Magic: the Gathering |OT| Ravnica Allegiance - These 5 Lands Will SHOCK You!

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ZealousD

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Gideon only has 2 abilities and is only shown as mythic in the picture because it is his Mythic Edition art. Mythics were supposed to at least have 3 abilities. Where does Rosewater state this? It would be pretty lame if that Gideon is taking up a mythic slot in the regular set.
Gideon's static ability is incredibly powerful though. Just compare him to Gideon of the Trials. You basically get the +0 of that card every single turn PLUS he can use a loyalty ability to support another creature.
 
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Gideon totally gonna sacrifice himself to kill/maim Bolas. Lili will probably survive somehow, but the whole thing will change her character.

IB mono-W Lili replacing Gideon.

Also, our theorizing about the lower rarity walkers was pretty close to the actual thing.
 
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Magic: the Gathering |OT| War of the Spark - Enter the Bo-Las (36 Planeswalkers)


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Welcome to the Multiverse!

Magic: the Gathering is a Trading Card Game, the first of its kind, developed by Richard Garfield and his playtesters for the gaming company Wizards of the Coast in 1993. You and your opponents play the role of dueling planeswalkers, wizards able to travel between dimensions known as planes to gather unique magic. Using customized decks made up of your spells, the creatures you can summon, your mana bonds with lands, and even other planeswalkers you can call in to help out, you try to defeat your foes.

Previously, the Gatewatch learned that Nicol Bolas has his sights set on the plane of Ravnica and we witnessed how the guilds of Ravnica were being manipulated by him. Now the dragon himself has arrived with his zombie Dreadhorde army. Planeswalkers flood into Ravnica, and now the city-world is at war.

War of the Spark has more planeswalkers than any set before, with 36 total in booster packs: 20 at uncommon, 13 at rare, and 3 at mythic rare, with an additional mythic rare planeswalker as a Buy a Box promo (for a total of 37). A planeswalker card is guaranteed in every booster pack.

Note that the majority of discussion happens on Discord now, but we'll be available for any questions here.

GETTING STARTED
Official guide to starting Magic

To see what a game is like, check out Geek and Sundry's Spellslinger series, where Day[9] battles various geek celebrities, often losing, using simple and easy to follow decks.

For the digital card game, you can play Magic Arena potentially for free. It has its own thread. Though it's now discontinued in light of Magic Arena, Magic Duels is still available to download for a single player Magic experience, and it can help a lot for figuring out the rules.

For the physical card game, there are many ways to get on board. If you go to a local game store (LGS), the owner will give you a simple Welcome Deck for free, after demonstrating how to play the game. The Spellslinger Starter Kit has two simple decks that you do not shuffle so you and a friend can get a guided tour through how a game of Magic can work. Planeswalker Decks are pre-constructed decks with four brand new cards, including unique planeswalker cards and one additional booster pack. While not particularly strong, they will allow you to actually play casual games. Challenger Decks will allow you to compete in Standard tournaments using real decks for, before release, much cheaper than buying the cards individually.

If you want to build your own deck, a Deckbuilder's Toolkit will give you a decent starting collection of cards, including 125 semi-random cards, basic lands, four booster packs, and perhaps most importantly, a good box for your cards.

Game stores will hold Magic Open House events specifically meant for new players, with people there to give you Welcome Decks and play teaching games. Experienced players are also encouraged to participate and help beginners, and everyone will get a promotional card for attending.

The big thing to look forward to, however, is the Prerelease event held for every set. You play using the Sealed format, where every player is given a box with six booster packs and a random additional rare card. From this pool of cards, all of which you keep, each player builds a deck of 40 cards and participates in a Swiss-system tournament. This is a fun and casual event, where everyone is still trying to figure out the set, so don't worry about messing up. In addition to normal duels, there are also Two-Headed Giant events, where you pair up with another player and face off against another team.

Prerelease events will be held on April 27–28, 2019. Magic Open House events will be on May 4–5, 2019. Call your local game store a few days ahead of time to register for the Prerelease, or they might just run out of room. Find local game stores here.


Number of Cards: 265 (+ 8 Planeswalker Deck cards and 1 Buy a Box promo)
Arena Release: April 25, 2019
Prerelease Weekend: April 27–28, 2019
Magic Open House: May 4–5, 2019
Draft Weekend: May 4–5, 2019
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Everyone Is Here (except Garruk)
You get a planeswalker, and you get a planeswalker! Everyone gets a planeswalker! There's a planeswalker in every pack: 20 at uncommon, 13 at rare, and 3 at mythic rare, with an additional mythic rare planeswalker as a Buy a Box promo (for a total of 37)



Every planeswalker has a static or triggered ability. The number of abilities increases with rarity, with only the mythic rare planeswalkers having ultimate abilities. Uncommon planeswalkers can't increase in loyalty on their own; you have to use the below keyword to do that.

