First Amonkhet Spoilers, New Invocation Masterpieces, Modern Masters 2017 & Mike Davis
Join Joseph Dunlap and Joe Butcher in this week’s episode of Ten Minute Magic, a bi-weekly podcast format that highlights recent news in the world of Magic: The Gathering and looks at recent content on Manaleak.com.
This is what’s been going on in Magic: the Gathering this past month…
1. First Amonkhet cards spoiled
April 3rd marked the beginning of the new spoiler season for Amonkhet; the new Magic: the Gathering set due to release April 28th.
The new spoilers have revealed some of the mechanics for the set including a re-using of the Cycling Mechanic first released in Urza’s Saga of 1998-99 and reprinted in Alara. The other mechanic released is known as Embalm, a keyword ability. Embalm can only be activated when the creature with the ability is in the Graveyard. Activating it by paying its costs creates a token copy of the creature, but it becomes a Mono White card and gains the Zombie subtype on top of its other types. Token cards featuring each of the creature cards, but in mummified form will be released in order to emphasise the flavour of the ability.
Finally, the third mechanic revealed is called Exert. When a creature with the exert ability is declared as an attacker, its controller decided whether to exert their creature or not. By exerting, they gain an effect, but in return, the creature does not untap during its controller’s next untap step.
The final currently spoiled part of Amonkhet leads nicely onto…
2. Amonkhet Masterpieces
Much like Battle for Zendikar and Kaladesh, Amonkhet will have re- printings of older cards with special new artwork. These cards are known as the Amonkhet Invocations and include re- printings of cards such as Force of Will, Dark Ritual and Vindicate. These cards feature new borders and artwork as well stylized names in the likeness of Egyptian Hieroglyphics.
The full list was released today, March 28th through a variety of methods including online and through both Professional Teams as well as individual players such as Paul Cheon, Caleb Durward, Neal Oliver, Team ChannelFireball Fire and Team ChannelFireball Ice.
The only cards missing from this list are the Invocations that feature Amonkhet cards, so we can expect to see the remainder of them as we progress through the spoiler season.
3. Modern Masters 2017
Whilst slightly outdated, the third set of Modern Masters was released on Friday 17th March. A Limited focused set, it looked to reprint high demand and popularity cards from the Modern Format. Spanning from 8th Edition all the way through to Magic 2014, it released 249 cards in English, Simplified Chinese and Japanese. Within the reprints, incredibly high value cards were reproduced including Tarmogoyf, Liliana of the Veil and Snapcaster Mage.
MM3 consisted of 6 cycles: Shard Creatures; Uncommon Creatures that have shard mana costs, Shard Rares; 5 rare spells that have the same shard mana costs, Shard Lands; 5 lands that enter tapped and produce 3 colours, Enemy Colour Fetchlands, all 10 Guildgates and all 10 Guild Signets.
The set released with 20 tokens, one emblem and broke down into having 101 Commons, 80 Uncommons, 53 Rares and 15 Mythic Rares.
4. Mike Davis passes away
We are sorry to announce that Mike Davis has passed away after his battle with cancer.
For those who don’t know the name, he was a close friend of Richard Garfield (the so- called “father” of Magic: the Gathering) who convinced Richard to travel to Seattle and pitch a game to the small company Wizards of the Coast.
Mike ended up as the Vice President of Wizard’s Research and Development and was the namesake of the card Jayemdae Tome. For those puzzled by this fact, Mike Davis’ full name was James Mike Davis and his initials were the inspiration for the card’s name.
He also was the man responsible for hiring one of the most well-known personalities in Magic: the Gathering; Mark Rosewater and became his mentor before his untimely passing.
Thank you, Mike for your contributions and we hope that you Rest in Peace.
Articles of the Week
- 10 Important Things I Learned When Teaching People Magic: The Gathering, by Katie Roberts.
- What is The Best/Worst Set In Magic: The Gathering’s History? – By Craig “Prof” Jones
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