Amonkhet

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Amonkhet
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Set symbol
Symbol description
A pyramid
Design team
Mark Rosewater (co-lead)
Ethan Fleischer (co-lead)
Yoni Skolnik
Shawn Main
Jackie Lee
Kimberley J. Kreines
James Hata
Sam Stoddard
Ben Hayes
Development team
Dave Humpherys (co-lead)
Bryan Hawley (co-lead)
Ian Duke
Eric Lauer
Jackie Lee
Ari Levitch
Kimberley J. Kreines
Tim Aten
and Mons Johnson
Art Director
Release date
April 28, 2017
Themes and mechanics
Graveyard matters, Cartouche, Curse, Discard, Brick counters, -1/-1 counters, Split cards
Keywords and/or ability words
Aftermath, Cycling, Embalm, Exert
Set size
269 (+ 10 + 8)
Expansion code
AKH[1]
Development codename
Barrel
Amonkhet block sets
Amonkhet Hour of Devastation (none)
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Welcome Deck 2017 Amonkhet Amonkhet Invocations

Amonkhet is the 74th Magic expansion, and the first in the Amonkhet block. It will be released on April 28, 2017,[2] and is a large expansion. It is set on the plane of the same name.

Set details[edit | edit source]

Amonkhet is a top-down-designed Magic set, meaning that it was designed and developed with flavor in mind first. The set is inspired by Ancient Egypt mixed with imagery referencing Nicol Bolas.[3][4][5][6][7]

Amonkhet contains 269 cards (20 basic lands, 101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. The expansion symbol is a pyramid. The Planeswalker decks contain 10 additional cards that are considered to be part of the set (2 mythic planeswalkers, 2 rares, 2 uncommons, 2 commons and 2 common dual taplands). These are numbered #270/269 to #279/269). The other 8 dual taplands appear in the Deck Builder's Toolkit (#279/269 to #280/287) [8] Full-art basic lands appear in approximately one out of every four boosters and are available in other products as well.[9] The set introduces punch cards with markers and counters to the game.

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Rise Among the Worthy

Amonkhet is a plane ruled by Nicol Bolas. The desert oasis forges warriors. They train their entire life for a chance to face the Trials of the Five Gods and join the elite ranks of the Worthy and to claim an honored place in the Afterlife. They prepare for the great God-Pharaoh's return. When The Gatewatch arrives to take out Bolas, they meet with fierce resistance in the desert, and in the city a society centered around death.

The cards that represent the Story Spotlights in Amonkhet are: Renewed Faith, Cruel Reality, Anointed Procession, By Force, and Gideon's Intervention.

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Amonkhet is sold in 16-card boosters (one card being a marketing card), two planeswalker decks, the Amonkhet bundle and the Deck Builder's Toolkit. An early announced spring Gift Box was apparently cancelled. [10] The boosters feature artwork from Combat Celebrant, Battlefield Scavenger, Oketra the True, Honored Crop-Captain and Curator of Mysteries.[9]

Amonkhet Invocations[edit | edit source]

The Masterpiece Series for Amonkhet block are called Amonkhet Invocations. These are all premium foil cards with a special Amonkhet card frame and a separate expansion symbol (). Thus, they are not part of the sets. Amonkhet Invocations are all about the Amonkhet gods, their magic and their servants.[11] They include all new art, a card frame inspired by Egyptian steles without flavor text. They appear slightly more often than premium mythic rares. These cards are playable in limited and formats where they're already legal. There are 30 Invocation cards appearing with Amonkhet and 24 more cards appear in Hour of Devastation.

Main article: Amonkhet Invocations

Events[edit | edit source]

Trials of the Gods
Four-sided "lazotep" counter
  • Magic Open House takes place on April 15, 2017. It is an event-filled day where players can stop by their local store for fun, casual play that includes learn-to-play Magic events, free 2017 Welcome Decks for new players, and premium foil full-art lands for interacting on digital.[12] [13]
  • Prerelease Events took place on April 22, 2017.[14] Players were encouraged to complete the "Five Trials of the Gods". Players who attended Prerelease received a Trials Activity Card in their Prerelease pack. They were rewarded four-sided "lazotep" counters for each trial they completed. The counters could be used to keep track of -1/-1 counter on their cards.[15]
  • Release on Magic Online: Monday, April 24, 2017. This even earlier than the paper release.[16]
  • Standard Showdown starts May 6, 2017.[17]
    • Prize boosters contain four cards: 2 rares or mythic rares from a currently legal Standard set, 1 Amonkhet full-art land, 1 premium card of any rarity from a currently legal Standard set.

