Peer into the Veil

Peer into the Veil

Hey there Kaijudo enthusiasts, it’s Rafael and join me as we “Peer into the Veil” and see if we can find out whats gonna happen to these awesome new creatures and spells as they enter our realm. In this article i will do a mini review of each card in the set and then i’ll give you my opinion on what you can expect each card to be worth. So without further adieu let us begin.

SUPER RARES

Eternal Haven:

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Eternal Haven is quite the beast of a card. A 15500 for 10 mana means it can currently block and destroy all creatures in the game except for Infernus the Immolator and Queen Kalima. It has the standard triple breaker and field boost we’ve come to know and love from the monarchs. It also has one of the most powerful card advantage engines in the game with its ability to fill your field with high level blockers and refill your hand while doing it. As if that wasn’t enough, he can’t be targeted by your opponents spells or abilities making him one of the most dangerous threats this game has ever seen. You’ll need to include at least 10-11 blockers to get the most from his effect but with some of the cards we’ve gotten this set, that shouldn’t be a problem.  Expect it to make big waves in the meta.

My price prediction: $45-$50

King Alboran:

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King Alboran is kinda neat. 7000 power for 7 mana is respectable. At the beginning of your turn you can look at the top card of your deck and leave it there or put it on the bottom of your deck which is useful in control for setting up your draws and moving dead cards out of the way. His second ability is a bit situational since you can’t always rely on it to do what you need it to but when it works it can be the difference between winning and losing. Bouncing a fire bird off a Mesmerize or a Herald/Hyperspeed/Wave Lancer from a Grip of Despair is actually really good. Leviathan is also a plus.

My price prediction: $10-$15

Queen Kalima:

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Queen Kalima is the other monarch in the set and is quite the powerhouse in it’s own right. 16000 for 10 mana makes it the second most powerful creature in the game meaning it will rarely die in a fight. It’s come in to play effect is incredibly powerful, being able to destroy up to 3 of your opponents creature in one shot. It also has the ability to return any creature from your discard pile to your hand whenever it attacks keeping your hand full and replacing the creatures you’re sacrificing with Ripper Reaper. This card, like Haven is already starting to inspire new deck types and you can expect Kalima Control to be a force to be reckoned with.

My price prediction: $30-$35

Ragelord Vesuvius:

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6000 power for 7 mana is a little underwhelming. Whenever he wins a battle you can discard your hand and draw 5 cards. Refilling your had when its low is cool but this card doesn’t really fit anywhere at the moment. If Champions get support then this card could see some play. Also cards always have a shot at getting better as more and more sets are revealed and this card’s ability is just asking to be comboed with something so keep him in mind.

My price prediction: $7-$9

Wildstrider Ramnoth:

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This guy is pretty interesting. A 6 mana for 6000 lets him tie with Lyra and beat down on his fair share of format staples like Herald of Infernus and Keeper of Laws. He has double breaker and at the start of your turn you may put the top card of your deck to mana. In ramp strategies, he can come down as early as turn 4. If your opponent is unable to answer him, he will allow you to get well ahead of them. Unfortunately though, the format is filled with immediate gratification abilities and he’s not so good late game when you need answers and are trying to pressure your opponent. He’s got a lot of potential though so don’t count him out just yet.

My price prediction: $7-$11

Twilight Archon:

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Meet Eternal Haven’s best friend and partner in crime. Before we even got Eternal Haven, this guy was getting a lot of buzz. At 11500 power for 9 mana, he can take on a slew of strong creatures including being able to tie with Andromeda if the need arises. With a boost from Haven, he can take on almost everything else. He has blocker which is great for a control player trying to stay alive and he has the same ability as Lyra to keep a creature down for a turn. Lyra is a staple in most decks running light so you already know how powerful that effect is. Then he also has the ability to banish an opponents tapped creature whenever you play a spell allowing for deadly combos with cards like piercing judgment and spark cage. This card can easily win games if he’s allowed to stick around for too long and expect him to have a presence in the meta weather he’s played alongside Eternal Haven or not, however blocker can be a gift and a curse so be wary.

