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A few packs’ worth of cards from the upcoming Magic set appeared on the internet recently. The story appears to be that a few packs of this set were accidentally sent to and sold by a retailer in the US. For us, it means the cards give us some information on the new set. We can see that many of the original abilities of the Theros block have returned. Devotion is back, as are enchantment creatures, along with other original block aspects. The one new ability, Escape, looks like a way of bringing in the escape from the underworld theme of this set.
I have noted 6 things the spoilers show us. Let’s take a look:
A card with ‘heroic’ (an ability that gives a bonus when you cast a spell targeting the heroic creature) appeared in War of the Spark, again without the keyword. In this set heroic is back in larger numbers, but the keyword has been dropped.
2. Borderless planeswalkers are back
Elspeth is back and looking good. The art for this card is by Chuck Lukacs, who also did the art for the ‘hero’ cards from the original Theros block:
If we get alternate art cards in this style, I will be happy.
3. Borderless lands are back… sort of
This set of basic lands was found, each predominantly features the mana symbol, along with art that evokes the starfields which are so integral to the plane of Theros. I like them, but they are clearly not to everyone’s taste.
4 Sagas are back
The saga card type debuted in last year’s Dominaria block and were popular with many players, including me. It’s nice to see they will return in this set.
5. reprints are coming
These reprints are slightly different. Underworld Dreams is a very old card, printed here at uncommon instead of its normal rare status, and with changed art to fit in with the Theros setting. Banishing light is a reprint including the art, and was first seen in the original Theros block.
6. Nods to mythology return
Alirios is a nice nod to the tale of Narcissus. The card next to it confirms the return of Devotion, and ability tied to Theros.