Welcome to the sixth official day of spoiler season for the newest Magic: The Gathering set, Kaladesh. Wizards of the Coast has spoiled the majority of the set over the past week, as well as during their time at PAX West – if you’re just joining us, you can find more information about what’s been spoiled by Wizards of the Coast so far in our previous article. We also have some exciting news today, featuring a new Magic: The Gathering premium feature called Masterpiece Series, which will begin in Kaladesh with the Kaladesh Inventions.
Our first spoiler for the day is the final card in the Gearhulk cycle, courtesy of Toplevel Podcast. Combustible Gearhulk is a 6/6 Construct which costs four generic and two Red mana to cast and has the First Strike ability. When it enters the battlefield, your opponent may have you draw the top three cards of your library. If they choose not to have you draw those cards, then the top three cards of your library go into your graveyard, and Combustible Gearhulk deals damage to your opponent equal to the total converted mana cost of those cards.
Next up is a spoiler from French website jeuxvideo.com, which has been translated as “Tool Shaper Exemplar” (credit for translation goes to reddit user hubay). Tool Shaper Exemplar is a 1/1 Dwarf Artificer which has a casting cost of one White mana; at the beginning of combat on your turn, if you control an Artifact, Tool Shaper Exemplar gets +2/+1 until the end of turn. If you control three or more artifacts, Tool Shaper Exemplar gets the First Strike ability as well.
While Catalysmic Gearhulk was spoiled a week ago, it seems that it was done in error, according to this article from Wizards of the Coast. To make up for giving players information on a card they already knew about, Wizards of the Coast has included a second spoiler card in this article, the White Enchantment Consulate Surveillance, which has a casting cost of three generic and one White mana. When it enters the battlefield, you get four energy counters; you can pay two energy counters to prevent damage from a source of your choice.
Senior Magic: The Gathering Research and Development Game Designer Ian Duke shares a spoiler card on his Twitter account; his is the 1/3 Bird Glint-Nest Crane, which has a casting cost of one generic and one Blue mana. In addition to having the Flying ability, Glint-Nest Crane lets you look at the top four cards of your library when it enters the battlefield. You may reveal an Artifact from these cards and put it into your hand; the rest of the cards go to the bottom of your library in any order. Aaron Forsythe, the Director of Research and Development, also shares a card on his Twitter account; Eliminate the Competition is a Sorcery spell with a casting cost of four generic and one Black mana, and also requires you to sacrifice X Creatures. Eliminate the Competition destroys X creatures.
Up next is the Green Instant Blossoming Defense, from Magic: The Gathering podcast Masters of Modern. Blossoming Defense has a casting cost of one Green mana, and gives target creature you control +2/+2 and the Hexproof ability until the end of turn.
Wizards of the Coast Community Ambassador Tolarian Community College has another spoiler card to share with us, Electrostatic Pummeler. This 1/1 Construct has a casting cost of three generic mana, and gives you three energy counters when it enters the battlefield. By paying three energy counters, you can give Electrostatic Pummeler +X/+X until the end of turn, where X is its power.
Nerdist.com has an article detailing their three spoiler cards, all of which bear the new Aetherborn Creature subtype. The first of these spoilers is the vanilla 3/4 Prakhata Club Security, which has a casting cost of three generic and one Black mana. Next is the 3/2 Lawless Broker, an Aetherborn Rogue with a casting cost of two generic and one Black mana. When it dies, you get to put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control. Finally, we have Contraband Kingpin, a 1/4 Aetherborn Rogue with the Lifelink ability and a casting cost of one Blue and one Black mana. Whenever an Artifact enters the battlefield under your control, you can Scry 1.
Our final spoilers for the day concern a new premium line of cards which will be included alongside every block for the foreseeable future. These cards are called the “Masterpiece Series” – a line of thematically relevant, special frames, and distinctively symboled foil cards which are a mixture of reprints from older sets, and printings of cards from the block they appear alongside. Players can find Masterpiece Series cards in Booster Packs, although the rate of finding one is quite low, with them being even rarer than mythic rares (Wizards of the Coast puts finding one at roughly one card in every one hundred and forty-four Booster Packs).
It’s important to note that the reprints that appear in the Masterpiece Series are not considered to be a part of the block they’re printed alongside and are thus not Standard-legal – if a player finds one in a Booster Pack during a Draft or Pre-release event they can use it in their deck, but otherwise are only legal in formats where they are already legal (so if you pull a Masterpiece Series Mana Crypt, you can’t use it in your Standard deck, only in Vintage and Commander/EDH).
Wizards of the Coast has explained that the Masterpiece Series has come to be as a result of trying to make the Standard format accessible to new players while also meeting demands for highly sought-after Magic: The Gathering reprint cards; the Masterpiece Series allows them to reprint the cards players want, while also keeping Standard from becoming unhealthily warped in terms of card strength.
The Masterpiece Series begins with the “Kaladesh Inventions” (and retroactively includes the Battle for Zendikar blocks Zendikar Expeditions); cards known to be in Kaladesh Inventions so far include Verdurous Gearhulk and the rest of the Gearhulk cycle, Hangarback Walker, Mana Crypt and Gauntlet of Power. Kaladesh Booster Packs will contain thirty cards from the Kaladesh Inventions line, while Aether Revolt Booster Packs will contain the other twenty-four.
(Edit 09/12/2016: The full list of the Kaladesh Inventions that will be included alongside Kaladesh was spoiled after the publication of this article. You can find information on those cards here.)
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