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Yo! MTG Taps! Rise of the Eldrazi EXCLUSIVE SPOILER!

Rise of the Eldrazi is a big set with lots of big spells.

Naturally, big spells need big mana to cast them.

(this is all reminding me of the ONLY quote I remember from Harry and the Hendersons: “We’ve got big guns, big big guns, but I’m afraid we’re all out of big big ammo!”)

Speaking of things that are big, the recent announcement from Wizards concerning the Reserved List has been one of the biggest pieces of news coming out of Wizards in the past 5 years or so.

With Wizards painting themselves in a corner by closing the loophole in the Reserved List, one would think that they would now try new, outside of the box things to keep Legacy alive for the long term.

Not to mention that a 2 mana counterspell with wide applications has been something sorely lacking in the tournament environment.

What if all of these problems could be solved by simply pressing “print” somewhere out in Turnhout, Belgium at the Cartamundi offices?

Well I’ll be damned, they did it.

That’s right folks, MANA DRAIN is being reprinted in Rise of the Eldrazi!

If there’s one limited environment where this card makes the most sense, it’s this one.

What better feeling than to counter your opponent’s Eldrazi spell, and then turn right around and have the mana to cast your own?

Now, before you think that Wizards has lost their minds, remember that the card is NOT on the Reserved List, so they are free to print it anytime they choose. Why wouldn’t they try and do SOMETHING to help strengthen the case for Legacy as a PTQ format; or, better yet, a Pro Tour format?

This card is VERY STRONG. Let’s make that clear. However, with so many huge, game-altering Eldrazi running around in Limited, Wizards saw an opportunity and SEIZED IT! This card is perfectly reasonable in this set. Obviously, there needs to be SOME way to punish a player for going all in and casting one of these monstrosities. Mana Drain is such an elegantly designed card that they must have figured, “why try and recreate this in some weird, roundabout way when we are completely free to just reprint this?”

I, for one, am extremely glad they did. Like Joey, lovers of Islands (not the band, although we both think they are quite good) will be overjoyed to see this timeless spell reprinted. People who want to play Legacy but are turned off by the barrier to entry will snap these up at an incredible rate.

Overall, this is a joyful day in the Magic Community.

The best part, though, is easily the artwork. One would think that reprinting a card of this caliber would be a disservice to the now iconic artwork on the Legends printing. This is not the case. The art recalls the classic look of the card, while clearly being at home in Rise of the Eldrazi.

Anyway, I’m sure you all just want to see the card already.

Enough of my rambling (I’m still in shock that we received this spoiler!).



  1. April 1, 2010 at 12:45 am


  2. Matt Jett
    April 1, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Well written, but the link preview function of your blog totally bites you in the ass 🙂

    • April 1, 2010 at 5:09 am

      Yeah 🙂 But at that point, you’re only seconds away from finding out it’s a joke anyway 😛

  3. Scott
    April 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Also…it’s currently banned in Legacy. Shame though, that would be awesome.

  1. April 1, 2010 at 2:46 am

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