As the messy summer rumor season rolls along, Magic 2014 is largely being ignored because Modern Masters is coming out much sooner – and for some, it’s much more exciting. However, that doesn’t mean the core set spoilers have stopped. The MTGSalvation.com user mkirshbaum has taken photographs of cards from the various Quick-start Decks of the set, some of which are entirely new. The black ones are pictured here, and here they are in text form:
Deathgaze Cockatrice 2BB
Creature – Cockatrice (Common)
Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)
“Sometimes I come across a stone finger or foot and I know I’m in cockatrice territory.” – Rulak, bog guide
Okay, this is no Vampire Nighthawk, but calling it lesser than one of the best creatures in recent memory is hardly an insult. It’s Limited filler, but it’s compelling Limited filler – troublesome to block and easily the best common blocker four mana can buy, killing anything on the ground or in the air that attacks into it and doesn’t first or double strike it out of commission. Most importantly, it’s some love for one of Magic’s most neglected creature types – it’s the first creature with Cockatrice printed on the type line since, well, Cockatrice itself, which was last seen in Time Spiral’s Timeshifted cards as a wacky one-off. Hopefully they’ll be joining Basilisk and Gorgons as part of Magic’s regular fleet of deathtouchers.
Corpse Hauler 1B
Creature – Human Rogue (Common)
2B, Sacrifice Corpse Hauler: Return another target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
“He expects a reward, but the only piece of silver he’ll be getting from me is my blade in his gut.” – Shelac, necromancer
A 2/1 for two mana in black, with a sacrifice ability that’s going to be relevant in almost every game at some point? Well, that sounds just dandy for core set Limited. These are just not the sorts of cards that have major Constructed applications, but that flavor text is definitely chuckle-worthy in an evil way, and epitomizes the color philosophy of black in its most stereotypical form.
Vampire Warlord 4B
Creature – Vampire Warrior (Uncommon)
Sacrifice another creature: Regenerate Vampire Warlord. (The next time this creature would be destroyed this turn, it isn’t. Instead tap it, remove all damage from it, and remove it from combat.)
We don’t know the power and toughness on this one, which is obviously key to evaluating a creature. Most likely it’s a 4/3 or a 4/4, which is decent for Limited beater stats on a creature with manaless regeneration (though with the rather steep price of sacrificing another creature). If it turns out to be, say, something like a 5/3, then up the praise in this assessment by about a hundred percent.