Kaladesh

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For the plane, see Kaladesh (plane).
Kaladesh
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Set symbol
Symbol description
Swirling aether
Design team
Mark Rosewater (co-lead)
Shawn Main (co-lead)
Doug Beyer
Scott Van Essen
Mark Gottlieb
Adam Prosak
Ben Hayes
Drew Nolosco
Jonathon Loucks
Development team
Erik Lauer (co-lead)
Ian Duke (co-lead)
Doug Beyer
Ben Hayes
Gavin Verhey
Tim Aten
Melissa DeTora

with additional contributions
by Matt Tabak
and Eli Shiffrin

Art Director
Jeremy Jarvis
Release date
September 30, 2016
Themes and mechanics
Energy counters, Vehicle, Colored artifacts
Keywords and/or ability words
Crew, Fabricate
Set size
264 (+ 10)
Expansion code
KLD[1]
Development codename
Lock
Kaladesh block sets
Kaladesh Aether Revolt (none)
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Duel Decks: Nissa vs. Ob Nixilis Kaladesh Kaladesh Inventions

Kaladesh is the 72nd Magic expansion, and the first in the Kaladesh block. It was released on September 30, 2016,[2] and is a large expansion. It is set on the plane of the same name.

Set details[edit | edit source]

Kaladesh contains 264 cards (15 basic lands[3], 101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards.[4] The expansion symbol is a Far Eastern inspired floral motif, representing the aether of the plane. Kaladesh premieres Planeswalker decks, which replace Intro packs. These 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 lands). These are numbered #265/264 to #274/264). The Fat pack for this set was reimagined as the Kaladesh Bundle.[5]

Although Wizards of the Coast used the ligature Æ — the A and E combined into one letter — for aether since the beginning of the game, this was changed for Kaladesh, which features the stuff heavily. According to Blake Rasmussen, it caused way more issues than it was worth (particularly in translation).[6] The set introduces create as a new vocabulary word. Create is used when a card or effect puts a token onto the battlefield.[7][8][9]

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Invent your Tomorrow

Kaladesh (first glimpsed in Magic Origins as the birthplane of Chandra Nalaar) is a plane where natural mages are rare.[10] Work that would be done with magic on other planes is instead accomplished through devices.[11] The automatons, thopters, and other artifact creatures of the plane are fueled by aether, which is heavily trafficked. Artifacts are built as much for beauty as for function. Fire magic is strictly banned, and pyromancy punishable with a death sentence.[12] Chandra returns to Kaladesh and saves her mother from her nemesis Baral. The Gatewatch unexpectedly is confronted by the scheming Tezzeret.[13]

Kaladesh is ruled by the Consulate. Their forces and works are nearly omnipresent.[14]

Pivotal story moments are now marked with Story Spotlight at the bottom of the card accompanied by an iterator and the total number of spotlight cards. They all have a planeswalker watermark to help signify that they are Story Spotlight cards.[15] The cards that represent the Story Spotlights in Kaladesh are: Inventors' Fair, Captured by the Consulate, Deadlock Trap, Fateful Showdown and Confiscation Coup.[16] They also refer to the new storyline url mtgstory.com.

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Kaladesh is sold in 16-card boosters (one card being a marketing card), two planeswalker decks, the Kaladesh bundle, a Deck Builder's Toolkit, Booster Battle Packs and a Gift Box.[17] The boosters feature artwork from Saheeli Rai, Dovin Baan, Demon of Dark Schemes, Chandra, Torch of Defiance and Angel of Invention. Prerelease Events took place on September 24, 2016.[18] In addition to the normal spindown life counter and stamped premium foil promo card, Prerelease Packs contain a little make-your-own-thopter insert.[19]

Kaladesh Inventions[edit | edit source]

Building on the success of the Zendikar Expeditions, Wizards of the Coast expanded the product in the Masterpiece Series.[20] For the Kaladesh Block they are called Kaladesh Inventions.[21] These are all premium foil cards with a special Kaladeshi card frame and a separate expansion symbol. Thus, they are not part of the set. Kaladesh Inventions are all artifacts, include all new art and flavor text set on Kaladesh and appear slightly more often than premium mythic rares. These cards are playable in limited and formats where they're already legal. There are 30 Invention cards appearing with Kaladesh and 24 more cards appear in Aether Revolt.

Main article: Kaladesh Inventions

Promotional Cards[edit | edit source]

Holiday Buy-a-Box Promotion[edit | edit source]

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As a holiday promotion, starting November 26, purchasers of a booster display box of Kaladesh received two bonus holiday packs.[22] These boosters contain:

This content is the same as that of the previously announced Standard Showdown packs.

Tokens and emblems[edit | edit source]

Kaladesh features 12 tokens.[23]

  1. {C} 6/6 Beast for Architect of the Untamed
  2. {C} */* Construct for Metallurgic Summonings and Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter
  3. {C} */* Construct
  4. {C} 1/1 Servo for any card with fabricate as well as Animation Module, Cogworker's Puzzleknot, Master Trinketeer and Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter
  5. {C} 1/1 Servo
  6. {C} 1/1 Servo
  7. {C} 1/1 Thopter with flying for Experimental Aviator, Pia Nalaar, Whirlermaker, Whirler Virtuoso
  8. {C} 1/1 Thopter with flying
  9. {C} 1/1 Thopter with flying
  10. Emblem for Chandra, Torch of Defiance
  11. Emblem for Nissa, Vital Force
  12. Emblem for Dovin Baan

Energy counter token cards were inadvertently omitted from the initial print run of Kaladesh. They do appear in subsequent print runs,[24] such as Kaladesh boosters included in Aether Revolt prerelease packs.[25]

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

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Kaladesh is a set with with less complexity than some of its recent predecessors.[26][27][28] Because of this there are only two new named mechanics:

There are no returning named mechanics (save evergreen ones).[30] However Inventors' Fair notably utilizes Metalcraft,[31] and Gearseeker Serpent has Affinity for artifacts.

