by spells or abilities.
illus. Chase Stone # 143/272

Mothersite Preview.  Rather decent burn with conditional 'un-counterable' text.
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Alhammarret's Archive, 5
Legendary Artifact
If you would gain life, you gain twice that much life instead.
If you would draw a card except the first one you draw in each of your draw steps, draw two cards instead.
It contains the totality of Alhammarret's notes, theories, and ponderings.
illus. Richard Wright # 221/272

Mothersite Preview.  We are much excited to apply this to a Commander deck we have. 
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ENEMY COLOURED PAINLANDS !





Enemy colored painlands: five rare dual lands with "Tap: Add 1 to your mana pool. Tap: Add C or D to your mana pool. This card deals 1 damage to you." Here, C and D are enemy colors of mana — Caves of Koilos, Shivan Reef, Llanowar Wastes, Battlefield Forge and Yavimaya Coast (reprinted from Magic 2015).
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Out today as well are these non-rare cards -
Citadel Castellan, Valeron Wardens and Unholy Hunger.


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6.24.2015

Origins Spoilers 6-24

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Happy Wednesday MTG peeps,

We suggest you make tracks over to the mothersite to take in today's Uncharted Realms installed as it speaks onto Jace's Origin (Absent Minds), as written by Kelly Digges.  There is a good number of very lovely arts which may in all likelihood make their way onto new Magic: the Gathering cards in the new set Magic Origins.  As we've seen in previous articles, the story follows the young person's life until they become the iconic Planeswalkers we know.




Out as well today is a small collection of Magic Origins previews, so let's get to those now - 

Jace's Sanctum, 3U
Enchantment, Rare
Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost 1 less to cast.
Whenever you cast an instant or a sorcery spell, scry 1.
illus. Adam Paquette # 61/272


Very nice card which will likely see popular play no doublt.
Managorger Hydra, 2G
Creature - Hydra, Rare
Trample
Whenever a player casts a spell, put a +1/+1 counter on Managorger Hydra.
illus. Lucas Graciano # 186/272
1/1



Leftover stragler from yesterday.  We love us a beat stick that promises to grow.

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Rounding out other new cards today -

Cleric of the Forward Order
Topan Freeblade
Faerie Miscreant
Undead Servant
Infectious Bloodlust
Timberpack Wolf
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6.23.2015

Magic Origins Spoilers 6.23

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Happy Tuesday MTG peeps,

Welcome to Day Two / Week One of official Magic Origins previews on the mothersite and other outlets.  As usual, we will hope to provide updates to this page as any further Magic: the Gathering previews pop up.  Let's get straight into the business in hand now -



Kytheon's Irregulars, 2WW
Creature - Human Soldier, Rare
Renown 1 (When this creature deals combat damage to a player, if it isn't renowned, put a +1/+1 counter on it and it becomes renowned.)
WW: Tap target creature
4/3
 

Norske Magic preview.  This may be a nice pick in limited and a lovely addition to Commander to tap down threats.
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Starfield of Nyx, 4W
Enchantment, Mythic Rare
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may return target enchantment card from your graveyard to the battlefield.
As long as you control five or more enchantments, each other non-Aura enchantment you control is a creature in addition to its other types and has base power and base toughness each equal to its converted mana cost.
illus. Tyler Jacobson # 033/272


Any player running an enchantress type of decklist will certainly be pleased with this.


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Day's Undoing, 2U
Sorcery, Mythic Rare
Each player shuffles his or her hand and graveyard into his or her library, then draws 7 cards.
If it's your turn, end the turn. (Exile all spells and abilities on the stack, including this card. Discard down to your maximum hand size. Damage wears off, and "this turn" and "until end of turn" effects end)
illus. Jonas De Ro # 51/272

SCG preview.  Wow - blue control has another utility in the tool belt here.


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Dark Petition, 3BB
Sorcery, Rare
Search your library for a card and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
Spell mastery — If there are two or more instant and/or sorcery cards in your graveyard, add BBB to your mana pool.
illus. Igor Kieryluk # 090/272



Diabolic Tutor cost one more but we love that for just one more we can get a decent benefit from spell mastery here.
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Tainted Remedy, 2B
Enchantment, Rare
If an opponent would gain life, that player loses that much life instead.
"Drink this, brother. It will bring you rest." -Liliana Vess
illus. Izzy # 120/272


Powerful effect but really only fitting for sideboard tech.


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Flameshadow Conjuring, 3R
Enchantment, Rare
Whenever a nontoken creature enters the battlefield under your control, you may pay R. If you do, put a token onto the battlefield that's a copy of that creature. That token gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step.
illus. Seb McKennon # 147/272

Damn fine card here and likely to cause all sorts of entertaining shenanigans on the game table.


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 Honored Hierarch, G
Creature - Human Druid, Rare
Renown 1 (When this creature deals combat damage to a player, if it isn't renowned, put a +1/+1 counter on it and it becomes renowned.)
As long as Honored Hierarch is renowned, it has vigilance and "t: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool."
illus. Matt Stewart # 182/272
1/1 


We rather like this mana dork and will want to acquire a deck set.  Certainly no BoP or Noble Hierarch but this suites us just fine.
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