Feels very “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”-esque.
Hopefully this one is actually good.

Wizards just recently announced their newest summer magic product (like Modern Masters of last year). Similar to Modern Masters, it’s another stand alone set designed to be drafted, but that’s where the similarities seem to end. Before I go further, I should probably give you the official announcement link:

Wizards of the Coast: Conspiracy

What do you mean you can’t read it? Awkwardly enough, this is the original “Official Announcement” for the product by wizards of the coast. But if you’re reading a three minute blog post on a local game-store’s website, you probably don’t have time to go and decrypt that entire page, so let’s just cut to the Translated Announcement. To further speed thing’s along, here’s everything you want to know, with bullet points!

  • Multiplayer Booster Draft Format
  • 15 Card Booster Packs (MSRP $3.99)
  • 36 Packs per Display
  • Black-Bordered Cards
  • Magic: The Gathering—Conspiracy will not be released on Magic Online, but certain cards from the set will be made available in Vintage Masters.
  • There are sixty-five new cards in Conspiracy. Fifty-two of the new cards will be legal in Legacy and Vintage; thirteen cards will not.
  • Release date: June 6th, 2014

As an aside, I find it really amusing they’re pointing out that the set is black bordered, like they’re threatening to give us white bordered cards again (from a fan: Please Don’t ). We also got two previewed cards from the set:

That’s right, these cards do really weird (but cool) things. This set is designed with multiplayer firmly in mind, and Magister of Worth shows us what ‘politics’ in a multiplayer game can get you. It’s worth noting that “Will of the council” is italicized, meaning it’s a keyword! There will be more cards that involve casting votes, so the real question is, how can you get people to vote for your cause? While Will of the council looks fun, I’m much more interested by the common spoiler.

Cogwork Librarian is a card that just makes me want to play more magic, because it’s something new, and it’s way outside the box of the normal cards we’ve seen. If you’ve ever had a secret love of Serum Powder, prepare to elope with this four mana construct. Seriously, I love this card. The design is perfect, and it reminds me of the UN-sets and some B.O.O. Drafts I’ve done (Build Our Own drafts, where a group of friends get together to design cards and draft them).

Speaking of magic card design, I’ll talk more about designing your own magic cards and drafting them with your friends next week, so until then, dream of steam-punk librarians, and get hyped for this summer’s magic set!