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Theros Spoilers 9-05

Happy Thursday MTG peeps,

There is another truckload of Theros spoilers and previews from the mothersite to tackle so we'll get right along to that briefly but first a word about this weekend.  Saturday 7th September is 'Magic Celebration' which is kinda like Free Comic Book Day but for Magic: the Gathering players.  Drop into your local gaming store (we'll be at OMG! Games here in Barrie, Ontario) to collect some free cards and have a few fun games.  This is also a great time to try Magic: the Gathering for the first time if you were thinking about getting into the game.

Anywhoos - onto today's Theros spoilers / previews and first up is an interesting cycle of color hosers which may find a spot in your sideboard.
• Glare of Heresy - exile white permanent
• Gainsay - counter blue spell
• Dark Betrayal - destroy target black creature
• Peak Eruption - Mountain destruction with Lightning Bolt
• Hunt the Hunter - pump and fight your green creature

Next up - we now have a card image for that 3/3 colorless  enchantment artifact creature for Theros.  The illlustration from artist Yeong-Hao Han is simply off the hook.  This token is apparently a promo card supplied to WPN stores to players who may be thinking about becoming an MTG Judge.

Righto - onto today's new Theros cards!

Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver, 1ub
Planeswalker — Ashiok, Mythic Rare
+2: Exile the top three cards of target opponent's library.
-X: Put a creature card with converted mana cost X exiled with Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver onto the battlefield under your control. That creature is a Nightmare in addition to its other types.
-10: Exile all cards from all opponents' hands and graveyards.

Well here's our third Planeswalker and we have to say perhaps not as stellar after seeing Elspeth, Sun's Champion and Xenagos, the Reveler.  Having said that, we think artist Karla Oritz delivered an amazing illustration for this card art.  We think only a few tourneys will tell whether a player can work out a list for this new millstone 'walker.

Erebos, God of the Dead, 3b
Legendary Enchantment Creature — God, Mythic Rare
As long as your devotion to black is less than five, Erebos isn't a creature. (Each {B} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts towards your devotion to black.)
Your opponents can't gain life.
1{B}, Pay 2 life: Draw a card.

Reasonable devotion cost on Erebos here which means this one is well placed to become a threat on the battlefield.  Like the 'Sign in Blood' card draw here but wish Erebos could have delivered some lifegain somehow.

Arbor Colossus, 2ggg
Creature — Giant, Rare
3{G}{G}{G}: Monstrosity 3. (If this creature isn't monstrous, put three +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous)
When Arbor Colossus becomes monstrous, destroy target creature with flying an opponent controls.

So - who doesn't like a 6/6 reach for five mana?  This is rather titan-esque isn't it?  This thing is sure to help with your green devotion to get Nylea, God of the Hunt in on the action.  Furthermore, we think this may compliment quite well in a build with Xenagos, the Reveler.

~Tymaret, the Murder King, br
Legendary Creature — Zombie Warrior, Rare
1{R}, Sacrifice another creature: Tymaret, the Murder King deals 2 damage to target player.
1{B}, Sacrifice a creature: Return Tymaret from your graveyard to your hand.

Nice 2/2 with recursion but with some colour restrictive mana-cost sill ain't bad.  We're now looking for some nice cheap token chumps like Bitterblossom to drive this engine - too bad you're only pinging the opponent and not giving the option for one of their dudes.  We're thinking that unless Rakdos can pick this up, it won't be able to make waves in standard.
Fleecemane Lion, gw
Creature — Cat, Rare
3{G}{W}: Monstrosity 1. (If this creature isn't monstrous, put a +1/+1 counter on it and it becomes monstrous.)
As long as Fleecemane Lion is monstrous, it has hexproof and indestructible.

Art made us laugh as the first thing we thought about is just how much shampoo / conditioner this fella must use.  This is most certainly an upgrade to Ravnica's Watchwolf.  The monstrosity upgrade which only buffs +1/+1 is most certainly worth the benefits considering the indestructible / hexproof add-ons.  Looks like we'll be looking to hack out a list for Bant Hexproof again with this nice piece of Theros goodness.

As all the new Theros cards are coming out we suggest you start your 'must buy' wish list to help you organize your pre-order.  We've already got an obscene number of decksets ready to send into MTG Mint Card.

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