M15 Spoilers 06/27/14 – Jace, the Living Guildpact and More

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Sweet Jesus have I got a big mixed bag for you. First, the bad.


Jace, The Living Guildpact


"Please make a new Jace and make him terrible" - No one

An astute observer noticed that the blank card frame for Jace spoiled earlier had a 0 ability as his second ability and therefore Jace Beleren was ruled out. That was a nice catch.

It was also WRONG.

This jace has a -3 second ability, but he might as well not because this Jace is a turd. In a set littered with great new card, this is a perennial disappointment. This is a stocking full of coal.

Who wants to mill a potentially good card?

Who wants to pay 60% of their planeswalker's starting loyalty to Boomerang?

It didn't need to be this way, folks. Every jace ever is better than this. They could have reprinted one of them.

I don't know which comic book artist or Indie game designer or Firefly cast member designed this card, but it sucks. Expect it to presell for $25+. Expect a lot of people to laugh.

He's likely to see play because he has a bit of card-selection ability, he has a decent starting loyalty and because Jace, Architect of Thought is rotating, but I'd wait to buy in closer to $15 than $25 if you can.

Hushwing Gryff


Sweet sassy molassy.

This card is GREAT!

It's an Aven Mindcenser exactly with a different skill set! This is a real, actual card! This is bonkers! And it's non-mythic! I can scarcely contain my elation. Compared to Jace, this is a radical reversal of designership. This card makes me love Magic again. You may not have noticed, but I hated Magic about 30 seconds ago. All is forgiven.

Constricting Sliver


Meh. This costs too much mana.

Life's Legacy


Remember Momentous Fall? Remember how we all dubbed it "Momentous Fail"? Well this is a Sorcery. If there's any effect you want to do at sorcery speed, it's sacrificing a creature.

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

urborg tomb of yawgmoth

I guess they were tired of this card being worth money.

They were also tired of mono-black being so under-equipped with only Thoughtseize, Pack Rat, Nightveil Specter, Grey Merchant of Asphodel, Hero's Downfall and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx  that it finished a paltry 1st and 2nd at the latest GP that they decided to throw it a bone. Thanks, Wizards.

Preeminent Captain

preeminent captain

I hope there are good soldiers in Khans of Tarkir.

Shivan Reef, Llanowar Wastes, Caves of Koilos, Battlefield Forge and Yavimaya Coast


I said to pick these up a few weeks back. I didn't say it because I thought they would ever be standard legal. Now we get to see what the elegant dance between increased demand and increased supply is going to do to the price of Shivan Reef. I'm not making pronouncements, I'm taking notes. You should, too.


This is a real mixed bag. With the set nearing full spoilage, what colors look good for draft? What about sealed? What are you building around in standard? Sound off below.

15 thoughts on “M15 Spoilers 06/27/14 – Jace, the Living Guildpact and More

      1. Someone so thoroughly disillusioned by the +1 and the -3 that he didn’t do a close reading of the -8 before he was awestruck by the ETB Stiflegriff and just hit “publish”, probably.

    1. I’m gonna have to agree with Jason here. I hate this new Jace and think he’s a turd. Turds see play, but it doesn’t make it anything but a $20 turd.

  1. I think his thought was “this will still probably see play and at $15, it’s probably good to pick them up if you’re playing Standard and feel like being a completionist.”

    For all the underestimated planeswalkers, remember that there are a bunch that were identified as awful when they were spoiled and were still awful in Standard – Tibalt and the newest Gideon, for example.

  2. Mixed in a mono U “kraken deck” as played by Neil Rigby at GP Manchester Scourge of Fleets or Whelming Wave + jace, the Living Guildpack ultimate is fun enough to win a FNM!

    With Tassa and the +1 ability of this Jace you can nicely sift your deck every turn.

    Typically the kind of useless card I like 🙂 I think I’ll have fun playing casual decks with him with the copies I’ll spec on.

  3. Actually, “please make a new Jace and make him terrible” more or less paraphrase a conversation I had earlier this week…

    As a certified Island hater, I’m happy to see a Jace that hopefully I won’t have to see much during his Standard legality.

    That said, while easily the worst Jace I can see him getting played with at least in FNM tier 2 level decks.

  4. If they were trying to print a mythic rare that would sell purely for its collector’s value,they’ve done a good job with this Jace.

  5. Simply buy the music. And also you is not going to possess the lawful troubles. Is it truly worth the idea?? You actually arethe owner of the people tracks. The fact is… When you buy some sort of COMPACT DISK or even acquire. This is a licence this youpurchased.

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