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Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description 5 shards joining together
Design Bill Rose (lead),
Mark Globus,
Mark Gottlieb,
Kenneth Nagle
Development Mike Turian (lead),
Graeme Hopkins,
Erik Lauer,
Devin Low
Art direction Jeremy Jarvis
Release date February 6, 2009
Plane Alara
Keywords/​ability words Cycling, Devour, Domain, Exalted, Unearth
Set size 145 cards
(60 commons, 40 uncommons, 35 rares, 10 mythic rares)
Expansion code CON[1]
Development codename Paper
Alara block
Shards of Alara Conflux Alara Reborn
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Duel Decks: Jace vs. Chandra Conflux Duel Decks: Divine vs. Demonic
For the event in the storyline, see Conflux (event).

Conflux is the second set in the Alara block and is the forty-eighth Magic expansion. The prerelease events for this set were held January 31-February 1, 2009.[2] Launch parties were held February 6–8, 2009.[3] The set went on sale February 6, 2009.

Set details[ | ]

Conflux was the first small set to be reduced in size and to contain the new mythic rarity The set contains 145 black-bordered cards (60 commons, 40 uncommons, 35 rares, 10 mythic rares). Conflux continues the Shards of Alara 's multicolor theme, expanding on it by introducing five-colored cards. Aside from the multicolor theme the set makes use of the mechanics introduced in the previous set.[4][5] The set featured the return of Nicol Bolas, via the card Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker. The expansion symbol of the set is a representation of the five converging shards. The set was accompanied by the first Planeswalker novel: Agents of Artifice, written by Ari Marmell.

On September 29, 2008, the entire Conflux card list was leaked on MTG Salvation, thanks to[6]

Flavor and storyline[ | ]

Main articles: Alara and Alara Unbroken

A powerful and infinitely sinister force is conspiring to reunite the Shards of Alara. This reunification will come with a deadly price – sheer chaos, as realities begin to overlap. Thus begins the Conflux.[7]

Story Comics[ | ]

Main article: Magic Story

The Seeker's Fall is a webcomic about Tezzeret's origins on Esper and his first contact with Nicol Bolas. It was published in three parts in January and February 2009.

Title Author Release Date Setting (plane) Featuring
The Seeker's Fall, Part 1 Jenna Helland 2009-01-20 Esper Silas Renn, Tezzeret
The Seeker's Fall, Part 2 Jenna Helland 2009-01-27 Esper, Grixis Silas Renn, Tezzeret
The Seeker's Fall, Part 3 Jenna Helland 2009-02-04 Grixis Tezzeret, Nicol Bolas

Savor the Flavor[ | ]

Main article: Savor the Flavor
Title Author Release Date Setting (plane) Featuring
The Soul of the World Jenna Helland January 21, 2009 Naya Progenitus, Mayael, Cylia

Marketing[ | ]


Conflux 6-card booster

CON Gravity feed

Conflux Gravity Feed for 6-card boosters

Conflux was sold in 16-card boosters, five intro packs and a fat pack.[8][9][10] Conflux was also the first set to be sold in 6-card booster packs containing a tips/token card, 1 land, 3 commons, 1 uncommon, and 1 slot that has an equal chance of being rare/mythic, uncommon, or common. These packs were exclusively available from Gravity Feeds at large mass-market stores.[11]

The promotional card given to players at the pre-release was the demon-dragon Malfegor.[12] The set's sub-theme of all five colors converging was demonstrated in the release card, Obelisk of Alara, an artifact with five tap abilities, each one costing 1M and producing a common effect found in that color.[13]

The 16-card boosters featured artwork from Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, Maelstrom Archangel and Nyxathid, the small booster featured artwork from Apocalypse Hydra. An all-foil booster pack containing cards from Conflux and the other two sets of the block was released on January 8, 2010.[14]

The regular boosters of Conflux come with a bonus sixteenth card that is either a "tips & tricks card" or a creature token from Conflux. One face of the Conflux bonus card has one of four different rules tips or is one of 2 different creature tokens. The other face has one of 13 advertisements for organized play programs, Alara Reborn, Duels of the Planeswalkers for Xbox Live, Magic Online, fat packs, A Planeswalker's Guide to Alara and Ultra Pro products for Magic.