Promotional Cards[edit | edit source]

Tokens and emblems[edit | edit source]

Punch card

There are 24 tokens and 1 emblem for Amonkhet. Every creature spell with Embalm has a unique matching token.[18]

  1. Embalmed Angel of Sanctions
  2. Embalmed Anointer Priest
  3. Embalmed Aven Initiate
  4. Embalmed Aven Wind Guide
  5. Embalmed Glyph Keeper
  6. Embalmed Heart-Piercer Manticore
  7. Embalmed Honored Hydra
  8. Embalmed Labyrinth Guardian
  9. Embalmed Oketra's Attendant
  10. Embalmed Sacred Cat
  11. Embalmed Tah-Crop Skirmisher
  12. Embalmed Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun
  13. Embalmed Trueheart Duelist
  14. Embalmed Unwavering Initiate
  15. Embalmed Vizier of Many Faces
  16. {W} 1/1 Cat with Lifelink for Regal Caracal
  17. {W} 1/1 Warrior with Vigilance for Cartouche of Solidarity, Oketra the True, Oketra's Monument, Start (Start/Finish), Supply Caravan
  18. {U} 2/2 Drake with Flying for Drake Haven
  19. {B} 1/1 Insect for Nest of Scarabs
  20. {B} 2/2 Zombie for Cradle of the Accursed, Liliana, Death's Majesty, Liliana's Mastery, Doomed Dissenter, Stir the Sands
  21. {G} 4/2 Beast for Trial of Strength
  22. {G} 3/3 Hippo for Mouth (Mouth/Feed)
  23. {G} 1/1 Snake with Deathtouch for Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons
  24. {G} 5/5 Wurm for Sandwurm Convergence
  25. Emblem for Gideon of the Trials

In addition some boosters feature a punch card with markers for exerted and embalmed, brick counters and -1/-1 counters.

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

The bottom half of Amonkhet split cards is turned sideways for easy use out of the graveyard

Amonkhet has a strong graveyard component.[19][20] Unlike Shadows over Innistrad, this uses the graveyard mainly as a resource.[21]

Several cards in the set have abilities that care about you discarding other cards. They'll benefit you if an opponent makes you discard your cards, or if you discard them yourself.

The set makes use of brick counters and -1/-1 counters.

Amonkhet has three new named mechanics.

  • Embalm — The embalm ability can only be activated if the creature is in the graveyard. When activated, the card is exiled and creates a token copy of itself. This creature token is a copy of the embalmed creature, except that it is a zombie in addition to its other creature types and monocolored white.
  • Exert — When you declare an attacker with this ability, you make the decision whether to exert it. If you choose to exert, the creature gains a bonus. If you did, the creature won't untap as normal during your next untap phase.
  • AftermathSplit cardhalves with aftermath may only be cast from your graveyard. They are exiled after casting.
    • While regular split cards were named with an ”A and B“ convention, Aftermath cards use an ”A to B“ convention.[22]

The set has one returning named mechanics:

Card types[edit | edit source]

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Amonkhet has twelve cycles, one of which is a double cycle and one a vertical cycle:

Vertical cycle[edit | edit source]

Reprinted cards[edit | edit source]

Functional reprints[edit | edit source]

Card comparisons[edit | edit source]

Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]

Amonkhet will have two planeswalker decks:

Planeswalker deck name Colors included Planeswalker
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Gideon W R Gideon, Martial Paragon
Liliana B G Liliana, Death Wielder

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Main article: Amonkhet/Trivia

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Product Information
  2. Wizards of the Coast. (2016-08-31.) “Announcement Day”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater. (September 05, 2016.) "Is Amonkhet an Egypt-inspired plane?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  4. Mark Rosewater. (March 31, 2017.) "Is Amonkhet top-down Egypt or top-down Bolas?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  5. a b c Mark Rosewater. (April 3, 2017.) “Amonkhet Down to Business, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. a b Ethan Fleischer. (April 4, 2017.) “Five Trials”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Mark Rosewater. (April 17, 2017.) “Amonkhet Down to Business, Part 3”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. a b Wizards of the Coast. (February 9, 2017.) “Amonkhet Release Notes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. a b Blake Rasmussen. (February 20, 2017.) “Modern Masters 2017 Edition and Amonkhet Packaging”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Amonkhet Product information for retailers
  11. Mark Rosewater. (March 30, 2017.) "What is the theme of the Amonkhet Invocations supposed to be?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  12. Elaine Chase. (February 13, 2017.) “What's in Store for In-Store Play”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. a b c d e Blake Rasmussen. (March 27, 2017.) “So Much Amonkhet News”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Gavin Verhey. (April 17, 2017.) “Amonkhet Prerelease Primer”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Preview Your AKH Event Kits
  16. Lee Sharpe. (April 12, 2017.) “Amonkhet on Magic Online Is Earlier than Ever”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Blake Rasmussen. (February 20, 2017.) “The February 20, 2017 Update”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Nicholas Wolfram. (2017-04-13.) “The Tokens of Amonkhet”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Mark Rosewater. (March 28, 2017.) "Have we already seen the reason for the lack of graveyard interactions in Standard?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  20. Matt Tabak. (April 3, 2017.) “Amonkhet Mechanics”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  21. a b c Mark Rosewater. (April 10, 2017.) “Amonkhet Down to Business, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  22. Mark Rosewater. (April 03, 2017.) "Is the naming convention for the new aftermath cards still and (Fire and Ice) or has it changed?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  23. a b c Dave Humpherys. (April 4, 2017.) “Developing Amonkhet”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  24. Sam Stoddard. (March 31, 2017.) “Cycling Duels”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  25. a b Meghan Wolff. (April 5, 2017.) “Trial and Trial Again”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  26. Mark Rosewater. (April 24, 2017.) “Amonkhet Talking, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  27. Mark Rosewater. (August 31, 2012.) "Why are the common taplands printed with the Amonkhet symbol, but without new art that reflects the plane?", Blogatog, Tumblr.