I recently had a minor discussion with a friend of mine about the Gatecrash leaks that I posted about earlier this week. Something that was always in the back of my mind, but has became more of a possibility to me is the thought that these leaks are actually a marketing ploy by Wizards themselves.
Just like with the iPhone prototypes that were supposedly left on a bar stool, this situation reeks of Wizards using the supposed card leaks to generate buzz and provide free marketing about Gatecrash. This isn’t a bad thing per-say, as I kind of like the speculation and discussion that things like this bring about. This does however lead me to believe that more likely than not, because of what I just said, along with the fact that I haven’t seen Wizards say that these are fake cards, that these are indeed real Gatecrash cards.
I believe that the reason Wizards used foil representations of these cards for the leak is because they are much harder to fake. It’s possible, but not as easy, to make a fake foil MTG card than it is a non-foil. Coupled with the fact that these cards were leaked on the internet in the form of pictures, I again say, that these are likely real cards.
So, take that how you will, and let’s prepare ourselves for spoiler season… I’m excited!!!