Dominaria

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For the plane, see Dominaria (plane).
Dominaria
DOM logo.png
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description A Benalish shield
Design Mark Rosewater (lead)
Aaron Forsythe
Ethan Fleischer
Ian Duke
Kelly Digges
Gavin Verhey
Richard Garfield
Development Erik Lauer (co-lead)
Dave Humpherys (co-lead[1])
Alli Medwin
Andrew Brown
Doug Beyer
Ethan Fleischer
Kelly Digges
Ken Nagle
Peter Lee
Ryan Spain
Sam Stoddard
Art direction Mark Winters
Release date April 27, 2018
Themes and
mechanics
Historic cards (Artifacts, sagas, as well as legendary permanents and sorceries)
Keywords and/
or ability words
Kicker, Crew
Set size 269 + 10 + 1
Expansion code DOM[2]
Development codename Soup
Non-block expansions
Homelands Dominaria N/A
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Challenger Decks Dominaria Commander Anthology Volume II

Dominaria is the 78th Magic expansion. It will be released on April 27, 2018.[3] It is not part of a block.[4]

Set details[edit | edit source]

“  Gather Legends  ”

Dominaria is the first set to follow the Three-and-One Model, which abolished blocks. Richard Garfield is on the design team, for the first time since the original Innistrad set.[4] It contains 269 cards (20 basic lands, 101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 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 #270/269 to #279/269. A unique Buy-a-Box promotional card numbered #280/269 is also considered to be part of the set.[5] Nostalgia and legendary creatures are major themes. Each booster contains at least one legendary creature.[5] The expansion symbol depicts a Benalish shield.[6] The common version has an inverted color scheme (more white than black).[7][8] As a gimmick, all the names of sets sets taking place on Dominaria (including Alpha, Beta, Revised, Unlimited and Origins) or Rath (which was overlaid with Dominaria) are mentioned in card names or flavor text.[9] Five of the basic lands feature a tiny silhouette of the Skyship Weatherlight in their art.

A substantial part of the set was accidentally spoiled six weeks before release, when Wizards of the Coast China published the release notes for Dominaria, instead of those for Masters 25.[10][5]

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Dominaria booster featuring Jaya Ballard
Dominaria Saga card

Dominaria is set on the plane of the same name, for the first time since the Time Spiral block (or Magic Origins if sets involving multiple planes are included). Sixty years after the Mending, this world is healing from its wounds. Returning legendary characters are Teferi, Jhoira, Jaya Ballard, and Karn.[2] Dominaria’s story starts right after the events of Hour of Devastation. Gideon and Liliana have arrived on Dominaria following the Gatewatch’s defeat at the hands of Nicol Bolas. Together, they begin a mission to kill Belzenlok, the final demon holding Liliana’s contract.[11]

The cards that represent the Story Spotlights in Dominaria are: Broken Bond; Final Parting; Settle the Score and In Bolas's Clutches.[5]

Magic Story[edit | edit source]

Main article: Magic Story
Title Author Release Date Setting (plane) Featuring
Return to Dominaria: Episode 1 Martha Wells 2018-03-21 Dominaria Liliana, Gideon, Nissa, Chandra, Sadage, Jhoira
Return to Dominaria: Episode 2 Martha Wells 2018-03-22 Dominaria Liliana, Gideon, Raven Man, Rael, Josu Vess
Return to Dominaria: Episode 3 Martha Wells 2018-03-28 Dominaria Jhoira, Tiana, Shanna Sisay, Danitha Capashen, Raff Capashen, Arvad
Return to Dominaria: Episode 4 Martha Wells 2018-04-04 Dominaria Tiana, Arvad
Return to Dominaria: Episode 5 Martha Wells 2018-04-11 Dominaria Jhoira, Shanna Sisay, Raff Capashen, Jodah, Naban, Ajani, Liliana, Gideon
Return to Dominaria: Episode 6 Martha Wells 2018-04-18 Dominaria

Rules changes[edit | edit source]

  • The "Planeswalker redirection rule" is removed. Instead each relevant card will tell you on the card specifically whether the card dealing direct damage can target planeswalkers. Some older cards will be erratad to have “player” changed to “player or planeswalker”. Others will refer to "any target".[12][13][14][5][15]
  • As of Dominaria, the use of the term "mana pool" has been discontinued in the card text. Abilities which pertain to mana production will simply refer to the mana type being produced.[15][5]
  • As of Dominaria, Magic uses "they" as the preferred third-person-singular pronoun for a player, replacing "he or she", "him or her" or "his or her.".[15][5]
  • Abilities that modify how a spell behaves on the stack, such as additional costs, now refer to themselves as "this spell" rather than by using their card name.[15]