My price prediction: $20-$25

Dragon Knight Volaron:

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7000 for 9 mana is weaker than we’re used to, but he has power attacker +4000 to allow him to get past a nice amount of creatures. He has fast attack and once you read his last effect, you’ll know why. At the end of the turn, if Volaron is tapped you may put the top card of your deck in to shields. Getting extra shields is always great and having “may” in his effect is important nowadays with deck out being as big a way to win the game as attacking your opponent. He also gets a big boost from being an armored dragon allowing him to come down early and getting protection from Lux is gonna be important with his low power on your opponents turns. This card is pretty fun and has phenomenal art, so expect it to see some play in dragon builds.

My price prediction: $14-$18

Heretic Prince Var-Rakka:

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We all have a Gilaflame story. Now imagine if he had a dad. That is the Heretic Prince. He has fast attack and gives your other creatures fast attack and if you’ve ever seen Bolt Tail in action, you know it can cause serious damage. The ability to turn all your creatures in to an immediate threat is incredibly powerful and the fact that he is a dragon makes him much easier to use than Steamtank Kryon. His final ability can also be his most dangerous. He forces you to return a creature to your hand at the end of the turn which allows to keep a creature safe from harm for a turn or create devastating game winning combos with creatures like Squillace Scourge. Expect the first true Kaijudo combo decks to emerge with this guy at the forefront.

My price prediction: $25-$30

Borran, the Reality Shaper:

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Borran is a 9000 power creature for 8 mana so it has a respectable bulk for it’s cost. Borran’s ability allows you to summon a non-evolution creature from the top of your deck whenever he or one of your other creatures is banished, if the top card of your deck is not a creature you can put it in your hand. This guy has a cool interesting effect, but im not sure if he has a home in decks just yet. He might fit in Kalima control since your killing your own dudes often, generating even more card advantage. He takes some investment to get him to work but he has a lot of cool interactions so dont write him off just yet.

My price prediction: $11-$15

Khordia, the Soul Tyrant:

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At 9000 power for 9 mana he’s a little on the weak side for his costs but when you see his effects you’ll see why. When he comes in to play he returns all creatures in your discard pile to mana tapped allowing you to play a huge amounts of cards on consecutive turns if he hits it big. He combos well with Kurragar and fits nicely in to Kalima Control as well, and being a dragon is always a plus as you get backup from the birds. In addition to that, every time he attacks, he can summon a creature that is level 6 or less from your mana zone. Mana manipulation is incredibly useful allowing you to bring back cards you previously thought were gone forever. Your opponent will think twice now before they root trap your lower guys and like many cards on this list, he can generate a ton of card advantage if he stays on the field for too long. Also one thing to note about this effect is that he can bring out evolution creatures which is rare.

My price prediction: $18-$25

VERY RARES

Ra-Vu the Indomitable:

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So I laughed for a couple minutes at this card. Just wow. Ra-Vu wins all battles. I mean all of them. Haven, Tritonus, Kalima, Immolator, Andromeda. You name it, he beats it. I mean i’m not sure if he’ll catch on but the possibilities for this card are just endless.

My price prediction: $8-$10

Finbarr’s Dreadnaught:

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8 mana for 6000 is small but his abilities make up for it. He draws you 2 cards when he comes down which is great. In addition to that whenever one of your other creatures would be banished, you can return it to your hand instead. This card is extremely useful in control. It’s almost like a blue Gregoria’s Fortress. This thing can get really annoying, but since it doesn’t count itself, it can be easy to get around. I still think it has a place in the meta though, as it replaces itself when it comes in to play and needs to be answered before they can get to your real threats.

My price prediction: $5-$8

Doomblast Scaradorable:

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8000 power for 7 ain’t bad. When he enters the battle zone he can break a shield and banish an enemy creature that is level 4 or less. Dark Scaradorable was good in his day and banishing creatures can come in handy on occasion weather it be birds or rush creatures. He could be a finisher in blurple or a tech in some control decks.

My price prediction: $5-$9

Skycrusher’s Volcano-Ship:

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The ability to attack tapped creatures is always useful but he’s really expensive and suffers from not having fast attack. You mostly would just rather have a Moorna here. If it had like massive attack power or something it would be better. Still kinda cool that the General’s from clash have like moving attacking houses now.

