Magic 2014 is coming out very soon, and spoilers are coming out of the woodwork, from both official and unofficial sources. On the unofficial end, MTGSalvation.com user Druidiana has revealed some new cards pulled from promotional Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 boosters that haven’t been seen before. Water Servant has been confirmed as a reprint at uncommon, and Lightning Talons at common. Here are the entirely new cards:
Accursed Spirit 3B
Creature – Spirit (Common)
Sure, I’ll take it for black. Intimidate is one of the best evasion keywords, and an evasive 3-power creature is always excellent in Limited. Honestly, whether I merely like or love this card will depend on its flavor text.
Angelic Accord 3W
At the beginning of each end step, if you gained 4 or more life this turn, put a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying onto the battlefield.
Wow, R&D seems really to be pushing lifegain for white in this core set. Build-around uncommons for Limited are among my favorite cards in core, and this is definitely strong enough to commit at least part of your deck to enabling. Keep in mind that even if you don’t want to play pure lifegain, lifelinking creatures work very, very well with this. If you can get even just one token out of this, it’s a great value at its mana cost – a mere two can win you games.
Illusionary Armor 4U
Enchantment – Aura (Uncommon)
Enchanted creature gets +4/+4.
When enchanted creature becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice Illusionary Armor.
This is pretty much exactly what we all expected it to be based on its name – it’s a pity that the stat boost is so bad for its cost, but it’s not every day monoblue gets lasting +4/+4 bonuses to throw around in the first place. It’s sort of Limited-playable if you squint – mostly this seems to exist as a cute design-nerd reference to the classic “skulking” ability that’s been since moved to blue.
Fleshpulper Giant 5RR
Creature – Giant (Uncommon)
When Fleshpulper Giant enters the battlefield, you may destroy target creature with toughness 2 or less.
Removal as an enters-the-battlefield triggered ability on a fat creature is absolutely great on paper. Sadly, when it comes on a 4/4 for a staggering seven mana and is severely constrained in what it can target… it’s not so great. Red, of course, doesn’t usually get outright destroy-creature effects, so there’s a price to be paid for pie-stretching; this usually functions as 2 damage to a target creature, so it’s not a massive leap of logic, and the flavor is pretty spot-on, but one would hope to have much better big-mana-cost creatures to choose from even in Limited.
What do you think of these newly revealed cards? Let me know in the comments.