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'Journey Into Nyx' preview week: 'Sage of Hours'

The Sage of Hours falls a little flat compared to other who grant extra turns.
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Welcome to night three of the "Journey Into Nyx" previews on There is no particular order to the previews on the "Magic: The Gathering" site and there is no particular order here as well. With that in mind, here is the next card:

Sage of Hours - 1U - Mythic Rare - Creature - 1/1 - Heroic-Whenever you cast a spell that targets Sage of Hours, put a +1/+1 counter on it. Remove all +1/+1 counters from Sage of Hours: For each five counters removed this way, take an extra turn after this one.

While everyone is currently drooling over the new Ajani planeswalker, "Sage of Hours" is quietly making its grand entrance. Unfortunately, there really isn't much to say about it.

Taking turns is a very powerful tool in the game of "Magic." It's so powerful, every time the ability is printed it comes with a very heavy cost. There is very little chance Wizards will ever print something as powerful as "Time Walk" ever again, and for good reasons: it's too strong. With that, there have been some decent attempts at reintroducing the ability into the field of play, but none have ever come close. Some good examples have been "Time Sieve" and "Time Warp." This will probably fall under the category of "failed attempts."

The reason why it may not be as successful is that it's too weak. A 1/1 creature with the potential to gain a player an extra turn will definitely have a large target on itself. Granted it has the Heroic ability to fall back on to try and save itself, but it's not enough. In a color that doesn't typically cast many spells on its own creatures, it will be hard to trigger the ability in general. This is speaking from a competitive point of view.

Another drawback is that you'll need at least five counters to gain an extra life. Now, it may be completely possible with cards like "Ordeal of Heliod" or "Ordeal of Thassa." However, these enchantments will fall off the Sage before it reaches five counters. They are a good head start though.

In the end, this may just be another casual winner. It's a shame though because it takes up a mythic slot. There could have been a much better choice for this spot on the roster.

"Journey Into Nyx" hits stores on May 2. Prerelease events will be held the weekend of April 26 and 27. It will then be released online May 12. Finally, Game Day events will be held the weekend of May 24 and 25.

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