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Magic: The Gathering – Rise of the Eldrazi

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Carnage Shall Follow
For thousands of years, Zendikar has had a reputation as a deathtrap. It's been a world of deadly perils to planeswalkers and native explorers, punishing any who seek to loot its hidden treasures and exploit its potent mana.

But unknown to the plane's denizens, there's a sinister reason for Zendikar's danger: for millennia, the plane has served as a prison for the Eldrazi, astral monstrosities native to the Blind Eternities. Now, the perils facing adventurers on the plane of Zendikar have taken an even deadlier turn. The Eldrazi have been released.

Hailing from the Blind Eternities, the space between planes, the Eldrazi have transcended the colors of mana as we know them. As a result, the Eldrazi progenitors themselves and those closest to them are colorless. But don't let the mana cost fool you—these Eldrazi are not artifacts.

Each of the colossal Eldrazi spawns its own "brood lineage." The three brood lineages are composed of Eldrazi Drones and other subordinate beings, each reflecting the image of its progenitor. The smaller Eldrazi Drones that are aligned with colored mana and many of these drones, as well as some spells, produce Eldrazi Spawn creature tokens. These 0/1 colorless creatures can be sacrificed to add one colorless mana to your mana pool—perfect for casting those enormous Eldrazi.

The Rise of the Eldrazi set also marks the debut of colorless instants and sorceries. Like their Eldrazi creators, these versatile spells can be put into almost any deck.

Collector's Highlights
  • Rise of the Eldrazi is the third set in the Zendikar block, yet introduces entirely new themes and mechanics to reflect the devastation that has been wrought by the world eating Eldrazi.
  • The set features 248 black bordered cards, including randomly inserted premium versions of all cards in the set.
  • It will be available in intro packs, booster packs and fat packs.
  • The set introduces new mechanics including: Annihilator, Rebound, Totem Armor, Level Up, Colorless Eldrazi creatures and spells.
  • Rise of the Eldrazi limited play (drafting and sealed) is meant to be played with only Rise of the Eldrazi product.
  • New Planeswalker cards are included.
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“Holds a Special Place in My Heart”

This is the set of cards I started my son on at 8 years old… so it holds a special place in my heart. It was actually a great set to start with, because it is fairly straightforward. The Eldrazi are brutal creatures, providing a more obvious tactical strategy of “get big cards and crush Dad!” There are fewer new combinations or rules in this set, so some gamers were a little disappointed. However, now that it is out of date and the prices are dropping, I’d recommend these cards as a good introduction to MtG. Get a used set on Ebay… it’s what I do now. My son loves it!

 
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“Excellent set, best when combined. ”

I absolutely love the Rise of the Eldrazi set now… though I recall not being as excited when I was playing it upon release. The thing about this set was that it introduced the Eldrazi creatures and spells, and along with them, the Annhilator mechanic. The Eldrazi are all VERY big. With the exception of a few colored support creatures and the colorless 0/1 Eldrazi spawn, the actual Eldrazi are all at least 7/7; the largest is a whopping 15/15! When these hit the board, they demand an answer. The bad thing is that in Standard or COnstructed, it’s hard to get them onto the table. The Eldrazi spawn help, in that you can sacrifice them for mana, but still… tough. I love them in Commander, though. Other things in this set are the Totem Armor auras, which are spiffy: these are buffs that will go to the graveyard instead of the enchanted creatures. The Level Up creatures are okay, but a bit of a letdown. Interesting mechanic, though, and combines very well with things that Proliferate. Overall, a great set when combining with others. A great capstone to the Zendikar block!

 

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