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Spellshaper, spellshaper, shape me a spell...

It's twenty after eleven. While I'm waiting for the 3000m men's steeplechase at the Olympic trials, I though I'd bust out the Spellshaper review. The damn race doesn't start until 12:45. Why am I waiting for the 3000m men's steeplechase? Just what is the 3000m men's steeplechase? A co-worker has a brother who is trying to qualify for the Olympics in the 3000m yadda yadda, so I thought I'd try to catch it, since this is the closest I'll ever get to be personally involved with the Olympics. I believe the steeplechase involves jumping over big puddles.

Anyhoo...

Prophecy has five Spellshapers that cover all the colors. They are all 3/3 creatures that cost five mana, three colorless and two colored. The special ability costs some more mana and the discarding of two cards, plus tapping the Spellshaper.

Magenta, the Lion
During the pre-release, all I ever heard was, "He doesn't look like a lion." Ever hear of a metaphor? Ever hear of Richard the Lion-hearted? He didn't really have a lion's heart. Sometimes I weep for America's youth.

For four mana, two of them white, you can destroy every creature on the board except for Magenta. Personally, I don't think Wrath of God needs to be a 3/3 creature.

Alexi, Zephyr Mage
For XU, you can return X target creatures to their owner's hand. There's a deck in here someplace. Other than that, I have nothing funny to say about this card.

Greel, Mind Raker
XB, target player discards X cards at random. Eh. Probably a deck here, but Black has much more efficient hand destruction. And what's up with the name? Greel sounds like a Japanese delicacy, served raw with wasabe and sake. Disgusting, but not terrifying.

Latulla, Keldon Overseer
XR, does X damage to target creature or player. Some people have nicknamed her "Spatula", but I prefer "Flatulence", because that's what she does. My question is this: who plays Blaze?

Jolrael, Empress of Beasts
2G, until end of turn, all target player controls are 3/3 creatures that are still lands. I liked her Centaurs' better, but I'll take all my lands being beefy.

Those are the Spellshapers. Like all the big cards in Prophecy, they're not great in Constructed, but are broken in Limited.

I'm still upset that Ric Flair isn't in the first set of WCW cards. They print Disco Inferno, but not the Man? No wonder WCW sucks. By the way, if any of you out there are playing this game, Bret Hart is broken. Bret Hart + Larry Zybisco (oh, I don't care if it's spelled wrong) is insanely broken.

The X-man movie rocks. Go check it out.

Next up are the Enchant Lands. I plan on finishing up the Prophecy review just before Invasion comes out.

Remember to stop and smell the daisies along the Path of Rage.

I'm out.
-t3


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