A loose array of cards, each with two keyword mechanics from previous sets which beneficially work together.
- Bogardan Lancer (Bloodthirst and Flanking, one making the own creature stronger and the other to make opposing creatures weaker)
- Cutthroat il-Dal (Hellbent and Shadow; allows controller to toggle evasion and blocking of Shadow creatures)
- Gathan Raiders (Hellbent and Morph - discard a card to reach hellbent)
- Gibbering Descent (Hellbent and Madness to play the card when discarding it to reach hellbent)
- Haze of Rage (Storm and Buyback to up the storm counter by replaying the card)
- Ichor Slick (Cycling and Madness to play the card while cycling)
- Kavu Primarch (Kicker and Convoke to pay the kicker cost)
- Knight of Sursi (Flying and flanking) 
- Marshaling Cry (Cycling and Flashback to play the card after having it cycled)
- Molten Disaster (Kicker and Split second when kicked)
- Mystic Speculation (Scry and Buyback to scry repeatedly)
- Ravaging Riftwurm (Kicker to add counters and vanishing)
- Spirit en-Dal (Shadow and Forecast to give shadow to other creatures without the "can't block" drawback)
- Sprout Swarm (Buyback and Convoke to pay the buyback cost with)
- Thornweald Archer (Deathtouch and Reach to hit flying creatures with deathtouch)
The following cards are a list of futureshifted cards in the set, identifiable by their different, "futureshifted" card layout. They are notable for introducing new keywords, having unusual abilities or type combinations, and/or for previewing blocks that will be released.
- Grandeur cycle: Baru, Fist of Krosa, Korlash, Heir to Blackblade, Linessa, Zephyr Mage, Oriss, Samite Guardian, Tarox Bladewing
- Baru references Kamahl, Fist of Krosa.
- Korlash references Dakkon Blackblade.
- Linessa references Alexi, Zephyr Mage.
- Oriss references Orim, Samite Healer (her Grandeur ability is the same as found on a kicked Orim's Chant) and Cho-Manno, Revolutionary (the Fountain of Cho is visible in the art).
- Tarox references Rorix Bladewing.
- Textless vanilla cycle: Blade of the Sixth Pride, Blind Phantasm, Fomori Nomad, Mass of Ghouls, Nessian Courser
- Allied-color-lands cycle: Graven Cairns, Grove of the Burnwillows, Horizon Canopy, Nimbus Maze, River of Tears
- Sliver cycle: Frenzy Sliver, Homing Sliver, Lymph Sliver, Mesmeric Sliver, Virulent Sliver
- Non-creature with morph vertical cycle: Lumithread Field (enchantment), Whetwheel (artifact), Zoetic Cavern (land)
- Tenth Edition preview card: Mass of Ghouls
- Lorwyn preview card: Goldmeadow Lookout (technically)
- Morningtide preview card: Boldwyr Intimidator
- Shadowmoor preview cards: Graven Cairns, Mistmeadow Skulk
- Eventide preview card: Phosphorescent Feast which would be a pre-Chroma card.
- Scars of Mirrodin preview card: Bloodshot Trainee
- Theros preview card: Nessian Courser
- Amonkhet preview card: Aven Mindcensor 
- Commander 2017 (Feline Ferocity) preview card: Seht's Tiger 
- Unstable preview card: Steamflogger Boss 
- Guilds of Ravnica preview card: Narcomoeba 
- Possible future victorian/graveyard set preview cards: Bitter Ordeal, Death Rattle, Grinning Ignus, Patrician's Scorn, Grave Scrabbler, Street Wraith. Unattached to the Victorian theme are Tombstalker, Bridge from Below, Yixlid Jailer.
- Possible Muraganda set preview cards: Muraganda Petroglyphs, Imperiosaur
- Lorwyn block - Tribal cardtype: Bound in Silence, Jace Beleren artwork: Blind Phantasm
- Esper from the Alara block - colored artifacts theme: Sarcomite Myr
- Naya from the Alara block - Nacatl cat-people: Nacatl War-Pride 
- Rise of the Eldrazi - Colorless nonartifact spells: Ghostfire
- Scars of Mirrodin - Poison: Snake Cult Initiation, Virulent Sliver.
