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Shadowmoor Lieges

I have taken quite a liking to both the Shadowmoor and Eventide Liege cards. Today, I will yatter about the Shadowmoor Lieges and address the Eventide Lieges within the next post.

I had touched briefly upon Lieges and their complementary cards, the Auras in this post.

The Shadowmoor Lieges are all Rare creature cards and have a 'Colour Matters' Theme. All these cards have a cost of 1 colourless mana and 3 hybrid mana (this may be paid in either of the two colours indicated. The Shadowmoor Liege cards have two separate abilities while they're in play that each check for a certain color. If a card matches both colours, both of those abilities will "work". Specifically, the Shadowmoor Liege cards will 'pump' creatures in play of one colour by +1/+1 and +1/+1 again for other creatures of the specified colour. Of course, if a creature is both colours (read : HYBRID), one obtains a double boost.

Ashenmoor Liege
Whenever this Liege is a target of a spell or ability that an opponent controls, that opponent gets dinged for 4 life.

Boartusk Liege

Glen Elendra Liege

Thistledown Liege

Wilt-Leaf Liege
If this card is directed to your graveyard by an opponent's spell or ability, it slides into your library instead.

Since these cards are sooo darn good, expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $12 for them at your local gaming store depending upon type, stock, etc.

Similarily, the Shaowmoor Auras Cycle checks the enchanted creature's colours and provides a +1/+1 boost to a creature's strength and toughness for each of the two specified colour. Each enchantment is a Common and also provides a nifty ability. The mana cost to play these enchantments varry however.

Steel of the Demigod
White - lifelink
Blue - unblockable

Fists of the Demigod
Black - wither
Red - first strike

Helm of the Ghastlord
Blue - card draw if damage dealt to opponent
Black - Opponent discards if dealt damage

Runes of the Deus 4{R/G}
Red - double strike
Green - trample

Shield of the Oversoul 2{G/W}
Green - indestructible
White - flying

These cards provide plenty of benefits to a player running a deck packed with the appropriate hybrid cards. In fact, I have been playing (and testing) a hybrid blue / black deck with 4x Glen Elendra Lieges and 4x Helm of the Ghastlord during the last few Friday Night Magic tournaments. I have met with some limited success and will most likely build a similar deck with Leiges and Auras from the newly-released Eventide set.

Until next time, Happy & Safe Gaming !

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