Exclusive LR Shadows over Innistrad Preview Cards!

It’s almost time for Shadows over Innistrad, and we’ve got four uncommons for our exclusive preview cards this time around. Let’s check them out.

Obsessive Skinner_EN_HRR

Obsessive Skinner is sweet. It has some flexibility when it enters the battlefield on where to put the +1/+1 counter and late in the game if you can get delirium going it starts to become a long term problem for your opponent. Nice.

Manic Scribe_EN_HRR

Manic Scribe is interesting because it comes down early enough to do some blocking in an attempt to draw the game out, and it even has a win condition built in. But enabling graveyard shenanigans for your opponent may be problematic.

Gibbering Fiend_EN_HRR

Gibbering Fiend has meets the bat barely on all fronts. It pings the opponent (not their creatures though…) when it enters the battlefield, and is a serviceable 2/1 for two mana. Later in the game it will be really annoying for the durdle decks in the format, but ultimately it’s pretty easy to kill.

Paranoid Parish-Blade_EN_HRR

Paranoid Parish-Blade tries to transition into the late game and might even succeed. The key question is if a 3/2 for three mana is good enough on its own. If it is, then yay, upside. If it isn’t then waiting to get to delirium is a tall order for a beatdown creature like this.

Exclusive Oath of the Gatewatch Preview Cards

It’s that time, we have our exclusive LR Oath of the Gatewatch preview cards! This time around we have a sweet suite of five gold, enemy, uncommons. Let’s get right into it here with some inintial impressions, but you can get our full take on Episode 318 of LR.

First is Baloth Null:

Baloth-Null_EN_HRR

They tried to sell us on Dutiful Return, but it turns out sticking this ability on a sizable 4/5 beast is a better way to go. It’s about as grindy as they get at 6 mana for a clunky 3 cards worth of value. The BG sacrifice deck never really came together in BFZ Draft, but this guy would fit right in if it’s better this time around.

Next is Cliffhaven Vampire:

Cliffhaven-Vampire_EN_HRR

I keep expecting this to have lifelink, but even without it, it’s pretty strong. A 2/4 flyer for four mana that’s also an ally is decent, and it turns all of your (repeatable) life gain engines into damage clocks. I like the 4 toughness especially as I expect you’ll want to grind the game to a halt once Cliffhaven Vampire shows up.

Stormchaser Mage looks sweet:

Stormchaser-Mage_EN_HRR

Stormchaser Mage is cheap, aggressive, evasive, and can get pretty big too in the right deck. It’s weird seeing prowess here, but the card looks strong. Either way, a 1/3 flyer for 2 mana that sometimes gets bigger is a fine deal in Limited. I wonder if this is good enough for Constructed?

Next is Void Grafter:

Void-Grafter_EN_HRR

I love cards like this. These guys always perform well in Limited, but not in a dominating way. More subtle than that really. A 2/4 for three mana is already a good deal, and flash means it can be a surprise blocker that can actually survive and generate value by double blocking too. Within the heaps of gravy lies yet another upside with the whole gift of hexproof thing. That won’t be relevant super often, but when it is, it’s *nice*. Love this one.

Last one:

Weapons-Trainer_EN_HRR

First thing is that this is a 3/2 for two mana which is nice and aggressive. Also an ally for when that matters. The equipment thing is kind of cool, but we had better see some improved equipment in this set since the equipment in BFZ is lackluster. Of note, it doesn’t seem to stack; it’s just IF you control an equipment, THEN your other creatures get the bonus. If WR is good, and if you can go wide, and if you have playable equipment, this card will do just fine.