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[Editor's Note: I REALLY hate posting spoilers, because most of the time they end up being wrong in one way or another. Bedford assures me that this is not the case this time. I don't know if I believe him or not, but since none of these cards are new, I don't see the harm in posting his rantings. So everyone enjoy and hit the forums to discuss or complain.]


Thanks to Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
ed Elf, we already have the spoiler for Ninth Edition. For the next 6 weeks thrill in learning about what new things to expect. Unlike how I do regular expansions, I will just look at the new additions to the base set. Another change I have made is grading cards from a MTGO perspective than Overall. Since these cards have already printed in some form, they already have a place in Magic and therefore don’t need an Overall rating for how it’ll affect Magic as a whole, unless they are extremely obscure. However, base sets often add lots of cards to MTGO that have never before been available for MTGO, so I’ll analyze what it means for MTGO to have this card. If a card was already in MTGO, I printed what MTGO set it was already in. Plus and minuses given for those that deserve better or worse than the letter, but not to the degree of the next letter. Here is my grading scale:

A: A card that goes in every deck that plays this color, an absolute bomb in Limited, or a brand new card for MTGO to have that is an absolute blessing to have.
B: A card that should usually see play in constructed decks of that color, a early pick for Limited, or a solid addition for MTGO, or a reprint that is just too good to insult with a MTGO grade of C.
C: Cards that have very little chance of seeing constructed play, deck filler for Limited, or MTGO already has something of equal value or is a MTGO reprint that’s not too bad to duplicate.
D: A card just for desperate Johnnies, a desperation card for Limited, or a waste of an additional card for MTGO.
F: Totally offensive in every way.

Angel's Feather
Angel's Feather
Angel's FeatherSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Whenever a player plays a white spell, you may gain 1 life.
, Demon's Horn
Demon's Horn
Demon's HornSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
116
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Whenever a player plays a black spell, you may gain 1 life.
, Dragon's Claw
Dragon's Claw
Dragon's ClawSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
117
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Whenever a player plays a red spell, you may gain 1 life.
, Kraken's Eye
Kraken's Eye
Kraken's EyeSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Whenever a player plays a blue spell you may gain 1 life.
, Wurm's Tooth
Wurm's Tooth
Wurm's ToothSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
162
Artist:
Nottsuo
Text:
Whenever a player plays a green spell, you may gain 1 life.

Constructed: C+ Limited: C- MTGO: C- (Darksteel)
Well, the original Lucky Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.
ms are gone, and probably for good. People like to disrespect these, but in many cases these will be better hosers than those the colors get in 9th. Dragon’s Claw in particular might be quite useful if Sligh comes back.

Booby Trap
Booby Trap
Booby TrapSet: Tempest
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Text:
When Booby Trap comes into play, name a card other than a basic land.Whenever target opponent draws any cards, he or she reveals those cards to all players. If any of those cards is the named card, Sacrifice Booby Trap and it deals 10 damage to that player.

Constructed: C Limited: C- MTGO: B-
Wow, I had forgotten this Tempest card. With netdecking becoming bigger and bigger, I wouldn’t be the least surprised to see Johnnies try to break this card.

Bottle Gnomes
Bottle Gnomes
Bottle GnomesSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Sacrifice Bottle Gnomes: Gain 3 life.

Constructed: B Limited: C+ MTGO: C+ (Mirrodin)
Once highly popular during Tempest, these haven’t had as much use lately, as Tooth and Ravager laughed at them. Maybe now they will get some respect back.

Dancing Scimitar
Dancing Scimitar
Dancing ScimitarSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying

Constructed: C- Limited: C MTGO: C-
Well, it adds another card to MTGO, and it’s got new artwork. I guess that’s alright for this Arabian Nights card last seen in 6th Edition.
.
Fellwar Stone
Fellwar Stone
Fellwar StoneSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
T: Add one mana to your mana pool. This mana may be of any type that any land opponent controls can produce. Play this ability as an interrupt.

Constructed: B Limited: B- MTGO: A-
This card almost makes up for not having BOP in the base set anymore. This is an excellent addition from The Dark, especially with all the pain lands around. Last seen in 5th Edition.

Icy Manipulator
Icy Manipulator
Icy ManipulatorSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
1, T: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.

Constructed: C+ Limited: C+ MTGO: C- (Mirrodin)
Once a key card during the Ice Age and Alpha, but the colors got better at tapping and untapping as needed. Maybe it just needs another chance?

Jade Statue
Jade Statue
Jade StatueSet: Alpha
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
2: Jade Statue becomes a creature for the duration of the current attack exchange. Can be a creature only during an attack or defense.

Constructed: B- Limited: B+ Overall: B- MTGO: B+
This card hasn’t been seen since UNLIMITED!!!! That was back before I was a player. This should see some play.

Jester's Cap
Jester's Cap
Jester's CapSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
2, tap, Sacrifice Jester's Cap: Look through target player's library and remove any three of those cards from the game. Shuffle that library afterwards.

Constructed: A- Limited: B+ MTGO: A
So, do you hate combo? This Ice Age card, last seen in 5th Edition, and recursion can be ultra-annoying. Wouldn’t be surprised if this and Neverending Torment
Neverending Torment
Neverending TormentSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Text:
Search target player's library for X cards, where X is the number of cards in your hand, and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library. Epic (For the rest of the game, you can't play spells. At the beginning of each of your upkeeps, copy this spell except for its epic ability. You may choose a new target for the copy.)
makes for a powerful deck.

