|Symbol description||5 shards joining together|
Bill Rose (lead),|
Mike Turian (lead),|
|Art direction||Jeremy Jarvis|
|Release date||February 6, 2009|
or ability words
(60 commons, 40 uncommons, 35 rares, 10 mythic rares)
|Magic: The Gathering chronology|
Conflux is the second set in the Alara block and is the forty-eighth Magic expansion. The prerelease events for this set were held January 31-February 1, 2009.  Launch parties were held February 6-8, 2009. The set went on sale February 6, 2009.
Set details[edit | edit source]
Conflux was the first small set to be reduced in size and to contain the new mythic rarity The set contains 145 black-bordered cards (10 mythic rares, 35 rare, 40 uncommon, and 60 commons). Conflux continues the Shards of Alara 's multicolor theme, expanding on it by introducing five-colored cards. Aside from the multicolor theme the set makes use of the mechanics introduced in the previous set.   The set featured the return of Nicol Bolas, via the card Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker. The expansion symbol of the set is a representation of the five converging shards. The set was accompanied by the first Planeswalker novel: Agents of Artifice, written by Ari Marmell.
Flavor[edit | edit source]
A powerful and infinitely sinister force is conspiring to reunite the Shards of Alara. This reunification will come with a deadly price – sheer chaos, as realities begin to overlap. Thus begins the Conflux. 
Marketing[edit | edit source]
Conflux was sold in 16-card boosters, five intro packs and a fat pack.    Conflux was also the first set to be sold in 6-card booster packs containing a tips/token card, 1 land, 3 commons, 1 uncommon, and 1 slot that has an equal chance of being rare/mythic, uncommon, or common. These packs were exclusively available from Gravity Feeds at large mass-market stores. 
The promotional card given to players at the pre-release was the demon-dragon Malfegor.  The set's sub-theme of all five colors converging was demonstrated in the launch party promotional, Obelisk of Alara, an artifact with five tap abilities, each one costing 1M and producing a common effect found in that color. 
The 16-card boosters featured artwork from Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, Maelstrom Archangel and Nyxathid, the small booster featured artwork from Apocalypse Hydra. An all-foil booster pack containing cards from Conflux and the other two sets of the block was released on January 8th, 2010. 
The regular boosters of Conflux come with a bonus sixteenth card that is either a "tips & tricks card" or a creature token from Conflux. One face of the Conflux bonus card has one of four different rules tips or is one of 2 different creature tokens. The other face has one of 13 advertisements for organized play programs, Alara Reborn, Duels of the Planeswalkers for Xbox Live, Magic Online, fat packs, A Planeswalker's Guide to Alara and Ultra Pro products for Magic.
Tips & Tricks[edit | edit source]
The tips & tricks cards are
Tokens[edit | edit source]
The Conflux tokens are: 
The following tokens could also be found in Conflux packs.
- 1/1 Soldier produced by Martial Coup (Shards of Alara token)
- 2/2 Zombie produced by Grixis Slavedriver (Shards of Alara token)
- 1/1 Saproling produced by Spore Burst, Tukatongue Thallid (Shards of Alara token)
Mechanics[edit | edit source]
All the shard keywords were back. Colored artifact creatures were still there. Bant still had their exalted ability. Jund still devour. Grixis raised their dead by unearth and Naya's "power 5 or greater" theme continued. In many ways, Conflux was a big continuation of Shards of Alara, except that there was now room for color hate because the shards had become aware of eachother. 
In Conflux, Domain became an ability word.  The set also introduced basic land cycling for which there is a cycle of common cards (also regular cycling appears on two cards). Progenitus was the first (and only) to have "protection from everything" as an actual card effect.
Cycles[edit | edit source]
Conflux has 8 cycles:
- Basic landcyclers: These common instants and sorceries have one effect that is relatively overcosted, and basic landcycling for M — Absorb Vis, Fiery Fall, Gleam of Resistance, Sylvan Bounty, and Traumatic Visions.
- Common allied-colored spells: Each of these common spells has a mana cost that includes two allied-colored mana — Esper Cormorants, Vectis Agents, Suicidal Charge, Exploding Borders, and Rhox Bodyguard.
- Creatures with shard-colored activated abilities: Each of these uncommon creatures has an activated ability which costs both allied-colored mana — Aerie Mystics, Scornful Æther-Lich, Dreadwing, Viashino Slaughtermaster, and Sacellum Archers.
- Enemy-color hosers: Each of these uncommon spells hampers both of their enemy colors at a low mana cost — Celestial Purge, Controlled Instincts, Corrupted Roots, Ignite Disorder, and Filigree Fracture.
