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Rivals of Ixalan Spoilers 11/20

Happy Monday MTG peeps,

Something rather odd happened early this morning with the Wizards of the Coast's Brazil community Twitter.  They had posted, very likely by mistake we think, two Rivals of Ixalan cards, which releases January 19, 2018.  The post went up around 6:00 AM this morning (local EST) and was subsequently removed at around 10:00 AM.  Do not fret, we did take a screen-capture of it.

First card - the Immortal Sun, what every faction and tribe on Ixalan seems to be after at the moment.

The Immortal Sun, 6
Legendary Artifact, Mythic Rare
Players can’t activate loyalty abilities of planeswalkers.
At the beginning of your draw step, draw an additional card.
Spells you cast cost 1 (colourless) less to cast.
Creatures you control get +1/+1.

The card's flavour ties in very nicely to the artifact's ability to prevent poor Mr. Angrath from returning to his home Plane to celebrate his daughter's birthdays.  The card illustration from artist Kieran Yanner is lovely and is very close to the design of Ixalan's Binding (art from Chase Stone), which is though to act like one-way valve on the Plane of Ixalan where Planeswalkers can visit or 'check in', but never leave.  If there were ever an Infinity Stone in Magic: the Gathering, we suspect it would like like this.  Hopefully Jace, Vraska, Angrath and other Planeswalkers are able to neutralise this relic and escape.  If not, they will settle for the warm smell of colitas at Hotel California forever.


Tetzimoc, Death Incarnate, 4BB
Legendary Creature - Dinosaur Avatar, Rare
B, Reveal Tetzimoc from your hand: Put a prey counter on target creature. Only activate this ability during your turn.
When Tetzimoc enters the battlefield destroy each creature with a prey counter on it.

Artist Zack Stella created a wonderful piece here.  Tetzimoc "Spike', Death Incarnate is able to start handing out 'prey counters' while building the mana to cast it.  This reminds me of the 'Black Spot' in  Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island - we almost think that this may have been a Pirate (Brazen Coalition) card early in development.

Catching up with one transform card earlier is Storm the Vault // Vault of Catlacan.  The card art from Victor Adame Minguez shows what appears to be Pirates taking down an elemental guardian and hitting pay-dirt in the form of a vault full of treature.  Speaking of the Treasure Tokens the vault may generate, we need to re-visit Aether Revolt's 'alternate win condition' in Mechanized Production, and see if we can create the right condition for a win condition.

Storm the Vault, 2UR
Legendary Enchantment, Rare
Whenever one or more creatures you control deal combat damage to a player, create a colorless Treasure artifact token with "T, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool."
At the beginning of your end step, if you control five or more artifacts, transform Storm the Vault.
Vault of Catlacan
Legendary Land
(Transforms from Storm the Vault.)
T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
T: Add U to your mana pool for each artifact you control.

Swimming in coins proved harder than they'd hoped, but dancing was a jingling delight.


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