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January 04, 2017 marks the third day of an abbreviated preview season for Magic: The Gathering‘s newest expansion set, Aether Revolt; usually Wizards of the Coast releases preview cards over the course of two weeks, but for this set they’ve chosen to use an accelerated schedule that puts information on all of the cards into the hands of players by January 06, 2017. Our article detailing the cards previewed from yesterday can be found here.

The first five spoilers for the day are a cycle of common-rarity artifacts discussed in this article from Wizards of the Coast.

Magic: The Gathering, Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, Wizards of the Coast

Implement of Improvement, Implement of Examination, Implement of Malice, Implement of Combustion, Implement of Ferocity (source)

  • Implement of Improvement: Artifact, casting cost of one generic mana. By paying one white mana, you can sacrifice Implement of Improvement to gain two life. When Implement of Improvement is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, draw a card.
  • Implement of Examination: Artifact, casting cost of three generic mana. By paying one blue mana, you can sacrifice Implement of Examination to draw a card. When Implement of Examination is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, draw a card.
  • Implement of Malice: Artifact, casting cost of two generic mana. By paying one black mana, you can sacrifice Implement of Malice to force target player to discard a card only at any time you could cast a sorcery. When Implement of Malice is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, draw a card.
  • Implement of Combustion: Artifact, casting cost of one generic mana. By paying one red mana, you can sacrifice Implement of Combustion to deal one damage to target player. When Implement of Combustion is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, draw a card.
  • Implement of Ferocity: Artifact, casting cost of one generic mana. By paying one green mana, you can sacrifice Implement of Ferocity to put a +1/+1 counter on target creature only at any time you could cast a sorcery. When Implement of Ferocity is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, draw a card.

Magic: The Gathering content creators and storefronts StarCityGames and ChannelFireball both have spoiler cards related to one of the story characters from Aether Revolt – Baral, whose actions forced a young Chandra’s spark to first ignite in Ghirapur.

Magic: The Gathering, Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, Wizards of the Coast

Baral, Chief of Compliance (source); Baral’s Expertise (source)

  • Baral, Chief of Compliance: Legendary Creature (Human Wizard), casting cost of one generic and one blue mana, 1/3. Instant and sorcery spells you cast cost one less generic mana to cast. Whenever a spell or ability you control counters a spell, you may draw a card. If you do, discard a card.
  • Baral’s Expertise: Sorcery, casting cost of three generic and two blue mana. Return up to three target artifacts and/or creatures to their owner’s hands; you may cast a card with a converted mana cost of four or less from your hand without paying it’s mana cost.

A slew of cards from non-English sources were revealed today; here are the first four of these spoilers.

Magic: The Gathering, Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, Wizards of the Coast

Skyship Bandit (source unknown); Lightning Runner (source); Outland Boar, Weldfast Engineer (source)

  • Skyship Bandit: Creature (Human Rogue), casting cost of one generic and one blue mana, 2/1. Skyship Bandit has Flying and “Whenever Skyship Bandit deals combat damage to a player, you choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there”. Credit for card translation goes to MTGSalvation moderator Marquisd.
  • Lightning Runner: Creature (Human Warrior), casting cost of three generic and two red mana, 2/2. Lightning Runner has Double Strike and Haste; when Lightning Runner attacks, you gain two energy counters, and then you may pay eight energy counters. If you do, untap all creatures you control and there is an additional combat phase after this one. Credit for card translation goes to MTGSalvation user nal2.
  • Outland Boar: Creature (Boar), casting cost of two generic, one red and one green mana, 4/4. Outland Boar can’t be blocked by creatures with power two or less. Credit for card translation goes to MTGSalvation user clan_iraq.
  • Weldfast Engineer: Creature (Human Artificer), casting cost of one generic, one black, and one red mana, 3/3. At the beginning of combat on your turn, target artifact creature you control gets +2/+0 until end of turn. Credit for card translation goes to MTGSalvation user clan_iraq.

The next batch of non-English spoilers includes some from big name stores, such as Japanese storefront Bigmagic.