My price prediction: $3-$4

Dawn Giant:

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6000 power for 7 mana isn’t uncommon. Whenever this guy attacks, you reveal the top card of your deck and if its a creature, he pumps himself for 4000 and gets triple breaker. Maybe if Colossus’ (Colossi?) get support he could see some play, otherwise he’s a little too random to see play right now. Cool art though.

My price prediction: $2-$4

Serpens, the Spirit Shifter:

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6500 for 7 mana is good and typical of light creatures, he can take on Lyra and a few other popular creatures. Whenever one of your other creatures would be banished you can put the top card of your deck in to your shields. So this card takes a little dedication to be effective but he’s great if you can abuse him. Being a dragon is always great as well. He comes in the starter deck though so he’ll be a little cheaper than if he was only in the set but solid card nonetheless.

My price prediction: $4-$7

Blitzer-Mech Falkora:

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We saw from Championships how useful Shaw k’naw is from the success of mono light rush. This little guy is a little bit better than that. Unfortunately his creature types aren’t very useful right now but coming down and being able to move an annoying blocker out the way as well as swinging in the same turn is exactly what you want to be doing in rush. If people start to mix the colors of rush decks, this guy will be in them. Great card.

My price prediction: $6-$8

Krazzix the Volatile:

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He starts off at 6000 power for 6 mana and gets another 2000 everytime you draw a card. When he gets up to 12000 power, he gets triple breaker. This guy suffers from the same thing as Dawn Giant, where there are just other cards you would rather use. Wizards came out with a ton of Champion cards this set though so if we ever see Champion support, this guy may get his time to shine.

My price prediction: $4-$6

Kivu, Ingenious Shaman:

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Everyone has been begging for mana recursion and we finally got it. When Kivu enters the battle zone grab a card from your mana and put it in your hand, then place the top card of your deck in to the mana zone. Short and sweet. He costs a little more than people wanted but it’s nice to know the cards in your mana are no longer gone forever. Another solid card.

My price prediction: $7-$12

Obsidian Death:

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6000 for 6 mana is fine. Everytime another creature dies you get to put the top card of your deck in to mana. This counts your opponents creatures as well. He’s pretty cool and can produce massive amounts of mana in Kalima control where you’re killing off your own guys as well as your opponents. 

My price prediction: $5-$7

RARES

Blinder Beetle Prime:

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This card fits right into mono light rush. It’s an enforcer, it’s 5 mana and it can potentially tap 2 creatures the turn it comes out and 1 creature every turn after that. It goes exactly with the decks game plan which is to more annoying blockers out of the way of your smaller creatures. Good card that will definitely see play.

My price prediction: $4-$7

Mark of Eternal Haven:

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So like all the marks, you get the chance to play a monarch a couple turns early or you get a watered down version of it’s effect. At 8 mana it’s a little expensive if your only playing a 7 drop or lower. The main allure of Eternal Haven is its ability to bring in cards like Saracon and Twilight Archon. Summoning an Eternal Haven on turn 8 is cool, but there are easier ways to do it.

My price prediction: $1

Aqua-Reflector Nomulos:

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At 6 mana for 2000, it’s realistically meant to be a draw engine that you block with every turn and keep playing for cards. Unfortunately 6 mana to draw a card isn’t very good. If you want a good blocker that goes back to your hand, you’re kinda gonna want Wave Lancer. There are some mono water rush decks out there though and this isn’t bad bait for Aqua-Ranger Commander.

My price prediction: $ .50

Cyber Scamp:

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This card is pretty awesome. Everytime your opponent casts a spell you get to summon another one of these little dudes from your deck. Pretty good in water based rush decks. He’s a cyber lord so you can evo him into Neuron after he’s done his thing. He can be really annoying to remove since he replaces himself so you can’t just bone blades him and he comes down early enough so your opponent can’t dig for answers without triggering him. I expect this guy to see quite a bit of play.

My price prediction: $5-$10

Curse-eye Black Feather:

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This card is awesome. Discard is getting better and better and Black Feather is the cherry on top. One weakness of discard is that you were losing resources as well, with this card it’s the opposite. With the ability to draw cards while you’re dwindling your opponents hand, you can keep the pressure coming instead of going into top deck mode after a few turns.

