In the midst of the PAX Magic party excitement, it seems that Wizards of the Coast has created a Twitter account, the Oracle of Theros, as a means of promoting the set and the Hero's Path events. As befits an oracle, the feed answers Theros-related questions from Magic fans in a cryptic manner, and also has, to date, spoiled one card, which was partially known about thanks to Mark Rosewater's set teasers and Trollcreature's information. Here is Chained to the Rocks:
Chained to the Rocks W
Enchantment - Aura (Rare)
Enchant Mountain you control
When Chained to the Rocks enters the battlefield, exile target creature an opponent controls until Chained to the Rocks leaves the battlefield. (That creature returns under its owner's control.)
Judging by some of the cards we've seen thus far, Theros might be one of the most top-down blocks of all time. This is a very literal interpretation of the idea of chaining someone to rocks - You have a big stone formation, and you're going to make someone stays stuck at that desolate place. Although this card is supposed to be a reference to the punishment of Prometheus, it's pretty clear that the victim in the artwork is all too mortal, which is quite ominous and poignant and inspires awe at the vengeance of the gods. This also does a good job of pushing Theros's "slightly multicolor" theme, allowing the game to gently back away from Return to Ravnica block's gold saturation, and generally feels like an old-school card - this is a design that sort of could have been in Richard Garfield's original vision of Alpha. It also, amusingly, makes Sacred Foundry markedly better than the other shocklands. All in all, a fun and flavorful rare.
What do you think of this top-down piece of temporary removal? Let me know in the comments.
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