It’s a well known fact that all the core editions are used for “recruitment” of new players. M12 is 13th edition of that sort, and there are many things not yet revealed to us. The only card that survived the all thirteen editions so far isn’t something that we’d play in a constructed deck, ever, Giant Spider!
The first article I saw on the web on this matter was at Wizards: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/144 and there were few cards explained and shown in there. We saw in there that Hexproof (or known as Trollshroud) is something that we’ll often see in this edition, as well as Bloodthirst. Both of those mechanics were seen in previous sets and nothing so special was shown. Ok, except this guy:
Treefolk that is potentially very fat creature with a trollshroud is insane in limited format. I’m not sure how this is beatable, as we don’t know all the cards yet, but this is going to kill opponents many, many times.
Bloodthirst is interesting ability, very easy to understand and play: if you damaged your opponent this turn, then everything you cast will get a certain number of +1/+1 counters on it, the same as indicated on their bloodthirst ability. So these Minotaurs are 5/5 if played after you deal some damage to your opponent. It’s nice, but we’ll see how it’ll turn out.
What is very disappointing and I feel like a great loss in the edition, is there are no Lightining Bolts in this set. All we got is Shock (confirmed officially) and that is not nearly good as Lightning Bolt.
I remember the time when they put Lightning Bolt once again in core sets, it was M10. They removed the damage stack in combat. I really hoped that Lightning Bolt would be in every other set from then on. I was wrong, and time will tell how good Shock would turn out in the set.
Let’s talk about some reprints, at least the ones that matter. Five planeswalkers, among them Gideon Jura! Ajani “rotated” out of core sets and Gideon took his place! It’s such a nice addition, as Gideon is beast and very good card.
I could only see red Titan reprinted, I wonder if they are going to reprint them all. I’m sure wishing for it, ‘cause my new Commander decks are waiting for Grave and Primeval Titans (there are rumors that Primeval is confirmed)J
One of the cards that are nice to see in the set is Grim Lavamancer. Very expensive card, because it’s used in legacy decks, is reprinted, and it would make life easier (and legacy cheaper) for many players around the globe.
If I like the set, why did I put that name on the article? Well, after so many years, Magic slowly evolved to a very complicated game. Ever since Magic became well known game, we had starter, advanced and expert level products of it. At some point, Wizards saw that starter sets are not used even by beginners. I really hope that they’ll see that this sets doesn’t matter anymore, expert level play will gather the same number of beginners as the core set, and finally make four expert sets per year. That’s going to be awesome!
For the spoiler list of M12, check out this link> http://mtgsalvation.com/magic-2012-m12-spoiler.html
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