Magic: The Gathering - Strixhaven, we show you four exclusive cards

Magic: The Gathering - Strixhaven, we show you four exclusive cards


In the past few days, we have told you about the main features of Strixhaven, or the new set of Magic: The Gathering which will debut in digital format on Arena (PC and Mobile) on April 15th and in paper format on April 23rd. Today, however, thanks to Wizards of the Coast we can show you a piece of the news that will make up the set, going to participate in the preview phase of the cards that will end on April 9th. We are therefore ready to present four exclusive cards to Magic: The Gathering - Strixhaven.

Playing Big

Magic: The Gathering - Strixhaven: Playing Big The first card is Playing Big , Instant cost 2 mana, one of which is green. Playing the card gives a creature a + 2 / + 2 counter and the Reach keyword (which allows a creature to defend attacks from creatures with Fly) until end of turn and an unlimited + 1 / + 1 counter. of time. A good card, therefore, which enters the year of excellent low-cost green mana cards. Considering the current meta, it is possible that this card sees a lot of play in both Standard and Historic on decks related to the Elves tribe and / or decks that focus on synergies with Vorinclex.

Latro del Bayou

Magic: The Gathering - Strixhaven: Latro of the Bayou Still on the subject of green mana, the second card is Latro of the Bayou. A Canid Plant creature card costing 2, one of which is green Latro del Bayou is a 5/4 that requires an additional 3 colorless mana or creature sacrifice to play. A very interesting card that could see play in many decks of the current meta that immediately fill the board with creatures and tokens. Being able to sacrifice a low-cost creature to play a 5/4 on turn two can be a great wincon to put in early turns.

Devouring Tentacles

Magic: The Gathering - Strixhaven: Devouring Tentacles We always stay at home Forests with Devouring Tentacles, a 2 cost Witchcraft, one of which is green. The spell allows you to select a creature you control and have an opponent's creature or planeswalker deal damage equal to its power. If the targeted creature or planeswalker dies from the damage dealt, you gain two life. A very interesting card that, despite not being an Instant, could be a great removal on early game creatures and late game planeswalkers.

The Biblioplex

Magic: The Gathering - Strixhaven : The Biblioplex The last card is The Biblioplex, a Land that allows you to add colorless mana and that at the cost of 2 colorless mana plus the tap, allows you to look at the top card of our library and in case it is a Sorcery or a Instant can be revealed and added to your hand. However, if the card is not added to the hand, it can be put into the graveyard. This ability can only be activated with zero or seven cards in hand. The Biblioplex in the narrative ecosystem of the Arcavios plane is a fundamental structure that contains all the knowledge of the magic of the Strixhaven academy. Despite this, the card is so interesting especially to play in situational moments, but without exceeding the power level.

There are a few days left before the debut of Strixhaven and we are sure that the ideas put forward by Wizards of the Coast between schools of magic, ancient dragons and new keywords will truly satisfy enthusiasts and newbies. In the meantime, if you want to find out some background on the artistic development of the Magic: The Gathering cards, you can read our interview with Martina Fačková.

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Magic Pull Out Second Straight Thrilling Victory

Ross, Carter lead Magic past Pelicans in overtime

The Lead

As the old adage goes, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” This was precisely Terrence Ross’ mindset in the waning moments of the Orlando Magic’s 115-110 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night. After missing a potential game winner at the buzzer in regulation, the 6-foot-6 veteran buried a pair of clutch shots in overtime, including a go-ahead fall-away jumper with 27.5 seconds remaining.

Other Clutch Moments

Just inside of a minute left in the extra session, Chuma Okeke poked the ball away from Josh Hart. Chasson Randle scooped up the loose ball and whipped a pass down to Okeke, who was ahead of the pack for a game-tying dunk. Wendell Carter Jr., who also had a big dunk with 2:48 left in overtime off a feed from Ross in screen-and-roll action, drilled four straight free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.

Top Performer

Immediately after the game, Magic Head Coach Steve Clifford raved about Carter’s all-around play since coming over in the blockbuster trade deadline deal from the Bulls. The 6-foot-10, 270-pound center finished Thursday’s victory with 21 points and 12 rebounds, both team highs. Sometimes young players need a change of scenery and a new system to maximize their abilities, and Carter, the seventh overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, is in the process of doing just that.

Key Stats

The Pelicans committed 24 turnovers, which led to 36 Magic points. Also significant was Orlando’s dominance inside. They scored 72 points in the paint. For the second straight game, the Magic made just five 3-pointers. Orlando and Memphis are the only two teams in the league this season with two or more wins in which they knocked down five or fewer threes.

Injury Report

Out for the Magic were Cole Anthony (non-displaced fracture, right rib), Michael Carter-Williams (illness), Gary Harris (strained left abductor), Karim Mane (sore right hamstring), Markelle Fultz (torn ACL, left knee) and Jonathan Isaac (left knee rehabilitation). Khem Birch played just five minutes before leaving in the first quarter with an illness. For the Pelicans, Zion Williamson (sprained right thumb), Brandon Ingram (right toe soreness) and Lonzo Ball (right hip flexor strain) didn’t play.

Player Spotlight

The signing of Randle to a two-way contract in mid-February has turned out to be a terrific move by the Magic. Making his fourth start of the season, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard finished Thursday’s win with a season-high 15 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists and three steals. It was the third time this year he scored in double figures.

Quote of the Night

“That’s kind of what got me into the league was me being a great defender and great rebounder. I’m definitely going to fit in very well. Understanding that defense is what wins games, especially in the NBA. There’s a lot of great players. If you can make these players take tough shots the whole game, you make sure you get good shots and play off your defense. You give yourself a great chance to win. I’m looking forward to just continuing to build with the coaching staff, continuing to build with my teammates. Just become a great team in the East.” - Carter

Up Next

The Magic will now travel to Salt Lake City to take on the team with the league’s best record, the Utah Jazz, who have won seven straight and sit at 36-11. In Utah’s most recent victory over Memphis, Mike Conley scored 26 points, Jordan Clarkson had 24 and Bojan Bogdanovic poured in 23. Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz’s leading scorer, did not play in that contest (personal reasons).

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