Happy July 4th weekend Planeswalkers. Over the past week Wizards has been doling out news and surprises like candy in preparation for the Eldritch Moon set release. We’ve got new cards, new mechanics, and new abilities to pick through. Since the revelation of Emrakul last week, her effect on the denizens of Innistrad has not been pretty. Steel your stomachs now as we explore the plane’s collapse.
Tentacles Over Innistrad:
Firstly, if you’ve missed any of the major reveals this week, I’ve got you covered. I would advise starting with the second episode of the Access Magic series below, where Jimmy Wong talks with members of the design team about how exactly Emrakul has transformed the plane as well as one hell of a card reveal which I’ll get to later:
Keep in mind that episode 3 of the series will take place on July 4th, and they’ve saved the biggest surprise for one of the biggest party days of the year. Next episode is all about Liliana and her new card. Will they reveal another Planeswalker as well? We’ll find out.
Next, you can find every card reveal from the week posted on Magic’s Facebook page or gathered nicely in the official card gallery (just be aware this takes a day or two to update). Finally, for all things Eldritch Moon, check out the hub. It’s your one stop shop for previews, videos, and story chapters. On top of that, you can explore the plane of Innistrad with designer blurbs about the different regions and special concept art detailing its mutation.
Now, let’s talk about the newest addition to the Eldrazi horrors club: Brisela, Voice of Nightmares. However, to fully understand this terrifying monstrosity, we have to look to the past of the angels Gisela and Bruna:
In the previous Innistrad set, the three sisters Gisela, Bruna and Sigarda were a source of hope and protection for the humans of Innistrad. They used their magic to reinforce wards that protected human cities and stop the desecration of the human population. They worked closely with Avacyn, so when her madness started, they soon followed. Sigarda was the only one who managed to resist the madness, and we saw her new card in Shadows. This brings us to Eldritch Moon:
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Both angels have mutated, both mentally and physically from Emrakul’s influence. Gisela may not have as much power as her previous card, but the addition of lifelink and her extremely cheap casting cost make her a powerhouse. Bruna, on the other hand, is more expensive than her last card and, while she has a better defense, her only real purpose is to bring back Gisela if she’s in your graveyard or stay alive long enough to draw her. Now, what happens when the sisters bond-quite literally:
Yeah, soak that in. Terrifying, right? It’s sick and twisted and I love it. You gotta feel for Sigarda in the flavor text here, watching her sisters become this. The nice thing we can take away from the sisters’ tragedy is how awesome this card is. Powerful abilities as well just completely shutting down your opponent from playing essential spells make this an almost instant game winner IF you can manage to get the cards necessary to, “meld,” her. That brings us to the next thing-new mechanics!
Somebody Call For A Mechanic:
Anybody who has played Yu Gi Oh should be familiar with mechanics of fusing monsters together. Cards like Brisela are definitely worth all the hoops you have to jump through to get this mechanic to work. Hopefully, all the other meld cards will be worth it as well. For a description on how exactly the meld mechanic came to be, and some other meld cards, check out this article.
But meld isn’t the only new thing to come this set, oh no. We’ve got the appearance of another new ability called Emerge, which lets you sacrifice creatures to reduce the casting cost for more powerful monsters:
Or, take a look at Escalate, which lets you decide how powerful to make a spell or creature by how much mana you use:
All of this can be a lot to wrap your head around, so make sure to read through a detailed description of all the new and returning mechanics before you head off to a prerelease event. After all, a prepared Planeswalker is the most powerful Planeswalker.
Both Emerge and Escalate will be great additions to the numerous ability pool because they’re each so flexible. Escalate is really great late game, but even early or mid you can get some excellent use out of one spell for little mana. On top of that, you choose which ability to use, making the cards useful for multiple situations. Meanwhile, Emerge is perfect for getting rid of creatures that are no longer useful or have already served their purpose and ushering in something more powerful to take their place.
Cards, Cards And More Cards:
So, now that we’ve gotten the biggest reveal and new rules out of the way, let’s take a look at some other cool cards arriving on store shelves this July. Each card below will have a special preview article on Magic’s official site that explains how the card works, why they included it in the set and the inspiration behind it. Enjoy:
A must have, insanely powerful and useful card for any and all Eldrazi decks. I’d expect to see a lot of this one in tournament play as it’s useful in any stage of the game.
I absolutely love this card, from the abilities to the artwork. Not only is a first strike and lifelink for only two mana an excellent early game card, the ease of gaining life in this Innistrad block makes it no problem to transform the card into it’s powerful counterpart.
This is exactly the kind of land needed for madness decks. Never mind that the thought of an insane asylum on Innistrad is a terrifying concept fit for a horror movie, the ability to draw and discard cards at will is surprisingly good for a graveyard play heavy block like Innistrad. Maybe this will finally give madness decks the boost they need to be really competitive.
Another ridiculously powerful sibling combo, except this time with a happy ending. The feuding brother and sister have finally come together to take on the bigger menace of Emrakul and the card represents this well. The flavor text alone perfectly expresses their relationship. I bet their 4th of July family parties are a blast. Geralf’s blue ability of putting creatures into the graveyard and Gisa’s black ability to resurrect them will be the perfect addition for zombie decks. It will ensure that no creature stays dead for long and that you’ll always have a line of defense.
That’s all for this week folks! Keep checking back for more card reveals, analysis, and latest news concerning Eldritch Moon. Thanks for reading.