Eldritch Moon

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Eldritch Moon
Eldritch Moon.png
 
Set symbol
Symbol description
Emrakul, or Liliana's headpiece
Design team
Ken Nagle (lead)
Mark Rosewater
Shawn Main
Ben Hayes
Bryan Hawley
Kelly Digges
Development team
Sam Stoddard (lead)
Dave Humpherys
Jackie Lee
Bryan Hawley
Melissa DeTora
with contributions from Matt Tabak
Art Director
Jeremy Jarvis
Release date
July 22, 2016
Themes and mechanics
Double-faced cards, Graveyard Matters
Keywords and/or ability words
Delirium, Emerge, Escalate, Madness, Meld, Protection, Transform
Set size
205
Expansion code
EMN[1][2]
Development codename
Fears
Shadows over Innistrad block sets
Shadows over Innistrad Eldritch Moon (none)
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Eternal Masters Eldritch Moon From the Vault: Lore

Eldritch Moon is the 71st Magic expansion, and the second in the Shadows over Innistrad block. It was released on July 22, 2016,[3] and is a small expansion.

Set details[edit | edit source]

Take On the Darkness

Eldritch Moon continues where Shadows over Innistrad left off. It expands its horror theme into Lovecraftian Cosmic Horror. The expansion symbol of the set is a stylized silhouette of Emrakul, but also resembles Liliana's headdress. The set contains 205 cards (74 commons, 70 uncommons, 47 rares, 14 mythic rares), including 15 double-faced cards, 6 meld cards (3 pairs), and randomly inserted premium versions of all cards.[4] A checklist card replaces the basic land in some boosters.

The set is peculiar in its distribution of colors. Counting cards by their casting cost gives a wildly varying number of cards per color, with white having the most cards (36) followed by Red (35), Black (34), Blue (32) and Green (31). When adding in multicolor cards, Eldrazi using the Emerge mechanic with a colored cost as well as the land Hanweir Battlements which has multiple abilities requiring red mana, the totals even out more: White, Blue and Black have 39 cards each that can be cast using those colors, while Red and Green have 38 each (note that these totals count multicolor cards for each of their colors).

Storyline[edit | edit source]

With the death of Avacyn, the last protections over Innistrad have faded. Nahiri has summoned Emrakul to the plane, to take revenge on Sorin Markov. The Titan of Corruption and Warper of Biology twists all things living, be it plants, animals, or sentient beings, into Eldrazi Horrors. Mutations frequently gain Emrakul's fibrous lattice motif, often including tentacles, extra eyes and limbs and her bizarre colorations. The mutations include five increasing levels of corruption: distorted, disfigured, deformed, misshapen and monstrous. Some of the affected creatures meld together into new organisms. The few unaffected survivors, humans and native monsters alike, fight a losing battle against their mentally and physically twisted former peers. Now Innistrad's fate rests in the hands of unlikely allies: Jace Beleren brings the Gatewatch, and Liliana Vess brings hordes of undead immune to Emrakul's influence.

The cards that represent the pivotal moments in the storyline are: Coax from the Blind Eternities, Campaign of Vengeance, Nahiri's Wrath, Emrakul's Influence, Dark Salvation and Imprisoned in the Moon.

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Checklist card

Eldritch Moon is sold in 16-card boosters (one card being a marketing card), five intro packs, and a fat pack. It is the last to feature intro packs, which will be replaced by Planeswalker decks in the next expansion.[5] The fat pack is the last to be marketed as such (to be replaced by bundle). The boosters feature artwork from the cards Lunar Force and Smoldering Werewolf, and non-card artwork of Liliana.

Prerelease[edit | edit source]

Prerelease Events took place on July 16-17, 2016.[6]

Promotional cards[edit | edit source]

Tokens and emblems[edit | edit source]

Eldritch Moon features 8 tokens and 2 emblems.[8]

  1. {C} 3/2 Eldrazi Horror for Desperate Sentry, Extricator of Flesh, Extricator of Sin, Enlightened Maniac, Emrakul's Evangel, Foul Emissary, Hanweir, the Writhing Township, Howling Chorus, Otherworldly Outburst and Wharf Infiltrator
  2. {U} 1/1 Human Wizard for Docent of Perfection and Final Iteration
  3. {B} 2/2 Zombie for Cryptbreaker, Dark Salvation, Graf Harvest, Liliana, the Last Hope, Noosegraf Mob, and Oath of Liliana
  4. {B} 2/2 Zombie
  5. {B} 2/2 Zombie
  6. {B} */* Zombie for Soul Separator
  7. {R} 1/1 Human for Hanweir Garrison
  8. {G} 1/2 Spider with reach for Ishkanah, Grafwidow
  9. Emblem for Liliana, the Last Hope
  10. Emblem for Tamiyo, Field Researcher

