MTG: Announcement Day Aug 31, 2016

It’s a pretty big bunch of announcements for some great upcoming products.

  • Rise Among the Worthy” on the plane of Amonkhet. Discover a world ruled by Nicol Bolas when the first set of the Amonkhet block releases April 28, 2017.
  • Nicol Bolas is among the most powerful beings in the Multiverse—don’t face him alone! Much like the originalArchenemy release, Archenemy: Nicol Bolas pits you and two friends against a single powerful foe where you must work together to survive—or fall to Nicol Bolas himself.
  • The second set in the Amonkhet block, Hour of Devastation, releases July 14, 2017.
  • In the same spirit as Duel Decks: Anthology and Planechase Anthology, Commander Anthology gathers four previous Commander products together in one convenient package, releasing June 9, 2017.
  • Draft like a master once more as we release Modern Masters 2017 Edition March 17, 2017—featuring cards from Eighth Edition through Magic 2014, including new trips through Innistrad and Return to Ravnica.
  • Brains or brawn? Cunning or strength? Test your guile and brute force with Duel Decks: Mind vs. Might, releasing in May of 2017.
  • Updates to Magic: The Gathering: Puzzle Quest are here, with Kaladesh content!


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Overall, some rather exciting news for everyone, especially the reprints for those looking to make even more commander decks or add a few planeswalkers to their collection.


From the Vault: Lore Spoilers

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So this year’s From the Vault lineup is not the greatest, however still much better than say, Annihilation. You have a few Legacy mainstays such as Umezawa’s Jitte, Dark Depths and Cabal Ritual. A few flavor cards and mostly Commander stuff. I was really anticipating a planeswalker in here, more specifically Karn Liberated (since he got his spark while defeating the Phyrexians on Dominaria). Would have probably been a little cooler than having Obliterate for that era of the Magic: the Gathering storyline. The Marit Lage token is pretty sweet and thankfully doesn’t count in the fifteen cards of the box set.

Three alternate art cards is a little low, but I think that’s about average for the course for a FTV set. Conflux is a really sweet tutor for those 5 color Commander decks that even saw some fringe play in a Dream Halls Legacy deck a few years back. Definitely one of the less annoying tutors since it costs so darn much to cast in the first place. Getting this product at MSRP is still going to be a bit of a challenge, but I still suspect the price to be somewhat lower than previous over-hyped From the Vault sets.

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