Aether Revolt

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Aether Revolt
Aether Revolt
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Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description Leaking aether
Design Mark Gottlieb (lead)
Mark Rosewater
Ken Nagle
Gavin Verhey
Adam Prosak
Ari Levitch
Development Ben Hayes (lead)
Sam Stoddard
Ethan Fleischer
Adam Prosak
Yoni Skolnik
Tim Aten
Art direction Mark Winters
Release date January 20, 2017
Plane Kaladesh
Themes and
Energy counters, Vehicles
Keywords and/
or ability words
Crew, Improvise, Revolt
Set size 184 cards
+10 Planeswalker deck exclusives
Expansion code AER[1]
Development codename Stock
Kaladesh block
Kaladesh Aether Revolt N/A
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Planechase Anthology Aether Revolt Modern Masters 2017

Aether Revolt is the 73rd Magic expansion, and the second in the Kaladesh block. It was released on January 20, 2017,[2] and is a small expansion.

Set details[edit | edit source]

Aether Revolt contains 184 cards (70 commons, 60 uncommons, 42 rares, and 12 mythic rares) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. Ten additional cards are found in the set's planeswalker decks (2 mythic planeswalkers, 2 rares, 2 uncommons, 2 commons, and 2 common dual lands). These are numbered #185/184 to #194/184.[3][4] Some Aether Revolt booster packs contain a Kaladesh Invention. The expansion symbol of the set is a Far Eastern inspired floral motive representing the "leaking spire," the symbol of the Renegades.

Storyline[edit | edit source]

“  It's Time to Take the Power Back  ”

A revolt takes place on Kaladesh. Led by Pia Nalaar and aligned with aether-pirates, essence-drainers and weaponsmiths, the Renegades have seized control of large portions of Ghirapur. They seek to overthrow the authority of the Consulate. The Consulate responds with increased security and surveillance, the seizure of unregistered inventions, the monitoring of aether distribution, and the enforcement of a city-wide curfew. The Gatewatch and Ajani Goldmane support the renegades, while searching for the nefarious planeswalker Tezzeret.

Story Spotlight cards[edit | edit source]

Aether Revolt contains five Story Spotlight cards, used to showcase key moments in the story.

Magic Story[edit | edit source]

Main article: Magic Story
Title Author Release Date Setting (plane) Featuring
In the Dead of Night Alison Luhrs 2016-11-30 Kaladesh Yahenni, Nived, Gonti, the Gatewatch
Quiet Moments Michael Yichao 2016-12-07 Kaladesh The Gatewatch, Saheeli, Ajani, Pia Nalaar
Breakthrough Kimberly J. Kreines 2016-12-14 Kaladesh Tezzeret, Rashmi, Saheeli, Liliana
Revolution Begins Nik Davidson, Kelly Digges & Kimberly J. Kreines 2017-01-02 Kaladesh The Gatewatch, Pia Nalaar, Gonti, Sram, Rashmi
Burn Chris L'Etoile 2017-01-04 Kaladesh The Gatewatch, Dovin Baan, Tezzeret, Baral
The Skies over Ghirapur Ari Levitch 2017-01-11 Kaladesh Jace Beleren, Kari Zev, Depala
Breaking Points Doug Beyer 2017-01-18 Kaladesh The Gatewatch, Pia Nalaar, Saheeli Rai, Dovin Baan
Puppets James Wyatt 2017-01-25 Kaladesh Liliana Vess, Tezzeret, Gideon, Chandra
Renewal Mel Li, Kelly Digges, Alison Luhrs, Doug Beyer, and Chris L'Etoile 2017-02-01 Kaladesh The Gatewatch, Yahenni, Pia Nalaar

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Aether Revolt is sold in 16-card booster packs (one card being a marketing card), two planeswalker decks, and the Aether Revolt bundle. The booster packs feature artwork from Ajani Unyielding, Tezzeret the Schemer, and Maulfist Revolutionary.[5]

Kaladesh Inventions[edit | edit source]

Main article: Kaladesh Inventions

Kaladesh Inventions are premium foil cards with a special Kaladeshi card frame and a separate expansion symbol. They are not part of the set, but can be found in some booster packs. 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 any limited format where they are opened and in any constructed format where they are already legal. Thirty Invention cards appeared with Kaladesh and 24 in Aether Revolt.

