Conflux

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For the event in the storyline, see Conflux (event).
Conflux
Conflux
 
Set symbol
Symbol description
5 shards joining together
Design team
Bill Rose (lead),
Mark Globus,
Mark Gottlieb,
Kenneth Nagle
Development team
Mike Turian (lead),
Graeme Hopkins,
Erik Lauer,
Devin Low
Art Director
Jeremy Jarvis
Release date
February 6, 2009
Themes and mechanics
Keywords and/or ability words
Cycling,
Devour,
Domain,
Exalted,
Unearth
Set size
145
(60 commons, 40 uncommons, 35 rares, 10 mythic rares)
Expansion code
CON[1]
Development codename
Paper
Alara block sets
Shards of Alara Conflux Alara Reborn
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Duel Decks: Jace vs. Chandra Conflux Duel Decks: Divine vs. Demonic

Conflux is the second set in the Alara block and is the forty-eighth Magic expansion. The prerelease events for this set were held January 31-February 1, 2009. [2] Launch parties were held February 6-8, 2009.[3] The set went on sale February 6, 2009.

Set details[edit | edit source]

Conflux was the first small set to be reduced in size and to contain the new mythic rarity The set contains 145 black-bordered cards (10 mythic rares, 35 rare, 40 uncommon, and 60 commons). Conflux continues the Shards of Alara 's multicolor theme, expanding on it by introducing five-colored cards. Aside from the multicolor theme the set makes use of the mechanics introduced in the previous set. [4] [5] The set featured the return of Nicol Bolas, via the card Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker. The expansion symbol of the set is a representation of the five converging shards. The set was accompanied by the first Planeswalker novel: Agents of Artifice, written by Ari Marmell.

On September 29, 2008, the entire Conflux card list was leaked on MTG Salvation, thanks to mjmj.info. [6]

Flavor[edit | edit source]

Main articles: Alara and Alara Unbroken

A powerful and infinitely sinister force is conspiring to reunite the Shards of Alara. This reunification will come with a deadly price – sheer chaos, as realities begin to overlap. Thus begins the Conflux. [7]

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Conflux 6-card booster

Conflux was sold in 16-card boosters, five intro packs and a fat pack. [8] [9] [10] Conflux was also the first set to be sold in 6-card booster packs containing a tips/token card, 1 land, 3 commons, 1 uncommon, and 1 slot that has an equal chance of being rare/mythic, uncommon, or common. These packs were exclusively available from Gravity Feeds at large mass-market stores. [11]

The promotional card given to players at the pre-release was the demon-dragon Malfegor. [12] The set's sub-theme of all five colors converging was demonstrated in the launch party promotional, Obelisk of Alara, an artifact with five tap abilities, each one costing 1M and producing a common effect found in that color. [13]

The 16-card boosters featured artwork from Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, Maelstrom Archangel and Nyxathid, the small booster featured artwork from Apocalypse Hydra. An all-foil booster pack containing cards from Conflux and the other two sets of the block was released on January 8th, 2010. [14]

The regular boosters of Conflux come with a bonus sixteenth card that is either a "tips & tricks card" or a creature token from Conflux. One face of the Conflux bonus card has one of four different rules tips or is one of 2 different creature tokens. The other face has one of 13 advertisements for organized play programs, Alara Reborn, Duels of the Planeswalkers for Xbox Live, Magic Online, fat packs, A Planeswalker's Guide to Alara and Ultra Pro products for Magic.

Tips & Tricks[edit | edit source]

The tips & tricks cards are

Tokens[edit | edit source]

The Conflux tokens are: [15]

  1. {W} 4/4 Angel with flying produced by Sigil of the Empty Throne
  2. {R} 3/1 Elemental produced by Rakka Mar

The following tokens could also be found in Conflux packs.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

All the shard keywords were back. Colored artifact creatures were still there. Bant still had their exalted ability. Jund still devour. Grixis raised their dead by unearth and Naya's "power 5 or greater" theme continued. In many ways, Conflux was a big continuation of Shards of Alara, except that there was now room for color hate because the shards had become aware of eachother. [16]

In Conflux, Domain became an ability word. [17] The set also introduced basic land cycling for which there is a cycle of common cards (also regular cycling appears on two cards). Progenitus was the first (and only) to have "protection from everything" as an actual card effect.

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Conflux has 8 cycles:

Mini-cycles[edit | edit source]

Conflux has three cycles of three cards:

Reprinted cards[edit | edit source]

Functional reprints[edit | edit source]

Conflux has 7 functional reprints:

Notable Cards[edit | edit source]

  • Knight of the Reliquary — heavily played in Standard, Extended and Legacy midrange decks.
  • Maelstrom Archangel — a very popular Mythic rare which allows its controller to play a free spell whenever it does damage. In Standard Five-Color-Control decks, this was typically the engine by which players could play Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker [19]
  • Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker — a highly sought-after card when it first came out; has since shown to have little competitive-play value, due to its unruly mana cost, but is still valued reasonably as a noteworthy and flavorful card; a favorite of Timmy and Vorthos. Notable in being the first tri-colored Planeswalker.
  • Noble Hierarch — often used in various formats mostly for mana fixing and acceleration.
  • Path to Exile — considered a near-functional reprint of Swords to Plowshares, and is run in many decks in Legacy, Modern, Extended and Standard.
  • Progenitus — One of the most powerful, and arguably most difficult to hardcast, creatures, often played in combo decks in Standard, Extended and Legacy.

Intro packs[edit | edit source]

Main article: Conflux/Intro packs

The intro packs are:[20]

Intro pack name Colors included Foil rare
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Bant on the March W U G Giltspire Avenger
Esper Air Assault W U B Magister Sphinx
Grixis Shambling Army U B R Blood Tyrant
Jund Appetite for War B R G Charnelhoard Wurm
Naya Domain W R G Paleoloth

References[edit | edit source]

  1. set symbol URL on Gatherer
  2. Tim Willoughby. (January 26, 2009.) “Conflux Prerelease Primer”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Magic Arcana. (July 30, 2008.) “Announcing Conflux”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater. (January 19, 2009.) “When Worlds Collide, Part I”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater. (January 26, 2009.) “When Worlds Collide, Part II”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. "[CON] Complete Conflux Card Names (List)" — MTG Salvation
  7. Doug Beyer. (January 19, 2009.) “Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Magic Arcana. (December 16, 2008.) “Conflux Booster Packs”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Magic Arcana. (January 29, 2009.) “Conflux Intro Pack Contents”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Magic Arcana. (December 17, 2008.) “Conflux Fat Pack”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Magic Arcana. (February 05, 2009.) “The Gravity Feed”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Magic Arcana. (January 15, 2009.) “Conflux Prerelease Card”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Magic Arcana. (February 02, 2009.) “Conflux Launch Party Card”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Magic Arcana. (September 29, 2009.) “The All-Foil Booster”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Magic Arcana. (January 19, 2009.) “Conflux Tokens”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Ken Nagle. (February 09, 2009.) “Conflux Design Feature Article”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Tom LaPille. (January 23, 2009.) “Developing a New Domain”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Magic Arcana. (February 17, 2009.) “Five-Color Cues”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Mark Rosewater. (April 06, 2009.) “If I Had a Nicol...”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Magic Arcana. (December 18, 2008.) “Conflux Intro Packs”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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