Magic: First Amonkhet Leak! New Mechanic Revealed?
We’re approximately a month away from the release of Magic’s next expansion – the highly anticipated Amonkhet! As we enter approach the set release and enter the rumor season, images and card information from both official and unofficial sources will begin to appear. As always, information from unofficial sources, or “leaks”, may be true or cleverly disguise false information. Regardless, if any information is posted here on QueueTimes it is either very likely to be real, or confirmed by other sources.
If you’re ready to check out our first look at a (probably) new card and mechanic from Amonkhet, then read on! Obviously, spoiler alerts apply here. The picture below began circulating through the online Magic community, and the general consensus is that nothing about it appears to be fake or faulty:
Dusk – 2WW
Destroy all creatures with power greater than or equal to 3.
Dawn – 3WW
“Consequences” – Case this Sorcery only from your graveyard, then exile it.
Return all creature cards with power less than or equal to 2 from your graveyard to your hand.
Reserving comments about the aesthetics of the frame design used here, we can see two mechanics here, in one. First, we have the return of “split cards” – two cards put onto one wherein the player chooses to cast one side or the other, such as Fire//Ice. These originated in the Invasion Block and have returned in small numbers throughout Magic history since then. The last time we saw a spin on the mechanic was in the Dragon’s Maze, with “Fusion” mechanic, allowing player to play one or both sides of the split card if they wish.
Here we see another evolution of the card, where one side is useful in your hand and the other side is useful elsewhere. Split cards are usually kept to a limited number in sets and typically add no more than 10 per set that they appear in to Magic’s extensive catalog. The other interesting question this card raises is the introduction of the new “Consequences” keyword ability. It makes a lot of sense given the design of the card, but not so much outside of the context of split cards. Perhaps there are other cards we haven’t seen where being cast from the graveyard grants additional effects or power to the spells? The cost of having to exile a spell cast with Consequences would mean it would be contained to non-permanent type cards in the game, as permanents enter the battlefield when cast.
Regardless of any speculation, Dawn // Dusk is a very interesting kick off to the Amonkhet rumor season. Official previews will begin within two weeks, where we’ll see the new mechanics, Planeswalkers and more previewed leading up to the weekend of the prerelease on the weekend of April 15th, 2017. Until they, stick around with us as we review all the previews and incoming information for all things Magic and Amonkhet!