This thread is for discussion of this week's Savor the Flavor, which goes live Wednesday on magicthegathering.com.
As far as the benefit of the rest of Magic is concerned, gold cards in Legends were executed perfectly. They got all the excitement a designer could hope out of a splashy new mechanic without using up any of the valuable design space. Truly amazing.
--Aaron Forsythe's Random Card Comment on Kei Takahashi
Nitpick dujour: Beyer says here that the uncommon should be an engine which is activated by the common or by the planeswalker, but for Jace they have them backwards - the combo card is common, while its activator is uncommon. This thoroughly disgusts me, as "Draw three cards" is an effect all players can use and thus belonged on a common, while a build-around-me that creates a viable mill deck should have been uncommon so you'd only see it if you wanted to.
In this case, the common Jace's Erasure provides the "engine" that's fueled by the uncommon Jace's Ingenuity, which allowed development to give the draw spell a little more juice.
No longer a commander as of 7/29/13.
Ajani's Whatever-You-Call-That-Weapon-ThingLegendary Artifact - Equipment, 2Equip 1.Equipped creature has lifelink and "2W, TAP: Target attacking creature gets +X/+0 untilend of turn, where X is this creature's toughness."""Why would I want a sword when I can have something that doubles as a kayak oar, a bar for doing chin-ups, and a backscratcher for when I have burrs in my fur?"
Jace's Makeup KitLegendary Artifact, 13 or UU, TAP: Target creature gains a color or creature type of your choice UEOT."Reality can be redesigned to fit the image we create. These aren't just lines of paint on my face; they're paths to the next stage of my evolution."
Liliana's Sensible ShoesLegendary Artifact--Equipment, 4At the beginning of your upkeep, draw a card. If LSS is equipped, equipped creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn, otherwise you lose 1 life.Equip B.Insert "killer fashion" pun here.
Much though I wanted Chandra's Asbestos Hair Ribbon, I think I'd better dial back the snark before my hair catches fire. Besides, we all know everyone who looks at Chandra notices those big round things.
Chandra's GogglesLegendary Artifact, 2TAP: Target player names a card type, then reveals the top card of his or her library. If that card is the named card type, Chandra's Goggles deals 2 damage to him or her.R: Target player shuffles his or her library.And now the snark returns with a vengeance.Garruk's Fabulous Fur CoatLegendary Artifact, 3At the beginning of your upkeep, return Garruk's Furs to its owner's hand unless you pay G.You may play an additional basic land on each of your turns."Of course fur is murder! How do you expect me to eat if I never kill anything? Carrots and potatoes are alive too, and helpless besides. At least my dinner, and my coat, had a fighting chance."
Garruk's Fabulous Fur CoatLegendary Artifact, 3At the beginning of your upkeep, return Garruk's Furs to its owner's hand unless you pay G.You may play an additional basic land on each of your turns."Of course fur is murder! How do you expect me to eat if I never kill anything? Carrots and potatoes are alive too, and helpless besides. At least my dinner, and my coat, had a fighting chance."
This is my favourite just because you used the word fabulous to describe his outfit. I'm beginning to see Garruk in a whole new light.Garruk's Companion is my favourite card out of all the signature spells.
What bugs me is that this super-cycle is 15 planeswalker-related cards, counting the planeswalkers themselves, rather than 20. They could have put it at all four rarities by having a rare card associated with each PW.
@ willpell - Comment # 6Chandra's Googles:I wish this card was real. The ("R": Target player shuffles their library.) is begging for Johnny abuse!As for our boy Doug's article, great as always. The flavor created from this large cycle should entice the newer player to learn more about these Planeswalkers and their stories. Which means more sales for WOTC in card, video game and book form. As my friends like to call them, Wizards of the Product... I have no complaints!