Monday, March 7, 2011

Leak Sauce #10 Mirrodin Pure or New Phyrexia?





Leaking info to you and bringing the discussion.

The third set in the Scars of Mirrodin block is either going to be Mirrodin Pure or New Phyrexia. Wizards of the Coast knows the outcome but won't give it away just yet. For now, the set is codenamed "Action" (to finish the codenames of the block: Lights, Camera, and Action). I'm here as usual to give you the facts and some spiffy artwork I've gathered here.

The facts:
- The Buy a Box Promo = Surgical Extraction (Due to the flavor added to the Blue Phyrexians, this will most likely be a Blue card)

- The two pieces of art at the top of this page belongs to Melira, Sylvok Outcast and Phyrexian Metamorph.

- Melira is in fact the very Sylvok girl that Thrun, the Last Troll is training. He believes she may help tip the scales of the current war due to her unique nature. She happens to be the only being on Mirrodin to not be born with any metal skin. Her artwork proves she is NOT a Planeswalker as many believed her to be.

- Tezzeret's profile page in the multiverse section of the main website has been updated. Tezz was sent to Mirrodin by Bolas to monitor the Phyrexians and prevent a leadership from taking hold. He has since used his wit to establish himself in the Phryexian hierarchy to gain power for himself. He isn't working for the Phyrexians and will most likely manipulate them as he pleases.

- Karn is currently being held in the core of Mirrodin by the Praetors as their leader. On a good day he typically spouts insane mutterings as the Praetors whisper twisted psalms into his head as they await for him to fully become the new Father of Machines. Imagine what a bad day would be like.

- A quote on the current state of the Phyrexians:
"The plane of Phyrexia was all but destroyed when Urza's Planeswalker allies devastated it during the Phyrexian Invasion of Dominara. But that was not the end of Phyrexia entirely. Yawgmoth and his minions ensured that Phyrexia would endure by creating an insidious colonizing weapon known as "the oil". When Karn unknowingly introduced the oil to Mirrodin, Phyrexia was reborn."

"Access to Mirrodin's interior core of pure mana enabled Phyrexia to accelerate its unnatural evolution in a matter of decades. But Phyrexia is changed by the world of Mirrodin. In its original system, Phyrexia had access only to black mana. Here on Mirrodin, Phyrexia has evolved along each axis of mana color, creating factions in the formerly monolithic threat. This has made Phyrexia both stronger and weaker than before- stronger because it's more varied and adaptable, weaker because it now lacks the unity of purpose it once had."

- The five Praetors will finally get their own cards in the third set. Some info on the big five:

(WHITE)
"Led by Elesh Norn, the white-aligned faction believes that Phyrexia must adhere to the teachings of the Father of Machines. They intend to indoctrinate everyone about the truth, even if it means tearing them limb from limb and reattaching the parts into a creation that is worthy of Phyrexia. They are dogmatic, hierarchal, and orthodox in their methods."

(BLUE)
"Led by Jin-Gitaxias, Augur of the Core, the blue-aligned faction uses experimentation to find the ways to perfection. They are clinical, methodical, and research-orientated, with no sense of compassion for the creatures they mutilate in the name of the True Science. They collect scores of research subjects and perform gruesome tests, all in the name of progress."

(BLACK)
"Led by the mysterious Sheoldred, Whispering One, the black-aligned faction has one goal: enslave. Believers will serve. Unbelievers will be made to serve. All will bow to Phyrexia. Geth, the undead lord of the Vault of Whispers, had embraced Phyrexia long before the rest of Mirrodin knew the threat. Now, he controls a vast army of undead in service of their goals."

(RED)
"Under Urabrask the Hidden, the red-aligned faction rejects the hierarchy and order of the main Phyrexian leadership. They cultivate industry and birth-furnaces, which will reforge the world in their perfect vision."

(GREEN)
"The green-aligned faction aims to create a natural state in which predation will thrive unhindered. Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger, seeks to eliminate sentience in favor of power. Consumption and strength are all that matter in the Tangle now. To accomplish his goals, Vorinclex has a powerful and ruthless ally: Glissa Sunseeker has become Glissa, the Traitor."


