This is how amazing things happen.
I’ve been busy.
Tinkering with the few Scars of Mirrodin previews we have so far, and loving it. This is my kinda set, so far at least, and Scars marks, for me at least, a period of unbridled success on the part of the Magic design teams.
I'll have to regale you all with the story of my PT: Amsterdam FAIL to let you know how "when I eff things up, I really eff things up." Another time. You the readers, however, get to reap the benefits of me being such a prima donna; I’ve got some cards that I wouldn’t have recommended going into the ‘foilo.
Thanks to a couple cards that have been recently spoiled, I’d like to introduce you to the most fun you can have with mana since Nettle Sentinel rotated:
It’s called Myr Galvanizer. Here’s the text of the card:
Myr Galvanizer 3
Artifact Creature – Myr
Other Myr creatures you control get +1/+1.
1, T: Untap each other Myr you control.
This gets me a little excited. The artifacts we were promised are here in what is in fact shaping up to be an artifact-centric set. Furthermore, WotC apparently forgot about Splinter Twin.
Probably the rare you least wanted to open, Splinter Twin enables some zany things with Mr. Galvanizer and any other mana-myr (Copper Myr for example). Sure, it’s a three card combo, but it’s doable in different ways, and we have another potential enabler (because it is in fact red, which is the color of Splinter Twin):
BAM! The first red planeswalker. Koth of the Hammer.
(via Mr. Mike Flores, on dailymtg.com)
Koth’s abilities are as follows:
+1: Untap target mountain, it becomes a 4/4 elemental until end of turn.
-2: Add R to your mana pool for each mountain you control.
-5: You get an emblem with “mountains you control gain ‘T: this land does 1 damage to target creature or player.’”
Yeah, he seems good. And he’s red. Koth of the Hammer everyone. He’ll be here all season.
Anyway, he’s a boss, and this is just ONE piece of one way to abuse what was hopefully not a gross oversight by the R&D folks. I expect this combo to be hot in the first couple weeks at least of Scars Standard, so I’d get all the Splinter Twins I can pick up. They’re bulk right now, so really, the slightest jump, and you're golden, and the risk is so low that it gets confused for Jason Derulo (the song is awful, by the way, almost as bad as that joke). I’m picking up about 10 Splinter Twins, and my gut tells me I’ll regret only having 2.5 playsets, but I’m being a little conservative here. Get ‘em for cheap, and flip ‘em for a buck. If you get them while bulking, you’re up 900% each. Those are sick gains. I wouldn’t hold on to these, because you don’t want to be left holding a bag of them, but I will probably keep around 4 for myself, just in case I want to play the deck (if it happens).
What else we got? Well basically, I like picking up all the artifact-centric cards. It might seem obvious, but only one has really spiked any, and that’s Steel Overseer. I loved my Lodestone Golem call, especially now, and it’s sold out on SCG, so that’s something (they do have the foil for what seems like a remarkably low price as of writing). I think we move any Thada Adel Acquisitor out of our bulk boxes and start valuing her a little higher. She’s also bulk, and is great in Vintage’s Noble Fish decks, so why not pick up a bunch? I’d pick up 10 for about $2, and I wouldn’t get rid of them for less than $3.50
Some other considerations are Cosis Trickster which I’d be comfortable recommending a pickup of about five of these (also, bulk!) I also love the Renegade Doppelganger pickups from last week, as this makes any Myr deck viable in Blue as well, and for cheaper (albeit more fragile).
Current Portfolio: About 8-10 Lodestone Golems Between 5-10 Renegade Doppelganger, 4xStoneforge Mystics , 4x Goblin Guides, and 12x Armament Master[card]s, 10x [card]Thada Adel Acquisitor ($2, total) and roughly 10x Splinter Twin ($1.50-2 Total). $40.00 (approx.).
Current Performance: Up $40 if you got FTV:R. Otherwise, statickish, but up a coupla duckets.
On Kelly's suggestion, we're going to hold off on the contest from last week until Insider Access launches. Keep filling out your portfolios! Until next time, may your favorite color be Green!