Magic 2011: Preview Cards – Mana Leak, Back to Nature, Gargoyle Sentinel

Team Power9Pro is thrilled to bring another set of spoiler cards to our Magic: the Gathering readers. We like having the group discussions when possible, so we’re going to stick with that format for this set of preview cards. Don’t forget to checkout Power9Pro Teammate Zak’s exclusive preview post. :)

Mana Leak

Reprint of Mana Leak for Macig 2011
Reprint of Mana Leak for Magic 2011

Dillon

Mana Leak is in my top 5 favorite cards. I was already playing Next Level Bant, but now, if there aren’t islands in my sleeves, I am losing. I can compose something a little later on, but for now I get to relish in that amazing art.

Joe

I gotta disagree with the art evaluation here. This is pathetic artwork, in my estimation. I suppose there’s no account for taste. Christopher Rush’s original, as well as the textless version by the same artist, are both vastly superior, in my opinion. However, this is clearly a tournament worthy cards, sure to see play. A strong common.

James

i love mana leak. I’ve been wondering why it wasn’t available in Standard and kept thinking it would be reprinted in an expansion set. Wrong on that front but it’s good to see it back in the core set and so available for at least the next year. :)

Justin

Mana Leak is going to go in any U or U/x deck as a 4 of. Negate might lurk in some sideboards but the phrase that pays will be “I take a Leak on that spell.”

Zak

When I first got the email saying this was a preview card for M11 I was psyched. Not only is it a great counterspell for standard, but it’s reprinting means that it will be legal in the new extended format. Decks like faeries and (my personal favourite) Merfolk will see this as a huge boon to their counterspell arsenal. In standard, this card, paired with Jace, the Mind Sculptor will make for some extremely potent base-blue control decks.

Dillon

Negate will still see play, but Mana Leak will be main deck. It is incredibly powerful, but it almost seems a bit late for Blue. I thought Blue needed it back in M10. I would like to see Spell Snare as well.

Back to Nature

New Card for the core set, Magic 2011
New Card for the core set, Magic 2011

Justin

Back to nature is great. I love it in EDH to combat Zur the Enchanter. Why did Wizards go to all the trouble of making Umbras “playable” (in theory) only to reiterate why Auras suck?

Joe

Back to nature looks insane. Reverent Silence still gets the nod in Legacy, but this is a significant step along the path that’s been tread in recent years, leading from Cleanfall and Tranquility, the prior status quo 3cc cost for the SORCERY version of this spell’s effect, then to the reprinted Tempest of Light in M10, and now we have a 2cc Instant as our latest benchmark. Make no mistake, this is a benchmark card.

Sean

This is a fine card that might see sideboard play. It basically replaces Tempest of Light.

Zak

The Magic 2011 revamp of Tranquility could be seen to hint at a future enchantment theme, but we’ve been getting that feeling for a while now, starting from Enchanted Evening in Shadowmoor, up until the recent proliferation of auras in Rise of the Eldrazi. However, I’m not exactly keen on this line of speculation and I think that (as Joe said) this is simply the new benchmark for a green mass-enchantment destruction spell. As cards like Healing Salve and Shock become phased out in favour of newer, more aggressively costed spells like Harms Way and Lightning Bolt, I can only applaud Tranquility getting the same treatment.

Dillon

Back to Nature is a great Cunning Wish target for Legacy. It is more aggressively costed and will be the new go to spell over Tranquility.

Gargoyle Sentinel

New Card for the core set, Magic 2011
New Card for the core set, Magic 2011

Sean

This card is great in limited. Core set limited is often about Hill Giants and this one has evasion. I expect this to be a very early draft pick. Hopefully Wizards covers Canadian Nationals this year because it will be the first major tournament with these new cards. I personally can’t wait to see how standard shakes up.

James

This looks like a great card for limited, beefy at a 3/3 (good enough for core sets’ limited typically) and a cool ability. Not thinking much beyond that I guess.

Joe

I adore the flavor of this card. So well executed. It really feels like a gargoyle should… This seems like a fair deal in limited as well… it’s cheap for its cost, and can evasively attack when you have nothing better to do, or hold the ground the rest of the time.

Justin

I would take this guy in a RoE homebrew based on all of the defender interactions. Great card in Limited, 3/3 in the air is nothing to sneeze at. With 3 mana he can also block annoying flyers. Not gonna cut it for standard.

Zak

When I first saw this card I just loved it for the flavour. Upon reexamination, I realized that it was actually a force to be reckoned with in limited, easily playing a role in any deck to stall the ground or get through in the air for a few extra points of damage. Awesome card for limited and flavour – Thumbs up for top-down design that’s playable!

Dillon

The Gargoyle Sentinel is great for Limited. Obviously good for any color, especially red. Unfortunately, it is no Phyrexian Ironfoot.

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