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Dominaria is sold in 16-card boosters (one card being a marketing card), two planeswalker decks and the Dominaria bundle. The boosters feature artwork from Karn, Scion of Urza, Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, Teshar, Ancestor’s Apostle, Jaya Ballard and Shalai, Voice of Plenty.[16]

Events[edit | edit source]

Promotional cards[edit | edit source]

Tokens and emblems[edit | edit source]

Dominaria features fourteen tokens and two emblems.[25]

  1. {W} 2/2 Knight with vigilance, for Aryel, Knight of Windgrace, Call the Cavalry and History of Benalia.
  2. {W} 2/2 Knight with vigilance (alternate art)
  3. {W} 1/1 Soldier, for Sergeant-at-Arms and Memorial to Glory
  4. {B} 0/1 Cleric, for Rite of Belzenlok
  5. {B} 2/2 Zombie Knight with menace, for Josu Vess, Lich Knight
  6. {B} */* Nightmare Horror, for Chainer's Torment.
  7. {B} 6/6 Demon with flying, trample, and "At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice another creature, if you don't, this creature deals 6 damage to you." for Rite of Belzenlok
  8. {R} 3/1 Elemental with trample and haste, for Valduk, Keeper of the Flame.
  9. {R} 1/1 Goblin, for Siege-Gang Commander.
  10. {R} 4/4 Legendary Dragon with flying named Karox Bladewing, for Verix Bladewing.
  11. {G} 1/1 Saproling, for Deathbloom Thallid, Fungal Infection, Fungal Plots, Saproling Migration, Spore Swarm, Verdant Force, Slimefoot, the Stowaway and Yavimaya Sapherd.
  12. {G} 1/1 Saproling (alternate art)
  13. {G} 1/1 Saproling (alternate art)
  14. {C} 0/0 Construct with "This creature gets +1/+1 for each artifact you control," for Karn, Scion of Urza.
  15. Emblem for Jaya Ballard.
  16. Emblem for Teferi, Hero of Dominaria.

Verix Bladewing features a new template for creating tokens with names. "Create Karox Bladewing, a legendary 4/4 red Dragon creature token with flying" is functionally identical to the text "create a legendary 4/4 red Dragon creature token with flying named Karox Bladewing."

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

History is the major theme for Dominaria[26], examplified by a significant number of legendary creatures and other legendary permanents. There is also a tribal theme for the Wizard class, with several cards costing less when you control a Wizard.

The set debuts legendary sorcery cards that capture extraordinary moments from main characters' pasts.[27] These powerful spells can only be cast while you control a legendary creature or planeswalker.

The set sees the return of kicker, a keyword ability that allows the player to pay an extra cost for a bonus effect.[27] Kicker was first featured in the Invasion block and last seen in the Zendikar block. Crew is used for the Weatherlight Vehicle.[4]

Dominaria introduces "Hexproof from [quality]" as a variant of the hexproof ability.[27] "Hexproof from black" means "this permanent can't be the target of black spells your opponents control or abilities of black sources your opponents control." It also introduces "equip [quality] creature" as a variant on equip. For example, "equip legendary creature" means "this equip activated ability can only target a legendary creature."

Double is a keyword action formally introduced for Grunn, the Lonely King.

Card types[edit | edit source]

The set introduces a new enchantment subtype: Saga.[27] Each Saga tells the story of a key event from the past as it unfolds during each of the player's turns. As the Saga enters the battlefield and after the player's draw step, that player adds a lore counter, which triggers the appropriate chapter ability. Once all abilities have been triggered (for Sagas introduced in Dominaria, each has exactly three), the Saga is then sacrificed. Saga cards have a special vertically-aligned frame treatment.[28] The rules text with the three chapter abilities is on the left side, and the art is on the right side.

Historic is a new game term that refers to a card that has the legendary supertype, the artifact card type, or the Saga enchantment type.[29][27] Some abilities trigger "whenever you cast a historic spell."

Jaya is the newest planeswalker subtype.

Card frame[edit | edit source]

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Dominaria has at least 6 cycles:

