Aaron Forsythe (lead)|
Matt Place (lead)|
|Art direction||Jeremy Cranford|
|Release date||May 5, 2006|
|Themes and mechanics||
(55 commons, 55 uncommons, 55 rares)
|Magic: The Gathering Chronology|
Dissension contains 180 black-bordered cards (60 rare, 60 uncommon, and 60 commons) — 15 more than normal for a small set to make room for a reappearance of the popular split card mechanic from Invasion and Apocalypse. The prerelease events for this set were held on April 22–23, 2006. Its expansion symbol is meant to be a variation on the wrought-ironwork shown in the Guildpact symbol, but broken to reflect the disintegration of the Guildpact spell. Like the Guildpact symbol, it has three “branches” to evoke its three guilds. Dissension expanded on the Ravnica block themes of multicolor and hybrid, adding the last three new guilds to the environment (The Azorius Senate (white/blue), the Cult of Rakdos (black/red) and the Simic Combine (green/blue).
Dissension was sold in 15-card boosters, three preconstructed theme decks and a fat pack. The decks and the fat pack contained a Pro Tour Player Cards. The booster packs featured artwork from Isperia the Inscrutable, Lyzolda, the Blood Witch, and Cytoplast Root-Kin. The prerelease card was the foil alternate art Avatar of Discord. The release card was Azorius Guildmage. The set was accompanied by the novel of the same name by Cory Herndon. The Magic Online release featured four new pieces of art commissioned for the tokens.
The streets of Ravnica run red with blood. Guild fights guild and horrifying monsters ravage the city, destroying all who stand in their way. But as Ravnica crumbles, a method emerges from the madness, and it becomes clear that the city's chaos was calculated. Something must be done. And unfortunately for Kos, being dead doesn't mean you don't have a job to do. The Guildpact's spell is finally broken when he publicly arrests Szadek, exposing him and House Dimir to the public.
Mechanics and themes
|Guild||Colors||Guild symbol||Legendary guild members||Keyword or ability word|
|Azorius Senate||Grand Arbiter Augustin IV||Forecast|
|Forecast is an activated abillity that can only be used when the card is in their hand and only during their upkeep.|
|Cult of Rakdos||Rakdos the Defiler||Hellbent|
|Hellbent can be many things but the most common thing is that it is active when the controller has no cards in their hand.|
|Simic Combine||Momir Vig, Simic Visionary||Graft|
|Graft works by allowing a creature with graft to move a +1/+1 conunter from itself onto another creature that just entered the battlefield.|
To note: the Guilds are presented in the official order, but they were originally displayed in a different order by Wizard: Azorius Senate, Simic Combine, Cult of Rakdos.
- Split cards: there are 10 gold split cards representing combinations of the guilds of Ravnica. The allied color guilds are represented on uncommon split cards, whereas the enemy color guilds are represented on rare split cards.
- Protection: Dissension expanded on the protection ability by introducing "protection from monocolored" and "protection from multicolored".
The following creature types are used in this expansion but also appear in previous sets: Advisor, Archer, Assassin, Avatar, Basilisk, Beast, Berserker, Bird, Cat, Centaur, Cleric, Demon, Devil, Djinn, Dragon, Druid, Elemental, Elf, Faerie, Frog, Gargoyle, Goblin, Golem, Griffin, Horror, Hydra, Imp, Knight, Leviathan, Lizard, Mutant, Ogre, Ooze, Pegasus, Plant, Rat, Rogue, Scout, Shade, Shaman, Snake, Soldier, Sphinx, Spirit, Soldier, Thrull, Troll, Vedalken, Viashino, Warrior, Wizard, Worm, Zombie.
Dissension has three cycles:
|Eidolons||Aurora Eidolon||Enigma Eidolon||Entropic Eidolon||Sandstorm Eidolon||Verdant Eidolon|
|Each of these 2/2 spirits with converted mana cost of can be sacrificed for an effect and may be returned from the graveyard to your hand whenever you play a multicolored card.|
|Uncommon split cards||Supply/Demand||Trial/Error||Rise/Fall||Hit/Run||Pure/Simple|
|Each of these split cards is centered around one color and each side represents an allied-colored Guild of that color.|
|Rare split cards||Hide/Seek||Research/Development||Crime/Punishment||Odds/Ends||Bound/Determined|
|Each of these split cards is centered around one color and each side represents an enemy-colored Guild of that color.|
Dissension has two mirrored pairs.
|Guardian of the Guildpact
|Enemy of the Guildpact
|Spirits, one white and one black, with protection from a color quality. The Guardian had protection from monocolored spells and permanents, while the Enemy had protection from multicolored.|
|Instant and sorcery, respectively, which affect the hand size of all players equally. Vision Skeins causes all players to draw two cards, while Delirium Skeins forces all players to discard three. Both are also mirrored in the artwork being the same scene, but seen from two different angles and in two different moments. Vision Skeins is the "before" moment and Delirium Skeins is the "after" moment.|
The following cards have been reprinted from previous sets.
- Seal of Doom — first printed in Nemesis.
- Seal of Fire — first printed in Nemesis.
- Thrive — first printed in Prophecy. Thrive augmented the graft ability found in this set.
- Demonfire - used in many formats including legacy until obsoleted by the notably more consistent Conflux card Banefire
- Research/Development - Used in some Vintage decks to have access to utility cards in sideboard.
- Simic Sky Swallower - used in Legacy deck Ichorid and Vintage Oath decks due to evasion and shroud.
- Spell Snare - Counterspell commonly used in Legacy and Extended decks
- Transguild Courier - both the first artifact card to have a color, and the first artifact card to have all colors.
- Trygon Predator - anti-artifact/enchantment creature sometimes used in Legacy sideboards.
- Vigean Intuition: This instant mimicked the ability of Wood Sage, an older blue/green card from Tempest.
- Ravnica Dual lands: Blood Crypt, Breeding Pool, and Hallowed Fountain.
- Rakdos Augermage, Terry Soh's invitational card.
- Azorius First-Wing introduces protection from enchantments.
In Dissension there were three guilds so there are just three theme decks instead of the standard four. The preconstructed theme decks are:
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