I’m somewhat of a Magic Arcana junky. Today was one of those days that reinforce this addiction. I was greeted by this innocent looking article on Eye of Ugin, a Legendary land from Worldwake which piqued our collective Magic player Borg consciousness.
I’m a computer scientist by trade, and if I were paying attention, I’d have noticed that the “Arcana Archive” link didn’t work, and that a left-click revealed the telltale Flash menu. But I didn’t. I clicked, as instructed, on the legendary Eye and was pleased with the cool flash animation of the gargantuan, legendary, colorless eldrazi creature who came to life and demolished my browser window.
In the end, I was looking at this bad boy:
Holy smokes, eh?
So the cat’s out of the bag here. The first thing I noticed was the ridiculously awesome transparent card frame. How cool is that? It’s like WotC took note of those infamous full-frame art mod cards, and decided to do a series of their own!
The next thing I notice is that Krozilek is a 10-drop 12/12. He’s Phyrexian Dreadnought‘s cousin from the styx, I think. And he draws you four card when you cast him? Yow! This is also an elegant new way to phrase the whole “if you played ~this~ from your hand” template… “cast” is all you really ever needed to say.
Annihilator 4. So this looks like a pretty damn crazy mechanic. Sacrifice N permanents upon attack? Damn. I hope I have my Bloodthorn Taunter in play by the time he hits!
All in all, this is a pretty cool glimpse at things to come. I’m super pumped about the stylish execution of this gaea-themed, lands-come-alive, Solaris sort of meme that Rise of the Eldrazi seems to represent. Very cool indeed.
I wonder whether this guy has a future in EDH as General…?
Hypergenesis players, look alive!