Magic: The Gathering, Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, Wizards of the Coast

Call for Unity (source); Aetherborn Warrior (source); Aethertide Whale (source); Hidden Reserve (source)

  • Call for Unity: Enchantment, casting cost of three generic and two white mana. Call for Unity has the new Revolt ability word, which activates whenever a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn; for Call for Unity, this puts a “Unity counter” on itself. Creatures you control get +1/+1 for each “Unity counter” on Call for Unity. Credit for card translation goes to reddit user Saitamarama.
  • Aetherborn Warrior: Creature (Aetherborn Warrior), casting cost of two generic and one black mana, 3/2. Aetherborn Warrior has the new Revolt ability word, which activates whenever a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn; for Aetherborn Warrior, this gives target creature -3/-3 until the end of turn. Credit for card translation goes to reddit user wildfire393.
  • Aethertide Whale: Creature (Whale), casting cost of four generic and two blue mana, 6/4. Aethertide Whale has Flying and “When Aethertide Whale enters the battlefield, you get six energy counters. By paying four energy counters, you can return Aethertide Whale to your hand”. Credit for card translation goes to MTGSalvation user Caranthir.
  • Hidden Reserve: Enchantment, casting cost of one black and one white mana. Hidden Reserve has the new Revolt ability word, which activates whenever a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn; for Hidden Reserve, this creates a 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature token at the beginning of your end step. By paying one generic mana and sacrificing a creature, you can Scry 1. Credit for card translation goes to MTGSalvation user PlagueRus.

Quite a few cards were also spoiled by Wizards of the Coast staff members and accounts.

Magic: The Gathering, Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, Wizards of the Coast

Walking Ballista (source), Cogwork Assembler (source), Renegade Wheelsmith (source), Spire Patrol (source), Gifted Aetherborn (source)

  • Walking Ballista: Artifact Creature (Construct), casting cost of  double X generic mana, 0/0. Walking Ballista enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters. By paying four generic mana, you can put one +1/+1 counters on it, and by removing one +1/+1 counter you can have it deal one  damage to target creature or player.
  • Cogwork Assembler: Artifact Creature (Assembly-Worker), casting cost of three generic mana, 2/3. By paying seven generic mana, you can create a token that’s a copy of target artifact; that token gains Haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step.
  • Renegade Wheelsmith: Creature (Dwarf Pilot), casting cost of one generic, one red, and one white mana, 3/2. Whenever Renegade Wheelsmith becomes tapped, target creature can’t be blocked this turn.
  • Spire Patrol: Creature (Human Soldier), casting cost of two generic, one white, and one blue mana, 3/2. Spire Patrol has Flying and “When Spire Patrol enters the battlefield, tap target creature an opponent controls. That creature doesn’t untap during its controller’s next untap step”.
  • Gifted Aetherborn: Creature (Aetherborn Vampire), casting cost of two black mana, 2/3. Gifted Aetherborn has Deathtouch and Lifelink.

The final four spoilers for Wednesday, January 04, 2017 are as follows.

Magic: The Gathering, Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, Wizards of the Coast

Exquisite Archangel (source), Treasure Keeper (source), Hidden Herbalists (source), Solemn Recruit (source)

  • Exquisite Archangel: Creature (Angel), casting cost of five generic and two white mana, 5/5. Exquisite Archangel has Flying and “If you would lose the game, instead exile Exquisite Archangel and your life total becomes equal to your starting life total”.
  • Treasure Keeper: Artifact Creature (Construct), casting cost of four generic mana, 3/3. When Treasure Keeper dies, reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a nonland card with converted mana cost 3 or less. You may cast that card without paying its mana cost. Put all cards not cast this way on the bottom of your library in a random order.
  • Hidden Herbalists: Creature (Human Druid), casting cost of one generic and one green mana, 2/2. Hidden Herbalists has the new Revolt ability word, which activates whenever a permanent you controlled left this battlefield this turn; for Hidden Herbalists, this adds two green mana to your mana pool when it enters the battlefield.
  • Solemn Recruit: Creature (Dwarf Soldier), casting cost of one generic and two white mana, 2/2. Solemn Recruit has Double Strike and the new Revolt ability word, which activates whenever a permanent you controlled left this battlefield this turn; for Solemn Recruit, this puts a +1/+1 counter on it at the beginning of your end step. Credit for card translation goes to MTGSalvation moderator Marquisd.

Coverage of previews and leaks for Aether Revolt cards from 2016 can be found in our articles from November 29, December 4, December 5, December 6, December 12, December 15, December 18, December 24, and December 28, 2016.

Aether Revolt is set to release on January 20, 2017, with pre-release events happening on January 14 and January 15, 2017.

Stay tuned to TechRaptor for further coverage on Aether Revolt and all things Magic: The Gathering.

What are your thoughts on today’s Aether Revolt preview cards?  The cards spoiled up until today? Let us know in the comment section below.


Brandon Bobal

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Brandon writes articles with focuses on video and board games, and Magic: The Gathering. When he isn't doing research for his weekly Magic: The Gathering column, he can be found enjoying the outdoors.