Cycle name Description and notes {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
MMM creatures A cycle of powerful rare creatures that cost three mana of their respective colors. Benalish Marshal Tempest Djinn Dread Shade Goblin Chainwhirler Steel Leaf Champion
Legendary sorceries A cycle of rare legendary sorceries. Urza's Ruinous Blast Karn's Temporal Sundering Yawgmoth's Vile Offering Jaya's Immolating Inferno Kamahl's Druidic Vow
Memorials A cycle of uncommon utility taplands that can be sacrificed for an additional ability. They depict monuments to characters from Dominaria's past.[30] Memorial to Glory (Gerrard) Memorial to Genius (Urza) Memorial to Folly (Gerrard and Urza) Memorial to War (Karona) Memorial to Unity (Eladamri)
Cycle name Description and notes {W}{U} {U}{B} {B}{R} {R}{G} {G}{W}
Allied draft archetype legends A cycle of uncommon allied colored legendary creatures, each representing a draft archetype. Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage (Tempo Historic ) Rona, Disciple of Gix (Historic Control) Garna, the Bloodflame (Sacrifice Value) Hallar, the Firefletcher (Kicker Ramp) Shanna, Sisay's Legacy (Go wide)
Cycle name Description and notes {W}{B} {U}{R} {B}{G} {R}{W} {G}{U}
Enemy draft archetype legends A cycle of uncommon enemy colored legendary creatures, each representing a draft archetype. Arvad the Cursed ("Legendary matters") Adeliz, the Cinder Wind (Wizard Tempo) Slimefoot, the Stowaway (Saproling Tribal) Tiana, Ship's Caretaker (Auras and Equipment) Tatyova, Benthic Druid (Value and Ramp)
Enemy check lands A cycle of rare lands that tap for two colors of mana and enter the battlefield tapped unless you control a land of one of the two associated types.[31] Originally printed in Innistrad. Isolated Chapel Sulfur Falls Woodland Cemetery Clifftop Retreat Hinterland Harbor

Mirrored pairs[edit | edit source]

Dominaria has six mirrored pairs.

Reprinted cards[edit | edit source]

Rare to uncommon[edit | edit source]

  • Skizzik, first printed in Invasion.

Functional reprints[edit | edit source]

Card comparisons[edit | edit source]

Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]

Dominaria features two planeswalker decks:[32]

Planeswalker deck name Colors included Planeswalker
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Teferi W U Teferi, Timebender
Chandra R G Chandra, Bold Pyromancer

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

Callbacks[edit | edit source]

Many cards reference past cards and places from past blocks set on Dominaria.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dave Humpherys. (April 3, 2018.) “Designing Dominaria's History”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. a b Product information
  3. Wizards of the Coast. (June 14, 2017.) “25th Anniversery Announcement Day”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. a b c Mark Rosewater. (Mark Rosewater.) “Returning Home”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. a b c d e f g Dominaria Release Notes
  6. Mark Rosewater. (April 20, 2018.) "What does the Dominaria expansion symbol represent?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  7. Mark Rosewater. (March 23, 2018.) "What's the reason for the common set symbol color change in Dominaria?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  8. Mark Rosewater. (March 30, 2018.) "Wish commons would keep a black set symbol!", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  9. Chocorojo and Kelly Digges on Twitter
  10. Blake Rasmussen. (March 8, 2018.) “Dominaria Leak”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Martha Wells. (March 21, 2018.) “Return to Dominaria, Episode 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Aaron Forsythe on Twitter
  13. Mark Rosewater. (October 07, 2017.) "What planeswalker redirection rule change?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  14. Mark Rosewater. (March 07, 2018.) "How soon will we see the planeswalker redirection rule change implemented?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  15. a b c d e f Aaron Forsythe. (March 21, 2018.) “Dominaria Frame, Template and Rules Changes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  16. News.toyark.com (picture)
  17. a b Blake Rasmussen. (March 22, 2018.) “The Promos of Dominaria”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  18. a b WPN Standard Showdown
  19. Blake Rasmussen. (March 21, 2018.) “Dominaria Buy-A-Box Pre-Order Promotion”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Firesong and Sunspeaker sets a dangerous precedent. (Reddit)
  21. "Wizards decided to stop producing mechanically unique cards outside of booster packs." (Reddit)
  22. About the exclusive buy a box promo thing.... (Reddit)
  23. Blake Rasmussen responding to criticism on Twitter
  24. Blake Rasmussen. (February 5, 2018.) “Friday Night Magic Nontoken Promo Cards Return With Dominaria”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  25. Blake Rasmussen. (April 12, 2018.) “The Tokens of Dominaria”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  26. Mark Rosewater. (March 13, 2018.) ""If your theme isn't at common, it isn't your theme"?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  27. a b c d e Matt Tabak. (March 21, 2018.) “Dominaria mechanics”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  28. Aaron Forsythe. (March 12, 2018.) “On Dominaria Previews and Moving Forward”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  29. Mark Rosewater. (April 9, 2018.) “A Historic Story”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  30. Chas Andres. (April 4, 2018.) “Memorializing Dominaria”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  31. Melissa DeTora. (April 6, 2018.) “A Look Into STandard Mana Bases”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  32. News.toyark.com (picture)
  33. Mark Rosewater. (April 06, 2018.) "Is drudge sentinel an attempted fix of regeneration?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  34. Wizards of the Coast. (April 18, 2018.) "Which characters are you hoping to open at Prerelease?", The Official Magic: The Gathering Tumblr, Tumblr.
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