As much as I wish Pod worked with evoke guys, it's only any time you could play a sorcery.
Aren't these articles written 2 - 3 weeks beforehand ? Kinda makes me think the leak of the spoiler wasn't really a leak. As busy as all these guys probably are, I can't imagine the articles went back to them when the news of the spoiler broke asking them to do a whole new article on such short notice.
Creator of the Multiverse database for custom sets, the Magic Turing machine (proving Magic Turing-complete) and the random Magic card generator.
Question about the use of Birthing Pods ability on a morph creature (face down): would the morph creature only have a converted mana cost of 0 (zero) while it is face down, mana cost of 3 (three) as that is what you cast it as or would it be its full mana cost as it is still the same card (not a token)?
502.26b To play a spell using its morph ability, turn it face down. It becomes a 2/2 face-down creature spell, with no text, no name, no subtypes, no expansion symbol, and a mana cost of 0.
As has been stated Birthing Pod only works as a sorcery. It's not that useful not only because of that restriction but also because of the tap requirement of the ability. Honestly the only truely competative deck I could see use it in standard would be one of the Fauna Shaman silver bullet decks. I don't see it making a splash in legacy simply because it's so slow (tapping it down is critical here) but maybe it'll find a home in extended with the larger pool of creatures to fetch out.Birthing Pod does give Viridian Emissary more hope of seeing play at least.
Am I the only one who saw Birthing Pod and instantly thought of Protean Hulk? Get yourself a creature with CMC of 8 and use the Hulk's effect for creatures with CMC totaling up to 6. If you're using the Hulk to combo kill then this might be pointless, but if not... think of the possibilities. The Hulk's creature could be a CMC 6 just so you can use that to birth a new Protean Hulk.