Tips & Tricks[ | ]

The tips & tricks cards are

Tokens[ | ]

The Conflux tokens are:[15]

  1. {W} 4/4 Angel with flying produced by Sigil of the Empty Throne
  2. {R} 3/1 Elemental produced by Rakka Mar

The following tokens could also be found in Conflux packs.

Mechanics[ | ]

All the shard keywords were back. Colored artifact creatures were still there. Bant still had their exalted ability. Jund still devour. Grixis raised their dead by unearth and Naya's "power 5 or greater" theme continued. In many ways, Conflux was a big continuation of Shards of Alara, except that there was no room for color hate because the shards had become aware of each other.[16]

In Conflux, Domain became an ability word.[17] The set also introduced basic land cycling for which there is a cycle of common cards (also regular cycling appears on two cards). Progenitus was the first to have "protection from everything" as an actual card effect. There was also a five-color theme, notably Fusion Elemental at uncommon.

Cycles[ | ]

Conflux has 8 cycles:

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Basic landcyclers Gleam of Resistance Traumatic Visions Absorb Vis Fiery Fall Sylvan Bounty
These common instants and sorceries have one effect that is relatively overcosted, and basic landcycling for {1}M.
Creatures with shard-colored activated abilities Aerie Mystics Scornful Æther-Lich Dreadwing Viashino Slaughtermaster Sacellum Archers
Each of these uncommon creatures has an activated ability which costs both allied-colored mana.
Enemy-color hosers Celestial Purge Controlled Instincts Corrupted Roots Ignite Disorder Filigree Fracture
Each of these uncommon spells hampers both of their enemy colors at a low mana cost.
Cycle name {W}{U} {U}{B} {B}{R} {R}{G} {G}{W}
Common allied-colored spells Esper Cormorants Vectis Agents Suicidal Charge Exploding Borders Rhox Bodyguard
Each of these common spells has a mana cost that includes two allied-colored mana.
Uncommon allied-colored spells Jhessian Balmgiver Countersquall Shambling Remains Hellkite Hatchling Vagrant Plowbeasts
Each of these uncommon spells has a mana cost that includes two allied-colored mana.
Outlanders Vedalken Outlander Zombie Outlander Goblin Outlander Nacatl Outlander Valeron Outlander
These common 2/2 allied-colored scout creatures each have protection from their enemy color. These are functional reprints of a cycle from Invasion
Cycle name {G}{W}{U} {W}{U}{B} {U}{B}{R} {B}{R}{G} {R}{G}{W}
Uncommon shard-colored spells Skyward Eye Prophets Sludge Strider Elder Mastery Scarland Thrinax Knotvine Mystic
Each of these uncommon spells has a mana cost that includes MNO.
Rare shard-colored creatures Giltspire Avenger Magister Sphinx Blood Tyrant Charnelhoard Wurm Meglonoth
Each of these rare creatures has a mana cost that includes MNO.

Mini-cycles[ | ]

Conflux has three cycles of three cards:

Cycle name {W} {U} {B}
Esper artifact-enhanced creatures Court Homunculus Faerie Mechanist Salvage Slasher
Each of these common artifact creatures gets better the more artifacts you play.
Esper scepters Scepter of Dominance Scepter of Insight Scepter of Fugue
Each of these rare artifacts is a colored version of an artifact from Alpha
Cycle name {W} {B} {R}
Uncommon {W}{U}{B}{R}{G} creatures Paragon of the Amesha Fleshformer Dragonsoul Knight[18]
Each of these uncommon 2/2 creatures has a mana cost of {2}M and an ability that gives them bonuses for {W}{U}{B}{R}{G}.