Energy counters (marked with an {E}) are a new resource, placed on players in form of a counter.[32] They are used to pay the cost to activate abilities. Energy counters represent aether, a magical energy that is found throughout the Multiverse, and is an integral part of the ecosystem on Kaladesh. Most cards that give you energy counters also give you a way to spend them. Energy counters that you get from one card can be saved up and spent on abilities of other cards. Energy counters don't go away as phases or steps end, or as the turn ends. The only way for you to lose them is to spend them.

Card types[edit | edit source]

Kaladesh introduces the Vehicle artifact subtype, the Aetherborn, Pilot, and Servo creature types, as well as the Saheeli and Dovin planeswalker subtypes.

The set also reintroduces the Monkey creature type, which had been erased in the Ninth Edition.

Card frame[edit | edit source]

Vehicle cards have a special bronze and grey blocked card frame.[33]

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Kaladesh has six cycles:

Triplet[edit | edit source]

Mirrored pairs[edit | edit source]

Kaladesh has two mirrored pairs:

  • Live Fast and Die Young: Two black cards which names form a famous unofficial slogan of rock&roll and punk subcultures. These cards also represent a short life of aetherborn and have a synergy between them
  • Built to Last and Built to Smash: A white and a red combat trick respectively, each giving a boost to target creature and indestructible or trample respectively if it's an artifact. The art and flavour text both appear to be in sequence as well.

Reprinted cards[edit | edit source]

Uncommon to Common[edit | edit source]

Functional Reprints[edit | edit source]

Card comparisons[edit | edit source]

Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]

Kaladesh will have two planeswalker decks:

Planeswalker deck name Colors included Planeswalker
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Chandra W R Chandra, Pyrogenius
Nissa U G Nissa, Nature's Artisan

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Product Information
  2. Wizards of the Coast. (2016-05-16.) “Announcement Day”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Blake Rasmussen. (September 12, 2016.) “The Basic Lands of Kaladesh”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Wizards of the Coast. (September 16, 2016.) “Kaladesh Release Notes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater. (May 16, 2016.) “Ramp of Approval”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Blake Rasmussen. (May 16, 2016.) “The May 16, 2016 Update”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Mark Rosewater. (July 26, 2016.) "Can you talk about the changed wording ("Create a token...") on the recently revealed FNM promo?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  8. Matt Tabak. (September 2, 2016.) “Kaladesh Mechanics”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Eli Shiffrin. (September 30, 2016.) “Kaladesh Update Bulletin”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Doug Beyer. (June 11 2015.) "Many players have noticed...", A Voice for Vorthos, Tumblr.
  11. Magic Creative Team. (July 9, 2015.) “The Worlds of Magic Origins”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Doug Beyer. (June 10, 2015.) “Chandra's Origin: Fire Logic”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Chas Andres. (November 16, 2016.) “Recapping the Kaladesh Story”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Kimberly J. Kreines, Alison Luhrs and Chris Peeler. (November 23, 2016.) “Messages from the Consulate”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Mark Rosewater. (September 05, 2016.) "What is the significance of the watermark on Inventors' Fair?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  16. Magic Creative Team. (November 2, 2016.) “Planeswalker's Guide to Kaladesh”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Kaladesh Product information for retailers
  18. Gavin Verhey. (September 19, 2016.) “Kaladesh Prerelease Primer”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Blake Rasmussen. (September 6, 2016.) “Kaladesh Packaging, Promos, and Planeswalker Decks”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Mark Rosewater. (September 12, 2016.) “Masterpiece Series”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Wizards of the Coast. (September 12, 2016.) “Masterpiece Series: Kaladesh Inventions”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  22. Blake Rasmussen. (November 21, 2016.) “Magic Holiday Gift Guide and Holiday Buy-a-Box Promotion”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  23. Blake Rasmussen. (September 15, 2016.) “The Tokens of Kaladesh”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  24. Wizards of the Coast. (September 15, 2016.) “Energy Counter Token”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  25. Trick Jarrett. (January 7, 2017.) Yes, and so will Kaladesh boosters in pre-prerelease packs. Community Manager's twitter account.
  26. Mark Rosewater. (August 29, 2016.) “State of Design 2016”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  27. Mark Rosewater. (August 29, 2016.) "How many mechanics there are total in Kaladesh?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  28. Mark Rosewater. (September 19, 2016.) “Kaladesh Ingredients, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  29. Matt Tabak. (September 2, 2016.) “Kaladesh Mechanics”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  30. Mark Rosewater. (September 04, 2016.) "I just noticed there's no returning mechanic in Kaladesh. Is this a new paradigm?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  31. Mark Rosewater. (September 09, 2016.) "Why didn't the "if you have 3 or more artifacts" cards just use "Metalcraft -" instead?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  32. Mark Rosewater. (September 5, 2016.) “Kaladesh Ingredients, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  33. Mark Rosewater. (September 03, 2016.) "Why were Vehicles given a new border when other Subtypes don't have unique ones?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  34. Mark Rosewater. (September 26, 2016.) “"Do You Feel Lucky, Aetherpunk?" Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  35. Meghan Wolff. (September 6, 2016.) “Madcap Modules”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.