Magic Weekly Update

Friday_Night_Magic_3We’re only one week out from the Kaladesh  prerelease Planeswalkers, and the card previews and announcements just keep rolling in. This week, we’ll get you prepared for prerelease day and get you more hyped for the new set (if that’s even possible) with some cool news. All that’s left for you to answer, is what type of inventor do you want to be? Do you want to build an army of small automatons and trinkets that work together to topple your opponent? How about one massive construct that you fuel with as much energy as you can muster to smash your enemies? Perhaps you treat battle like a demolition derby, smashing and exploding stuff on the battlefield until it’s a smoldering ruin and then fixing it all up to go again. Or, is your mind focused on sabotage and making sure your opponent’s inventions malfunction at just the right time and make you seem superior? Find out when you play!

Image result for Kaladesh invention art

Come One, Come All:

So, here’s the really cool thing about prerelease events:

  1. You get to play with the new set early, a full week before it hits store shelves. You can brag to your friends or, better yet, bring them with you to also get in on the fun. No? You’d rather be that jerk that lords it over them? Suit yourself.
  2. During prerelease you make a deck out of six booster packs provided for you, and you get to keep every single card opened. So, even if the whole night is a bust and your deck does terribly, it may be worth it for that amazing mythic rare you got your hands on.
  3. If your deck, instead, does excellent, you get prizes. Lots and lots of prizes.

Almost every game store that deals in Friday Night Magic will have a prerelease event, but if you’re looking for somewhere to play, the Oogie Games at Niagara Falls will be hosting the event on September 24 and 25th. In fact, they’ll be having a midnight release on Friday, the 23rd, so you’ll get your hands on cards even earlier than most. For more information concerning entrance fee, location and rewards, check out the event’s Facebook page. There’s only a limited number of spaces available, so make sure to call and confirm a spot!

But maybe you’ve never been to a prerelease before and are anxious about playing? Maybe you are still fairly new and don’t have a grasp on all the numerous and convoluted abilities and mechanics of the cards. Well, I’m here to help. First, you can watch and learn how to use every new mechanic from the upcoming set at the Mechanics Hub. Once you’ve learned how to play, you’ll want to see what you’re going to play. Go on over to the Card Image Gallery to see every card from the set revealed so far. Before heading out, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the new cards and the general themes of the set. For Kaladesh  you’ll definitely want to make sure that you’re up to date on artifact cards and how they work. Finally, check back next week for some basic strategies and combos to look out for come prerelease!

If You’re Going to Invent, Why Not do it With Style:

Before we heavily get into this week’s card previews, I’d like to share some cool news Wizards revealed this week. If you were playing last year when Battle for Zendikar dropped, you probably remember Zendikar Expeditions. To get the rest of you caught up, these were special and extremely rare lands with a unique border that you could find in booster packs of Zendikar. This group of special cards would consist of ones found in the set as well as reprints of older cards, but with alternate, full card artwork:

WastelandWasteland

Prairie StreamPrairie Stream

They could also be sold for a ludicrous amount of money for any of you collectors out there. Just to give you an idea, finding one of these cards in a booster was about a 1:2160 chance. That’s 1 card every 144 packs.

Well, Wizards announced today that they’ll be continuing this trend with every set for the foreseeable future, including Kaladesh! These groups of special cards will now be referred to as the Masterpiece Series, and the cards will be thematically tied to each set in which they appear. That means, the Masterpiece Series for Kaladesh, entitled Kaladesh Inventions, will include artifacts. Lots of awesome and powerful artifacts. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome the Kaladesh Inventions:

Click the link above to see all cards from the collection, or click here to read about how the Masterpiece Series came to be, how it works, and what you can expect for the future.

On With the Show:

Alright, I’ve delayed long enough. I know you’re all really here for some card previews so let’s get to it. As always the Magic Facebook page is the best way to keep up with all the most recent card previews and you can also view them all in one nice location at the card image gallery linked above. The cards I’ll be showing come attached with an article describing how the card works and strategies for using it. Just click on the name for more info:

Unlicensed Disintegration

Cataclysmic Gearhulk

Scrapheap Scrounger
Scrapheap Scrounger

Syndicate Trafficker
Syndicate Trafficker

Refurbish

One more thing we had to look forward to this week is the reveal of the last Planeswalker to make our acquaintance this set. He was already revealed in the story chapters, but we had yet to see his card. So, welcome the other  new Planeswalker from Kaladesh, Dovin Baan:

Dovin Baan

The cost of four mana for a low loyalty of 3 doesn’t look great at first glance, but Dovin’s abilities more than make up for it. In the story, Dovin is an Inspector for the Inventor’s Fair on Kaladesh, with the unique ability to pick out the imperfections of any system. As such, his dominance over machines is well represented by his +1 ability which will consistently frustrate any opponent by making their creatures useless or far less powerful. Normally, dealing with threats on the battlefield is a Planeswalker’s minus ability, but Dovin’s actually adds to his loyalty. His minus ability, on the other hand, helps to keep you alive by giving you life and keeping your hand fully stocked. What a nice guy. Lastly, his -7 ability helps to give you absolute control of the battlefield. How can your opponent manage the game when they can only untap two lands or creatures a turn? Spoiler: They can’t and you win. Control decks are already powerful in Standard play, but Dovin adds a whole new level of power to it. His first ability will constantly stall and ruin your opponent’s plans while his second ability gives you the life and cards you need to maintain that control. His loyalty may be low to start, and it may take you a while to build up to his final, but Dovin actually has some of the best tools for survival I’ve ever seen from a Planeswalker. If you’re a player that likes to force opponents to play at your pace and control the ebb and flow of battle, you’ll definitely want Dovin on your side. He’ll be a must have for control decks and one of the best Planeswalkers of this set.

That’s all for this week Planeswalkers, thank you for reading! I hope to see you out there at prerelease!

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