|Symbol description||Leaking aether|
Mark Gottlieb (lead) |
Ben Hayes (lead) |
|Art direction||Mark Winters|
|Release date||January 20, 2017|
|Themes and mechanics||Energy counters, Vehicles|
|Keywords/ability words||Crew, Improvise, Revolt|
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- 1 Set details
- 2 Themes and mechanics
- 3 Cycles
- 4 Reprinted cards
- 5 Notable cards
- 6 Card comparisons
- 7 Preconstructed decks
- 8 References
Aether Revolt contains 184 cards (70 commons, 60 uncommons, 42 rares, and 12 mythic rares) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. Ten additional cards are found in the set's planeswalker decks (2 mythic planeswalkers, 2 rares, 2 uncommons, 2 commons, and 2 common dual lands). These are numbered #185/184 to #194/184. Some Aether Revolt booster packs contain a Kaladesh Invention. The expansion symbol of the set is a Far Eastern inspired floral motive representing the "leaking spire," the symbol of the Renegades.
|“||It's Time to Take the Power Back||”|
A revolt takes place on Kaladesh. Led by Pia Nalaar and aligned with aether-pirates, essence-drainers and weaponsmiths, the Renegades have seized control of large portions of Ghirapur. They seek to overthrow the authority of the Consulate. The Consulate responds with increased security and surveillance, the seizure of unregistered inventions, the monitoring of aether distribution, and the enforcement of a city-wide curfew. The Gatewatch and Ajani Goldmane support the renegades, while searching for the nefarious planeswalker Tezzeret.
Story Spotlight cards
Aether Revolt contains five Story Spotlight cards, used to showcase key moments in the story.
- Consulate Crackdown depicts the Consulate's continued seizure of inventions.
- Pia's Revolution depicts the rebellion against the Consulate led by Pia Nalaar.
- Disallow depicts Baral's taunting of Chandra Nalaar in an attempt to lure her away from the rest of the Gatewatch.
- Battle at the Bridge depicts the final battle between Tezzeret and Liliana Vess.
- Dark Intimations foreshadows the upcoming role of Nicol Bolas in the story.
|Title||Author||Release Date||Setting (plane)||Featuring|
|In the Dead of Night||Alison Luhrs||2016-11-30||Kaladesh||Yahenni, Nived, Gonti, the Gatewatch|
|Quiet Moments||Michael Yichao||2016-12-07||Kaladesh||The Gatewatch, Saheeli, Ajani, Pia Nalaar|
|Breakthrough||Kimberly J. Kreines||2016-12-14||Kaladesh||Tezzeret, Rashmi, Saheeli, Liliana|
|Revolution Begins||Nik Davidson, Kelly Digges & Kimberly J. Kreines||2017-01-02||Kaladesh||The Gatewatch, Pia Nalaar, Gonti, Sram, Rashmi|
|Burn||Chris L'Etoile||2017-01-04||Kaladesh||The Gatewatch, Dovin Baan, Tezzeret, Baral|
|The Skies over Ghirapur||Ari Levitch||2017-01-11||Kaladesh||Jace Beleren, Kari Zev, Depala|
|Breaking Points||Doug Beyer||2017-01-18||Kaladesh||The Gatewatch, Pia Nalaar, Saheeli Rai, Dovin Baan|
|Puppets||James Wyatt||2017-01-25||Kaladesh||Liliana Vess, Tezzeret, Gideon, Chandra|
|Renewal||Mel Li, Kelly Digges, Alison Luhrs, Doug Beyer, and Chris L'Etoile||2017-02-01||Kaladesh||The Gatewatch, Yahenni, Pia Nalaar|
Aether Revolt is sold in 16-card booster packs (one card being a marketing card), two planeswalker decks, and the Aether Revolt bundle. The booster packs feature artwork from Ajani Unyielding, Tezzeret the Schemer, and Maulfist Revolutionary.
Kaladesh Inventions are premium foil cards with a special Kaladeshi card frame and a separate expansion symbol. They are not part of the set, but can be found in some booster packs. Kaladesh Inventions are all artifacts, include all new art and flavor text set on Kaladesh, and appear slightly more often than premium mythic rares. These cards are playable in any limited format where they are opened and in any constructed format where they are already legal. Thirty Invention cards appeared with Kaladesh and 24 in Aether Revolt.
Prerelease Events took place on January 14, 2017.
- Prerelease: a stamped card that can be any rare or mythic rare from the set.
- Launch promo: Quicksmith Rebel
- Game Day: full-art Trophy Mage
- Game Day (Top 8): full-art Yahenni's Expertise
- Buy-a-Box: Scrap Trawler
Tokens / emblem
- 2/2 Gremlin creature for Gremlin Infestation and Release the Gremlins
- 2/1 Legendary Monkey creature named Ragavan for Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
- Artifact named Etherium Cell for Tezzeret the Schemer
- Emblem for Tezzeret the Schemer
Themes and mechanics
There are two new named mechanics:
- Improvise — a keyword ability that enables you to pay generic mana cost with the help of your artifacts. Each artifact you tap after you're done activating mana abilities pays for .
- Revolt — an ability word that checks if a permanent you controlled left the battlefield this turn.
