Mana Magic: Welcome to the plane of Innistrad!

Hi and welcome to another edition of Mana Magic!

As usual the good people at Wizards of the Coast who are responsible for the phenomenon that has become the most highly recognized and played CCG around, Magic The Gathering has a new plane for all of us to become enthralled with. That new plane is called "Innistrad" and it brings to mind( well my mind anyway) the flavor of the D&D roleplay realm "Ravenloft" and the reason for that feeling of dread is because there are many creatures of the night that are loose in the world of Innistrad.

That's right this new plane introduces us to Vampires and Werewolves and other nightmarish creatures such as the "Balefire Dragon" featured in the pic. Pretty awesome!

So let's get right to the mechanics of this new set and what you can expect as far as the cards.

Double Faced Cards

In this new set of cards, there are cards that are "Double Faced." These cards are similar in nature to some of the cards that were featured in the "Kamagawa" block where cards could be transformed when certain conditions were able to be met. In this set in order to use the ability of a double faced card, you also have to meet the conditions of the card in order for the transformation to take effect. See below with the card called Ludevic's Test Subject // Ludevic's Abomination. The card requires that you have "Five or More Hatchling Counters" on it, then remove them in order to transform that card into the bigger 13/13 creature with "Trample."

Abusive Effects

In reading some of the new things that are a part of this new set, one thing that I caught right away was the chance to abuse the use of this two card combo...Clone and Mirrorweave.

Clone can only be used to "Clone" the characteristics of whichever face of a particular card is showing. That also includes "Double Faced" cards. Now if you were to say clone that "Ludevic's Abomination," and then cast the instant "Mirrorweave" before you enter the combat phase if you happen to have say five creatures on the board and they all transform into 13/13 creatures with trample...well it could very well be game over for your opponent.

The Cards

All in all there are 20 Double Faced Cards and they break down into 2 white, 3 blue, 2 black, 6 red, and 7 green. I have to admit that I'm surprised that "Red" had that many double cards.

There are three "Legendary Creatures" in this set.

  • Olivia Voldaren,
  • Grimgrin, Corpse-Born
  • Geist of Saint Traft

and of course there are some "Planeswalkers" included in this set and they are Liliana of the Veil, and a Double Sided Garruk Relentless that can turn into Garruk the Veil-Cursed.

More to come on this set in my next edition of Mana Magic.


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