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Logo Conspiracy.jpg
Symbol a seal on a scroll
Design team Shawn Main (lead)
Dan Helland
David Humpherys
Kenneth Nagle
Matt Tabak
Development team David Humpherys (lead)
Dan Emmons
K. Joseph Huber
Sam Stoddard
Gavin Verhey
with contributions from:
Matt Tabak
Release Date June 6, 2014
Mechanics Conspiracy, "Draft-matters"
Keywords Will of the council, Parley, Dethrone, Hidden agenda, multikicker, landcycling and morbid
Size 210 (80 Commons, 60 Uncommons, 35 Rares, 10 Mythic Rares)
Expansion code CNS
Development code name Hydra
Magic: The Gathering
Chronology
Modern Event Deck Conspiracy Vintage Masters
This article is about the Conspiracy set. For the format, see Conspiracy (format).

Magic: The Gathering – Conspiracy is the first-ever multiplayer-focused Magic booster set. It is designed to be drafted. [1] [2] [3] [4]

Contents

[edit] Set details

Conspiracy contains 210 cards (80 Commons, 60 Uncommons, 35 Rares, 10 Mythic Rares and 25 cards in the land slot [5]); 65 are new cards with new mechanics that enhance multiplayer play. Returning favorites from throughout Magic 's history round out the set and cultivate an environment of deception and treachery. The Conspiracy set is designed to be drafted with six to eight players who then split into groups of three or four players for free-for-all multiplayer games. [6] The expansion symbol is a seal on a scroll.

Each Conspiracy pack has one "draft matters" card which is in the pack in lieu of a basic land.

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 are legal in Legacy and Vintage; thirteen cards with the new Conspiracy card type are not. [7] These 13 Conspiracies and and 12 draft affecting cards take the place of the normal basic land in a booster. The set features an all new planeswalker card for Dack Fayden. [8]

[edit] Flavor

All new cards in Conspiracy depict the environment of the Paliano, the High City on the plane of Fiora, which is the home of Dack Fayden and the setting of the Magic comic book published by IDW.[6]

[edit] Marketing

A preview card (Magister of Worth) was hidden in a Born of the Gods prerelease pack, which had a serial number printed on it, itself leading to a voice message that turned out to be a cipher for another card's information (Cogwork Librarian). [9] The official announcement was made on February 13 and was also ciphered, [10] with a version in clear posted the next day. [1]

During Pro Tour Journey Into Nyx, WOTC released a marketing video showing a draft session of conspiracy.[11] It was hosted and all rules were explained by Graham Stark, while the draft was set up with eight players: Kathleen De Vere, Marshall Sutcliffe, Brian David-Marshall, pro player David Williams, former NFL player Chris Kluwe, Nathan Holt, Kenji Egashira, and level 5 Judge Toby Elliot. Previously several short and humorous videos showing Graham inviting the players were broadcast.

[edit] Tokens / Emblem

  1. Manaw.gif 1/1 Spirit with flying for Doomed Traveler, Rousing of Souls and Custodi Soulbinders [12]
  2. Manab.gif */* Demon with flying for Reign of the Pit
  3. Manab.gif 2/2 Zombie for Wakedancer
  4. Manar.gif 4/4 Ogre for Grenzo's Rebuttal
  5. Manag.gif 3/3 Elephant for Terastodon, Selvala's Charge and Elephant Guide
  6. Manag.gif 1/1 Squirrel for Squirrel Nest
  7. Manag.gif 2/2 Wolf for Predator's Howl and Wolfbriar Elemental
  8. Manax.gif 1/1 Construct enchantment creature with defender for Sentinel Dispatch and Flamewright
  9. Emblem for Dack Fayden

[edit] Cycles

Conspiracy has three cycles.

[edit] Themes and mechanics

The set introduces ability words Will of the council and Parley. [13] Will of the Council allows the effect of cards to be decided by popular vote, with other cards giving players the ability to vote multiple times. Parlay on the other hand has each player reveal the top card of his or her library, then draw that card, with an additional effect for the player who used the Parley card that scales based on the number of nonland cards revealed this way.[14] A new keyword called Dethrone is also in the set, giving creatures additional +1/+1 counters if they attack the player with the highest life total. [15]

Conspiracy also includes a number of artifact creatures that affect the draft itself. These cards are drafted face-up, and can be used for a later effect such as for example putting them back into a booster to pick an additional card from that booster.

The set further introduces the new Conspiracy card type. These cards are of normal size with a regular card back, but can not be played in a deck as they have no casting cost. Instead these cards are placed in the Command zone at the beginning of the game and have their effects there. Some of these cards have the keyword Hidden agenda, which means they start the game face-down with something noted down for them. They can be turned face-up at any time so their effects become known to the entire table and can take place.

[edit] Rules

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wizards of the Coast. (February 14, 2014.) "Announcing Conspiracy", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Wizards of the Coast. (May 19, 2014.) "Magic: The Gathering — Conspiracy Credits", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Shawn Main. (May 20, 2014.) "Conspiring a Conspiracy", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Dave Humpherys. (May 20, 2014.) "Developing Conspiracy", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Sam Stoddard. (May 23, 2014.) "Preparing for Conspiracy Draft", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mark Rosewater. (May 19, 2014.) "Conspiracy Talk", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Trick Jarrett. (May 26, 2014.) "No Conspiracies Allowed", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Trick Jarrett. (April 29, 2014.) "Conspiracies Abound", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Haenig, Greg. A Conspiracy is Afoot!. Gathering Magic. Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
  10. Cdxjkki ll knz Axtzj. (February 13, 2014.) "Announcing GVYJTHQXGR", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Wizards of the Coast. (May 19, 2014.) "A Video Conspiracy", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Blake Rasmussen. (June 05, 2014.) "A Token Conspiracy", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Matt Tabak. (June 04, 2014.) "Conspiracy Release Notes", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Matt Tabak. (May 19, 2014.) "Mechanics of Conspiracy", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Sam Stoddard. (June 06, 2014.) "Conspiring For Fun", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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