Mega cycle[ | ]

Cycle name {G}{W}{U}
Planeswalkers Elspeth, Knight-Errant (Shards of Alara) Tezzeret the Seeker (Shards of Alara) Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker (Conflux)[19] Sarkhan Vol (Shards of Alara) Ajani Vengeant (Shards of Alara)
Each shard has a corresponding Planeswalker.

Reprinted cards[ | ]

Functional reprints[ | ]

Conflux has 7 functional reprints:

Card comparisons[ | ]

Notable Cards[ | ]

  • Knight of the Reliquary — heavily played in Standard, Extended and Legacy midrange decks.
  • Maelstrom Archangel — a very popular Mythic rare which allows its controller to play a free spell whenever it does damage. In Standard Five-Color-Control decks, this was typically the engine by which players could play Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker [20]
  • Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker — a highly sought-after card when it first came out; has since shown to have little competitive-play value, due to its unruly mana cost, but is still valued reasonably as a noteworthy and flavorful card; a favorite of Timmy and Vorthos. Notable for being the first tri-colored Planeswalker.
  • Noble Hierarch — often used in various formats mostly for mana fixing and acceleration.
  • Path to Exile — considered the successor Swords to Plowshares, and is run in many decks in Legacy, Modern, Extended, and Standard.
  • Progenitus — One of the most powerful, and arguably most difficult to hardcast, creatures, often played in combo decks in Standard, Extended and Legacy.
  • Exotic Orchard is a particularly effective mana-fixing land for multiplayer formats
  • Countersquall has seen sporadic play in blue-black control decks in Modern
  • Banefire was played in many Standard aggro decks as both a removal spell and a finisher that could not be stopped by control decks
  • Ancient Ziggurat has helped aggro decks such as Humans in Modern play spells that heavily restrictive mana costs
  • Lapse of Certainty is one of only a few non-restrictive white counterspells, and close to a colorshifted Memory Lapse
  • Conflux is one of only a few cards to be named after the set in which they are printed

Intro packs[ | ]

Main article: Conflux/Intro packs

The intro packs are:[21]

Intro pack name Colors Included Foil rare
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Bant on the March W U G Giltspire Avenger
Esper Air Assault W U B Magister Sphinx
Grixis Shambling Army U B R Blood Tyrant
Jund Appetite for War B R G Charnelhoard Wurm
Naya Domain W R G Paleoloth

References[ | ]

  1. set symbol URL on Gatherer
  2. Tim Willoughby (January 26, 2009). "Conflux Prerelease Primer". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Magic Arcana (July 30, 2008). "Announcing Conflux". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater (January 19, 2009). "When Worlds Collide, Part I". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (January 26, 2009). "When Worlds Collide, Part II". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. "[CON] Complete Conflux Card Names (List)" — MTG Salvation
  7. Doug Beyer (January 19, 2009). "Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Magic Arcana (December 16, 2008). "Conflux Booster Packs". Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Magic Arcana (January 29, 2009). "Conflux Intro Pack Contents". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Magic Arcana (December 17, 2008). "Conflux Fat Pack". Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Magic Arcana (February 05, 2009). "The Gravity Feed". Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Magic Arcana (January 15, 2009). "Conflux Prerelease Card". Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Magic Arcana (February 02, 2009). "Conflux Launch Party Card". Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Magic Arcana (September 29, 2009). "The All-Foil Booster". Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Magic Arcana (January 19, 2009). "Conflux Tokens". Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Ken Nagle (February 09, 2009). "Conflux Design Feature Article". Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Tom LaPille (January 23, 2009). "Developing a New Domain". Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Magic Arcana (February 17, 2009). "Five-Color Cues". Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Doug Beyer (Wednesday, April 08, 2009). "The One, The Only, Nicol Bolas". Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Mark Rosewater (April 06, 2009). "If I Had a Nicol...". Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Magic Arcana (December 18, 2008). "Conflux Intro Packs". Wizards of the Coast.

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