Shadows over Innistrad

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Shadows over Innistrad
Shadows over Innistrad.png
 
Set symbol
Symbol description
A shadow / reflection of Avacyn's symbol
Design team
Mark Gottlieb (lead)
Mark Rosewater
Ken Nagle
Gavin Verhey
Sam Stoddard
Andrew Veen
Adam Lee
Development team
Dave Humpherys (lead)
Tim Aten
Ethan Fleischer
Erik Lauer
Ari Levitch
Sam Stoddard
with contributions from Matt Tabak
Art Director
Release date
April 8, 2016
Themes and mechanics
Discard, “Graveyard matters”, “Tribal matters”, “Double-faced cards matters”
Keywords and/or ability words
Delirium, Investigate, Madness, Skulk, Transform
Set size
297
Expansion code
SOI[1][2]
Development codename
Tears
Shadows over Innistrad block sets
Shadows over Innistrad Eldritch Moon (none)
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Welcome Deck 2016 Shadows over Innistrad Eternal Masters

Shadows over Innistrad is the 70th Magic expansion, and the first in the Shadows over Innistrad block. It was released on April 8, 2016,[3][2] and is a large expansion. [4]

Set details[edit | edit source]

Unravel the Madness

Shadows over Innistrad returns to the gothic horror themed plane of Innistrad, emphasising a sense of mystery and creeping dread. The expansion symbol of the set is an upside down reflection of Avacyn's symbol. The set features the same tribal components as the Innistrad block with the five main tribes each being split over an allied color pair.[5] Spirits primarily in white and blue, Zombies in blue and black, Vampires in black and red, Werewolves in red and green, and Humans primarily in green and white. For the mechanics, R&D made a conscious decision to return more to Innistrad the set than Innistrad the block.[6]

Shadows over Innistrad contains 297 cards (15 basic lands[7] , 105 commons, 100 uncommons, 59 rares, 18 mythic rares), including randomly inserted premium versions of all cards in the set. This is about 25 cards more than other large expansions in recent history. This is because Shadows over Innistrad also sees the return of double-faced cards which have a card frame printed on each side. Two different checklist cards may be used to prevent decks from becoming marked by containing them. These checklist cards replace the basic land in some boosters. Additionally, the design team embraced the idea of having a "double-faced cards matter" theme. The as-fan of the double-faced cards is about 1.125, meaning you always get at least one and sometimes get two.[6] A normal pack contains a common or uncommon double-faced card. Approximately one in every eight packs also contains a rare or mythic double-faced card in addition to a normal rare or mythic rare (the rare or mythic rare double-faced card replaces a common). These packs will have two double-faced cards, the common/uncommon and the rare/mythic rare.[8]

Checklist card (uncommons and commons)
Checklist card (mythics and rares)

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Innistrad is a world beset by terrible evils on all sides and betrayed by the hope it held most dear. Avacyn has finally returned, but what new evils have come with her? Madness is plaguing the inhabitants. Terror falls from the skies on blood-spattered wings and nameless horrors lurk in the shadows. Odd things are afoot: the forces that had protected the humans have been twisted into something dark and strange.[9] Jace Beleren of the Gatewatch investigates its dark mysteries. Meanwhile, Sorin is in search of the whereabouts of Nahiri.

The cards that represent the pivotal moments in the storyline are: Descend Upon the Sinful, Declaration in Stone, Epiphany at the Drownyard, Avacyn's Judgment, Anguished Unmaking [10]

Tamiyo's Journal puzzle[edit | edit source]

In the spoiler season, people[11][12] noticed that the quotes from Tamiyo's Journal on the clue tokens differed for each language. This was eventually discovered to point to a code that produced a secret message. To find the message, write down the number of words in the flavor text of each of the six clue tokens. Then, look at the entry number in the flavor text of Tamiyo's Journal. Find the clue whose flavor text has a number of words equal to the first digit of the entry number. On that clue, find the word whose position in the flavor text corresponds to the second digit of the entry number. The third digit indicates where that word is positioned in the secret message. If you repeat this for each other language you get a word from each language and a position in the secret message (English and German have the same word in the same position). After you arrange the words in order, the secret message is: “Remember this they came as three”, referencing Ugin's insight and hinting at the presence of the surviving Eldrazi Emrakul.[11]

