Magic: the Gathering |OT11| Amonkhet - Have you ever had decks with a Pharaoh?

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This time, we visit the Egyptian mythology world of Amonkhet, featuring mummies, gods, and a graveyard theme. Now, let's dive into Ancient Egypt!

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Amonkhet story

Amonkhet is a harsh desert world where everything that dies is cursed to rise again. People gather in oases, magically protected from the sand and horrors, raising warriors to go through the Trials of the Five Gods and thus gain their favor.

After halting the plans of the evil dragon Planeswalker Nicol Bolas on Kaladesh, the heroic Gatewatch have decided to confront him on Amonkhet, where he is worshiped as God-Pharaoh. The Gatewatch hope to catch Bolas off guard, but can they stand a chance when everyone in the world is against them?

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On Amonkhet, the gods walk among the people as a constant presence. There are five god cards, each a single color.

Unlike on Theros, the gods are always creatures, but they won't bother to help you unless you meet their conditions. Still, they will lend a bit of their power no matter what, through activated abilities.

Mummies Alive!
What is an Egyptian world without mummies? In fact, the people of Amonkhet often welcome death.

Creatures with embalm are willing to be mummified after they die, thus unusually becoming white-aligned zombies. Exile them from your graveyard to create a token copy, except it is monowhite and a zombie in addition to its other types, and it has no mana cost. Surprisingly, every single embalm creature has its own token, which you can get in booster packs. If you don't get the right one, then some booster packs feature punch cards with "embalmed" markers that you can overlay onto the mana cost of your original creature card, thus representing the token.


When certain creatures attack, you may exert them. If you do, they put a bit more effort into their attack and trigger a special ability, but they then have to rest and thus don't untap for your next turn. Of course, if you give the creatures vigilance or untap them with a spell or ability, then there's no cost at all! Some booster packs will feature punch cards with "exerted" markers that you can put on your creatures as reminders not to untap them.

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It's a split card? But what's going on with the layout? The top half of the card can be cast from your hand, but for the bottom half with aftermath, you can cast it from and only from your graveyard, whereupon you exile it. The key to the layout is that when it's in your hand, your eyes are drawn to the text on the top half, and while its in your graveyard, you can stick the bottom half out of your discard pile and thus always know it's there.

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Battle for Zendikar, Kaladesh, and every block after all have a special set of reprints known as masterpiece cards. They are printed at a rarity higher than mythic rare, but have no unique cards and don't affect what's in Standard. Each set's masterpiece collection is foiled with a special themed frame, and the past two have been very well received. Amonkhet masterpiece collection is known Amonkhet Invocations. Let's see how amazing they are!

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Alright, time to make the next topic. I'll make two posts after this, which will be branched off into the new topic.

Thread title:
Magic: the Gathering |OT11| Amonkhet - Have you ever had decks with a Pharaoh?
this is some ol bullshit

jk. I don't get the reference tho
Out of the community ghetto once more!

I didn't realize we had left community at all. :)

Love the Yugioh references. I honestly hope we get some sort of Exodia-esque combo. Alas, Maze's End was pretty much the same idea.

And when did the Wall of Shame disappear? I feel like it's been a while since it was in the OP.

I am tentatively excited for more Gods and Zombos due to my love of dumb tribal EDH decks. (I've already got a 5-color Godstuff deck, and I've always wanted to do Zombies but felt like as a tribe they just aren't fun enough.)

I assume graveyard mechanics will just lead to another round of graveyard hate, so it's kind of whatever, same as it always is.
i'm not entirely sold yet despite my slavish devotion to ancient egypt fetishization, but i feel like once i see the god cards maybe i will have a good idea of what to expect
i'm not entirely sold yet despite my slavish devotion to ancient egypt fetishization, but i feel like once i see the god cards maybe i will have a good idea of what to expect
That's kind of the make-or-break as far as flavor goes. If they don't stick the landing on the gods, it's a bombed set in that regard.

I feel like it's maybe going to be fun in Limited (because of graveyard focus) and maybe going to be a whole lot of nothing/holding pattern in Constructed (because of graveyard focus).
Is there a theme to the invocations? Nothing as obvious as "lands" or "artifacts," but surely they haven't already given up and moved to "cards," right?

Also, shouldn't OP have something about the brick mechanic:
Oracle's Vault seems pretty busted for Commander and even Standard in a Control shell.

Hopefully this set shakes up the Standard meta. I wonder if this will be the start of better answers to threats. Swing back the pendulum WOTC!

Oh, and I want RDW to be a thing.
Hi new here. Right now Im running a red white vehicles for standard and starting to build a cheap Ravenous Intruder one. I can't wait for Amonkhet and the welcome decks to be out, so I can add in Glorybringer to my vehicles deck and Fling for the Ravenous Intruder one.

Fling is the best card
Oracle's Vault seems pretty busted for Commander and even Standard in a Control shell.

Hopefully this set shakes up the Standard meta. I wonder if this will be the start of better answers to threats. Swing back the pendulum WOTC!

