Happy Wednesday MTG peeps,
There is no sleep for Magic the Gathering news sites such like us here at MTG Realm who are attempting to keep our heads above the tide of spoilers and previews pumping out from Wizards of the Coast.
We start off today with what we were calling the Magic 2012 core set 'Royal Flush' artifacts - these were the slow roll previews on Wizards' FaceBook page. We started off with artwork showing a crown, a scepter and a thone. Today we have additional text - let's look . . .
Scepter of Empires, 3
: Scepter of Empires deals 1 damage to target player
Crown of Empires
3 : Tap target creature.
Taking a wild baseless stab in the dark that the last game card is 'Throne of Empires' which should not be confuzzled with the popular HBO series 'Game of Thrones'.
UPDATE (6/30/2011): Throne of Empires 1 : Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token onto the battlefield.
Flavour text on the first two provide insightful inscpritions - nah - we're just kidd'n - we still have no idea what to extrapolate from what has been revealed so far.
Next up - some recent rare spoilers . . .
Rune-Scarred Demon, 5
Creature - Demon, Rare
When Rune-Scarred Demon enters the battlefield, search your library for a card, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.
The litany of the infernal on his flesh pulses to the beating of his dark heart.
Nicely done Wizards - not only is this a Demonic Tutor, but also a very solid beater. We can see this going into standard constructed decks as a finisher but we really think that this may deliver big fun in a Commander deck running Kaalia of the Vast.
Solemn Simulacrum, 4
Artifact Creature - Golem, Rare
When Solemn Simulacrum enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card and put that card onto the battlefield tapped. If you do, shuffle your library.
When Solemn Simulacrum dies, you may draw a card.
Artifact Aggro players (among others) should like this. This essentially provides two additional cards, a land and a draw. A little zing into your casual Tempered Steel build. We personally love the e.o.t.b trigger - just hope your opponent doesn't have a Torpor Orb in their mix.
Next up - as expected we will be getting reprints on the rare lands - Sunpetal Grove (/), Rootbound Crag (/), Dragonskull Summit (/), Drowned Catacomb (/), and Glacial Fortress (/).
Some players may say 'meh' but we love 'em for a core set.
Stay tuned here at MTG Realm for s'more M12 spoiler goodness as we roll through week 1 of the official WoTC previews - also make sure you check out our constantly update M12 spoiler list.