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Here comes the Power 9
Category: Words Of Wisdom
Tags: Power 9 Black Lotus Mox Time Walk Ancestral Recall Timetwister.

Wizards Of The Coast is finally releasing the Power 9 into MTGO! And a new format for MTGO to boot called Vintage. For those who play/played paper Magic you know that Vintage is probably the most difficult and expensive format of all to play. For those who have never played with them before, look out! You are going to step into a whole new world of Joy and Pain!

Doing a quick check on Ebay the price for an Unlimited Black Lotus in fair shape is 1200.00. The Unlimited Moxen, Ancestral Recall and Time Walk in fair shape range from 500.00 – 700.00 each. Timetwister is around the 400.00 range. There is a set of all 5 Moxen Beta in good condition for 3800.00 if you’re feeling frisky with your life savings!

The reason why so few people play Vintage in paper Magic is the cards you need to compete are astronomical in price. Oh you can play with your regular cards and all that, but if you want to actually compete at say a tournament someone sets up in Los Angeles for actual prizes, you will need the 9. Period.

But now, it’s going to be on MTGO. Will it change the landscape? No. Because they are creating its own format for just such an occasion. Vintage. This means you will only be able to play the Power 9 in this format only. Which IS a good thing! But they are also making it possible for anyone to be able to play in the format by selling them the way they are.

As for the prices coming out of the gate???? I will not speculate here, at least not now. But at the outset, they should be within reason in contrast to Lion’s Eye Diamond and Force of Will.

Force of Will.

Hmmm. That brings up another thought. They are not just releasing the Power 9, they are releasing Vintage Masters as a complete set. There are a lot of cards not on MTGO besides the Power 9 (Such as a favorite of mine Gravity Sphere) that can be in this set. They posted that in each booster pack will be 10 commons, 3 uncommons, 1 rare or mythic, 1 premium foil card (any rarity, including the extremely rare premium foil Power Nine card), OR 1 Power Nine card.

So, what will they put in there?

I know from personal experience that the only card that can stop the “First turn your opponent doesn’t even get play kill” is Force of Will.

With the Power 9 in play, and so many options for the “First turn your opponent doesn’t even get play kill” it would seem really boneheaded to me to not include Force of Will in the set. But, we will have to see.

The “First turn your opponent doesn’t even get play kill” will have such variety now 20 years later and  after so many different sets and game mechanics it is going to be fun as hell to see the new and inventive ways people come up with to do the “First turn your opponent doesn’t even get play kill”. (Especially in CK!)


The old classic is the Channel/Fireball combo. That’s where you drop a land, Black Lotus, a Mox, Channel 19 life into a fireball with 1 extra mana and KABOOM! Your opponent doesn’t even get play.

With some of the new cards some ideas that come to mind include one of my favorite combos: Grindstone/Painters Servant. Black Lotus, a Land, 2 Mox(or 1 Mox and a Sol Ring), Grindstone, Painters Servant and bye bye.

A perennial favorite in the CK clan is the Liliana’s Caress kill. Well now with the Power 9 the “First turn your opponent doesn’t even get play kill” can happen from that too. Black Lotus, Mox Jet, Badland, Sol Ring, Liliana’s Caress, Wheel of Fortune, Fork. Bye.

Again, what can stop this hideousness from occurring? Force of Will.

Think of the deck possibilities with an Artifact Deck similar to the archetype that frequently dominates Classic? Better stock up on those Chalice of the Voids! Tolarian Academy look out!

True dual lands (i.e. Badlands, Tundra, etc.) will probably get even more expensive.

As for Banned/Restricted cards, I don’t see anything getting Banned, but they did mention it in the article on the website that there may be. The Restricted list will look like the Vintage Restricted list for paper Magic.

What can you expect playing in Vintage on MTGO? Expect your opponent to play blue! Well everyone will most likely have at least the following in each deck they play: Black Lotus, 1 Mox for each of the colors represented in the deck, Time Walk, Ancestral Recall, and a Sol Ring. Other cards that compliment the deck and are staple cards in Vintage decks are Demonic Tutor and Regrowth. Imperial Seal and Vampiric Tutor also help to speed up the win condition.

But as for the aforementioned Black Lotus, 1 Mox for each color in the deck, Time Walk, Ancestral Recall, and Sol Ring? Be prepared. They will be there. You will rarely see mono-colored decks in Vintage except for blue. (Blue wizards know the power and the evil of blue).  Players are most likely going to splash blue for the Time Walk and Ancestral Recall because you just cannot compare to taking another turn for 1 blue and 1 colorless nor 3 cards for 1 blue mana! As for the Black Lotus and the Moxen? You can’t beat free colored mana!

(Note: Lotus Petals may jump in price also.)

I for one cannot wait. I miss playing with those cards. They were fun in the early days of Magic, but quickly lost out to Type 2 (Now Standard) because not everyone had them. Now it will be possible for many players to have them again.

Category: Recent News

As most of you may already know meuslix has stepped down from the Prime Minister position.  He has NOT left CerealKillaz.

I, ZENith SINgularity, have been appointed to the vacated position of Prime Minister by Ron Nance acting in accordance with the established rules of CerealKillaz.

There is currently scheduled a Ministers meeting for this Sunday night.  I ask that all Current Ministers .... Past Ministers and ALL current CerealKillaz officer make themselves available for this meeting if possible.

My fellow ninjaz, go forth and reek havoc on the MtGO Community.  ZEN has spoken.

Chapter of the Week: Deathrow
Category: Magic Related
Tags: Chapter of the Week

So Ludas Magnus was a huge landslide for CK. The top chapter was a tie. Deathrow and Domination. With CerealKillaz comming in third.  The reason we choose to feature Deathrow was the outstanding placement of the clan in every event. A member of Deathrow was in every single final of the event. Great job to those who attended and participated thank you for your support!

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