Today's mothership articles close out the first week of official Gatecrash previews on magicthegathering.com, and it's going out with a bang. First up, from Brian David-Marshall, a five-mana Simic counterspell that just might be worth the prohibitive price tag. Next, Gavin Verhey brings us an Orzhov revenant that will make you glad you invested in all that swampy real estate. Let's take a gander at Mystic Genesis and Crypt Ghast. Check them out in the slideshow, then let me give you my studied first impressions.
Mystic Genesis - BDM says it well in his article: This appears to be meant for EDH play (and there are probably far too many acronyms in this sentence), where big-mana spells will come out and Mystic Genesis can single-handedly switch a loss to a win by dropping a huge token. Elsewhere, five mana with three of it colored makes it probably too slow to actually stop many of the threats that would kill you, but don't count it out of Constructed. It is, after all, green in part, and never underestimate what good mana acceleration can do for a deck's reactive game.
Crypt Ghast - Nirkana Revenant goes defensive. Crypt Ghast seems like it'll enable the deck type that extort is panning out to be; a kind of creature-heavy control that might not swing for a single attack the entire game but wins by reducing opponents' life to 0 anyway, preferring to sit on efficient blockers and stall out their attacks with extort's draining capabilities. The Ghast says, in effect, that as many extort triggers as you can get on the battlefield come free with black spells. If that's not scary to you, I admire your courage but condemn your foolishness.
What do you think of tonight's guild rare previews? Let me know in the comments.