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M12 Spoilers 2

Happy Friday MTG peeps,

Altough we were on the road last Friday and missed slinging cards at a Friday Night Magic, we did get to briefly drop in to Little Shop of Heroes in Listowell as well as World's Away in London. We're still surprised owner Brad at World's away still doesn't have a website or Interac at his shop - perhaps he was biten by tech as a kid. Anywhoos - everyone have a great weekend, hopefully filled with some card slinging.

For today's post, we have some very interesting Magic 2012 core set spoilers coming from a previously unknown source which we will deem ligit for the moment. The source we speak of is Jacob Faturechi, a Level 2 Certified DCI Judge and an Advanced Tournament Organizer for the Wizards Play Network who also writes ocassionally for in Los Angeles.

Jacob had an opportunity to hook up with a member of Wizards of the Coast's publicity team and review the new electronic game Duels of the Planeswalkers which is thought to closely approximate the paper card release of the next core set, Magic 2012. Here are some of the points from Jacob's write-up (some are already known while others are new) . . .

Sengir Vampire is being reprinted (along with Serra Angel) in M12 as an uncommon but not with the original art.

Sengir Vampire - 3
Creature - Vampire, Uncommon
Flying (This creature can't be blocked except by creatures with flying or reach.)
Whenever a creature dealt damage by Sengir Vampire dies this turn, put a +1/+1 counter on Sengir Vampire.
Empires rise and fall, but evil is eternal.

Bloodthirst is returning to Magic with M12.

Troll shroud is finally getting a keyword with the new evergreen mechanic 'hexproof'.

Wizards is making an effort integrate the physical card release with the online game community.

Jacob indicates that the new Duels is "infinitely better than the old one, in that I had no instant desire to ragequit playing it". The decks can now have cards removed, although you still cannot decide the number of lands.

Wizards acknowledged issues with the AI and indicates improvements have been made.

The Gideon online deck includes Stoneforge Mystic

Kiora Atua is going to be "exclusive" to the video game. Kiora Atua is a "female merfolk who commands the powers of the tides and depths" so one could possibly expect to be summoning Krakens, Octopi, and other large blue fatties.

A Frost Titan promo card will be available for Steam, a Grave Titan for XBox and Inferno Titan for PS3.

Latter, Jacob followed up with some participants in an exchange on Facebook. Apparently, there may be a chance Magic players can see the very first blue Bear in history . . .

Illusory Bear,

Creature - Illusion
When Illusory Bear becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it.

Happy 'n' Safe gaming to everyone - check in again latter for more MTG Realm news 'n' rumours.

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