My price prediction: $2-$4

Mark of Kalima:

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So far this is the only Mark with the potential to see play. Terror Pit is a 7 mana kill anything. Mark can be an 8 mana kill 2 creatures though your opponent chooses which creatures die.  Your deck needs to be really heavy on the dark to get the most out of this card but it has some potential to see play.

My price prediction: $2

Blazetrail Gilaflame:

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This card is basically the same as the original Gilaflame except it costs 1 more mana, it has 2000 more power and its and Evo! Because of the ruling of Evo’s, if you return this card to your hand, you will also return the evo bait. To play evo bait and this card in the same turn you would have to pay 7 at least. On the bright side, your opponent can’t bone blades him and Scaradorable of Gloom Hollow can’t perma-block him. He can actually be very annoying in some situations though so he could get a spot in mono red.

My price prediction: $1-$3

Onslaught Trooper:

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So this guy can attack twice in one turn or attack once and keep himself from being attacked by your opponents creatures. He also can’t be affected by Lyra if he’s untapped and you can use him to circumvent one of Andromeda’s Awe Strike triggers. He could see some play in mono red rush or red based midrange decks. Not a bad card at all.

My price prediction: $1-$3

Ninja Pumpkin:

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This can be very annoying against rush decks and with ramp he just might be able to save you in time. If you can pump up his power he can get more and more annoying. He’s also a nice addition to Mega Bugs where he can be a lightning rod and protect your smaller creatures from harm.

My price prediction: $2-$6

Striding Hearthwood:

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At 7000 power he’s a little above the curve. With a ton of cards in this set and Clash punishing players for banishing creatures, this guy actually has an ok effect. Putting it into mana is still a kind of reward though and just like Ninja Pumpkin, he doesn’t really have the creature types to back him up. He’s pretty interesting though and if banish effects start becoming really bad, this guy could see some fringe play.

My price prediction: $1-$2

Calamity Bell:

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Random discard is always good but random tapping is not. Stormspark Blast will always save you or always allow you to attack in to your opponents field. This card can’t really be depended on when you really need it. Maybe at 4 or 5 mana it would be much more playable, or even if it said tap all enemy creatures equal to and lower. Still though, it’s good enough that it could see some play as a 1 or 2 of just as an occasional extra Stormspark and as more and more creatures that can’t be targeted are revealed you’re gonna want blanket effects.

My price prediction: $1-$4

Zoltara the Mercenary:

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The new cycle of battle mages are a little underwhelming compared to the Clash cycle. Giving your whole field blocker is something we got last set in the form of Zone Defense. Zone Defense didn’t see much play but this card is attached to a body and can also pick off a card from your opponents hand while he’s at it. Random discard would’ve made this card a bit better. The field wide blocker can be useful in some situations but i think he’ll be outclassed by other cards.

My price prediction: $1-$2

Axos the Avenger:

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So as with Zoltara field wide blocker is neat but not always good. The second effect is just not strong enough on a 6 drop. Zoltara has a better chance than this guy just because the discard is better than the banish. Cool art though and he’s got enforcer going for him.

My price prediction: $.50-$1

Sunstrike:

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I think we got spoiled by Piercing Judgment being so good for its mana cost so the cycle in Shattered looks a little worse. This card is actually not bad. It’s either a Tornado Flame or a Lyra both of which are great. It needed to be a little cheaper(mana wise) or do both abilities but it’s still removal and that’s always incredibly desirable on a shield blast. This card, like Calamity Bell is good enough that it could see play in the occasional deck, just it’s not the auto 3 of people were looking for.

My price prediction: $1-$4

Mar-Blurpa the Weaponsmith:

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I think this cycle of battle mages suffers from costing too much for their effects. Drawing a card and banishing a small creature are both nice effects, it’s just 6 mana is a bit too much to pay for it.

My price prediction: $1-$3

Scalding Surge:

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This card is the one new multi colored spell that gets the closest comparison to Piercing Judgment. They both cost 4 however Piercing does two effects and this card gives you the choice of 1(rock bite or veil vortex). It would definitely see play in fire/water decks just because of the options. It’s not as versatile as Piercing but it’s still a fine card in multi colored decks if you were gonna run Veil Vortex anyway.

