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Musings: Three New M11 Spoilers

It’s that time again!

As has been the case with the last few sets, we’ve been given a few pooled spoilers to share and comment on. Don’t forget to check out Yo! MTG Taps! Episode 27 to hear more M11 spoiler discussion!

This time we have three cards to show you: one “meh” reprint, one card that may have some potential, and one that I’ve been expecting to see for quite a while. You might even say I was ravenous for it.

Let’s start slow:

Wait, WHAT? But that’s an M10 card!

You’re right, it is. And it’s in M11, too. Surprise! Anyone care? No? Moving on…

Alright, FINE. I’ll say something nice. Um. It’s better than Gray Ogre!

More? Okay, uh…It’s kind of like a Lavaclaw Reaches that doesn’t cost you a land drop! (Er, sort of.)

Okay, seriously. This is nice, flavorful filler, perfect for a Core Set, and generally not a bad card in Limited (nice mana sink!). I’d be surprised to see this in a Constructed deck though. But then again, I would’ve said the same thing about Fog.

Looking ahead, we have Crystal Ball (see what I did there?).

Sensei’s Divining Top it’s not, but the ability to dig and potentially see three cards every turn is quite powerful. Unfortunately, I don’t know that this card makes the cut when Jace, the Mind Sculptor is in the format. This is mediocre library manipulation in a format that seems chock-full of it. Off the top of my head: Jace, Sea Gate Oracle, See Beyond, the M11 reprint of Foresee, the newly-spoiled Augury Owl and Preordain…And assuming it doesn’t come back in M11, we even have Ponder for a few months until M10 rotates!

Still, this is at least colorless, so decks not running blue can have some fun, too. If this sees play in Standard, it’s going to be in decks that are non-blue. White’s been getting pretty good lately; perhaps Mono-White Control?

Lastly, I’m pretty excited about this guy:

WOW! It’s like Ravenous Baloth meets Loxodon Hierarch meets Wilt-Leaf Liege!

Blightning? Sure, I’ll discard Vengevine and Obstinate Baloth; the Baloth hits the board and I net +1 life. Thanks!”

It’s becoming more and more apparent that Ken Nagle has taken over WotC. Green is getting some really beastly tools (heh) as of late; even tonight at FNM, Bigheadjoe played a MonoGreen deck, and I’ve heard rumblings (or you could say “tweets”) that even the illustrious GerryT has been congregating with the chlorophyll conglomerate.

So far, from what we’ve seen of M11, it looks like WotC is continuing the trend they started with M10—in fact, I may go so far as to say they’ve stepped it up a notch. Nothing against the environments of the planes in the various blocks, but there’s just something about a Core Set that doesn’t show up anywhere else. Maybe it’s nostalgia for the days when I first laid eyes on Shivan Dragon and Force of Nature, and the following summer when Ice Age was released. I can’t put my finger on it, but whatever it is, Wizards is getting it right.

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  1. mike
    June 25, 2010 at 7:03 am

    not much to say about the cards, the beastie is cool. fun to read.

  2. Mike
    June 28, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I’d love to get into a little back-and-forth with you guys on the following subject, so I may follow up with an email:

    Why has no one called to ban Jace 2? He’s causing more format issues than Bloodbraid elf, considering he’s in nearly every Tier 1 deck. He’s started showing up in Eternal format decks. Even Jund has found ways to get him into the deck. He will likely rocket past $100 once Alara block rotates unless there’s some sort of hate for him (or PWs in general).

    While there may not be one specific archetype that is clogging up Standard because of Jace, decks that have no business using him are finding ways to add him.

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