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Conflux Predictions Part 4: A New Kicker January 20, 2009

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I predict that one of the cycles of Conflux is a new kind of kicker cost: If you have a permanent of a certain color, then something neat happens. So far we have already seen a red, white, and blue card with this kind of a bonus. They all have a converted mana cost of 3, two of them are creatures, but one is not. I predict that there will be at least one green and one white card with this kind of a bonus:

“Aven Trailblazer” is a name that implies a Bird creature with the ability to search for lands. If my prediction is correct, then it will help with mana fixing, and it will be better than the other three cards with a similar bonus. The bonus of each of these cards is dependent on the colored permanent controlled, and searching for a land is a green ability.

“Wild Leotau” might be a humanoid cat, but it should be a lion of some sort. Since the card is green, it will probably be a creature and it will probably be more powerful than the other creatures. It could either be a 3/3 creature, or it could have a powerful ability like this one. Destroying an attacking creature is a white ability and would work well with flash. The creature could have shroud instead, and the bonus could be something like “destroy target enchantment.” However, destroying an enchantment is also a green ability, so I doubt that it will have that ability.

Update (1-24-2009)

Some cards have been printed with a “color gives you a bonus.” In particular, I was interested in predicting the common cards with this kind of an ability and two more of them has been spoiled:

Rhox Mediant 3W
Creature - Rhino Monk (C)
When Rhox Mediant comes into play, if you control a green permanent, you may draw a card.

Toxic Iguanar R
Creature - Lizard (C)
Toxic Iguanar has deathtouch as long as you control a green permanent.

I was correct that a white one would exist with a dependence on green permanents. However, I did not expect that it would have a bonus of drawing a card.

Update 2 (1-26-2009)

Two more relevant cards have been spoiled (Filigree Fracture):

Filigree Fracture 2G
Destroy target enchantment or artifact.
If that artifact or enchantment’s controller controls a black or blue permanent, you may draw a card.

View from Above 1U
Instant (U)
Target creature gains flying until end of the turn.
If you control a white permanent, return View from Above into you hand.

We also found out that Aven Trailblazer is different than I expected. (See my domain prediction article for more information.)

The artwork used for Aven Trailblazer was found on the official website for Magic: the Gathering. Wild Leotau’s artwork was created by George Stubb.


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