Just in case someone hasn't noticed yet, if you highlight the picture of Korlash in the article, there's another hidden letter in there. I'm not the one who discovered it, but it's there. They are giving away little hints about something that might turn out to be great.
As for the card, I LOVE IT. The flavor is overwhelmingly good. And it's so breakable.
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I like storm crow because I really like crows in real life, as an animal, and the card isn't terribly stupid, but packs a good deal of nostalgia and also a chunck of the game's history. So it's perhaps one of the cards I have most affection to, but not because "lol storm crow is bad hurr hurr durr".
Oh, it's a brilliant plan. You see, Bolas was travelling through shadowmoor, causing trouble, when he saw a Wickerbough Elder with its stylin' dead scarecrow hat. Now, Bolas being Bolas took the awesome hat and he put it on his head, but even with all his titanic powers of magic he couldn't make it fit. He grabbed some more scarecrows, but then a little kithkin girl asked if he was trying to build a toupee. "BY ALL THE POWERS IN THE MULTIVERSE!" he roared, "I WILL HAVE A HAT WORTHY OF MY GLORY." and so he went through his Dark Lore of Doom (tm) looking for something he could make into a hat that would look as stylish on him as a scarecrow does on a treefolk. He thought about the Phyrexians, but they were covered in goopy oil that would make his nonexistant hair greasy. He Tried out angels for a while but they didn't sit quite right. Then, he looked under "e" (because in the Elder Draconic alphabet, "e" for Eldrazi is right next to "h" for Hat) in his Dark Lore of Doom and saw depictions of the Eldrazi, and all their forms. "THIS SHALL BE MY HAT!" he declared, poking a picture of Emrakul, "AND WITH IT I WILL USHER IN A NEW AGE OF DARKNESS -- ER, I MEAN A NEW AGE OF FASHION!"
And so Nicol Bolas masterminded the release of the Eldrazi.
Um, did Wizards, like, KNOW that my favorite tribe is Zombies, and that my favorite tribal deck of all time is U/B Zombies, with card draw and graveyard recursion? I seriously **** my pants when read this article. Not only is the preview card freakin' tight work, but I know what every single one of the cards in those decks are, because I LOVE ZOMBIES!12@! With all this Vampire crap running around, nobody forget what the TRUE and ORIGINAL black tribe is!
I respect you, Pegaweb, but I think you failed on this observation, as WotC has for all of blue Zombies in Innistrad. Consider:
"Zombie" is generally and folklorishly connected to two different types of things:
1. The risen dead. A corpse is animated and brought forth, controlled my a malevolent will; either a evil spirit inhabits it, or a "master" is controlling it like a puppeteer. The term "living dead" is better characterized by a synonym, "animated dead," where the animus is not within, but without, and furthers the puppet analogy.
2. a person has had his/her will taken over, and is like unto death, but is not actually dead. There is still the connotation of a master, although the animus is now within.
Dr. Frankenstein is a man of science. He conceives, in Shelley's fantasy, that Man can supplant God as a creator, and decides to make life. It is not in his world to raise the dead, no, he knows that what has passed is gone, and Mary Shelly conceived that even Man cannot part the veil and bring souls back to their departed remains. What Frankenstein does is reassembles the parts and pieces of flesh and body, and revives a living creature. This creature eats, thinks, talks, wants. It has life. It even, as cinema extrapolated, want of bodily passion in the form of Woman. Frankenstein's monster was, for want of a better word, a construct of flesh and brought to its own life. It is a flesh golem. To call it a "zombie" is a gross mischaracterization. Abomination is closer, golem closer still, although Magic has capitalized on Golem in a particular artifacty manner, it may still apply BETTER than "zombie."
Because of this, the appellation to using this card to suddenly spawn Undead Warchief s is misplaced, as it doesn't attempt to bring them to out of the ground, it brings them to life.
"Possibilities abound, too numerous to count."
"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)
"Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan (Beast With a Billion Backs)