Quote from itazuranarisu »Flavor wise, why does this work for non artifacts?
Quote from leslak »No Ashiok comments?
Quote from Dusk707 »The wording of the card is important. Ichor is a word not often used in MTG, but 4 of the 5 previous times have been in reference to Phyrexia (specifically, New Phyrexia). I'm sure Wizards did this deliberately, as they could have easily called it Fountain of Oil or Fountain of Tar and used slightly different flavor text.
Quote from Ebline »I would hope that they would have learned by now from other foreshadowing and red-herring flops that showing us black, oily goop with that specific aesthetic and sinister flavortext wording as a misdirect or "joke" will play pretty poorly to a lot of people.
Quote from theMarc »Quote from krishnath »All of them look interesting and playable. Smiting Helix is going to become a staple in Mardu commander decks.I don't know about becoming a staple. Four mana is a big ask, considering how many things three damage doesn't kill. You're in the three colors best at killing creatures, so Smiting Helix will see some extremely stiff competition to make it into decks, even considering the fact that you can use it twice.
Quote from krishnath »All of them look interesting and playable. Smiting Helix is going to become a staple in Mardu commander decks.