During rumor season, the lion's share of preview cards goes to English-language Magic sites. This makes sense; after all, that's the language of the majority of Magic's audience. But our friends across the Pacific in Japan are avid Magic fans too, so the big Japanese gaming sites always get at least a few exclusive preview cards to debut for every set. Tonight, mtg-jp.com brings us a very Gruul variant on Eladamri's Call. Here, in translation, is Signal the Clans:
Signal the Clans RG
Search your library for three creature cards and reveal them. If you searched for three cards with different names, choose one at random at put it into your hand. Shuffle the rest into your library.
The randomness, of course, makes this not quite as powerful as the incredibly strong original. But a two-mana tutor that grabs one of three threats at instant speed is still very good. The power of Intuition taught us not to discount any tutor that reduces one's control over the results. And since it's random, no opponents are going to be meddling in which of the creature cards you actually fish out from your trio of choices. There are, indeed, some players who would enjoy the psychological aspects of this card - revealing three huge finishers implies a show of force and is an intimidation tactic; and it's also possible to bluff and freak opponents out by finding, say, two 1/1s and an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. Signal the Clans might not pass muster for every red-green deck, but there are definitely quite a few aggro decks it'll find a home in.
What do you think of this chaotic Gruul tutor? Let me know in the comments.