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Amonkhet is the 74th Magic expansion, and the first in the Amonkhet block. It will be released on April 28, 2017 and is a large expansion. It is set on the plane of the same name.

Amonkhet is a top-down-designed Magic set, meaning that it was designed and developed with flavor in mind first. The set is inspired by Ancient Egypt mixed with imagery referencing Nicol Bolas. Amonkhet contains 269 cards and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. The expansion symbol is a pyramid. The Planeswalker decks contain 10 additional cards that are also considered to be part of the set. Full-art basic lands appear in approximately one out of every four boosters and will be available in other products as well.

Amonkhet has at least two new named mechanics. The embalm ability 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 embalmed creature, except it becomes mono-colored white and is a zombie in addition to its other creature types. When you declare an attacker with the exert ability, you make the decision whether to exert it. If you choose to exert, the creature gains a bonus. If you did, the creature won't untap as normal during your next untap phase. The set also features cycling as a returning mechanic and makes use of brick counters and -1/-1 counters.