Welcome back! Today we’re looking over the spoilers so far for the new Magic: The Gathering set, Amonkhet, releasing April 28th. And boy, oh boy are there some awesome spoilers!
Amonkhet is a brand-new Egyptian-inspired plane, replete with jackals, crocodiles, snakes, and mummified zombie dudes. We have it all! We have desert lands, we have god cards, we have their trials, we have cartouches! (I’ll pause here while you go look that word up, then feel incredibly silly for not knowing what that was, just like I did.)
Now let’s look at some of the really cool things about this set. First of all, those god cards I mentioned. Pretty cool. They are all 3 to 4 CMC indestructible legendary creatures with an additional keyword that fits their respective colors. All of them are beefy creatures that aren’t allowed to attack unless they hit a certain trigger, but all of them have an activated ability that makes reaching that trigger point a little bit easier. And did I mention that you can use them to crew your Kaladesh-block vehicles? 😉
A few new mechanics also make their debut with this plane. Embalm is an activated ability that allows to exile the card in question from your graveyard at sorcery speed to create a zombie token copy of it with no mana cost. This mechanic is found in white, blue, and green cards of this set. Exert is found in the white and red cards. Exert can be triggered as the creature attacks, and prevents it from untapping during your next untap step. However, when you exert (especially if you can give that exert creature haste), you get some pretty amazing effects from it.
We’ve also seen a few new versions of some of our favorite members of the Gatewatch. Liliana and Gideon will have two versions, one of which will be available in their Planeswalker deck, and one of which will be a part of the regular set. Liliana, Death’s Majesty, like many of the black cards from the set, is based around -1/-1 counters and zombies. Fairly standard. Gideon of the Trials, however, is straight-up crazy. With one activation, he becomes PLATINUM GIDEON, giving you a token disallowing you from losing the game as long as you have a Gideon on the field. We’ve also gotten a sneak peek at Nissa, Steward of Elements who is *gasp* green and blue!!! She is the only Planeswalker thus far to have an X in her casting cost. Very interesting stuff indeed.
New split cards have entered play as well, although not without Wizards changing the rulings on how they work. They have an odd design, differentiating them from their split-card predecessors. Never // Return, notably, is a new (read: better) Hero’s Downfall for the same cost, and I could definitely see it being used.
So many good things, and we are barely scratching the surface here. This set is definitely one to look forward to! For more updates as spoilers are revealed, check out mtgsalvation.
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