Dark Ascension Spoiler

It's probably a little early to be posting about this, since we know so little about the set. However, Wizards of the Coast has made some announcements about the set, and here's what we know so far:

2nd Set in the Innistrad Block
158 Cards
Prereleases: January 28th & 29th
Official Release Date: February 3rd
Launch Parties: February 3-6
Game Day: February 25-26 (originally listed as March 3-4, but updated here)
Three Letter Code: DKA
Twitter Hashtag: #MTGDKA
Design Team: Mark Rosewater (lead), Jenna Helland, Zac Hill, Graeme Hopkins, Matt Tabak
Development Team: Tom LaPille (lead), Mark Gottlieb, Zac Hill, David Humpherys, Ken Troop

I love this Sorin artwork... kudos to Michael Komarck for this one!

Midweek Metapost: Gaming Through the Stress

September is tough for me as a blogger, as I also work in public education and the beginning of a new school year is incredibly time consuming... and that's not counting the onslaught of work from the two graduate level courses I'm taking. For the most part, my blogging has come to a screeching halt.

However, I am doing better about not pushing gaming out of the picture this year. I usually find myself even more stressed out than necessary because I cancel all of my gaming activities and I end up a workaholic... and anyone who knows me well knows that I am far from a workaholic. Getting into that "all work and no play" mindset makes me grumpy, sleep-deprived, and somewhat of a recluse. This year, though, I've kept on gaming straight through all the business of life. And I feel much healthier because of it.

Innistrad Magic Workstation Patch

Yes, I know the set hasn't even been fully spoiled yet. However, that hasn't stopped people from getting in some early work on getting the new patch ready for Magic Workstation ASAP. The most updated version online at this point (as far as I know, anyway) can be found here:

Innistrad for Magic Workstation

It looks like there have been some issues trying to get the new flip cards to work, but perhaps the folks at Magic Workstation will find a way to make it happen. In the meantime, enjoy testing your new creations before the cards get in your hands!

Best Card of Innistrad Spoiled Already

Yep, I said it. We've only seen 76 of 264, and I've proclaimed one card best of them all. It's not a rare... it's an uncommon. It's also a 1/1. It's this card:

This is slightly better than one of my old favorites: Silhana Ledgewalker. They share the same mana cost, albeit in different colors, the same keyword (Hexproof, if you count Oracle text), and most of a second ability. The main difference? The words "except by creatures with flying." Unblockable is just so much sweeter. And as much as I loved slapping a Moldervine Cloak on Silhana Ledgewalker, well... just read on...

So why do I call this the best creature in the set? Not because it is so spectacular on its own. Even if it is difficult to kill, a 20 turn clock just isn't fast enough. No, this is the best card in the set because of the way it interacts with some of our favorite equipment cards from the previous block: swords.

I've spent quite a bit of time now running Dungrove Elder and Thrun, the Last Troll in decks with lots of swords. If my biggest complaint about those guys isn't immediately obvious, it's their lack of evasion. Hard to kill? Absolutely. Easy to chump block? Yeah, that too. Invisible Stalker makes it certain that you'll hit for a little more and gain some life (Sword of War and Peace), or untap your lands and force a discard (Sword of Feast and Famine), or mill ten and make a wolf (Sword of Body and Mind). Yeah, about that last one... I seriously doubt I'll be playing that particular sword when Innistrad rotates in. Milling ten in a format with so many cards with Flashback might be suicide.

When Innistrad becomes legal, you can bet that you'll see me swinging with some of these guys... and I'll probably be untapping my lands when damage resolves.
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