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AVR Spoilers 4

Happy Thursday MTG peeps,

We now have our first (of two) Planeswalkers expected in Avacyn Restored and are looking forward to the second 'walker being spoiled / previewed next week sometime.  Magic the Gathering gamers are yattering up a storm in the forums and are working on lists and strategies to work the new card coolness into their games.  Anywhoos, here is the new 'Walker and the the last Legendary Angel we were expecting . . .

Tamiyo, the Moon Sage, 3uu

Planeswalker - Tamiyo, Mythic Rare
+1: Tap target permanent. It doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step.
-2: Draw a card for each tapped creature target player controls.
-8: You get an emblem with "You have no maximum hand size" and "Whenever a card is put into your graveyard from anywhere, you may return it to your hand."

This new planeswalker hails from Kamigawa where with her fellow Soratami Moonfolk she enjoys astonomy and can be often found in observatoris.  Righto, the last (non core set) blue 'Walker we say was Big Daddy Jace who was incredibly overpowered and killed standard constructed until he got asked to leave.  This new Planeswalker will never match BDJ but we think she is on par or exceeding Baby Jace.  For five mana, she is immediately able to protect herself with a tapdown of a threat with her Icy Manipulator ability - or just simply deny the opponent that mana.  One could even develop a synergy with Gideon's Avenger.  Using an additional tapper (Gideon's Lawkeeper / Frost Breath, whatever) may score you additional draws with Tamiyo's second ability.  The last third ability should simply win you the game if you had set up correctly - unlimited counterspells, burn spells, or some token generator (Zombie Infestation?).  This card looks to be a solid blue control PW late game and representative of what we think blue is all about.

Bruna, Light of Alabaster, 3wwu

Legendary Creature - Angel, Mythic Rare
Flying, vigilance
Whenever Bruna, Light of Alabaster attacks or blocks, you may attach to it any number of Auras on the battlefield and you may put onto the battlefield attached to it any number of Aura cards that could enchant it from your graveyard and/or hand.

We now have the three amigos expected with the three flights of angels expected in Avacyn Restored - Sigarda, Gisela and now Bruna.  When we first read the card this morning, all we could think of is building something with Sovereigns of Lost of Alara and Eldrazi Eldrazi Conscription.  We are huge fans of auras but are not sure if there will be something in standard after the release to make this shine. At the very least, we hope to see someone at the Avacyn Restored prerelease couple this with soulbond Silverblade Paladin to have her scream in with double strike.

Revenge of the Hunted, 4gg
Sorcery, Rare
Until end of turn, target creature gets +6/+6 and gains trample, and all creatures able to block it this turn do so.

Another insance 'Miracle' card begging to be abused 

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