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January 05, 2017 marks the fourth 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 Magic: The Gathering cards previewed from yesterday can be found here.

The first eight cards for the day were spoiled in this Wizards of the Coast article; the cards revealed are those that will be exclusive to the Aether Revolt Planeswalker Decks. Below are the four cards that will be in the Ajani Planeswalker Deck.

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Ajani’s Aid, Ajani’s Comrade, Inspiring Roar, Tranquil Expanse (source)

  • Ajani’s Aid: Enchantment, casting cost of two generic, one green, and one white mana. When Ajani’s Aid enters the battlefield, you may search your library and/or graveyard for a card named Ajani, Valiant Protector, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you search your library this way, shuffle it. Additionally, you can sacrifice Ajani’s Aid to prevent all combat damage a creature of your choice would deal this turn.
  • Ajani’s Comrade: Creature (Elf Soldier), casting cost of one generic and one green mana, 2/2. Ajani’s Comrade has Trample and “At the beginning of combat on your turn, if you control an Ajani planeswalker, put a +1/+1 counter on Ajani’s Comrade”.
  • Inspiring Roar: Sorcery, casting cost of three generic and one white mana. Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.
  • Tranquil Expanse: Land, enters the battlefield tapped. Taps to add either one green mana or one white mana to your mana pool.

Meanwhile, the following four Magic: The Gathering cards are those that players can expect to find in the Tezzeret Planeswalker Decks.

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Tezzeret’s Betrayal, Tezzeret’s Simulacrum, Pendulum of Patterns, Submerged Boneyard (source)

  • Tezzeret’s Betrayal: Sorcery, casting cost of three generic, one blue, and one black mana. Destroy target creature: you may search your library and/or graveyard for a card named Tezzeret, Master of Metal, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.
  • Tezzeret’s Simulacrum: Artifact Creature (Golem), casting cost of three generic mana, 2/3. By tapping Tezzeret’s Simulacrum, target opponent loses one life. However, if you control a Tezzeret Planeswalker, that opponent loses three life instead.
  • Pendulum of Patterns: Artifact, casting cost of two generic mana. When Pendulum of Patterns enters the battlefield, you gain three life. By paying five generic mana, tapping Pendulum of Patterns, and sacrificing it, you can draw a card.
  • Submerged Boneyard: Land, enters the battlefield tapped. Taps to add either one blue mana or one black mana to your mana pool.

We now move from spoilers from Wizards of the Coast employees and articles to those from Magic: The Gathering content creators.

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Hope of Ghirapur (source); Locket of Myths (source); Heroic Intervention (source); Aethersphere Harvester (source unknown)

  • Hope of Ghirapur: Legendary Artifact Creature (Thopter), casting cost of one generic mana, 1/1. Hope of Ghirapur has Flying and “Sacrifice Hope of Ghirapur: Until your next turn, target player who was dealt combat damage by Hope of Ghirapur this turn can’t cast noncreature spells”.
  • Locket of Myths: Artifact, casting cost of three generic mana. At the beginning of your upkeep, Scry 1, and whenever you cast a creature spell you may pay one green mana to draw a card. Credit for card translation goes to the card previewer.
  • Heroic Intervention: Instant, casting cost of one generic and one green mana. Permanents you control gain Indestructible and Hexproof until end of turn. Credit for card translation goes to reddit user WollyTD.
  • Aethersphere Harvester: Artifact (Vehicle), casting cost of three generic mana. Aethersphere Harvester has Flying and “When Aethersphere Harvester enters the battlefield, you gain two energy tokens”. By paying one energy token, you can give Aethersphere Harvester Lifelink until the end of turn. In addition, Aethersphere Harvester has Crew 1, requiring you to tap any number of creatures you control with total power of one or more to turn Aethersphere Harvester into an Artifact Creature until end of turn. When you do so, it becomes a 3/5 Artifact Creature. Credit for card translation goes to reddit user bltdl.

The next batch of cards includes some from the Magic: The Gathering subforum for Magic Duels, as well as the crew over at Gatheringmagic.