Tokens from Shadows over Innistrad, named on Eldritch Moon cards:

  1. {W} 1/1 Human Soldier for Thraben Standard Bearer
  2. {W} 1/1 Spirit with flying for Sanctifier of Souls and Spectral Reserves
  3. {R} 1/1 Devil with “When this creature dies, it deals 1 damage to target creature or player.” for Make Mischief
  4. {G} 1/1 Insect for It of the Horrid Swarm
  5. {G} 2/2 Wolf for Wolfkin Bond

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

Two cards melded into Hanweir, the Writhing Township

Madness, Transform, Skulk, and Delirium are carried over from the previous set. Creatures that transform into colorless Eldrazi have an {Eldritch moon symbol} indicator for the front side and an {Emrakul symbol} indicator for the back side, showing this creature has joined Emrakul's brood.[9] This symbolizes one transformation step further from that shown in Innistrad, Dark Ascension, and Shadows over Innistrad, where cards transformed from {Sun symbol} on their front sides to {Moon symbol} on their back sides.

There are three new named mechanics:[10][11]

  • Meld, a keyword action that changes the card with meld and a specific other card into one oversized card. That single card only exists on the backs of the two other cards. Whenever the melded card leaves the battlefield, both cards go, and they each turn front face up again.[12]
  • Emerge [cost] (You may cast this spell by sacrificing a creature and paying the emerge cost reduced by that creature's converted mana cost).[13]
  • Escalate, a keyword ability appearing on modal instants and sorceries. By paying the escalate cost, additional modes may be chosen.[14]

Card types[edit | edit source]

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Eldritch Moon has two cycles:

Mirrored pair[edit | edit source]

Eldritch Moon has one mirrored pair:

Escalation cycles[edit | edit source]

The Escalate keyword exists on Mardu colored modal spells, resulting in three partial cycles, two triplets and a pair:

Mega cycles[edit | edit source]

Eldritch Moon completes three mega-mega cycles:

Meld pairs[edit | edit source]

There are three meld pairs in Eldritch Moon. Each pair depicts their transformation into an Eldrazi with an additional subtype:

Reprinted cards[edit | edit source]

Common to Uncommon[edit | edit source]

Functional reprints[edit | edit source]

Colorshifted[edit | edit source]

Card comparisons[edit | edit source]

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]

Eldritch Moon has five intro packs:

Intro pack name Colors included Foil rare
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Unlikely Alliances W B Sanctifier of Souls
Dangerous Knowledge U R Niblis of Frost
Shallow Graves U B Noosegraf Mob
Untamed Wild R G Assembled Alphas
Weapons and Wards W G Ulvenwald Observer

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Product Information
  2. Printed on the card frame.
  3. Wizards of the Coast. (February 8, 2016.) “Announcing Eldritch Moon”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Wizards of the Coast. (July 8, 2016 .) “Eldritch Moon Release Notes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Blake Rasmussen. (June 28, 2016.) “Eldritch Moon Intro Pack Rares”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Gavin Verhey. (July 11, 2016.) “Eldritch Moon Prerelease Primer”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Wizards of the Coast. (June 20, 2016.) “Eldritch Moon Prerelease Kit Contents”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. a b Blake Rasmussen. (July 7, 2016.) “Eldritch Moon Tokens and Promo Cards”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Ken Nagle. (June 28, 2016.) “A Summary of Two Fears”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Matt Tabak. (June 27, 2016.) “Eldritch Moon Mechanics”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Mark Rosewater. (July 4, 2016.) “Over the Moon, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Mark Rosewater. (June 27, 2016.) “Over the Moon, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Sam Stoddard. (July 15, 2016.) “A Little Change Will Do You Good”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Sam Stoddard. (July 1, 2016.) “Developing Eldritch Moon”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Mark Rosewater. (August 10, 2016.) "What is going on in the art of "Grapple With the Past?"", Blogatog, Tumblr.

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