Oh, and I want RDW to be a thing.
it's a goddamn desert plane, we better get some good burn or else imma be pissed


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If I was still deep enough into that kind of thing, I'd be buying those new lands in bulk. I'm not the brightest bulb in the magic chandelier but I have to believe those things will be going up up up in price.
I'm working on the Pia and Kiran list from the previous thread and it's pretty tough. Without Slobad in the commandzone I probably need redundant sac outlets, particularly because Mom and Dad are mana intensive.

Here's what I have right now needing 5 cuts
1 Ancient Tomb
1 Arid Mesa
1 Blinkmoth Nexus
1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Boseiju, Who Shelters All
1 Buried Ruin
1 Crystal Vein
1 Darksteel Citadel
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Great Furnace
1 High Market
1 Inkmoth Nexus
1 Inventors' Fair
1 Mishra's Factory
10 Mountain
1 Phyrexia's Core
1 Radiant Fountain
1 Reliquary Tower
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Strip Mine
1 Wooded Foothills

1 Aetherworks Marvel
1 Basalt Monolith
1 Chromatic Sphere
1 Chromatic Star
1 Chrome Mox
1 Clock of Omens
1 Cloud Key
1 Codex Shredder
1 Conjurer's Bauble
1 Fellwar Stone
1 Helm of Awakening
1 Ichor Wellspring
1 Implement of Combustion
1 Krark-Clan Ironworks
1 Lightning Greaves
1 Lotus Bloom
1 Lotus Petal
1 Mana Crypt
1 Mana Vault
1 Memory Jar
1 Mind Stone
1 Mox Diamond
1 Mox Opal
1 Paradox Engine
1 Prismatic Lens
1 Prophetic Prism
1 Pyrite Spellbomb
1 Rings of Brighthearth
1 Salvaging Station
1 Semblance Anvil
1 Sensei's Divining Top
1 Skullclamp
1 Sol Ring
1 Staff of Domination
1 Terrarion
1 Thought Vessel
1 Tormod's Crypt
1 Voltaic Key

1 Blood Moon

1 Chaos Warp
1 Galvanic Blast
1 Lightning Bolt
1 Pyroblast
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Reiterate
1 Ricochet Trap
1 Seething Song

1 Cathartic Reunion
1 Faithless Looting
1 Gamble
1 Indomitable Creativity
1 Magmatic Insight
1 Mana Geyser
1 Past in Flames
1 Recoup
1 Reforge the Soul
1 Scrap Mastery
1 Tormenting Voice
1 Trash for Treasure
1 Vandalblast
1 Wheel of Fortune

1 Daretti, Scrap Savant

1 Foundry Inspector
1 Goblin Welder
1 Junk Diver
1 Kuldotha Forgemaster
1 Magus of the Wheel
1 Metalworker
1 Myr Retriever
1 Sandstone Oracle
1 Scrap Trawler
1 Solemn Simulacrum
1 Treasonous Ogre
1 Treasure Keeper
Is there a theme to the invocations? Nothing as obvious as "lands" or "artifacts," but surely they haven't already given up and moved to "cards," right?

Also, shouldn't OP have something about the brick mechanic:
If it appears on more than a couple of cards, sure. I'll even give that section a pyramid scheme based title.

Anyway, final predictions:
* Wither
* Red in particular gets a lot of cycling cards
* Gods will just be indestructible creatures with ETB and attack abilities
* There is a Desert land, but not Desert itself
You'd need a way to make the spells cheaper. I use Mana Geyser or Inner Fire and Reiterate to make infinite red mana in my Wort deck
Yeah realized while I was hitting submit and edited it out, deck does include ways to make it cheaper but not many and mana geyser as well.

Grinding Station is probably the best artifact sac outlet available to me after KCI as I want to mill myself anyways.
I'm really bad at evaluating Cycling. Are these lands good?
They're really, really good. Not as good as Fetches/Shocks, but Cycling being instant Speed+It being attached to lands is a boon.

They're basically Scry-Lands is how I'm looking at them: There's no conditional way to get them to enter Untapped, but the power of other abilities helps their playability.

There's a lot of times in Modern At least where you're Control, you and your opponent are locked in Topdeck Mode, and you need a way to close out the game. These effectively serve as a bridge from the "Make first 5-6 Land Drops so I can stabilize" to the "Time to resolve one of my 5 Win Conditions".

I don't think they replace the GOAT Control "ETB Tapped Land" of Colonnade, but UW Control I think will play these as a replacement for stuff like Temple of Enlightenment/Mystic Gate/Etc which have never really done that much when they're needed.

I thought control was dead
Control's Not Dead, it's just dormant.
Invocations were originally instants and sorceries, but it didn't work out, which he later clarified as not having enough that fit on Amonkhet and were desirable.
mirron91 asked: Is there going to be an article on why you picked the Invocations you did? It seems to be a common complaint that they "lack a theme" or the like.

They have a creative theme which isn’t as simple as “Lands” or “Artifacts”. We did start with “Instants & Sorceries” but it didn’t work out.
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