- New Phyrexia - Fusion of metal and flesh in Sarcomite myr. While artifacts with colored mana costs were used in Esper, it was first intended as a New Phyrexia preview.
- Theros block - Enchantment creatures: Lucent Liminid
- Sultai Brood from Khans of Tarkir - Delve: Tombstalker, Logic Knot and Death Rattle
- Battle for Zendikar block - Devoid: colorless spells with colored mana in their cost: Ghostfire
- Descendants of of Rorix Bladewing in Dominaria: Tarox Bladewing 
- Modern Horizons - Horizon lands. Horizon Canopy
- Ghostfire - Its flavor text mentions Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, who is later revealed to be one of the planeswalkers that imprisoned the Eldrazi on Zendikar, and the twin of Nicol Bolas. Few pieces of flavor text have inspired more future story.
Other futureshifted cards
- Cards that introduce new keywords but are otherwise usual: Arcanum Wings, Darksteel Garrison, Fleshwrither, Logic Knot, Quagnoth, Snake Cult Initiation, Spin into Myth, Thornweald Archer, Vedalken Æthermage
- Enchantments that tap: Flowstone Embrace, Second Wind, Witch's Mist
- Normal abilities with unusual costs: Deepcavern Imp, Edge of Autumn, Shah of Naar Isle, Skizzik Surger, Whip-Spine Drake, Street Wraith
- Bloodshot Trainee - Has an ability dependent on its own power being above a certain number.
- Bonded Fetch - Defender with haste.
- Bound in Silence - First Tribal type card.
- Bridge from Below - An enchantment that only has abilities while in the graveyard.
- Centaur Omenreader - Reduces creature spell costs, as long as it is tapped. It has the Snow type.
- Daybreak Coronet - Introduces lifelink, Enchant creature with another aura attached to it
- Dryad Arbor - Land creature.
- Emblem of the Warmind - An aura that affects all creatures you control.
- Henchfiend of Ukor - Return of the hybrid mana symbol, and the introduction of off-color echo costs.
- Imperiosaur - 'Muraganda' plane native, card dependent on basic lands.
- Imperial Mask - Enchantment that copies itself to each teammate you have. Especially suitable for multiplayer games.
- Muraganda Petroglyphs - 'Muraganda' plane native, card that supports vanilla creatures.
- Nacatl War-Pride - Creature that replicates itself depending on how many defenders there are.
- Narcomoeba - Pseudo-madness ability that allows it to be put into play when sent from the library to the graveyard.
- Nix - A cheap but rather niche counterspell against spells that were played for no mana.
- Phosphorescent Feast - Card that gets more powerful when there are more green mana symbols in your hand's cards, an ability that became Eventide's chroma and Theros's devotion.
- Ramosian Revivalist - A Rebel puller that uses the graveyard instead of the library.
- Sarcomite Myr - An artifact that costs colored mana to play (see colored artifacts).
- Seht's Tiger - Flash creature that gives you protection from the color of your choice the turn it comes into play.
- Shapeshifter's Marrow - A more sedate card in the tradition of Yet Another Æther Vortex.
- Spellweaver Volute - Enchants an instant card in the graveyard.
- Spellwild Ouphe - A card that reduces the cost of spells that target it.
- Sporoloth Ancient - Creature that can only put spore counters on itself, but oddly gives a spore counter removing ability to every creature. (this ability does however costs 1 less spore counter to activate than other fungus abilities)
- Storm Entity - Creature with the storm-like ability to gain +1/+1 for each spell previously played on this turn.
- Tarmogoyf - Introduces (by way of reminder text) the Planeswalker card type.
- Thunderblade Charge - Sorcery that can flashback itself indefinitely whenever you deal combat damage.
- Yixlid Jailer - Cards in the graveyard lose all abilities.
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