While Magic: the Gathering‘s Dominaria spoiler season got an early start a few weeks ago thanks to an unfortunate leak, it’s now day one of the official spoiler season and there’s quite a bit going on.
First off, we have a new trailer for the set featuring Karn, one of the oldest characters in Magic who is still playing an active role in the story. This is pretty cool, as it’s easily the most flawless CG set trailer that Magic has ever pulled off:
The trailer dovetails nicely with this week’s installment of the Magic story, which we exclusively previewed yesterday. Another chapter of Dominaria’s story is due to release tomorrow.
Secondly, the new card frame for Legendary cards was revealed today in addition to a number of other rules and visual formatting changes covered on Wizards’ official site. Below we have the new Legendary frame and the new bar that separate rules and flavor text showcased on a reprint of Ezuri, Renegade Leader, from the upcoming “Duel Decks: Elves vs Inventors” product.
The Dominaria Rules and Mechanics article showcases the various returning keywords and new ones that the upcoming expansion will introduce to the game. Focusing on Dominaria’s theme of celebrating Magic‘s long history, the set is introducing Legendary Sorceries and Sagas, special card types that aim to flavorfully showcase events from the world’s past. It’s a big treat for longtime fans of the game.
A Reddit leak of Spanish language Dominaria Promo cards showcases the new frame that will be applied to promos at Friday Night Magic, a weekly event many game stores run. The leak seems to confirm that Llanowar Elves and Opt will be reprinted in Dominaria.
Finally, in a case of good news and bad news for players, Magic unveiled that the promotional card players will receive if they buy a box of Dominaria booster packs from a participating game store is Firesong and Sunspeaker. This card is a Legendary Creature, which makes it playable in Magic‘s popular Commander format as a “general” of a 99-card singleton deck. It’s also one of the first red and white legendary creatures that is not focused on interacting with combat– something Commander players have been asking for for a long time. But unlike previous buy-a-box promos, Firesong and Sunspeaker are only available through this promotion. You can’t open them in Dominaria boosters. This scarcity has caused a minor uproar among the more fiscally-minded members of Magic‘s community already, with many warning of the precedent that this sets for future expansions.
Paired along with the announcement of Firesong and Sunspeaker is the announcement of “Brawl,” a new format that will work similarly to Commander but only feature Standard-legal cards– meaning cards from the most recent few years of Magic expansions. More details to come on this format tomorrow.
We’re aiming to make these spoiler round-ups a semi-regular part of The Beat’s programming during Magic spoiler seasons, so check back frequently to stay caught up on the latest from Dominaria.
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