Prerelease[edit | edit source]

Prerelease Events took place on January 14, 2017.[6]

Promotional Cards[edit | edit source]

Tokens / emblem[edit | edit source]

Aether Revolt features 3 tokens and 1 emblem.[7]

  1. {R} 2/2 Gremlin creature for Gremlin Infestation and Release the Gremlins
  2. {R} 2/1 Legendary Monkey creature named Ragavan for Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
  3. {C} Artifact named Etherium Cell for Tezzeret the Schemer
  4. Emblem for Tezzeret the Schemer

Aether Revolt boosters also include cards to place energy counters on.[8]

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

Vehicles and Energy counters are carried over from the previous set.[9] A theme of mana cost X or less is also present with numerous cards allowing for casting, returning or tutoring such cards.

There are two new named mechanics:[10]

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Aether Revolt has six cycles:

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Automatons Aegis Automaton Watchful Automaton Augmenting Automaton Welder Automaton Verdant Automaton
Five common artifact creatures that have a color identity through an activated ability.
Aether Critters Aether Inspector Aether Swooper Aether Poisoner Aether Chaser Aether Herder
Five mono-colored common creatures that give {E}{E} upon entering the battlefield and can spend {E}{E} to create a 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature when attacking.
Experts Sram, Senior Edificer Baral, Chief of Compliance Yahenni, Undying Partisan Kari Zev, Skyship Raider Rishkar, Peema Renegade
Five mono-colored rare legendary creatures that tie to the Expertise cards.
Expertises Sram's Expertise Baral's Expertise Yahenni's Expertise Kari Zev's Expertise Rishkar's Expertise
Five rare sorceries with an on color effect that also allow for the casting of a free spell of converted mana {1} less than its casting cost.
Implements Implement of Improvement Implement of Examination Implement of Malice Implement of Combustion Implement of Ferocity
Five common artifacts, each of which has a colored activated sacrifice effect and let you draw a card when put into the graveyard.
Cycle name {W}{U} {U}{B} {B}{R} {R}{G} {G}{W} {W}{B} {B}{G} {G}{U} {U}{R} {R}{W}
Two-colored draft archetypes Spire Patrol Tezzeret's Touch Weldfast Engineer Outland Boar Renegade Rallier Hidden Stockpile Winding Constrictor Rogue Refiner Maverick Thopterist Renegade Wheelsmith
Ten uncommon cards which each represent a two-colored draft archetype.

Mega cycle[edit | edit source]

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Rare color artifacts Peacewalker Colossus (Aether Revolt) Merchant's Dockhand (Aether Revolt) Scrapheap Scrounger (Kaladesh ) Bomat Courier (Kaladesh ) Lifecrafter's Bestiary (Aether Revolt)
Five artifacts that have an activated ability requiring a color, one for each color.

Pairs[edit | edit source]

Aether Revolt has two mirrored pair.

Mirrored Pairs Description
Aerial Modification
Siege Modification
Uncommon auras with "Enchant creature or Vehicle" that turn an enchanted Vehicle into a creature.
Quicksmith Spy
Quicksmith Rebel
Human artificers for 3M with mirrored stats that grant target artifact a tap ability upon entering the battlefield.

Reprinted cards[edit | edit source]

Common to Uncommon[edit | edit source]

Uncommon to Common[edit | edit source]

Functional Reprints[edit | edit source]

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

Card comparisons[edit | edit source]

Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]

Aether Revolt has two planeswalker decks:[5]

deck name
Colors included Planeswalker
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Ajani W G Ajani, Valiant Protector
Tezzeret U B Tezzeret, Master of Metal

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Product information
  2. Wizards of the Coast (May 16, 2016). "Announcement Day". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Blake Rasmussen (January 5, 2017). "Exclusive Cards in the Aether Revolt Planeswalker Decks". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Wizards of the Coast (January 6, 2017). "Aether Revolt Release Notes". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. a b c Blake Rasmussen (2016-12-05). "Aether Revolt Packaging, Promos, and Planeswalker Decks". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Gavin Verhey (January 9, 2017). "Aether Revolt Prerelease Primer". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Blake Rasmussen (January 6, 2017). "The Tokens of Aether Revolt". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Trick Jarrett. (January 7, 2017.) Yes, and so will Kaladesh boosters in pre-prerelease packs. Community Manager's twitter account.
  9. Mark Rosewater (January 2, 2017). "A Revolting Development (and Design), Part 1". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Matt Tabak (January 2, 2017). "Aether Revolt Mechanics". Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Ben Hayes (January 3, 2017). "Leading Aether Revolt". Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Mark Rosewater (January 9, 2017). "A Revolting Development (and Design), Part 2". Wizards of the Coast.