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In Wizards of the Coast's upcoming expert Magic: the Gathering expansion set Dark Ascension, evil has taken hold. With Avacyn gone, the balance that Sorin, Lord of Innistrad painstakenly created has been broken. Humans have been unable to hold their own against the creatures that populate the world. With so many terrirfying creatures, humanity lies on the brink of annihilation. The survivors have lost their hope, and have sunk into a pit of despair.

Markov Blademaster
Wizards of the Coast
Markov Blademaster art
Wizards of the Coast

There's only one hope left for humanity: Avacyn must return.

According to Wizards of the Coast:

"During Innistrad, the rumors began that Avacyn the archangel had abandoned the plane and left the Humans alone in their fight against the forces of evil. In Dark Ascension, this rumor is confirmed; Avacyn is gone and evil’s victory seems inevitable, as the forces of good are left unprepared for the onslaught they face."

Dark Ascension introduces two new mechanics to Magic: Fateful hour and Undying. Flashback, Double-Faced cards, and Morbid also returns.

Dark Asension's Markov Blademaster is just one of the many horrifying monsters that has led Innistrad to be consumed in total darkness.

Markov Blademaster - 1RR
Creature - Vampire Warrior (Rare)
Double Strike
Whenever Markov Blademaster deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
"Mortals practice swordplay for a few decades at best. How can they ever attain the exquisite mastery that eternity has to offer?"
1/1

For just two mana more than Stromkirk Noble, Markov Blademaster adds double strike to the mix. With Double Strike, Markov Blademaster can grow twice as quickly than Stromkirk Noble and is even deadlier when equipped with a Sword of War and Peace (or any other equipment). Kessig Wolf Run would also like to say hello.

Markov Blademaster makes a worthy addition to any Vampire deck. Between Stromkirk Captain and Falkenrath Aristocrat, vampires are starting to look better. With less than half the set revealed, there may also be many more cards in Dark Ascension that might help to make Vampire decks a force to reckon with.

How will you use Markov Blademaster from Dark Ascension?

Dark Ascension is the second set of three in the Innistrad block. Dark Ascension will contain 158 cards, and be released on February 3, 2012.

Find a Dark Ascension event near you.

Dark Ascension Prerelease events will occur on January 28-29, 2012. There will be Dark Ascension Launch Parties on February 3-6, 2012. The Dark Ascension Game Day will be on March 3-4, 2012.

Dark Ascension is followed by Avacyn Restored.

More from Dark Ascension:
Huntmaster of the Fells / Ravager of the Fells, Beguiler of Wills, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Havengul Lich, Séance, Sorin, Lord of Innistrad, Moonveil Dragon, Ghoultree, Jar of Eyeballs, Increasing Devotion, Chalice of Life / Chalice of Death, Mondronen Shaman / Tolovar's Magehunter, Increasing Confusion, Gravecrawler, Ravenous Demon / Archdemon of Greed

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Innistrad:
Innistrad Intro Packs:
Carnival of Blood, Deathly Dominion, Eldritch Onslaught , and Spectral Legions

Innistrad card lists:
White card list, Blue card list, Black card list, Red card list, Green card list, Gold card list, Artifact card list, Land card list.

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