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M15 Spoiler – 06/25/14 – Not What We Expected

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This newest batch is...well it's not what I expected.

Kird Chieftain

kird chieftain

"Kird Ape is back with new art!" - the internet, earlier

Not exactly, folks. Kird Chieftain is a brand new card with the Kird Ape's essence but without his playability. This is a sick Hill Giant for limited and that's about all. What an inauspicious start to the day.

Dauntless River Marshall

dauntless rivermarshal

Remember Arctic Aven? Well enjoy another year of UW ruling draft.

This card is bananas.

Jorubai Murk Lurker

jorubai murklurker

Solid

Nightfire Giant

night fire giant

Seems OK, probably the second-weakest of the cycle

Sunblade Elf

sunbladeelf

Yep. This actually has a chance of seeing contructed play. Me likey.

Ajani  the Steadfast

ajani the steadfast

"Please put a new Ajani in literally every set" - no one

If this could protect itself it would be amazing. As it stands, I'm not sure how to evaluate it. Thankfully, we don't have to know how to evaluate core set planeswalkers. You basically have to pack them. Casuals will open them at the prerelease, not you. They won't trade them. No one in the shop has them for trade because they paid full retail to get them because no one will buy packs of core set. You will buy a box and not get any planeswalkers because you will get 2 copies of Soul of Ravnica and 2 copies of Aggressive Mining instead. The presale price will seem too high, but the cards will not go down by much unless the planeswalker sucks. I am not sure this sucks. That emblem is very good and Elspeth can protect this. Interestingly enough, Ajani's first ability is worded so that you can give the bonus to nothing.

Soul of Theros

soul of theros

This will make games of limited miserable. A 6/6 Vigilance is decent, it surviving to activate its ability is savage. Killing it won't save you. Be afraid.

This still isn't fit to sniff Sun Titan's farts though.

Nissa, Worldwaker

nissa worldwaker

Yep. Yep.

Yep yep yep yep.

Yes.

This guy.

It's like Koth and Garruk contributed parts of their planeswalker spark to a planeswalker baby birthed by original Nissa and she grew up a bit because at first she was like those girls who are really into horses and have a horsey Trapper Keeper and horsey sweaters and they rode horseys every weekend only she was like that for elves but she matured a bit and forgot all about elves and at her first kegger in college she got sparkseminated by two dudes and had a baby that was also herself.

With me so far?

The only way this could be better is if her second ability said "Untap up to four target lands" so you could ruin EDH. Even Modern has that mono-green devotion deck where you use Garruk Wildspeaker to untap a forest with an enchantment on it and your Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx thus winning the internet.

This card protects itself, the bonus it grants to lands is permanent unlike with Koth and her ultimate can win the game. I don't preorder planeswalkers, especially at $25. This being in a core set may make it a decent bargain if you need these to play with right away. Again, evaluating core set planeswalkers for financial value is a craps shoot, but this seems powerful and popular. Pack these.

Jason Alt

Jason Alt is a value trader and writer. He is Quiet Speculation's self-appointed web content archivist and co-captain of the interdepartmental dodgeball team. He enjoys craft microbrews and doing things ironically. You may have seen him at magic events; he wears black t-shirts and has a beard and a backpack so he's pretty easy to spot. You can hear him as co-host on the Brainstorm Brewery podcast or catch his articles on Gatheringmagic.com. He is also the Community Manager at BrainstormBrewery.com and writes the odd article there, too. Follow him on Twitter @JasonEAlt unless you don't like having your mind blown.

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6 thoughts on “M15 Spoiler – 06/25/14 – Not What We Expected

  1. Jason…by far your best:
    “It’s like Koth and Garruk contributed parts of their planeswalker spark to a planeswalker baby birthed by original Nissa and she grew up a bit because at first she was like those girls who are really into horses and have a horsey Trapper Keeper and horsey sweaters and they rode horseys every weekend only she was like that for elves but she matured a bit and forgot all about elves and at her first kegger in college she got sparkseminated by two dudes and had a baby that was also herself.”

  2. A note on Ajani the Steadfast. What you are reading is a translation. (look at the bottom of the card) The actual wording will be different.

  3. Unless your target audience is a bunch of sixth graders, you’re doing it wrong. Everything wrong. How about instead of short sighted and presumptious phrases, you actually use hard facts and intellectual discussion to get a point across. Not to mention your crude humor in an attempt to score points in “creativity”, smut only appeases the childish. I had heard this is a site for actual thought, but you’ve so proven it is the exact contrary. If this article was originally written for some college frat’s bathroom, disregard this comment. Otherwise, you are no author.

    1. Whoah, easy there, Edgy McEdgeworth, you might cut yourself with that razor-sharp fedora of yours when you try and tip it in our direction. Don’t you have a liberal arts degree to fail?

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