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God-Pharaoh's Gift

Happy Monday MTG peeps,

Those who earn a glorious are given the highest honor. They are carried on funeral barges through the gate to the afterlife.

Headlong is the only way to pass through the gate to the afterlife.

Here at MTG Realm, we've had a nice 'n' quiet Easter with friends and family with little or no talk about the upcoming Magic: the Gathering set, Amonkhet.  We did sprinkle one or two posts of little concern over at our sister site, MTG Realm on Tumblr, which is creeping towards 15,000 followers.

On Good Friday, Wizards of the Coast posted the full Amonkhet spoiler and we have to be honest here . . we really had not a chance to look at the full set at all.  Having said that, we did look very specifically for one card - a card which was not in the set but was named - God-Pharaoh's Gift.  This card name comes from Gate to the Afterlife.

 Illustrated by Christine Choi

Gate to the Afterlife, 3
Artifact, Uncommon
Whenever a nontoken creature you control dies, you gain 1 life. Then you may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.
2, Tap, Sacrifice Gate to the Afterlife: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named God-Pharaoh's Gift and put it onto the battlefield. If you search your library this way, shuffle it. 

As it stands, there is no card with the name 'God-Pharaoh's Gift', so we can expect this in the next set 'Hour of Devastation'.  
It is time to speculate just what God-Pharaoh's Gift may be.  First, it appears to be a permanent which may be put on the battlefield.  

Secondly, the table has been set for that evil Elder Dragon Nicol Bolas for Hour of Devastation.   We cannot imagine that Bolas would have a 'gift' to give to any unless it had somehow served himself.  We have a feeling that although this card may provide benefit(s) to the player, one should expect a wicked downside.

Lastly, from a flavour / story / vorthos point of view, one is sacrificing a benefit of 'life and loot' with Gate to the Afterlife, which has us speculating that there may be a polar opposite effect provided in God-Pharaoh's Gift.

Anywhoos, that's all for now.  We are looking forward to reviewing the full set over the next few weeks and will be paying close attention as to how the metagame absorbs this next set.  Don't forget to show your colours for you favourite Amonkhet God with lovely looking gaming supplies from Ultra PRO.


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