My price prediction: $2-$4

Crystalize:

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This card gets immediately compared to Grip of Despair because they’re almost the same except Crystalize forces the player to place a card from their hand in to mana instead of discarding it. Because of that people automatically assumed it was worse which it’s not as bad. Sure it’s not as hard on the opponent as Grip but they’re still losing a card and it’s still a Root Trap against an opponent with no hand. Not only that but it’s a bit more versatile than Grip. I’ve flipped Grip with Bottle of Wishes on my opponents empty field and was forced to bounce my own creature and discard a card.  Crystalize is a lot less punishing and allows for more combo’s by allowing you to bounce your own stuff and mana ramp, even if it is from your hand.

My price prediction: $2-$5

Otuska the Infused:

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This and Skaak(Darkness/Nature) are probably the battle mages with the best shot at seeing play. 6 mana for sprout and a draw 1 is a bit more reasonable and Cyber Lord and Beast Kin are both great creature types to have.

My price prediction: $1-$3

Foul Mana:

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Way too expensive. Nature and Darkness have much better cards they can play. The effects on it are fine but not for 6 mana.

My price prediction: $.50-$1

Skaak the Stinger:

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This card is pretty straight forward. Discard, mana ramp, and a body for 6 isn’t the worst thing on the planet and it has Chimera and Mega Bug for creature types which are both relevant. Just like Otuska, it’s a little expensive but it has some good things going for it.

My price prediction: $2-$4

Uncommons/Commons:(For those of you who don’t know, when i say “Limited”, i mean tournaments where you open booster packs and make your deck from the cards you pull)

Blade Barrier:

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This card does the same thing as Lyra for 3 mana. While Mesmorize replaced Razorkinder Puppet, Lyra has a bigger body than Puppet did. While it won’t replace Lyra, it can definitely compliment it giving control another tool against rush and rush another tool against control (funny how that works). Solid, good card.

My price prediction:  $.50 – $.75

Heliosphere:

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If this card was an enforcer, it might have a shot but battle sphere is a little irrelevant. Limited play only for now.

My price prediction: $.10

Replicator Patrol:

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This card is pretty cool. 2 or even 3 Blockers for the price of 1 is awesome and even better if you have a Panopter on the field. 3500 power isn’t bad either, allowing it to take on the likes of Keeper of Laws. He could definitely see play in some Blocker decks.

My price prediction: $.25 – $.50

Repulse:

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This card has potential. It can save you from losing the game in the nick of time. It might be a little situational to see play but not bad nonetheless.

My price prediction: $.25-$.50

Sentrus:

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It’s a 7000 when it blocks and it’s an enforcer. A lot of the evo’s we’re getting are getting stronger and harder to hold off. 7000 on turn 5 can be very helpful with helping control get in to the late game. He’s got potential but there are probably more important choices for constructed. He’s nice in Limited though.

My price prediction: $.25

Angler Cluster:

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It’s basically Frogzooka with a different creature type. If Undertow Engine’s get some kind of support than maybe this card sees some play, otherwise he and Frogzooka are both taking a back seat for a while.

My price prediction: $ .10

Bladefish:

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Not much to say here. Not very strong and doesn’t have a relevant creature type. Limited only.

My price prediction: $.10

Deep mind probe:

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This card is actually pretty good. Sets up draws, moves dead cards to the bottom and replaces itself. With shield blast and at 3 mana it has the potential to compete with Logos Scan. It does what control wants and can even set up Hive Queen plays in Mega-Bugs. I’ll be playtesting this card and you guys shouldn’t be surprised if it shows up this KMC season.

My price prediction: $.50

Phase Scout:

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This card should become a staple in blue based rush decks and it’s an aquan so it can evolve in to Aqua Ranger Commander later on. It’s also great in Limited.

My price prediction: $.50-$.75

Recon Mission:

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This card is alright. It’s nice at 2 mana but you probably want some more reliable and immediate draw if you’re trying to rush your opponent.

My price prediction: $.10

Dagger Doll:

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If the point of Slayer is that they’re going to die anyway, than power doesn’t really matter. There are better cheaper slayers you could be running. He’s nice in limited though where removal isn’t that great and your opponent just dropped their bomb.

