Fact or Fiction: Unpacking the May 2016 Release Announcements

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TCGplayer Staff
5/16/2016 6:35:00 PM
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Lots and lots and lots of information about future releases got dumped on us on Monday, via the mothership. It was a lot to take in, so we decided to do a quick little recap in video form just to break everything down.

It’s only about four minutes long, but if you don’t have time for the video, here’s the summary of what we chat about.

Kaladesh this September, Aether Revolt in January 2017. The block after Shadows over Innistrad/Eldritch Moon takes us to Kaladesh, home plane of Chandra Nalaar. We muse about what the newest iteration of Chandra will be while Jon fails to realize that Innistrad block did not have a Legendary Werewolf in it.

Planeswalker decks for each set, starting with Kaladesh. They will be 60 cards, designed to transition players that are still learning to FNM. Mark Rosewater goes into more detail, but the jist is that deck features a few cards that are only obtainable by buying the deck:

—A Planeswalker that’s “expensive to cast and splashy” and won’t make”established players… feel obligated to buy the Planeswalker decks.” So ostensibly, if the Planeswalker’s not suitable for competitive play and the other unique spells in the deck revolve around that Planeswalker, then competitive players should have no need for this supplemental product.

—Two copies of a rare spell that tutors for the specific Planeswalker and also does something else that’s probably great.

—Three copies of some uncommon that gets better when you have the Planeswalker in play.

—Four copies of a common that said Planeswalker would cast, were they so inclined.

—Four copies of one of the “common” dual lands that were originally printed in Oath of the Gatewatch or Shadows over Innistrad. These are Cinder Barrens, Forsaken Sanctuary, Foul Orchard, Highland Lake, Meandering River, Stone Quarry, Submerged Boneyard, Timber Gorge, Tranquil Expanse, Woodland Stream. Wizards wants that cycle of lands to stay in Standard in perpetuity, so they’ll be around for a while.

Commander 2016 drops in November. The newest Commander set will have five decks, each with a different four-color Commander. Our fingers are crossed that the Commanders will be able to offer up decent name for those four-color decks that pop up every now and again. The days of Dark Jeskai/Mardu Green/Light Sultai are (hopefully) over.

All those promo Planes are now available in one place. Planechase Anthology also drops in November, bundling all the previous Planechase goodies together in one tight package. Jon is really excited for this one because he loves playing with the planes but somehow never owned any for himself. (It's going to be great to easily fix that.)

The next Duel Deck installment pits Nissa against Ob Nixilis. I’m excited for this one too, because the idea of beating Ryan into the ground on-camera again appeals greatly to us.

Conspiracy: Take the Crown releases in August. We’ve done a couple Conspiracy drafts at the office, and they always turned out the same—whoever got passed the most Conspiracy cards won the draft. It was a frustrating wrinkle on what was otherwise a really cool and unique Limited experience.

Hopefully, this was helpful for you. There was a lot of information to take in, and it boggled our minds. Thanks for reading, and if you end up watching the video, please vote for Jon (who wrote this summary) to smash Ryan in our next Duel Decks review video. A vote for Jon is a promise he’ll do something silly while retaining priority again, if only for the added value of confusing everyone else.

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