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Metallic Rebuke (source); Ravenous Intruder (source); Universal Solvent, Efficient Construction (source)

  • Metallic Rebuke: Instant, casting cost of two generic and one blue mana. Metallic Rebuke features the new Improvise mechanic, which allows players to tap artifacts that they control to help pay for the generic mana casting cost; each artifact you tap after activating mana abilities pays for one generic mana. Counter target spell unless its controller pays three generic mana.
  • Ravenous Intruder: Creature (Gremlin), casting cost of one generic and one red mana, 1/2. Sacrifice an artifact: Ravenous Intruder gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
  • Universal Solvent: Artifact, casting cost of one generic mana. By paying seven generic mana, tapping Universal Solvent, and sacrificing it, you can destroy target permanent.
  • Efficient Construction: Enchantment, casting cost of three generic and one blue mana. Whenever you cast an artifact spell, create a 1/1 colorless Thopter artifact creature token with Flying.

The Italian Magic: The Gathering YouTube channel has put out a preview video for their card; this comes alongside some cards from employees of Wizards of the Coast.

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Maverick Thopterist (source); Herald of Anguish (source); Kari Zev, Skyship Raider (source); Kari Zev’s Expertise (source)

  • Maverick Thopterist: Creature (Human Artificer), casting cost of three generic, one blue, and one red mana, 2/2. Maverick Thopterist features the new Improvise mechanic, which allows players to tap artifacts that they control to help pay for the generic mana casting cost; each artifact you tap after activating mana abilities pays for one generic mana. When Maverick Thopterist enters the battlefield, create two 1/1 Thopter artifact creature tokens with Flying. Credit for card translation goes to MTGSalvation moderator Marquisd.
  • Herald of Anguish: Creature (Demon), casting cost of five generic and two black mana, 5/5. Herald of Anguish has Flying and the new Improvise mechanic, which allows players to tap artifacts that they control to help pay for the generic mana casting cost; each artifact you tap after activating mana abilities pays for one generic mana. At the beginning of your end step, each opponent discards one card. Additionally, by paying one generic and one black mana and sacrificing an artifact, you can give target creature -2/-2 until the end of turn.
  • Kari Zev, Skyship Raider: Legendary Creature (Human Pirate), casting cost of one generic and one red mana, 1/3. Kari Zev, Skyship Raider has First Strike and Menace; whenever she attacks, create a legendary 2/1 red Monkey creature token named Ragavan that’s tapped and attacking. Exile that token at end of combat.
  • Kari Zev’s Expertise: Sorcery, casting cost of one generic and two red mana. Gain control of target creature or vehicle until end of turn. Untap it. It gains Haste until end of turn. You may cast a card with converted mana cost two or less from your hand without paying its mana cost.

The final five cards previewed on Thursday, January 06, 2017 are from Wizards of the Coast employee Benjamin Hayes, who Tweeted out a complete cycle of common-rarity “Aether” creature cards.

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Aether Inspector, Aether Swooper, Aether Poisoner (source); Aether Chaser, Aether Herder (source)

  • Aether Inspector: Creature (Dwarf Artificer), casting cost of three generic and one white mana, 2/3. Aether Inspector has Vigilance and “When Aether Inspector enters the battlefield, you get two energy counters”. Whenever Aether Inspector attacks, you may pay two energy counters. If you do, create a 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature token.
  • Aether Swooper: Creature (Vedalken Artificer), casting cost of one generic and one blue mana, 1/2. Aether Swooper has Flying and “When Aether Swooper enters the battlefield, you get two energy counters”. Whenever Aether Swooper attacks, you may pay two energy counters. If you do, create a 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature token.
  • Aether Poisoner: Creature (Human Artificer), casting cost of one generic and one black mana, 1/1. Aether Poisoner has Deathtouch and “When Aether Poisoner enters the battlefield, you get two energy counters”. Whenever Aether Poisoner attacks, you may pay two energy counters. If you do, create a 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature token.
  • Aether Chaser:  Creature (Human Artificer), casting cost of one generic and one red mana, 2/1. Aether Chaser has First Strike and “When Aether Chaser enters the battlefield, you get two energy counters”. Whenever Aether Chaser attacks, you may pay two energy counters. If you do, create a 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature token.
  • Aether Herder: Creature (Elf Artificer Druid), casting cost of three generic and one green mana, 3/3. When Aether Herder enters the battlefield, you get two energy counters. Whenever Aether Herder attacks, you may pay two energy counters. If you do, create a 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature token.

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.


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