Aether Revolt has six cycles:
|Automatons||Aegis Automaton||Watchful Automaton||Augmenting Automaton||Welder Automaton||Verdant Automaton|
|Five common artifact creatures that have a color identity through an activated ability.|
|Aether Critters||Aether Inspector||Aether Swooper||Aether Poisoner||Aether Chaser||Aether Herder|
|Five mono-colored common creatures that give upon entering the battlefield and can spend to create a 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature when attacking.|
|Experts||Sram, Senior Edificer||Baral, Chief of Compliance||Yahenni, Undying Partisan||Kari Zev, Skyship Raider||Rishkar, Peema Renegade|
|Five mono-colored rare legendary creatures that tie to the Expertise cards.|
|Expertises||Sram's Expertise||Baral's Expertise||Yahenni's Expertise||Kari Zev's Expertise||Rishkar's Expertise|
|Five rare sorceries with an on color effect that also allow for the casting of a free spell of converted mana less than its casting cost.|
|Implements||Implement of Improvement||Implement of Examination||Implement of Malice||Implement of Combustion||Implement of Ferocity|
|Five common artifacts, each of which has a colored activated sacrifice effect and let you draw a card when put into the graveyard.|
|Two-colored draft archetypes||Spire Patrol||Tezzeret's Touch||Weldfast Engineer||Outland Boar||Renegade Rallier||Hidden Stockpile||Winding Constrictor||Rogue Refiner||Maverick Thopterist||Renegade Wheelsmith|
|Ten uncommon cards which each represent a two-colored draft archetype.|
|Rare color artifacts||Peacewalker Colossus (Aether Revolt)||Merchant's Dockhand (Aether Revolt)||Scrapheap Scrounger (Kaladesh )||Bomat Courier (Kaladesh )||Lifecrafter's Bestiary (Aether Revolt)|
|Five artifacts that have an activated ability requiring a color, one for each color.|
Aether Revolt has five mirrored pairs.
|Call for Unity ()||Aid from the Cowl ()||Rare enchantments for 3MM with Revolt, with artwork of the Consulate Tower under assault.|
|Rare Human artificers for 3M with mirrored stats that grant target artifact a tap ability upon entering the battlefield.|
|Uncommon auras with "Enchant creature or Vehicle" that turn an enchanted Vehicle into a creature.|
|Uncommon Human Pilots that have a keyword ability, alliterative names and mirrored flavor text that show citizens recruited into the two sides of the conflict.|
|Skyship Plunderer ()||Maulfist Revolutionary ()||Uncommon Human revolutionaries that have the ability to add counters of any type a single permanent.|
- Conviction, first printed in Stronghold
- Negate, first printed in Morningtide, last seen in Conspiracy: Take the Crown.
- Shock, first printed in Stronghold, last seen in Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning.
- Prey Upon, first printed in Innistrad, last seen in Conspiracy: Take the Crown.
Common to Uncommon
Uncommon to Common
- Tranquil Expanse (Planeswalker decks), first printed in Oath of the Gatewatch.
- Submerged Boneyard (Planeswalker decks), first printed in Oath of the Gatewatch.
- Ghirapur Osprey is a functional reprint of Dawn Gryff, Shadow Glider, and Wild Griffin (except for creature type).
- Ravenous Intruder is a functional reprint of Atog (except for creature type).
- Frontline Rebel is a functional reprint of Bloodrock Cyclops (except for creature type).
- Precise Strike is a functional reprint of Kindled Fury.
- Prizefighter Construct is a functional reprint of Glass Golem (except for creature type).
- Mechanized Production is an alternate-win card.
- Chandra's Revolution and Pia's Revolution, although unconnected mechanically, share a single art piece by Clint Cearley.
- Dark Intimations forshadows a Nicol Bolas planeswalker card in the Amonkhet block.
- Fatal Push is a powerful removal that saw tournament play - notably for Modern, which filled the strange gap in which Black had the weakest removal in the format compared to Lightning Bolt and Path to Exile. With fetchlands making Revolt fairly trivial, the ability to remove almost all the powerful two-drop creatures at a mana profit revived Black as a color.
Banned and Restricted cards
- Felidar Guardian, as part of the Saheeli Rai combo, received the dubious honor of being the first card in 18 years (since Memory Jar in Urza's Legacy) to be emergency banned, after the release of Amonkhet.
- Rogue Refiner was one of the two chosen Energy sources (the other being Attune with Aether) to be banned in order to weaken the Temur Energy deck after the release of Ixalan, as its midrange shell was stronger than anything else in the format. Being a cantrip, a curve-relevant body, and coming with two energy meant it often converted into two or more cards easily.
- Walking Ballista was considered a fair midrange card that doubled as a clean infinite-mana win condition, and hence a powerful pivot plan for many decks. It was banned from Pioneer in August 2020 as part of a combo deck cleanup, as it already had a combo with Heliod, Sun-Crowned, forcing ramp and infinite mana decks to work harder to win. Similar concerns likely contributed to it being removed from Kaladesh Remastered, effectively making it also banned from Historic.
|Ajani||W||G||Ajani, Valiant Protector|
|Tezzeret||U||B||Tezzeret, Master of Metal|
- Product information
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