My price prediction: $.10

Gaunt Boneweaver:

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It’s probably only gonna get it’s effect off once and then die blocking. It’s alright against rush but Gloom Hollow and or Grudge Weaver are probably better choices here. There are a lot of small creatures in limited though so he might have some use there.

My price prediction: $.10

Ghost Bite:

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This card is good enough to compete with Bone Blades next format. This card is more useful throughout the game but Bone Blades can take out the likes of Keeper of Laws, Gilaflame, and most of the rush Evo’s. Bone Blades probably wins out here slightly but it’s nice to see the game progressing and forcing us to playtest and make those tough decisions. Give it a try!

My price prediction: $.50-$.75

Maddening Whispers:

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One of the best cards in the set hands down. Control will want to play it and Discard based decks will start to emerge because of this card and many others in this set. A discard 2 is spectacular even if they get to choose and it’s still ok against Keeper of Laws. Mesmorize turn 3, Fumes/Spire Puppet turn 4 and this on turn 5 is enough to kill most hands while maintaining a hand of your own. Definitely be prepared to see this card in the format.

My price prediction: $1-$3

Tygrif:

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It’s cute and it’s a Chimera so it has some support but it doesn’t really have enough going for it to see play at the moment.

My price prediction: $.10

Blastforge Scrapper:

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It’s a Drakon and it’s not too expensive to see play in red rush. Having drakon also gives you one of a few card that can evo into Blazetrail Gilaflame in limited.

My price prediction: $.25

Cinder Fist:

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The ability to attack untapped creatures is good but Overcharge and the Clash Battle Mages are probably better choices if you need that kind of thing. Combo’s well with slayers in limited though if your desperate to take down an opponents big creature.

My price prediction: $.10

Magma Ram:

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Blockers are getting stronger and stronger so cards like this have bigger chances to see play. It’s gotta feel good to take out your opponents Twilight Archon with this guy. There’s quite a few blockers in this set so it’s nice in limited as well.

My price prediction.: $.25-$.75

Skytalon Harrier:

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Giving Fast Attack is useful and it’s awesome when you’re trying to push for game in red rush. Often your one fast attacker away from the win and with this guy on the field, your chances are much better. Not having Drakon is a bit of a downer though.

My price prediction: $.50

Sledgehammer Slammer:

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Name rolls right off the tongue doesn’t it? Doesn’t have much of a shot in competitive decks but a potential 5000 for 4 in limited is alright.

My price prediction: $.10

Headstrong Wanderer:

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Beast Kin’s actually have quite a bit of support and this dudes a nice addition to it. My friend actually had a mono nature deck back during Evo Fury which was successful so who knows what the future has in store for Beast Kin’s. There are also a fair number of Beast Kin within the set so he can be really good in Limited if you pull the right stuff.

My price prediction: $.25

Jarbala Keeper:

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There are cheaper and better Beast Kins if you really need one.

My price prediction: $.10

Monstrify:

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Awesome limited card but not very useful anywhere else.

My price prediction: $.10

Transforming Totem:

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Hand to mana zone is not the best thing and mana upon death doesn’t make up for it. Blocker would have been nice but it would have to be part light for that.

My price prediction: $.10

Wild Growth:

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Ramping by 2 mana is strong but losing 2 cards from your hand to do it is not so good.

My price prediction: $.10

The Quartz’s:

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The Quartz cycle are still not ready to have their time in the light. At the moment mono colored creatures still have a large presence in decks so these don’t really get much competitive play just yet. They’re also all quartz type creatures so they don’t have evo’s or any other kind of support. They’re great in limited though where they help you get right over your opponents creatures and are often pumping by 2000 power.

My price prediction: $.10

Lost Patrol:

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This is an aggressive card in 2 colors that aren’t normally very aggressive. In current decks, he doesn’t fit anywhere but as more cards like these are released you can expect many different color combinations to have aggro variants. On the bright side this is one of the strongest commons you can pull in Limited.

My price prediction: $.10

Spire Puppet:

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Fumes is starting to get a resurgence in play and this card is Fumes and more. He has 500 more power and his discard is random. The only difference is Spire Puppet is part light so if your running a deck with no light, then you have to run Fumes. Still i really like this card and i expect it to see some play next season in control decks.