- Outlanders: These common 2/2 allied-colored scout creatures each have protection from their enemy color — Goblin Outlander (red/black), Nacatl Outlander (green/red), Valeron Outlander (white/green), Vedalken Outlander (blue/white), and Zombie Outlander (black/blue).
- Rare shard-colored creatures: Each of these rare creatures has a mana cost that includes MNO — Giltspire Avenger, Magister Sphinx, Blood Tyrant, Charnelhoard Wurm, and Meglonoth.
- Uncommon allied-colored spells: Each of these uncommon spells has a mana cost that includes two allied-colored mana — Jhessian Balmgiver, Countersquall, Shambling Remains, Hellkite Hatchling, and Vagrant Plowbeasts.
- Uncommon shard-colored spells: Each of these uncommon spells has a mana cost that includes MNO — Skyward Eye Prophets, Sludge Strider, Elder Mastery, Scarland Thrinax, and Knotvine Mystic.
Mini-cycles[edit | edit source]
Conflux has three cycles of three cards:
- Esper artifact-enhanced creatures: Each of these common artifact creatures gets better the more artifacts you play — Court Homunculus, Faerie Mechanist, Salvage Slasher.
- Esper scepters: Each of these rare artifacts is a colored version of an artifact from Alpha — Scepter of Dominance, Scepter of Insight, Scepter of Fugue.
- Uncommon creatures: Each of these uncommon 2/2 creatures has a mana cost of M and an ability that gives them bonuses for — Dragonsoul Knight, Fleshformer, Paragon of the Amesha.
Reprinted cards[edit | edit source]
- Mana Cylix — last seen in Planeshift. It changed rarity from an uncommon to a common.
- Maniacal Rage — first seen in Exodus, last seen in Invasion.
- Unsummon — last seen in 10th Edition.
- Worldly Counsel — last seen in Invasion.
Functional reprints[edit | edit source]
Conflux has 7 functional reprints:
- Canyon Minotaur is a functional reprint of Hill Giant from 10th Edition, Tor Giant from Ice Age, Ogre Warrior from Starter 1999, Barbarian Horde from Portal Three Kingdoms and Wild Jhovall from Mercadian Masques, save for creature type.
- Might of Alara is a functional reprint of Gaea's Might from Planeshift.
- Nacatl Savage is a functional reprint of Tel-Jilad Chosen from Mirrodin, save for creature type.
- The multicolored protection Bears cycle is a functional reprint of a cycle in Invasion, save for Vedalken Outlander, which is an artifact, while Galina's Knight is not, the others only differ in creature types. They are:
Notable Cards[edit | edit source]
- Knight of the Reliquary — heavily played in Standard, Extended and Legacy midrange decks.
- Maelstrom Archangel — a very popular Mythic rare which allows its controller to play a free spell whenever it does damage. In Standard Five-Color-Control decks, this was typically the engine by which players could play Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker 
- Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker — a highly sought-after card when it first came out; has since shown to have little competitive-play value, due to its unruly mana cost, but is still valued reasonably as a noteworthy and flavorful card; a favorite of Timmy and Vorthos. Notable in being the first tri-colored Planeswalker.
- Noble Hierarch — often used in various formats mostly for mana fixing and acceleration.
- Path to Exile — considered a near-functional reprint of Swords to Plowshares, and is run in many decks in Legacy, Modern, Extended and Standard.
- Progenitus — One of the most powerful, and arguably most difficult to hardcast, creatures, often played in combo decks in Standard, Extended and Legacy.
Intro packs[edit | edit source]
|Intro pack name||Colors included||Foil rare|
|Bant on the March||W||U||G||Giltspire Avenger|
|Esper Air Assault||W||U||B||Magister Sphinx|
|Grixis Shambling Army||U||B||R||Blood Tyrant|
|Jund Appetite for War||B||R||G||Charnelhoard Wurm|
References[edit | edit source]
- set symbol URL on Gatherer
- Tim Willoughby. (January 26, 2009.) “Conflux Prerelease Primer”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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- Mark Rosewater. (January 26, 2009.) “When Worlds Collide, Part II”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- "[CON] Complete Conflux Card Names (List)" — MTG Salvation
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- Magic Arcana. (December 17, 2008.) “Conflux Fat Pack”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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- Magic Arcana. (September 29, 2009.) “The All-Foil Booster”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Arcana. (January 19, 2009.) “Conflux Tokens”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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- Tom LaPille. (January 23, 2009.) “Developing a New Domain”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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