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Shadows over Innistrad is sold in 16-card boosters (one card being a marketing card), five intro packs, one fat pack, a Deck Builder's Toolkit, Booster Battle Packs and a Gift Box.[13] The boosters feature artwork from Falkenrath Gorger, Arlinn, Embraced by the Moon, Avacyn, the Purifier, Sorin, Grim Nemesis and Jace, Unraveler of Secrets. Due to the Two-Block Paradigm, the Deck Builder's Toolkit is the first of its kind to be released with an expansion instead of a core set. The Gift Box is the first of its kind to be released with a spring set.

Part of the marketing campaign for Shadows over Innistrad is the publication of The Hanweir Chronicle, an Innistrad newspaper providing clues for the storyline.[14] On March 5-6 , Wizards of the Coast hosted “escape rooms” in the form of Markov Manor, Thraben Cathedral and a Stitcher's Lab at various Grand Prix events around the world, while the online audience solved a variety of puzzles to unlock cards from the set.[15][16]

Prerelease[edit | edit source]

Prerelease Events took place on April 2-3, 2016.[17]

Promotional Cards[edit | edit source]

Tokens and emblems[edit | edit source]

  1. {W} 4/4 Angel with Flying for Descend upon the Sinful and Invocation of Saint Traft[19]
  2. {W} 1/1 Human Soldier for Sigarda, Heron's Grace, Strength of Arms and Ulvenwald Mysteries
  3. {W} 1/1 Spirit with Flying for Dauntless Cathar, Drogskol Cavalry, Emissary of the Sleepless, Not Forgotten, Nearheath Chaplain, Slayer's Plate and Vessel of Ephemera
  4. {B} 1/1 Vampire Knight with Lifelink for Call the Bloodline and Sorin, Grim Nemesis
  5. {B} 2/2 Zombie for Diregraf Colossus, Drunau Corpse Trawler, From Under the Floorboards, Ghoulcaller's Accomplice, Gisa's Bidding, Rise from the Tides and Shamble Back
  6. {R} 1/1 Devil with “When this creature dies, it deals 1 damage to target creature or player.” for Dance with Devils and Devils' Playground
  7. {G} 1/1 Insect for Crawling Sensation
  8. {G} 3/3 Ooze for Inexorable Blob
  9. {G} 2/2 Wolf for Arlinn Kord, Cult of the Waxing Moon, Pack Guardian and Silverfur Partisan
  10. {W/B} 1/1 Human Cleric for Westvale Abbey and Westvale Cult Leader
  11. {C} Clue artifact with “{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.” for InvestigateBearer of the Overwhelming Truths, Briarbridge Patrol, Bygone Bishop, Byway Courier, Confirm Suspicions, Confront the Unknown, Declaration in Stone, Drownyard Explorers, Erdwal Illuminator, Expose Evil, Fleeting Memories, Gone Missing, Humble the Brute, Jaces's Srutiny, Magnifying Glass, Ongoing Investigation, Press for Answers, Root Out, Survive the Night, Tamiyo's Journal, Thraben Inspector, Tireless Tracker, Trail of Evidence, Ulvenwald Mysteries, Weirding Wood
  12. {C} Clue artifact with “{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.”
  13. {C} Clue artifact with “{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.”
  14. {C} Clue artifact with “{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.”
  15. {C} Clue artifact with “{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.”
  16. {C} Clue artifact with “{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.”
  17. Emblem for Arlinn, Embraced by the Moon
  18. Emblem for Jace, Unraveler of Secrets

Welcome Deck 2016 and Booster Battle Packs[edit | edit source]

Shadows over Innistrad is accompanied with a 16-card reprint set named Welcome Deck 2016, which is Standard-legal as long as Shadows over Innistrad is legal.[20] The cards from this expansion are not found in booster packs, but are in various supplemental products like the Deck Builder's Toolkit and the new Booster Battle Packs.

