Update 12/19/2016: Blake Rasmussen , Editor-in-Chief of Daily MTG and Wizards of the Coast employee, has provided the English version of the Tezzeret card from Aether Revolt proper. TechRaptor almost nailed the translated name of this card perfectly - English Magic: The Gathering players can look forward to seeing Tezzeret the Schemer in their Aether Revolt booster packs in January 2017.
The original article follows below.
Yesterday, on December 18, 2016, the official Taiwanese Magic: The Gathering Facebook page posted a video giving more details on the setting for the next expansion set from Wizards of the Coast, Aether Revolt. In that video the second (and presumably final) Planeswalker card of the set was revealed: a new depiction of the antagonistic Tezzeret, originally from the Esper shard of Alara. While Magic: The Gathering players were aware of Tezzeret's presence on Kaladesh, and knew that he would be making an appearance in Aether Revolt thanks to Planeswalker deck details, the exact abilities and nature of his card weren't known until now.
Tezzeret, the Conspirator has a casting cost of two generic, one blue, and one black mana, enters the battlefield with five loyalty counters and has the following abilities (credit for ability translation goes to reddit user jack651411):
- +1: Create a colorless artifact token named "Etherium Stone," which has "Tap: Sacrifice this and add one mana of any color into your mana pool".
- -2: Target creature get +X/-X until end of turn, which X is the number of artifacts you control.
- -7: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of your combat phase, target artifact you control becomes a 5/5 artifact creature."
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Quick TakeWell ... it's a Planeswalker card alright. I am glad to see it's broken the "positive ability that gives card advantage, negative ability that removes opponent's threats" design space cycle that Wizards of the Coast has been stuck in for the last few sets, at the least. Not too sure how good he'll be in Constructed play; initial discussion is very lackluster, but we'll have to wait and see if there's any support for him in Aether Revolt before passing judgement one way or the other.
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