- A quote from the minisite:
"Elesh Norn's church is a mockery of all faiths. She is like a child who has watched her elders from the other room at an important meeting. She sees the ritual but knows not the intent. And like a child, she scrambles to her room and replicates what she saw with her toys, pretending to be like an elder in a meeting, though she's only going through the motions.

"Her pretext of faith as justification for her actions is a flimsy delusion continued only by her misunderstanding of life and Phyrexia's true purpose. Take a look at her angels, vicious and effective soldiers I shall admit, but unnecessary in form and function.

"The angel was a messenger to the heavens, bestowing grace and mercy to believers. Even in the depths I know this. In Elesh's fantasy to be a true church she must also have angels, even if they no longer bestow grace and mercy. They have the shape of the messenger, though they have nothing to say. Her fractured religion serves only as demoralizing propaganda to willingly covert a few and expends precious resources modifying the forms of her minions to fit her religious theme.

"My concern is not anything to take with heavy hearts, brother, for we both know when the resistance falls under my shadow and your flames, her precious dream of being a beautiful goddess will shatter like her porcelain skin." – Sheoldred, to Urabrask

- Yet another quote:
"The others think Urabrask is an arrogant fool who is simply spoiling for glorious battle with the Mirrans. But I'm not so sure.
...
There is just enough method to his madness to leave me wondering.
I see an endgame here... and I do not like it."
~Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur


- Below you can enjoy some artwork for upcoming cards:


Above: Urabrask, the Hidden (The Red Praetor)
Full artwork here on the artist's deviantart page:
http://cryptcrawler.deviantart.com/art/MTG-Urabrask-the-Hidden-197052196


Above: Geosurge (Take a look at the artwork of Seething Song as it's strangely similar)


Above: Chancellor of the Annex (A twisted Phyrexian angel)


Above: An upgraded Blood Seeker with half of a Soul Warden attached.


Above: An upgraded Marble Chalice.


Above: Unknown Title (It's very apparent that this angel looks identical to Platinum Angel except it happens to be composed of Darksteel)


Above: Unknown Title (A Phyrexian holding a corrupted Mirrodin and its five Lacunae in its clutches)

Number of Cards 175
Release Date May 13, 2011
Prerelease Events May 7-8, 2011
Launch Parties May 13-16, 2011
Design Team Ken Nagle (lead)
Dave Guskin
Joe Huber
Matt Place
Mark Rosewater
Development Team Aaron Forsythe (lead)
Dave Guskin
Zac Hill
Tom LaPille
Erik Lauer

Edit - March 7th:
Sorry for the late edit but things have been rather hectic. At this point, these spoilers aren't all that new anymore but I figured I would add them to the pile regardless.

Above: Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger (The Green Praetor who happened to bring along this quote: "Everything knows hunger. The beast gnawing upon a bone, the earth waiting to claim that beast's own bones, the plants that scavenge its blood from the dirt. To feed, to consume, to make the strength of another your own – these are not merely Phyrexian ideals. They are fundamental precepts of the universe!")

Above: Argent Mutation (Thanks to this quote, we can assume that the hand in the picture casting the spell is owned by Karn and he happens to be on the Mirran side: "There is always a point in a father's life when he sees his child so far down a path that the potential to take another road is no longer a possibility. I wonder when my creator first looked at me with jubilation and regret, seeing me unable to become anything more than what I was. I think about that now, because I feel that way when I look upon my world." – Karn)

Above: Sheoldred, Whispering One (The Black Praetor makes her debut and while there was a story blurb that went along with the wallpaper, this article is long enough as it is and I doubt anyone needs me to add even MORE walls of text.)

Above: Chancellor of the Dross (And due to there already being a Chancellor of the Annex, there is a strong possibility that this will be a cycle.)

Above: Caged Sun (I wonder what the Mirrans are up to since they're ornately caging their own Green Sun... This looks awfully similar to Conjurer's Bauble)

Above: Elesh Norn (The White Praetor)

Above: Puresteel Paladin


This is Kylak signing out and hoping you're ready for whatever may befall the land of Mirrodin.

9 comments:

  1. Alright, since i am still an ally of the Mirran faction (very wishful thinking, i know) i am going to speculate about Melira's card and abilities. Obviously it will be a legendary mono green, and im guessing that it will have something to do with either anti-artifact (be it destroy target artifact or pro-artifacts) or she will have a similar ability to that of her "keepers" from the most recent set.