Booster Battle Packs contain two of five 30-card ready-to-play decks, and two Shadows over Innistrad booster packs. The five monocolored ready-to-play decks are available as free sample decks at Wizards Play Network locations around the world.

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

Clue artifact token with the symbol of the Westvale Cult.
Clue artifact token depicting a Cryptolith.

Themes from the set are tribal and graveyard matters.

The Madness mechanic returns from Torment, having last been seen in Time Spiral.[6][21] It allows you to pay an alternate cost to cast a spell if it is discarded. In the current set it is mostly associated with vampires.[22]

Transform returns from the Innistrad block. To transform means to turn over a double-faced card, changing the card face that is visible. The front or "day" side of the card has a regular card frame, a mana cost, and the sun symbol. The reverse or "night" side has the moon symbol and a slightly altered frame.

There are three new named mechanics:[23][6][24]

Card types[edit | edit source]

Shadows over Innistrad introduces the Clue artifact subtype, the Mole creature type, and the Arlinn planeswalker subtype.

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Shadows over Innistrad has seven cycles and a partial cycle:

Partial cycle[edit | edit source]

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]

See also: Shadows over Innistrad/Trivia.

Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]

Shadows over Innistrad has five intro packs:

Intro pack name Colors included Foil rare
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Ghostly Tide W U Drogskol Cavalry
Unearthed Secrets U G Nephalia Moondrakes
Vampiric Thirst B R Markov Dreadknight
Angelic Fury W R Flameblade Angel
Horrific Visions B G Soul Swallower

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Printed on the card frame.
  2. a b Wizards of the Coast. (November 2, 2015.) “Announcing Shadows over Innistrad”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Shadows over Innistrad Teaser Trailer (October 31, 2015).
  4. Wizards of the Coast. (March 30, 2016.) “Shadows over Innistrad Release Notes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Sam Stoddard. (March 18, 2016.) “Revisiting Tribal”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. a b c d Mark Rosewater. (March 14, 2016 .) “Chasing Shadows, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Blake Rasmussen. (March 21, 2016.) “The Basic Lands of Shadows over Innistrad”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Blake Rasmussen. (March 24, 2016.) “The March 24, 2016 Update”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Chas Andres. (May 30, 2016.) “Something Twisted This Way Comes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Kelly Digges on Twitter
  11. a b SOI Puzzle Clue token flavor texts
  12. Tamiyos Journal Puzzle Solved
  13. Blake Rasmussen. (March 7, 2016.) “Shadows over Innistrad Packaging”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Alison Luhrs. (May 31, 2016.) “Hanweir Chronicle Recap”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Wizards of the Coast. (March 8, 2016.) “Shadows over Innistrad Weekend Experience Recap”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Innistrad map
  17. Gavin Verhey. (March 28, 2016.) “Shadows over Innistrad Prerelease Primer”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Blake Rasmussen. (March 14, 2016.) “Shadows over Innistrad Intro Packs and Promo Cards”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Blake Rasmussen. (March 22, 2016.) “The Tokens of Shadows over Innistrad”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Daily Magic Update. (March 25, 2016.) “Announcing New Battle Booster Packs”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Sam Stoddard. (April 1, 2016.) “A Fond Memory of Madness”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  22. Dave Humpherys. (March 21, 2016.) “Developing Shadows over Innistrad”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  23. Matt Tabak. (March 7, 2016.) “Shadows over Innistrad Mechanics”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  24. Mark Rosewater. (March 21, 2016.) “Chasing Shadows, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  25. Sam Stoddard. (March 25, 2016.) “Finding Delirium”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  26. Marshall Sutcliffe. (March 23, 2016.) “Empty Vessels No Longer”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  27. Gavin Verhey. (March 22, 2016.) “Facing Judgment”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.