Happy Thursday MTG peeps,
Here in Canada-Land we are not only heading into the Canada Day long weekend (Friday is the holiday), but we are also hosting the William and Kate, the royal couple who are arriving in Ottawa this afternoon. After they kick things off with a traditional Canadian kegger and barbeque, we hope they will swing by OMG! Games for some Commander games (but we won't be holding our breath on that). In other news, Magic the Gathering spoilers keep on coming from the mothership previews and there are some surprising magic 2012 core set cards which should make players happy - let's have a look now . . .
Chandra, the Firebrand, 3
Planeswalker - Chandra, Mythic Rare
+1: Chandra, the Firebrand deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
-2: When you cast you next instant or sorcery spell this turn, copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.
-6: Chandra, the Firebrand deals 6 damage to each of up to six target creatures and/or players.
As suspected for some time, we have a new Chandra which has kicked out the Lorywn standard for core. We rather like the new Chandra as one can now splash red in most decks to get this Planeswalker although her abilities are most suited to red (burn) instants. We are looking forward to possible shenanigans while proliferate is still in standard. Oh - and if you get the ultimate off, chances are your opponent will scoop.
Sundial of the Infinite, 2
1 : End the turn. Activate this ability only during your turn.
Very interesting card is interesting. We are not sure how big of a splash this may make in standard but from Noel deCordova's article on the mothership today, there is a truck ton of potential beyond standard format. There may be some very cool plays with Sundial of the Infinite enabling combat tricks and shutting down any spells cast by your opponent during your endstep.
Artifact Creature - Construct, Rare
Pentavus enters the battlefield with five +1/+1 counters on it.
1, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Pentavus: Put a 1/1 colorless Pentavite artifact creature token with flying onto the battlefield.
1, Sacrifice a Pentavite: Put a +1/+1 counter on Pentavus.
This reprint from the original Mirrodin should make many players rather happy - especially the ones who are using tempered steel and proliferate tech to churn out cute little Pentavites and pumping them up. We are brewing up a storm of casual decks involving Throne of Geth, Grand Architect, Xneograft and the like.
Oblivion Ring, 2
When Oblivion Ring enters the battlefield, exile another target nonland permanent.
When Oblivion Ring leaves the battlefield, return the exiled card to the battlefield under its owner's control.
We love that Wizards had used the Shards of Alara artwork here. This card needed to be back (as well as Pithing Needle) in standard when the format was being wrecked by caw-blade. The only thing that would make this card any better is having new artwork with big-daddy Jace getting pwn'd with the ring.
Anywhoos - we want you to check out the cards and pump it or dump it in the comment thingy below. Don't forget to enter our Commander give-away contest we are almost ready to draw as the numbers are creeping up to the 3 Million visitor mark.
Lastly - a very kewl contest (coming to an end at the end today) run by our friends over at MTG Mint Card