Previewed on ChannelFireball.com by Luis Scott-Vargas, Skirsdag High Priest is one of the newest Magic: the Gathering cards to be revealed from Wizards of the Coast’s upcoming expert expansion set Innistrad.
Skirsdag High Priest – 1B
Creature – Human Cleric (Rare)
Morbid – Tap, Tap two untapped creatures you control: Put a 5/5 black Demon creature token with flying onto the battlefield. Activate this ability only if a creature died this turn.
“Thraben’s pleas fall on deaf ears. Ours do not.”
Skirsdag High Priest makes clever use out of Innistrad‘s new mechanic Morbid. Like Reaper from the Abyss and Hollowhenge Scavenger, it doesn’t matter if you’ve used a a removal spell like Geth’s Verdict or Go for the Throat on an opponent’s creature or activated a Birthing Pod or Culling Dais to sacrifice one of your own creatures to fulfill the morbid part of Skirsdag High Priest’s activation cost. Another idea might be to combine Skirsdag High Priest from Innistrad with Sticher’s Apprentice so that you’ll always be able to have a creature die.
No matter how you make a creature die, you’ll still need a couple of other creatures in play to tap for Skirsdag High Priest’s ability – making this Innistrad card’s success highly disturbed by an opponent’s creature removal.
Should you actually be able to activate Skirsdag High Priest more than once though, it will be a safe bet that the game will end in your favor – especially in limited.
How will you use Skirsdag High Preist?
Several other recent Innistrad spoiler cards include Stromkirk Noble, Fiend Hunter, Kruin Outlaw, Liliana of the Veil, Reaper from the Abyss, Hinterland Harbor, Moonmist, and Diregaf Ghoul.
Innistrad contains 264 cards and will be released on September 30, 2011. Innistrad will be followed by Dark Ascension.
Innistrad Prerelease events will occur on September 24-25, 2011, there will be Innistrad Launch Parties on September 30-October 3, 2011, and Innistrad will be released on Magic Online October 17, 2011. The Innistrad Game Day will be on October 29-30, 2011.
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