Imprisoned in the Moon

That’s no moon… It’s a battle… er… prison

By JollyRoger

A certain preview card revealed today makes good on one of the promises  Magic R&D has made for the set: The Moon will play a large part in either the salvation; or the destruction of Innistrad. As it turns out, it will be the plane’s salvation. Many people saw this coming since the Helvault was used to trap Griselbrand (and Avacyn and Nahiri), and that was just a sliver of the Moon.

To top it off the design team did a great job of incorporating a lot of flavor into the the card. Take a look for yourself:

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That’s no moon… It’s a battle… er prison!

Not only does it trap the creature/land/planeswalker but it makes it a land that taps for a single colorless (what other color would the moon tap for?). This paired with Sigarda’s Blessing, a card that was also spoiled today, makes for instant speed removal in a very controlling color pair.

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Sigarda’s Blessing
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Enchantment
You may cast Aura and Equipment spells as though they had flash.

Whenever an Equipment enters the battlefield under your control, you may attach it to target creature you control.

The only flavor fail I see is that if my opponent successfully cast an Emrakul, The Promised End. They will still take my turn and stick this on one of my creatures/lands/planeswalkers. This effectively means that I would need to top-deck Imprisoned in the Moon on my turn after Emrakul  (my opponent) controls me, or have a way to draw into it.

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Conclusion

While I don’t see this as being one of the best cards in the set – it is an interesting and quite powerful effect for blue that still feels distinctly “blue.” The color has always had effects that change the properties of another card that could be considered as a type of removal – while leaving behind a minor beneficial effect for the opponent.

There is now a new tool in the blue “removal” suite that takes your opponent’s biggest threat and makes it do…well, nothing.