Hello, and welcome back to our recap of previews for Time Spiral Remastered! As you may recall, Wizards of the Coast has been doling out previews, color by color, and have already gone over White and Blue. (Make sure to catch up if you missed 'em!) We are following suit, and today we will be plunging into the Black cards that have already been showcased. I've opted to discuss the five(ish) coolest things we've seen from the color thus far. Let's get to it!
For cards like Extirpate to be so early on this list, the rest of the Black cards in this set have to be stellar. Extirpate is seen as an anti-meta card in many decks, across various formats and time periods. First seen in Planar Chaos, Extirpate quickly became one of the best cards to shut down certain types of spell slinging builds, or decks that revolve around multiple copies of one particular card. However, this was greatly magnified when Surgical Extraction was printed in the New Phyrexia expansion in 2011. Will we see that card reprinted in a"timeshifted" slot within Time Spiral Remastered? Time will tell!
Of all the Leyline cycles in Magic: The Gathering, Wizards of the Coast has only ever printed one black card within these cycles as a whole. That card is—you guessed it—Leyline of the Void. Leyline of the Void used to command a heavy price tag due to the interactions it has with Helm of Obedience in older formats, as well as its use in sideboards of decks in almost any format where it is legal to play. This Leyline sees its fourth ever printing here in Time Spiral Remastered, since its original printing back in the Guildpact expansion of 2006.
Street Wraith may seem like an odd duck in terms of inclusion on this list, but it has a rich history behind it. First printed in the Future Sight expansion in 2007, Street Wraith, like many other cards at the time, was more or less overlooked until people started using it as a source of card draw in Legacy Manaless Dredge builds. Now, the card commands a bit of a lower price tag than it had in its heyday, likely due to the scarcity of other key cards in the deck such as Lion's Eye Diamond making such a deck cost a figurative arm and leg to obtain! However, the history behind Street Wraith is an important part of competitive Magic.
Back in 2006 when Planar Chaos was first revealed, Wizards of the Coast's still-fledgling website showed off a really cool animation: artist Kev Walker's now-iconic illustration for Wrath of God morphed suddenly into his art for the new Damnation card from the upcoming expansion. Players across the web were in awe at the transformation, which may have contributed to the general hype surrounding the black board wipe.
Nowadays, Damnation is a fairly expensive card, financially speaking, and generally costs somewhere in the low $40 range. Many players who invested in Secret Lair products were quick to scoop up copies of Seb McKinnon's Art Series drop, solely for that alternate-art copy of Damnation that it comes with. Hopefully the Time Spiral Remastered reprint at mythic rare will drive down the price of this iconic card, granting more players access!
Alright, alright...we admit it, we're cheating a little bit by listing two cards in the final slot. But in truth, Gurmag Angler and Tasigur, the Golden Fang embody two sides of the same coin. Both see play in Legacy and Modern in the same archetypes, and both held fairly high price tags relative to their rarities. It only stands to reason that they'll see print in Time Spiral Remastered's "timeshifted" slot, since they have such a great shared history.
Keep an eye out for tomorrow'a article, where we will recap the Red cards of Time Spiral Remastered!