Magic returns to its original level with Dominaria United

The silver golem Karn and his Planeswalker allies from the Dominaria United keyframe

Here’s hoping Karn doesn’t screw up Dominaria’s plane (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Almost 30 years later Magic the Gathering first appeared and made waves, players are once again back on the plane of Dominaria where it all began.

Players who have played the game long enough will relive the threats posed by the (new) Phyrexians as Dominaria takes on the Praetor Sheoldred and other Phyrexians with the release of the latest Standard Set on September 9th Dominaria United.

The release also coincides with the launch of Magic: The Gathering 30th anniversary.

New mechanics

The set contains 281 cards and includes three new mechanics: Win, continue reading and stun counter.

When a player attacks with a creature with the new keyword Winthe player may choose to tap another untapped (and not attacking) creature.

When that happens, the attacking creature comes with Win gets +X/+0 until end of turn, where X is the power of the other tapped but not attacking creature.

Card showing Dominariu United's Guardian of New Benalia on a flat surface.

Remember it’s +X/+0, not +X/+X (Photo: Yahoo Gaming SEA)

Most importantly, the tapped nonattacking creature can’t have summoning disease.

This new mechanic is a good way to use creatures enchanted by Aura cards like Sigarda’s Captivity for other purposes during the combat phase

Annoying Spell

Annoying enchantment, but luckily it costs 3 to cast

The next mechanic continue reading only applies to Saga Enchantment. continue reading allows a player to choose the chapter of the saga when it comes into play.

continue reading

This map is much better after the first chapter triggers

On a typical Saga Enchantment card, the Saga comes into play with a lore counter and triggers the first chapter. The second chapter is only triggered in the next main phase before the player’s combat, when the player places another lore token on the saga.

This process repeats until the last chapter is triggered. continue reading however, means that a saga can now come into play with any number of saga counters.

The number of knowledge counters is equal to the chapter (i.e. enter with two knowledge counters and triggers the second chapter), but any previously missed chapters of the saga will not trigger again.

For example, if a player casts The Cruelty of Gix and chooses to put two lore counters, the player gains tutoring on any card in their library while forgoing the first chapter to look at their opponent’s hand.

Then, during the next main phase before the player’s battle, the player can add another saga counter, trigger the final chapter, and then revive a creature on the battlefield.

stun counter

Stun counter appears

Last, stun counter will make their debut in Dominaria United. stun counter primarily affects creatures, since they affect a permanent’s ability to untap.

A season ticket with a stun counter doesn’t untap when it has a chance to (for example, during the untap phase or another effect that untaps the permanent).

Instead the stun counter is removed. This means the permanent can’t untap until the next opportunity (usually in the player’s next untap phase) arises.

This effect is especially terrible for creatures, since tapped creatures can’t attack or block.

In addition to the three brand new mechanics domain and table football are also about to return.

First introduced in Invasion a long time ago, featuring cards domain will provide greater benefits when a player controls more basic land types.

domain

Why look at the top 1 or 2 cards when you can play all 5 suits and look at the top 5 cards instead

In the case of Voda Sea Scavenger, if the player controls all 5 basic land types, they may look at the top 5 cards of their library.

The next returning mechanic table football are optional additional costs a player may pay when casting a spell.

When the additional cost is paid, the spell always has an additional or alternative benefit.

A player may search for a basic land when this spell is kicked

A player may search for a basic land when this spell is kicked

Limited edition tokens

For players residing in the countries of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, everyone has a chance to purchase a limited edition token card by spending S$140 Dominaria United Products.

A very pretty translucent token

A very pretty translucent token

There are a total of three unique tokens that resemble stained glass, and they combine to form a battlefield mural.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Magic the GatheringWizards Play Network (WPN) stores are also giving out special retro foil promos set in the history of Magic the Gathering for the next releases of standard sets.

So much nostalgia!

So much nostalgia!

away Dominaria Unitedany player who wants to collect the pretty Serra Angel above, for example, can only do so by participating in pre-release events.

Next, Dominaria United will also be included in Jumpstart Boosters. Each Jumpstart Booster is designed for basic deck building and contains 20 cards.

A player can form a deck simply by combining two Jumpstart Boosters and instantly play with another player for a quick match Magic the Gathering.

The return of legends, sort of

Apparently, to add some spice to this new Standard set, Wizards of the Coast found plenty of crates of them legends lying around.

Yes, the 1994 set with The Tabernacle of Pendrell Vale, Chain of Mephistopheles and more.

Very expensive cards (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Very expensive cards (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Wizards opened these boxes and randomly inserted them legends Maps in Collector Boosters. If you’re lucky with a Collector Booster, you can just pop open a Eureka and, well, channel your inner Archimedes.

Graphics like this really don't exist in newer maps (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Graphics like this really don’t exist in newer maps (Image: Wizards of the Coast)

Dominaria United will be available in Draft Boosters, Set Boosters, Collector Boosters, Jumpstart Boosters, Commander Decks and Bundles.

Jay Chan plays a lot of Dota 2 and MTG. He’s terrible at Dota 2 and a scrub at MTG and maybe overspends on both games.

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