My price prediction: $.50

Stingwing:

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4500 power Skirmisher/Blocker for 2 is awesome but i’m not sure how much i like him dying as soon as he wins a battle. I feel like that 500 power isn’t worth running him over Aqua Strider if you have that choice. If he had 5000 power than it would be a bit better but as it stands he can’t really take on anything that Aqua Strider can’t. If you’re not running water it could see some play and enforcer is always a good thing.

My price prediction: $.10

Tar Gusher:

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Kinda cool if you’re making a fun slayer deck or if down the line Light/Darkness rush becomes a deck, not much other use right now. Great pseudo removal in Limited.

My price prediction: $.10

Flamewing Phoenix:

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This kind of “Creature into Shield” effect is usually better on blockers because your opponent will rarely attack in to it but with that ability to turn in to a 5000 every turn, they’ll have to kill it eventually. Unfortunately he probably won’t see play because there’s more important stuff you want to run right now but he’s alright.

My price prediction: $.10

Metal Max:

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2 drop 3500 creature with Enforcer to boot. What more could you want? If Fire/Light Rush becomes a thing, this card will be a 3 of in it.

My price prediction: $.50

Plasma Pincer:

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This card is pretty awesome. It grows to a 5000 when it attacks and then untaps at the end of the turn, keeping himself safe from harm. Even though it doesn’t have any supported creature types, it’s strong enough to see play in rush decks and strong in limited.

My price prediction: $.25

Prototype Gunship:

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This card works well against rush decks where you can get a block out of him and kill one of their small creatures. 2 for the price of one. Fire and Light isn’t traditionally a control combination so i’m not sure how much play he’ll see though.

My price prediction: $.10

Aqua Trooper XJ-3:

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It’s a little weak for constructed, even if it has Power Attacker. The lack of Fast Attack and high mana cost prevent this card from applying much pressure. Awesome in Limited though where there’s almost no way to permanently get rid of this guy.

My price prediction: $.10

Flamespitter:

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He’s got potential but his low power is a hindrance. Aqua Seneschal is better here most of the time but i guess  Fire/Water rush decks can use him in the future just because of that fast attack. There isn’t a whole ton of draw in limited so he can be a useful asset there if you can protect him for a few turns.

My price prediction: $.25

Flame-Vent Diver:

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Just like Metal Max, this guy could see play if Fire/Water rush decks get some more support in the future. Having Drakon is always great and being a 2 drop 3000 power is good as well.

My price prediction: $.25

Unstable Rockhound:

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Rusalka is probably better if you’re looking for cheap bounce on a creature and neither of it’s creature types have any support right now.

My price prediction: $.10

Bloomwarden:

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It has 500 more power than Full Metal Lemon but trades Skirmisher for Guard. Full Metal Lemon saw some play so i don’t see why this card can’t either. Seems like a nice addition for non-Light control decks.

My price prediction: $.25

Lore-Strider:

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This card has a ton of good things going for it. You get to draw a card each time it attacks and if it ever dies you get to put him in to your mana. Along with that he’s got a hefty 4000 power and he’s part Cyber Lord, all for 4 mana. I can definitely see this guy getting some play in Mega Bug decks as his abilities and power more than make up for the 1 mana difference between him and Aqua Seneschal. Great card.

My price prediction: $.50-$1

Squall Darter:

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Probably an auto include in Mega Bug decks. 2 great creature types, 1 of which is Mega Bug. Power Attack +2000 so it can take on its fair share of creatures and unblockable to get past pesky blockers and right in to those shields. This card fits so well in to Mega Bugs it’s not even funny. Ok it’s a little funny.

My price prediction: $.50

Wavebreaker Tribe:

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Aqua Sabretooth decks are making a comeback and this guy is perfect for it. He’s got Beast Kin so he can Evo right into Bronze Arm Sabretooth. He’s also got Aquan which can Evo in to Aqua Ranger Commander who is slowly rising in popularity as Aquan’s get better and better cards. If those 2 reasons weren’t enough, he’s got a respectable 3000 body for 2 mana to boot.

My price prediction: $.50

Goop Striker:

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If you’re gonna take out an opponents big creature, you might as well get some mana while your doing it. I can kinda see this guy getting some play in Kalima decks and like i’ve said Slayer is an awesome thing to have in limited.

