It’s time for Magic: The Gathering players to put a plane filled with horrifying Lovecraftian monsters, rogue archangels, and shambling zombies behind them. At the end of the month, the massively popular collectible card game will shift to another bizarre and beautiful world called Kaladesh. Below, Nerdist has an exclusive preview of three new cards coming in the set.
Kaladesh is a mix of old and new. It places “artifact” cards center stage after having taken a backseat to the aforementioned monsters. Kaladesh also introduces an entirely new “energy economy” to the game. Players can gain and trade in energy counters for special abilities, and the cards make sense of this new mechanic through Kaladesh’s lore. The people of the plane harvest “aether” to fuel many aspects of their lives, and it’s this aether that makes the energy economy. However, when aether is refined, it often spontaneously takes humanoid form: the Aetherborn.
The bodies of the Aetherborn are in flux—the residue that gives them life is constantly dissolving away. It makes each moment of their short lives count, whatever they decide to make of them.
The Aetherborn have no gender. They simply are, and exist to squeeze every possible drop of enjoyment from the aether that makes them.
Publisher Wizards of the Coast will release all 264 cards of Kaladesh‘s first set on September 30.
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