Happy Saturday MTG peeps,
We need to catch up with an important bit of Magic: the Gathering news from yesterday - a right proper spoiler for this fall's set, Kaladesh. With Kaladesh prerelease events set for September 24–25, 2016, not very much is known about the Plane of Kaladesh so far other than what we know from when it was first introduced in Origins as the home plane of Chandra Nalaar. Natural magic is scarce and denizens turn to create artifact devices fueled by aether.
We have been introduced to Saheeli Rai is a human planeswalker from the the plane of Kaladesh and the below key art is used widely by Wizards of the Coast.
On Friday, redditor dafunkee had posted an image of the Kaladesh Launch Promo card featuring Saheeli. Dafunkee indicates that a member of the local player's Facebook Group (likely in the Arizona area) had originally posted it to the group. The image looks like it could be part of the regular Wizards of the Coast / Wizards Play Network mailer to a store for September as it looks to have the FNM promo for October 'Rise from the Tides' and a Kaladesh poster.
There is not much doubt this is real but we do, as always, warn you to only rely upon official WoTC previews. Anywhoos, here it is -
Saheeli's Artistry, 4UU
Choose one or both —
* Create a token that's a copy of target artifact.
* Create a token that's a copy of target creature, except that it's an artifact in addition to its other types.
"From the first touch, I know exactly what the metal wants to be."
At first glance, it seems a bit over costed at a converted mana cost of 6. Furthermore, a double-blue in this cost is suggesting a build heavily invested in blue.
Personally, we would cry if we cracked it open for sealed play - BUT - dang! - for Commander format, this looks to be on the road to a potentially epic play, especially when one would be able to pair it with an artifact creature, especially with a card such as Wurmcoil Engine to maximize both modal spells.