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'Journey Into Nyx' preview week: 'Scourge of Fleets'

"Release the kraken!"
Wizards of the Coast

Today marks the second day of "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:

Scourge of Fleets - 5UU - Rare - Creature - 6/6 - When Scourge of Fleets enters the battlefield, return each creature your opponents control with toughness X or less to its owner's hand where X is the number of Islands you control.

This kraken is quite the powerhouse in Limited. It's ability to return your opponents creatures makes it the best kraken to come out of the Theros block so far.

With a 6/6 body for seven mana, it is almost respectable along in that sense. Aside from its massive casting cost, a downside players may commonly run into is if they don't play enough Islands to really take advantage of the kraken's ability.

As the player who casts this spell, expect a lot of awkward pausing and stalling as your opponent tries to figure out how to quickly recover from this beast. You should also be ready to win the game if this lands on the battlefield as it should clear the way for any of your already existing creatures waiting to strike.

Due to the fact that it hits multiple opponents, this could also find its way into commander decks. However, you can be sure it won't be showing up in any constructed decks any time soon. That is, unless you can find a way to "cheat" it in.

"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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