Loxodon Warhammer
Loxodon Warhammer
Loxodon WarhammerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
201
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature gets +3/+0, has trample, and has 'Whenever this creature deals damage, you gain that much life.' Equip 3 (3: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)

Constructed: C+ Limited: B- MTGO: F (Mirrodin)
Wow, this will be a powerhouse in Limited, with the lack of artifact destruction available. Maybe it will now see some solid Constructed play as well. If it had come back as an uncommon, I would have given it a MTGO grade of C. But with it coming back as a rare, it will be a trash rare and thus needed to be downgraded.

Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

Constructed: C+ Limited: C- MTGO: C (Mirrodin)
This Antiquities card finally returns to its first base set since 6th. The lack of equipment will hurts its possibilities, but it always has a niche.

Slate of Ancestry
Slate of Ancestry
Slate of AncestrySet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
310
Artist:
Corey Macourek
Text:
4, T, Discard your hand: Draw a card for each creature you control. The pattern of life can be studied like a book, if you know how to read it.

Constructed: C Limited: B- MTGO: C- (Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
)
Well, it’s hard to find good artifacts from the Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
block. Still, I’d rather have had the Transformer. Just too hard to use.

Storage Matrix
Storage Matrix
Storage MatrixSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
138
Artist:
Patrick Ho
Text:
As long as Storage Matrix is untapped, instead of each player untapping the permanents he or she controls during his or her untap step, that player chooses artifacts, creatures, or lands and untaps all permanents of the chosen type he or she controls.

Constructed: B- Limited: C MTGO: B-
Could be good for control, save that it gives your opponents choices, not your demands.
This was originally from Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Destiny.

Tangle
Tangle
TangleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.Attacking creatures don't untap during their controllers' next untap steps.
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Constructed: C- Limited: D+ MTGO: D- (Mirrodin)
I guess we got this instead of Fountain of Youth
Fountain of Youth
Fountain of YouthSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
2, T: Gain 1 life.
. Still bad.

Thran Golem
Thran Golem
Thran GolemSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
As long as Thran Golem is enchanted, it gets +2/+2 and gains flying, first strike, and trample.

Constructed: C+ Limited: C MTGO: B-
Have fun breaking this card from Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Destiny. Johnnies will love this card.
Ur-Golem's Eye
Constructed: C- Limited: C MTGO: F (Darksteel)
I didn’t like this as Sisay
Sisay
SisaySet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
6
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
-2
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Whenever you tap a land for mana, it produces one additional mana of the same type.
’s Ring, and I don’t like this now. Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
is just not to be mocked.

Vulshok Morningstar
Vulshok Morningstar
Vulshok MorningstarSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
157
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Equipped Creature gets +2/+2 Equip 2

Constructed: C+ Limited: C+ MTGO: C- (Darksteel)
I’d rather have had the Scimitar, but oh well.

Adarkar Wastes
Adarkar Wastes
Adarkar WastesSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add W or U to your mana pool. Adarkar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.
, Brushland
Brushland
BrushlandSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add G or W to your mana pool. Brushland deals 1 damage to you.
, Karplusan Forest
Karplusan Forest
Karplusan ForestSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add R or G to your mana pool. Karplusan Forest deals 1 damage to you.
, Sulfurous Springs
Sulfurous Springs
Sulfurous SpringsSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add B or R to your mana pool. Sulfurous Springs deals 1 damage to you.
, Underground River
Underground River
Underground RiverSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Underground River deals 1 damage to you.

Constructed: B+ Limited: C+ MTGO: C+ (7th Edition)
The original pain lands from Ice Age return. No doubt the 7th Edition versions will fall in value. Now the question is whether or not these will stay rare.

Battlefield Forge
Battlefield Forge
Battlefield ForgeSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add R or W to your mana pool. Battlefield Forge deals 1 damage to you.
, Caves of Koilos
Caves of Koilos
Caves of KoilosSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add W or B to your mana pool. Caves of Koilos deals 1 damage to you.
, Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar WastesSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add B or G to your mana pool. Llanowar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.
, Shivan Reef
Shivan Reef
Shivan ReefSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add U or R to your mana pool. Shivan Reef deals 1 damage to you.
, Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya CoastSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add G or U to your mana pool. Yavimaya Coast deals 1 damage to you.

Constructed: A- Limited: C+ MTGO: B+ (Apocalypse
Apocalypse
ApocalypseSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Text:
Remove all permanents from the game. Discard your hand.
)
Probably the biggest gains for the budget MTGO player, the enemy dual lands return, making 9th Edition to seem more like Revised than any other base set since. Awesome.

Quicksand
Quicksand
QuicksandSet: Visions
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Quicksand: Target attacking creature without flying gets -1/-2 until end of turn.

Constructed: B- Limited: B MTGO: B+
Wow, a blast from the past. It gives every color some creature destruction, so it may well see play in various decks, especially in mono-blue. Thanks Visions
Visions
VisionsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
Look at the top five cards of any library. You may then shuffle that library.
once again.

That’s the conclusion. Try to sell off your Apocalypse
Apocalypse
ApocalypseSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Text:
Remove all permanents from the game. Discard your hand.
painlands for top dollar while you can; their prices will crash hard.

Join me next week as we investigate another color in 9th.


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