Ixalan in EDH: Final Spoiled Mythics

Ixalan in EDH: Final Spoiled Mythics

The second part of Ixalan's Mythics have finally arrived!

Two weeks have passed since the last time we looked at the spoiled mythics, and things have changed a lot. Exactly seven more in-set mythics have been printed, as well as the Planeswalkers from the Planeswalker decks that will be included in this list. While these inclusions have added a significant amount of flavor to the story, they didn’t add a whole lot that will impact EDH in a strong way. Just like last time, we’ll start with the Planeswalkers, then move on to the new Legendary creature, and finally the miscellaneous other cards.

Huatli, Dinosaur Knight

Jace, Ingenious Mind-Mage

This Jace is something a little more appealing. I’d pick up your March of the Machines now before people start to see the potential to be had there. Sure, two card combos are breakable, but Teferi, Temporal Archmage has already shown how scary being able to untap a large number of things can really be. Jace, Ingenious Mind-Mage, March of the Machines, The Chain Veil, and a number of artifacts or creatures that can create five mana is just one more infinite combos to add to the list. While it may be very card-intensive, having access to any amount of mana or draws is never a bad thing, especially since it culminates to you being able to steal all of your opponents’ creatures. Jace, Ingenious Mind-Mage is everything Huatli, Dinosaur Knight isn’t: good.

Huatli, Warrior Poet

While not as fantastic in EDH as Jace, Ingenious Mind-Mage, it’s certainly leaps and bounds ahead of the other Huatli. Planeswalkers are printed with Standard and draft in mind first, which means that many of them are hard to work into EDH. With that in mind, I do believe that Huatli, Warrior Poet was printed at a good power level, but it, unfortunately, doesn’t do much for EDH. Her plus is definitely a decent ability, it just might not make the biggest impact on the game. Boros decks that have a focus on life gain may want to run this if they go narrow, but this card looks like it will be phased out of decks after some experimentation with it. The ultimate has the potential to get your creatures in for the final swing, but Boros traditionally makes tokens. If you’re going wide, then removing some blockers might not change much. Overall, I think Huatli, Warrior Poet is a fair card, but I don’t think it brings a whole lot to the table.

Vraska, Relic Seeker

Of all the Planeswalkers being printed in this set, Vraska, Relic Seeker definitely appeals to me the most. The fact that her plus puts her up two is always a good thing, especially since she comes in with 6 loyalty. Without being focused down, this card will be harder than most to just wipe off the board. The 2/2 with menace that it brings is much like Huatli, Warrior Poet’s 3/3: Neither is going to drastically change the game, but something is always better than nothing. The -3 is especially good in EDH. The fact that it can check three different card types is just perfect. And of course, I can’t forget the ultimate. I’ve spent a few games clinging on with just one life, and it is supremely unpleasant. Every player wants to be the one to knock someone out, especially if it’s as easy as dealing one damage. Even if you can’t finish them off after dropping them to one, I guarantee that someone else at the table will be more than happy to do it for you.

Vona, Butcher of Magan

I’m having such a hard time evaluating this card. My problem with it is the same one everyone has: ‘Activate this ability only during your turn’. I’m going to lean on the side of this card being good, but I doubt it will ever be worth more than $5 after Ixalan starts being opened. A five drop 4/4 with two keywords is definitely more than fair. It gives you a chance to swing, gain four life, then blow up something, making it close to a Vindicate on a stick. It also has the benefit of being a Vampire and a Knight, which are very common and popular creature types. Because of this, I feel like Vona will be a deck players build when they’re looking for something to do, not because they want him to be the next amazing thing. He’s a good card, just not a great one.

Overflowing Insight

I cannot trust this card in the slightest. Seven mana is just too much for a hard cast. While I understand that one mana for one card is an insanely good deal, I wouldn’t want to draw this card three turns in and sit on it. If you do manage to hard cast this, you’ll want to be able to do something else with what you’ve drawn. It’s a blue spell, you’ll be drawing counterspells or combo pieces. Another downside is the fact that it says ‘target player’; this may be an issue that’s not too common, but I play in playgroups that use Misdirect, Redirect, and Wild Ricochet. There’s just too much risk involved in this card for me to be happy with it. When I first saw it on the poorly photographed leak sheet, I thought the casting cost was UUUU, and I was absolutely elated. That’s a mythic level draw spell, that’s real power. I understand that paying four for seven cards is absolutely nuts, but a part of me wanted it to be that nuts. Without an X in the casting cost, this card will be dead in your hand more often than you’d like, and I’d suggest staying away from it.

Dire Fleet Ravager

It’s hard for me to be mad at this card. Five for a 4/4 with Menace and Deathtouch is so rude. I thought First Strike and Deathtouch was mean, but this is plain rude. Four damage isn’t the end of the world, but if its owner is playing blink effects, they’ll probably want it gone. Dire Fleet Ravager is either forcing a board wipe, a kill spell, or double blocks. This is the kind of card that takes the focus away from combo pieces while also having a fun ETB. I’ve always loved Heartless Hidetsugu, so this just adds to the mess. Good bait, funny card, but it will most likely be phased out of most decks over time unless you play against life gain decks.

Wakening Sun’s Avatar

An 8 drop board wipe? I’m going to pass on this one. The reusability of the ETB, being in a color that’s strong with blinking, and tribe-specific destruction makes it a choice pick for decks that can abuse it; it’s just getting it on the field and keeping it there that can become an issue. Much like Overflowing Insight, you’ll need to be able to not only cast it but protect it as well. I expect to see Wakening Sun’s Avatar hit the table every now and then, and I expect it to hit hard. Maybe I’ll get the chance to see someone use it in a way that makes me fear it, but for right now, I see it as a slow-moving card that does the same job Wrath of God can.

Axis of Mortality

With the poor taste left in my mouth after some of the previously mentioned cards, it’s hard for me to even get excited for this one. Axis of Mortality does seem like a fun politics card, and do plan on running it just for fun. It’s quirky in the sense that it’s a ‘may’ ability, so you can hold on to life totals if you feel like it, but I feel like it could have been a funnier card if you were forced to do it. It’s just another trigger to keep track of, and it could potentially get you out of a pinch, but I rarely play games where swapping life totals can mean the difference between life or death, especially at your upkeep. During most games, my opponents and I spread the pain around and keep everyone at rather similar life totals. If this is not the case for your table, I’d suggest giving it a shot just for laughs.

This list wraps up all of the mythics from Ixalan, meaning we won’t see anything new until late December and early January. A few more products will be coming out between now and then, and I hope to continue creating articles about them as they appear. For now, we’re stuck with Ixalan, and I think I’ve set my opinion as ‘alright’. There’s nothing particularly terrible about it, but it’s also no diamond in the rough. I’d rather take an okay set over a bad one any day.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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Toulouse Grande, Ari's Dog, Stole The Spotlight In The 'thank u, next' Music Video

Any dog other than Toulouse Grande? Thank you, next!


For those of you who don't know (or who are jumping on the Ariana Grande train just now), Toulouse is one of Ariana's many dogs. He's appeared in a few other music videos, like 'Right There' and 'No Tears Left To Cry'. However, his cameo was most prominent in her latest music video for 'thank u, next', which, by the way, broke YouTube records.

1. He's first seen rolling up with Ari, dressed as Elle Woods from Legally Blonde

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Toulouse called shotgun.

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4. Toulouse has no fear of the spotlight with his mommy by his side

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Nerves? Thank you, next.

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He's living his best life.

6. How could you forget his studded collar?

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This collar probably costs more than my car.

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An absolute ICON.

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Only the best smooches for Toulouse.

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