Hour of Devastation

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Hour of Devastation
HOU set logo.png
 
Set symbol
Symbol description
Nicol Bolas' horns
Design team
Shawn Main (lead)
Ken Nagle
Jackie Lee
Jules Robins
Sam Stoddard
Mel Li
Mark Rosewater
Development team
Dave Humpherys (lead)
Bryan Hawley
Ian Duke
Eric Lauer
Jackie Lee
Ari Levitch
Kimberly J. Kreines
Tim Aten
Mons Johnson
Art Director
Release date
July 14, 2017
Themes and mechanics
Nicol Bolas, Deserts, Curses, Brick counters, -1/-1 counters, Split cards
Keywords and/or ability words
Afflict, Eternalize, Exert, Cycling, Aftermath
Set size
199 + 10
Expansion code
HOU[1]
Development codename
Laughs
Amonkhet block sets
Amonkhet Hour of Devastation (none)
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Archenemy: Nicol Bolas Hour of Devastation Commander 2017

Hour of Devastation is the 75th Magic expansion, and the second in the Amonkhet block. It was released on July 14, 2017,[2] and is a small expansion.

Set details[edit | edit source]

Hour of Devastation contains 199 cards (15 basic lands[3], 70 commons, 60 uncommons, 42 rares, 12 mythic rares) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. The expansion symbol represents the horns of Nicol Bolas. The Planeswalker decks contain 10 additional cards that are considered to be part of the set (2 mythic planeswalkers, 2 rares, 2 uncommons, 2 commons and 2 common dual taplands).[4] These are numbered #200/199 to #209/199). Five of basic lands are full-art (different art from the Amonkhet ones).[5]

While the previous set mostly was top-down design inspired by Egypt with some top-down Bolas, Hour of Devastation is mostly top-down Bolas with some top-down Egypt.[6][7] Starting with Hour of Devastation R&D pulled back significantly on how often Gatewatch planeswalkers appear as cards.[8] The non-full art basic lands were previewed in Archenemy: Nicol Bolas.[9]

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Unleash your Endgame

As promised, the God-Pharaoh has returned. Unfortunately, the promise of a glorious afterlife wasn't quite what everyone thought it was. Nicol Bolas has come to claim his perfect Zombie army, the Eternals. The Gatewatch is easily defeated. Samut's planeswalker's spark is ignited.

The cards that represent the Story Spotlights in Hour of Devastation are: Hour of Revelation, Hour of Glory, Hour of Promise, Hour of Eternity, Hour of Devastation.

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Hour of Devastation is sold in 16-card boosters (one card being a marketing card), two planeswalker decks and the Hour of Devastation bundle. The boosters feature artwork from Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh, Samut, the Tested, Fame (Claim/Fame), The Scarab God and Angel of Condemnation. Like Magic 2013 before, the packaging is mostly Bolas-flavored.

Amonkhet Invocations[edit | edit source]

Hour of Devastation booster

The Masterpiece Series for Amonkhet block are called Amonkhet Invocations. These are all premium foil cards with a special Amonkhet card frame and a separate expansion symbol (). Thus, they are not part of the sets. Amonkhet Invocations are all about the Amonkhet gods, their magic and their servants.[10] They include all new art, a card frame inspired by Egyptian steles without flavor text. They appear slightly more often than premium mythic rares. These cards are playable in limited and formats where they're already legal. 30 Invocation cards previously appeared with Amonkhet and 24 more cards appear in Hour of Devastation.[11]

Main article: Amonkhet Invocations

Events[edit | edit source]

Promotional Cards[edit | edit source]

Tokens[edit | edit source]

Punch card

There are 12 tokens for Hour of Devastation. Every creature spell with Eternalize has a unique matching token.[14]

  1. Eternalized Adorned Pouncer
  2. Eternalized Champion of Wits
  3. Eternalized Dreamstealer
  4. Eternalized Earthshaker Khenra
  5. Eternalized Proven Combatant
  6. Eternalized Resilient Khenra
  7. Eternalized Sinuous Striker
  8. Eternalized Steadfast Sentinel
  9. Eternalized Sunscourge Champion
  10. {W} 5/5 Horse for Crested Sunmare
  11. {G} 5/4 Snake for Rhonas's Last Stand
  12. {U/R} 1/1 Insect with flying and haste for The Locust God

The following tokens printed in Amonkhet are also used for cards in Hour of Devastation:

In addition some boosters feature a punch card with markers for exerted and eternal, brick counters and -1/-1 counters.