    Now even though i am aligned with the Mirrans i am seriously looking forward to the Praetors. Just the idea of a cycle of beings that basically embody the essence of the borg excites me.

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  2. Funny enough, most of the artifact destruction in this set is Phyrexian aligned since artifacts are more precious to the Mirrans. Slice in Twain is the only artifact hate for the Mirran faction while Creeping Corrosion and Viridan Corrupter are both Phyrexian. Since the Keepers already exist, I wonder if she'll go a step further or provide something unique to go along with her unique "skin condition".

    I'm so excited about the Praetors. I honestly don't care which side wins now that it's certain the cycle will be printed. My hope is that they'll make great build-around or support cards. Being nifty EDH generals would be icing on the cake.

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  3. LOL yeah perhaps then we could finally build those EDH decks weve been talking about.

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  4. I actually have a few generals in mind. I built a list ages ago but I'll have to update it and then finish the other two or three lists before deciding which to try out first.

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  5. XD I'll admit I've been paying real close attention to everything going on with this last set so I knew most of what you mentioned. I didn't know about Melira. Hopefully she proves to be the savior of Mirrodin. Like Tevye, I'm Mirrodin aligned until the end. Though I don't believe they'll win.

    As I look at it, it doesn't seem beneficial for the Mirrans to win story-wise. It's not to say that Magic is dying for plot devices and the such, but if they did want to make one, Phyrexia is where to look. If Mirran wins, they rebuild and go about their peaceful lives. That's just boring and means we probably won't look at Mirrodin again for years. On the other hand, Phyrexia wins and they begin to attempt to take over the multiverse again, with their new home planet as their base. This will lead to plenty of other stories as it will mean another all out war against Phyrexia.

    Of course, all that's just speculation. If Mirran wins and the outcome of this war doesn't have any further implications in the story there are still hundreds of thousands of stories to tell for Magic. New worlds to work with are only limited to the range of human imagination, which refills faster than it can be exhausted and is by this means endless, excluding human extinction.

    I'll wrap this up by saying, man, I can't wait to see the Phyrexian Praetors on cards. They're bound to be epic. More specifically, I can't wait to see red Phyrexia at all. Into the Core and Metallic Mastery(Didn't get any copies of this card by the way, that made me a little sad), aren't nearly enough to give me an idea of what it really is.

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  6. @ Opee
    Those have been my exact thoughts all along about why Phyrexia should win. It sets up an interesting power struggle in the multiverse with three powerful threats:
    1) Nicol Bolas (and his two "agents" Sarkhan and Tezzeret)
    2) The Eldrazi Titans
    3) The Phyrexians

    Possible ending to the storyline:
    In the webcomics, Venser was shown to have been working on massive ships that could "planeswalk" based on Phyrexian technology. At the very least, with Venser helping Karn and Elspeth, they could get the Mirrans to safety on the ships and get them away from Mirrodin.

    Red Phyrexia:
    From what we know about Urabrask and what we've seen with Into the Core and Metallic Mastery, much of Red Phyrexia will be "underground" and "hidden". It doesn't help Urabrask that Red is the color of freedom so Red will be the last color to fall to the infection. Which also helps Koth shine as the true "protagonist" of this particular story among the other Planeswalkers. Though it has been announced that we'll definitely see Red cards with infect in the third set.

    @ Everyone
    I'll be updating this post bit by bit (when I get the time to do so) so definitely bookmark and feel free to continue the discussion of new content here. All updates will go to the bottom of the post.

    There has already been several spoilers since this post, such as the final art of Vorinclex, so I'll be adding those later today.

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  7. XD This definitely looks like it's going to be an interesting set. I'm looking forward to at least seeing what it brings, even if I don't get the money to go to the prerelease or buy cards when it comes. All I can say is, my number 1 priority is to find a red rare or mythic that uses the sacrifice an artifact mechanic. My deck is lacking in that department...

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  8. Caged Sun... interesting. I really want to see what that does.

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  9. That reminded me: it looks rather similar to Conjurer's Bauble doesn't it? I went ahead and added that lil tidbit to the spoiler for anyone else who comes across the image.

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