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Hour of Devastation Previews 6-19

Happy Monday MTG peeps,

There was a wonderful volume of Hour of Devastation previews throughout the weekend during the Grand Prix Los Vegas event.  To catch up on the latest Magic: the Gathering previews and spoilers stay tuned to the official Wizards of the Coast Hour of Devastation page, linked here, or our sister station at MTG Realm on Tumblr, linked right over here.

You may be well served by popping on over to the Wizards of the Coast site to review the Hour of Devastation Mechanics, linked here.

NEW - Afflict.  Afflict is focused in red and black.  Whenever a creature with this ability becomes blocked, defending player loses life equal to the Afflict value.

NEW - Eternalize.  Eternalize is centered in white and blue and similar to Amonkhet's Embalm.  The eternalize ability can only be activated if the creature is in your graveyard. When activated, the card is exiled but it creates a token copy of that creature. This creature token changes its Power and Toughness to 4/4, has no mana cost, is a zombie in addition to its other creature types, and it becomes a monocolored black creature.

Returning - Exert. Exert is focused in white, red and green.  When a creature with the exert ability is exerted, there ia an ability that triggers and the creature doesn't untap at the beginning of it's controller's next untap step

Returing - Cycling is a keyword ability that allows a player to pay a cost that includes discarding the card. When the activated ability resolves, that player draws a card.

Returning - Aftermath.  A keyword ability that lets a player cast one half of a split card only from his or her graveyard.

In today's post, we hope to focus on today's official Hour of Devastation previews, but before we get into that, we had posted earlier our deep appreciation to the Wizards of the Coast art team in creating a stunning graphical apposition of the extent of world-rending cataclysmic that Nicol Bolas, the so-called god-pharaoh had wrought upon the Plane of Amonkhet.  Here are the comparatives we had posted to Tumblr earlier here and here

Righto ! Onto today's previews -

Oketra's Last Mercy, 1WW
Sorcery, Rare
Your life total becomes your starting life total, Lands you control don't untap during your next untap phase

Pride Sovereign, 2G
Creature - Cat
Pride Sovereign gets +1/+1 for each
other Cat you control.
W, T, Exert Pride Sovereign: Create
two 1/1 white Cat creature tokens
with lifelink.

Mirage Mirror, 3
Artifact, Rare
2: Mirage Mirror becomes a copy of target artifact, creature or enchantment, or land until end of turn.

Some previously revealed cards - 
Accursed Horde
Angel of the God-Pharoh
Carrion Screecher
Defiant Khenra
Desert of the Fervent
Desert of the Glorified
Desert of the Indomitable
Desert of the Mindful
Desert of the True
Desert's Hold
Gilded Cerodon
Grind // Dust
Hour of Revelation
Inferno Jet
Khenra Eternal
Khenra Scrapper
Maurauding Boneslasher
Mirage Mirror
Oasis Ritualist
Oketra's Last Mercy
Open Fire
Pride Sovereign
Sand Strangler
Sidewinder Naga
Steadfast Sentinel
Sunset Pyramid
Supreme Will

The Scorpion God


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