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Founded on Capenna
Active Mending Era
Notable members Jetmir, Kitt, Rocco, Jinnie Fay
Associated Colors

One of the five crime families of New Capenna, the Cabaretti are party monsters. They are associated with {R}{G}{W} mana, but are centered in green.[1][2][3]

Description[ | ]

Raised from the druids and bards of Old Capenna, the Cabaretti are the engine that fuels New Capenna's celebrations, festivals, and parties, dictating both pop culture and the trends that move the city's elite. Opulent revelers, the Cabaretti run dance halls, concert venues, and the finest restaurants up and down the city's boroughs. They are the glitterati of the city and everyone wants to be invited to their feasts and dance halls. They use ancient magic to sway the opinion of the masses and keep the halo flowing.

The Cabaretti are managed by the demon-cat Jetmir and his adopted daughter Jinnie Fay. In New Capenna, the Cabaretti deal in favors, culture, and coin. Their parties and influencers dictate who is "in" and who is "out," which restaurants and venues succeed and which fail, whose music is played at bandstands, and whose records wind up in a Caldaia dumpster. If you want to make it in New Capenna as a star or tycoon, you'll have to find a way to pay your dues to the Cabaretti first.

The Cabaretti are found throughout the Mezzio and Park Heights where they are tastemakers and breakers, culture-seekers, and creators. Their headquarters is the Vantoleone, a sprawling venue in the Mezzio where New Capenna's major celebrations are held, including their new year celebration, the Crescendo, the grandest of the parties the family hosts.[4]

History[ | ]

During the time of Old Capenna, the Cabaretti served as the plane's druids. Their faith involved nature festivals that connected followers with the land. After they left their natural surroundings, the festivals increased in frequency until they grew to become constant parties.[1]

Rumors of a new source of halo, a renewable font, threatens the balance of the families. With the new halo brings further implications that an Angel has returned in the grasp of the Cabaretti.

The Cabaretti were conspicuously unmentioned by the defenders of Capenna during Atraxa's slaughter.[5] Jetmir himself was still active, somewhat incredulous as to the application of his Halo.[6]

Mechanics[ | ]

The Cabaretti mechanic is Alliance, triggering effects when creatures enter the battlefield under their owner's control.

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Trivia[ | ]

  • The name Cabaretti likely originates from the word "cabaret", which is a type of theatrical performance. Other similar words that also derive from "cabaret" are the words for artists of cabaret entertainment "cabarettista" (Italian) and "cabarettiste" (French), as well as "cabaretier" (French) for innkeeper or cabaret host. "Kabaretki" (Polish) means fishnet stockings used by female cabaret performers.
  • The Cabaretti were designed to reflect the social power of organized crime, using their influence in the unregulated world of show business.
  • The Cabaretti had a much louder Cat and Dog theme in early vision design, but it got scaled back as it didn’t thematically fit as well as R&D had hoped. Jinnie Fay, Jetmir's Second is a holdover design from that era.[10]

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^† Scryfall does not record flavor text for digital cards. See Alchemy: New Capenna/Flavor text

References[ | ]

  1. a b Criminal History (Video). The Command Zone. YouTube (March 31, 2022).
  2. Mark Rosewater (April 11, 2022). "Hitting the Streets of New Capenna, Part 2". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Miguel Lopez (April 28, 2022). "Planeswalker's Guide to Streets of New Capenna". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. a b c d e Elise Kova (March 28, 2022). "Episode 1: Homecoming". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Elise Kova (March 27, 2023). "March of the Machine - New Capenna: The Fall of Park Heights". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Flavor text for Holy Frazzle-Cannon
  7. a b Tobias S. Buckell (March 28, 2022). "The Contract Breaker". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. a b Elise Kova (April 4, 2022). "Episode 4: The Font". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Rhiannon Rasmussen (April 5, 2022). "Alley Cat Blues". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Mark Rosewater (February 14, 2023). "Will you tell me something about my favorite commander, Jinnie Fay?". Blogatog. Tumblr.