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

-1/-1 counters, Exert, Cycling and Aftermath split cards are carried over from the previous set.[15] Exert now shows up as an activated ability.[5][16]

Brick counters are used again as well, only this time they represent the dismantling of the monuments (cards start with 3 counters; removing one creates an effect).[17]

There are two new named mechanics:[15]

  • Eternalize — a keyword ability which is an evolved Embalm. Eternalize can only be activated if the creature is in the graveyard. When activated, the card is exiled and creates a token copy of itself. This creature token is a copy of the eternalized creature, except that it is a zombie in addition to its other creature types and monocolored black. Its power/toughness becomes 4/4. Many creatures with eternalize have abilities that get better because of their increased power.
  • Afflict — a triggered ability with a variable value. Whenever a creature with this ability becomes blocked, defending player loses life equal to the Afflict value.

Card types[edit | edit source]

This set adds the three forgotten Gods from Amonkhet.

The desert theme of Amonkhet is expanded on.[18] There are cards throughout the set that reward you for either controlling a Desert or having a Desert card in your graveyard.[15]

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Hour of Devastation has at thirteen cycles, two of which are partial and one other vertical:

Partial cycles[edit | edit source]

Vertical cycle[edit | edit source]

Reprinted cards[edit | edit source]

Functional reprints[edit | edit source]

Card comparisons[edit | edit source]

Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]

Hour of Devastation will have two planeswalker decks:[13]

Planeswalker deck name Colors included Planeswalker
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Nissa U G Nissa, Genesis Mage
Nicol Bolas U B R Nicol Bolas, The Deceiver

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Product information
  2. Wizards of the Coast. (August 31, 31.) “Announcement Day”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater. (June 06, 2017.) "Those extra 15 cards?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  4. Wizards of the Coast. (June 30, 2017.) “Hour of Devastation Release Notes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. a b c d e f Mark Rosewater. (June 19, 2017.) “Darkest Hour, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Mark Rosewater. (April 3, 2017.) “Amonkhet Down to Business, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Mark Rosewater. (April 17, 2017.) “Amonkhet Down to Business, Part 3”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Mark Rosewater. (April 07, 2017.) "I get you want to push the Gatewatch but the same ones is a little tiring.", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  9. Basic lands from Archenemy: Nicol Bolas spoiled
  10. Mark Rosewater. (March 30, 2017.) "What is the theme of the Amonkhet Invocations supposed to be?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  11. Wizards of the Coast. ( June 19, 2017.) “Masterpiece Series: Hour of Devastation Invocations”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Gavin Verhey. (July 3, 2017.) “Hour of Devastation Prerelease Primer”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. a b Blake Rasmussen. (June 17, 2017 .) “The Promos and Planeswalker Decks for Hour of Devastation”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Nicholas Wolfram. (April 17, 2017.) “The Tokens of Hour of Devastation”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. a b c Matt Tabak. (June 17, 2017.) “Hour of Devastation Mechanics”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Mark Rosewater. (June 26, 2017.) “Darkest Hour, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  17. a b c Mark Rosewater. (July 17, 2017.) “Devastation Information, Part 3”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Mark Rosewater. (April 10, 2017.) “Amonkhet Down to Business, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  19. a b c d Mark Rosewater. (July 10, 2017.) “Devastation Information, Part 2”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Marshall Sutcliffe. (July 10, 2017.) “Drafting Hour of Devastation Archetypes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Melissa DeTora. (June 23, 2017.) “Cycle of Torment”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  22. Wizards of the Coast. (February 9, 2017.) “Amonkhet Release Notes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  23. Mark Rosewater. (July 24, 2017.) “Odds & Ends: Hour of Devastation, Part 1”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.