My price prediction: $.25

Haunted Harvest:

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Unfortunately if your opponent is attacking, you’re most likely only gonna get 1 block out of this guy. Ramping is nice in limited though when you’re waiting to cast that big creature you pulled.

My price prediction: $.10

Masked Gravewing:

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This guy is actually pretty interesting. He could go in to Kalima where you can bring back your dead friends however, getting your opponents creatures tapped will be hard unless you run Light. There may be more dependable cards out there but if you find yourself testing Light in Kalima Control, i would give this guy a test.

My price prediction: $.25-$.50

Terror Hound:

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5000 power for 4 isn’t bad and Beast Kin is always welcome. Beefy in Limited if you need an early beater and has some potential for Constructed.

My price prediction: $.25

PROMOS:

Necrose, Nightmare Bloom:

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This card got a lot of attention thanks to the Kalima Control deck piloted by James of the Wizards R&D team. It works perfectly in that deck and i think people realized it can work well in other decks as well. You get a creature back from the discard pile to your hand when he’s summoned and you can summon a creature level 5 or lower. Creature recursion is useful no matter what deck your playing and some of the best creatures in the game are level 5 and lower. His low 3000 power is made obsolete by the fact that he’s 2 creatures for the price of 1. Right now everyone immediately thinks of Kalima Control when they see this guy but expect to see him in all kinds of decks that can support his colors.

My price prediction: $12-$15 (NOTE: This card is selling for almost 20 at the time of this article however i predict it will settle down a bit as more copies go in to circulation)

Cyber Walker Kaylee:

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This guy can come down and revenge kill small creatures early in the game and is virtually immune to retaliation as he’ll just go back to your hand. There’s a lot of good 3000 and lower power creatures in the format and the ability to come down and kill them or tie with them without fear is pretty useful. Cyber Lord is good to have as well and we’re getting more and more Stompers so they may get some support as well.

My price prediction: $3-$5

Veil Stalker:

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This card has one of my favorite arts so far and luckily he’s a good card as well. 6 for 6000 is standard and when he is summoned your opponent discards a card at random and if it’s 3 mana or less, you draw a card. As Keeper of Laws grows in popularity, we’ll look to creature abilities to give us a hand. He’s got a bigger body than Razorkinder Puppet and random discard can do the job just fine. The draw ability added on to it is just butter. With Mesmerize and Maddening Whispers backing this card up, you can expect to kill your opponents hand often and it has the power to trade with strong stuff like Lyra if need be. Also with the amount of Champions we’ve been getting, this guy has a shot at getting even better as time goes on.Probably one of the better Set Premiere promo’s we’ve gotten.

My price prediction: $6-$8

Ba’kaar Frostwing:

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11000 power for 8 mana is actually pretty great and Dragon is probably the best creature type you can have these days. He can only be blocked by a very small amount of creatures and when he wins a battle, you can draw 2 cards. He gives you a ton of options. You can go in on the shields with an unblockable beast or you can gather your resources back by going after their creatures. Solid, playable card.

My price prediction: $4-$6

Death Liger the Justicar:

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Last but not least is our Starter Deck Super Rare, Death Liger!! Power subtraction is great and versatile and an on the field tap engine can be very powerful. While Twilight Archon turns every tap spell in to a terror pit, this guy flips it around a bit and adds tap to every banish ability you have. Death Liger and Twilight Archon actually compliment each other nicely. This card also combo’s well with Gregoria’s Fortress. This guy has a ton of combo potential and continues the streak of playable starter deck cards started in Clash. With this guy and Serpens showing up in the deck, you can expect them to fly off shelves so get yours soon if you plan on running those colors.

My price prediction: $5-$7

All in all Shattered Alliances is a great set with a ton of powerful and valuable cards. Expect the meta to change quite a bit and always keep cards in the back of your head because they may not be playable today but tomorrow is a different story. Thanks a ton for reading and feel free to leave comments and give me suggestions. Look out for my next article but until then go crack those Shattered packs and playtest, playtest, playtest!!

Also check out my team channel this weekend where i’ll have a case opening and some coverage of our set premiere:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYwaNp5HyVZy7PrJrPntDNA

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