If you’ve been watching the Magic the Gathering sets at all you have heard of the new set Amonkhet coming out. It’s art is inspired by ancient Egyptian art and architecture, which is looking really neat, and there are some very interesting new mechanics.
Especially for the pre-release it’s a good idea to have a handle on the new mechanics so you can build your deck better, so here’s a little preview for you.
Amonkhet has three new named mechanics.
Embalm — 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 that it is a zombie in addition to its other creature types and monocolored white.
Exert — When you declare an attacker with this 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.
Aftermath — Split cardhalves with aftermath may only be cast from your graveyard. They are exiled after casting.
While regular split cards were named with a ”__________ and __________“ convention, Aftermath cards use a ”__________ to __________“ convention.
These mechanics give decks a very strong graveyard component, which will make for some very cool zombie and vampire combos in the future, but also will have an interesting effect on the pre-release.
Of course the interesting part will be figuring out how to make the new components work together from sealed packs.
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