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M10 Spoiler 2

Two more Facebook art spoilers for the upcoming Core Set edition of Magic 2010 ('M10') . . .

This one can only be the beautiful / stunning art for Serra Angel by Greg Staples (link HERE) . . .

EDIT : the art does NOT belong to Serra ! - Please disregard - nothing to see here . . . move along. :-)

Serra Angel, 3WW
Creature - Angel, Uncommon
Flying, vigilance
4 / 4

Very interesting as it appears that Serra Angel, previously a Rare card now is to be reprinted as an Uncommon.


This one sure the heck looks like . . .
Grinning Demon - this one by artist Wayne Reynolds.

Grinning Demon, 2BB
Creature - Demon, Rare
At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 2 life.
Morph 2BB (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
6 / 6

Not sure what to make of the 'Morph' mechanic as it is highly unlikely to have this mechanic reprint into a core set edition so perhaps the art really does belong to another new creature . . . ???


And now for a bit of old-fashioned speculation . . .

On Monday, Mark Rosewater answered a few questions regarding what to expect in the next expansion, Zendikar in the article Tweet Talk.

The question (from 7sigma) : It was said that Zendikar's theme will be something new. Can you give us a hint? Pirates and dinosaurs are leading the rumors.

Maro 254 : "First, a Hint: Here’s my hint. There is a space in Magic design that we’ve explored on individual cards but have never explored thematically as a block theme. We started with that theme and then crafted a world that made it make sense. Once we had the world, we then made a bunch of other mechanics that made sense in that world. The design and creative did a lot of back and forth work to integrate the mechanical themes into the world. I do feel the world we’ve create is a resonant one, but not one with pirates or dinosaurs. Or robots. Or ninjas. Or monkeys. Let me wrap this answer up by saying that I’m quite excited with how Zendikar turned out, and once I’m allowed to freely talk about it, I anticipate I’ll start getting letters to ask me to stop talking about it."

A design space on individual cards but never a block theme ? hmmm.

How about a return to 'Flip Cards' ? ?

About a dozen or so had been printed . .

Akki Lavarunner / Tok-Tok, Volcano Born : Champions of Kamigawa (Rare)
Budoka Gardener / Dokai, Weaver of Life : Champions of Kamigawa (Rare)
Cunning Bandit / Azamuki, Treachery Incarnate : Betrayers of Kamigawa (Uncommon)
Faithful Squire / Kaiso, Memory of Loyalty : Betrayers of Kamigawa (Uncommon)
Hired Muscle / Scarmaker : Betrayers of Kamigawa (Uncommon)
Jushi Apprentice / Tomoya the Revealer : Champions of Kamigawa (Rare)
Nezumi Graverobber / Nighteyes the Desecrator : Champions of Kamigawa (Uncommon)
Nezumi Shortfang / Stabwhisker the Odious : Champions of Kamigawa (Rare)
Orochi Eggwatcher / Shidako, Broodmistress : Champions of Kamigawa (Uncommon)
Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant / Sasaya's Essence : Saviors of Kamigawa (Rare)
Student of Elements / Tobita, Master of Winds : Champions of Kamigawa (Uncommon)

For some info on flip card design, check out the article Flip Service, by Mark Rosewater, from Monday, January 17, 2005


PropheT_XXL said...

the angel is not the serra angel, because the serra angel card has already been spoiled:

CopySix said...

Yep - Good call PropheT_XXL - You are correct - totally gaped it !
Wonder what this art is ??

Anonymous said...

I think the design space they that mark was talking about will be either the creative use of poison counters, or something I have no idea about. If its poison counters maybe there will be cards that give you "high rewards" at the price of putting poison counters on yourself. For instance maybe an artifact that you tap and pay mana and put 4 poison counters on yourself to draw 4 cards? what do you think

droca1 said...

i think thats not grinning demon but a REIVER DEMON from mirrodin block.

SirCorn said...

A reference to previous mechanics?
How about Steamflogger boss, anyone?