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This thread is for discussion of this week's "Gatecrash Mechanics", which goes live Monday morning on magicthegathering.com.
Liking Call of the Nightwing. I can't wait to see what the other cipher cards are.
wow... Burning-Tree Emissary seems like it might lead to some rediculous things, and is easily the best preview here.
I want to like Call of the Nightwing , but something is holding me back. Yes, its ability to encode the creature it creates is cute, but with a cmc of 4, and the presence of things like invisible stalker , you've probably already lost the game if your doing that.
The rest seems fair to me.
I'm still holding out hope for a bloodrush double-strike creature at rare.
Call of the Nightwing.
Just compare that to Entreat the Angels or Lingering Souls.
It has to be encoded on a creature that hit an opponent for 2-3 turns to give you your mana's worth of value.
Overcosted card even if it was instant speed / underpowered creature token without deathtouch or anything.
HECK -- compare it to Geist of Saint Traft; A hexproof creature that already has a 4/4 flyer encoded on it, and that encoding doesn't go away when you reanimate it.
So much lost potential.
Good enough in limited I guess.
Murder investigation, on the other hand, is just a godsend for token decks.
As if they needed another miracle on top of Geist and Entreat which combos perfectly with Murder Investigation.
I guess I'll be playing blue and white then, not blue and black.
Is it just me, or is Burning-Tree Emissary a bit spooky. It feels like Urza's Free mechanic except not busted open quite as much.
I just love the art on Burning-Tree Emissary . She feels powerful but understated, dignified but defiant.
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