A cryptic, coded announcement was made on today’s Arcana article. Did the Dimir take hold of Wizard’s internet department? What’s going on?
Thankfully there are people out there who are much smarter than me, and the cryptic announcement has been decoded! From GatheringMagic.com
Pick. Plot. Play.
Experience a Magic format where the intrigues begin long before the first spells are cast! Revolutionary new abilities impact every part of the play experience, starting with the draft itself.
Cogwork Librarian—One of the sixty new Magic cards in Conspiracy.
The first-ever multiplayer-focused booster set has new Magic 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 Magic: The Gathering–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.
Number of Cards: 210
Release Date: June 6, 2014
Three-letter abbreviation: CNS
Twitter Hashtag: #MTGCNS
Initial Concept and Game Design: Shawn Main (lead), Dan Helland, David Humpherys, Kenneth Nagle, and Matt Tabak
Final Game Design and Development: David Humpherys (lead), Dan Emmons, K. Joseph Huber, Sam Stoddard, and Gavin Verhey, with contributions from Matt Tabak
Languages: English, Japanese, Chinese Simplified
Available in: Booster Packs
- Multiplayer Booster Draft Format
- 15 Card Booster Packs (MSRP $3.99) 36 Packs per Display
- Black-Bordered Cards
Release event promo card at participating WPN locations.
Magic, the Gathering: Conspiracy is coming!
As you know our group has been drafting my Commander Cube lately, and this seems right up our alley to keep things fresh and exciting.
The interactions of the cards within the draft are an interesting twist that we obviously haven’t seen before. You get to draft two cards out of one pack, but you have to give up a card in a previous pack in order to take the Librarian. Granted, you can take the Librarian in pack 1 and use it for an early double-up in packs 2 or 3, but a Librarian in packs 2 or 3 would be pretty bad, as you have to give up a potentially early good pick in those packs to ensure that you can get two good cards out of a future pack, and remember, every time you put the Librarian into a pack, you are giving it to someone else to take two cards out of a future pack. That said, if you end up with the Librarian, a 3/3 colorless for 4 mana is not a bad thing.
Voting will also be an interesting dynamic in multiplayer games. It should be interesting to see these cards work their way into Commander games as well. Political aspects in multiplayer games are already interesting, and this can only make it more so.
I plan on buying a box and drafting it with my play group, and I’m pretty excited about it! In fact, it could be fun to mix boosters of Conspiracy into drafting the Commander cube! I can’t wait to see what else they have in the set!