|Symbol description||Leaking aether|
Mark Gottlieb (lead) |
Ben Hayes (lead) |
|Art direction||Mark Winters|
|Release date||January 20, 2017|
|Energy counters, Vehicles|
or ability words
|Crew, Improvise, Revolt|
|Set size||184 ( + 10 )|
|Magic: The Gathering chronology|
- 1 Set details
- 2 Themes and mechanics
- 3 Cycles
- 4 Mirrored pairs
- 5 Reprinted cards
- 6 Notable cards
- 7 Card comparisons
- 8 Preconstructed decks
- 9 References
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. 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.
- Consulate Crackdown depicts the Consulate's continued seizure of inventions.
- Pia's Revolution depicts the rebellion against the Consulate led by Pia Nalaar.
- Disallow depicts Baral's taunting of Chandra Nalaar in an attempt to lure her away from the rest of the Gatewatch.
- Battle at the Bridge depicts the final battle between Tezzeret and Liliana Vess.
- Dark Intimations foreshadows the upcoming role of Nicol Bolas in the story.
Magic Story[edit | edit source]
|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. 
Kaladesh Inventions[edit | edit source]
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.
Promotional Cards[edit | edit source]
- Prerelease: a stamped card that can be any rare or mythic rare from the set. 
- Launch promo: Quicksmith Rebel
- Game Day: full-art Trophy Mage
- Game Day (Top 8): full-art Yahenni's Expertise
- Buy-a-Box: Scrap Trawler
Tokens / emblem[edit | edit source]
- 2/2 Gremlin for Gremlin Infestation and Release the Gremlins
- 2/1 Legendary Monkey named Ragavan for Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
- Artifact named Etherium Cell for Tezzeret the Schemer
- Emblem for Tezzeret the Schemer
Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]
There are two new named mechanics:
- Improvise — a keyword ability that enables you to pay generic mana cost with the help of your artifacts. Each artifact you tap after you're done activating mana abilities pays for .
- Revolt — an ability word that checks if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.
Cycles[edit | edit source]
Aether Revolt has six cycles:
- Automatons: Five common artifact creatures that have a color identity through an activated ability : — Aegis Automaton (), Watchful Automaton (), Augmenting Automaton (), Welder Automaton (), Verdant Automaton ()
- Aether Critters: Five mono-colored common creatures that give upon entering the battlefield and can spend to create a 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature when attacking. — Aether Inspector (), Aether Swooper (), Aether Poisoner (), Aether Chaser (), Aether Herder ().
- Experts: Five mono-colored rare legendary creatures that tie to the Expertise cards. — Sram, Senior Edificer (), Baral, Chief of Compliance (), Yahenni, Undying Partisan (), Kari Zev, Skyship Raider (), Rishkar, Peema Renegade ().
- Expertises: Five rare sorceries with an on color effect that also allow for the casting of a free spell of converted mana less than its casting cost. — Sram's Expertise (), Baral's Expertise (), Yahenni's Expertise (), Kari Zev's Expertise (), Rishkar's Expertise ().
- Implements: Five common artifacts, each of which has a colored activated sacrifice effect and let you draw a card when put into the graveyard. — Implement of Improvement (), Implement of Examination (), Implement of Malice (), Implement of Combustion (), Implement of Ferocity ().
- Two-colored draft archetypes: Ten uncommon cards which each represent a two-colored draft archetype. — Spire Patrol (), Tezzeret's Touch (), Weldfast Engineer (), Outland Boar (), Renegade Rallier (), Hidden Stockpile (), Winding Constrictor (), Rogue Refiner (), Maverick Thopterist (), and Renegade Wheelsmith ().
Mirrored pairs[edit | edit source]
- Modifications: Two uncommon auras with "Enchant creature or Vehicle" that turn an enchanted Vehicle into a creature. — Aerial Modification and Siege Modification.
- Quicksmiths: Two human artificers for 3M with mirrored stats that grant target artifact a tap ability upon entering the battlefield — Quicksmith Spy and Quicksmith Rebel.
Reprinted cards[edit | edit source]
- Conviction, first printed in Stronghold
- Negate, first printed in Morningtide, last seen in Conspiracy: Take the Crown.
- Shock, first printed in Stronghold, last seen in Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning.
- Prey Upon, first printed in Innistrad, last seen in Conspiracy: Take the Crown.
Common to Uncommon[edit | edit source]
Uncommon to Common[edit | edit source]
- Tranquil Expanse (Planeswalker decks), first printed in Oath of the Gatewatch.
- Submerged Boneyard (Planeswalker decks), first printed in Oath of the Gatewatch.
Functional Reprints[edit | edit source]
- Ghirapur Osprey is a functional reprint of Dawn Gryff, Shadow Glider, and Wild Griffin (except for creature type).
- Ravenous Intruder is a functional reprint of Atog (except for creature type).
- Frontline Rebel is a functional reprint of Bloodrock Cyclops (except for creature type).
- Precise Strike is a functional reprint of Kindled Fury.
- Prizefighter Construct is a functional reprint of Glass Golem (except for creature type).
Notable cards[edit | edit source]
- Mechanized Production is an alternate-win card.
- Chandra's Revolution and Pia's Revolution, although unconnected mechanically, share a single art piece by Clint Cearley.
- Dark Intimations forshadows a Nicol Bolas planeswalker card in the Amonkhet block.
- Felidar Guardian received the dubious honor of being the first card in 18 years (since Memory Jar in Urza's Legacy) to be emergency banned, after the release of Amonkhet.
- Fatal Push is a powerful removal that saw tournament play - notably for Modern, which filled the strange gap in which Black had the weakest removal in the format compared to Lightning Bolt and Path to Exile. With fetchlands making Revolt fairly trivial, the ability to remove almost all the powerful two-drop creatures at a mana profit revived Black as a color.
Card comparisons[edit | edit source]
Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]
|Planeswalker deck name||Colors included||Planeswalker|
|Ajani||W||G||Ajani, Valiant Protector|
|Tezzeret||U||B||Tezzeret, Master of Metal|
References[edit | edit source]
- Product information
- Wizards of the Coast. (May 16, 2016.) “Announcement Day”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen. (January 5, 2017.) “Exclusive Cards in the Aether Revolt Planeswalker Decks”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Wizards of the Coast. (January 6, 2017.) “Aether Revolt Release Notes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen. (2016-12-05.) “Aether Revolt Packaging, Promos, and Planeswalker Decks”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Gavin Verhey. (January 9, 2017.) “Aether Revolt Prerelease Primer”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen. (January 6, 2017.) “The Tokens of Aether Revolt”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Trick Jarrett. (January 7, 2017.) Yes, and so will Kaladesh boosters in pre-prerelease packs. Community Manager's twitter account.
- Mark Rosewater. (January 2, 2017.) “A Revolting Development (and Design), Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Matt Tabak. (January 2, 2017.) “Aether Revolt Mechanics”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Ben Hayes. ( January 3, 2017.) “Leading Aether Revolt”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (January 9, 2017.) “A Revolting Development (and Design), Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.