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Just to hammer it home one more time ‘Five Colour Conceit’ is now called ‘Sparks’.
I’ll shut up now.
Good for him red doesn’t have a [card]Goblin Grenade[/card] in hand.
Tomorrow is the M12 pre-release and I’ll most definitely be there fighting my corner at Manaleak.
Incidentally this’ll mark my 1 year anniversary of attending (semi) competitive Magic events.
I wanna talk about the most interesting card in M12 for me. Which is strangely enough [card]Arachnus Spinner[/card].
It’s not because I think he’s all that powerful or that I have a secret longing to try Spider tribal deck.
It’s just that his ability to tutor for a specific card in your deck is a very pleasing mechanic to consider.
There’s been plenty of spells that search for duplicates of themselves in the vein of [card]Squadron Hawk[/card] or [card]Howling Wolf[/card], to simulate a pack animal of some kind. There have been cards that can be summoned when you combine several cards, for example, [card]Spirit of the Night[/card], [card]Viashivan Dragon[/card] and the Alaran Herald cycle. Oh and there is [card]Nissa Revane[/card], which is pretty similar but not quite.
Either way it opens up a huge portion of design space for magic to move into. How about a Pyromancer with a favourite burn spell, a soldier with a signature weapon or a cleric with a specialisation in protective auras.
Furthermore if WOTC went more in this direction of limited tutoring it lends a safety catch to a mechanic which has, historically, led to some pretty broken combos. If they can limit the possibilities of a fetch card then they can cost the spell more realistically with a good idea as to what it can potentially achieve. I ask you- would [card]Stoneforge Mystic[/card] have been so broken if it only reached for its [card]Trusty Machete[/card]?
Let’s end with a question.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve used as a creature token?
Good look at the Pre-release. May all your Rares be bombs…..unless it affects my chances of winning. :)
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