From the Vaults: Annihilation appears spoiled.
I say "appears" because everything is a little murky right now. The only site that appears to have this story is a site called "Magic Spoiler" and I am not going to even link to it on the off chance that they invented this story to drive up traffic. We have some flimsy evidence
"Hey guise, I got the scoop on the new ftv so I took a pixxor with my Nikkon potato"
I don't buy it. If this is real and someone got ahold of it, why the grainy cellphone pic? What does Grave Upheaval have to do with Annihilation? What will any of these reprints help?
There is a lot to make me skeptical - the retail value of this set is actually low for an FTV. The Portal, 3 Kingdoms cards are only high due to scarcity and the prices will plummet due to this reprinting, if it's indeed legitimate. No Choice of Damnations? No Emrakul, Eons Torn? Armageddon included? If this is indeed true, it seems incredibly odd.
The new art on Firespout is one thing that a lot of people have pointed to that makes this smack authentic, but that art was spoiled in January. Even if we can reason that it's attached to Firespout that proves nothing about the authenticity of this grainy photo.
The purported list of cards is as follows.
- Grave Upheaval
- Child of Alara
- Virtue's Ruin
- Rolling Earthquake
- Burning of Xinye
- Living Death
- Decree of Annihilation (A bit literal)
- Fracturing Gust
- Martial Coup
- Wrath of God
I am not convinced, but maybe my unwillingness to believe is no more enlightened than the many people I see eager to buy this story without question. I think this is a disappointing and confusing amalgamation of cards if indeed the full list. If it's true, many are saying it all but confirms Choice of Damnations's reprinting in a standard-legal set. We'll see about that. All we know for sure right now is that there is a Wrath of God and something that is likely Firespout. All else is still up for grabs. If any other grainy cellphone pics appear you'll be the first to know.