There's an extra planeswalker only available as a Buy a Box promo.



Note that this is the only card with affinity for artifacts in the set, which is considered fine since it isn't in booster packs. Spells with affinity for artifacts cost (1) less for each artifact you control.

Proliferate


Returning from Scars of Mirrodin block, proliferate allows you to increase the number of counters for everything you want by one. If something has two counters, then it has three counters after you proliferate. +1/+1 counters, planeswalker loyalty counters, even energy. As a rule change from before, if a permanent or player has multiple types of counters, then you must add one of each of those counters or none at all.

Amass


Bolas has assembled an army of zombies. When you amass N, if you control an Army creature, then put N +1/+1 counters on one you control. If you don't control one, then you create a 0/0 Zombie Army and then put N +1/+1 counters on it.

SCHEDULE
Premier events schedule

War of the Spark
Start of reveals: April 1, 2019
Arena Release: April 25, 2019
Prerelease Weekend: April 27–28, 2019
Release Date: May 3, 2019
Magic Open House: May 4–5, 2019
Draft Weekend: May 4–5, 2019

RESOURCES
Official articles - Nicknamed the Mothership, these articles are the primary source of news. Recommended columns are Making Magic, written by the head designer, Mark Rosewater (aka MaRo); Magic Story, which tells the story, written by various authors; and Play Design, written by various Magic developers. The other articles generally discuss deck building.
Card image gallery - Best way to see all of the spoiled cards together, but only updates once a day.
Blogatog - Tumblr ran by Mark Rosewater where he answers questions, updates very frequently.
Drive to Work - Mark Rosewater's weekly podcast about Magic that he literally records as he drives to work. Two episodes are released every Friday.
MTG Reddit - The best place to get new card information. The community sucks, though.
Mythic Spoiler - A good way to see what cards have been spoiled, updates throughout the day.
Gatherer - The official method of searching through released cards. Has autocomplete.
Scryfall - The better search method, with bigger cards, but it doesn't have autocomplete.
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GLHFGodbless

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I'd be all over that Sorin if the +1 wasn't so underwhelming. Seems you'd just be better of playing Ajani, and his +1 goes well with Amass anyways, especially with Dreadhorde Invasion.

Dreadhorde is def going in several decks, standard Aristocrats def, maybe even modern!
 

aidan

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Liliana ain't gonna die, guys. That trailer, when she sees the sister protecting her younger brother, is clearly the start of her emotional redemption arc.
 

Imperfected

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Niv throwing his hat in the ring to be the 5CC for Dragons EDH, huh? Kind of already crowded up there, seems a bit unnecessary.
 

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I would be surprised if Liliana survives. Her story line bits have played out and Bolas threatened to kill her before anyway.
 

Hero

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Even ignoring the marketing aspect, they won't kill her off until they resolve a bunch of other story stuff with her. There's the Chain Veil, the Raven Man, Garruk, etc.
Garruk hasn't been relevant for years and War seemed like a perfect place for him to appear considering he's been hunting planeswalkers.
 
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I’d actually be interested to see a list of story beats that are left for the main cast. Anyone know enough to make one?

Garruk hasn't been relevant for years and War seemed like a perfect place for him to appear considering he's been hunting planeswalkers.
Let’s say we discount Garruk. Still leaves the Chain Veil and Raven Man as conflicts unresolved.
 

aidan

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I would be surprised if Liliana survives. Her story line bits have played out and Bolas threatened to kill her before anyway.
She's not dying.

The panel concluded with one more surprise: Weisman is writing a book two for Ravnica’s epic storyline. Teyo, Rat, Kaya, and Liliana will be the four main leads for this story.
Weisman has also been teasing Garruk, so it's likely he shows up in the next Ravnica novel, too.

Source: https://www.comicsbeat.com/eccc-19-magic-the-gathering-reveals-spoilers-from-its-avengers-level-war-of-the-spark-story/
 
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I would be surprised if Liliana survives. Her story line bits have played out and Bolas threatened to kill her before anyway.
In addition to the story threads unresolved, Liliana has a lot of room for character growth as well. She's primed and ready for a redemption arc. She will eventually become a BW Planeswalker and she can't die if that's going to happen. Liliana will be front and center for a long time to come.

Gideon is dealing the final blow and dying.
 
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