|Symbol description||A seal on a scroll|
Shawn Main (lead)|
David Humpherys (lead)|
K. Joseph Huber
with contributions from:
|Art direction||Jeremy Jarvis|
|Release date||June 6, 2014|
|Themes and mechanics||Conspiracy, Draft ability cards|
|Keywords/ability words||Will of the council, Parley, Dethrone, Hidden agenda, multikicker, landcycling and morbid|
|Set size||210 (89 common, 68 uncommon, 43 rare, 10 Mythic Rares)|
|Magic: The Gathering Chronology|
Conspiracy contains 210 cards (80 Commons, 60 Uncommons, 35 Rares, 10 Mythic Rares and 25 draft-related cards in the land slot,); 65 are new cards with new mechanics that enhance multiplayer play. Returning favorites from throughout Magic 's history round out the set and cultivate an environment of deception and treachery. The Conspiracy set is designed to be drafted with six to eight players who then split into groups of three or four players for free-for-all multiplayer games. The expansion symbol is a seal on a scroll.
Each Conspiracy pack has one "draft matters" card which is in the pack in lieu of a basic land.
Conspiracy was not released on Magic Online, but certain cards from the set were made available in Vintage Masters. There are sixty-five new cards in Conspiracy. Fifty-two of the new cards are legal in Legacy and Vintage; thirteen cards with the new Conspiracy card type are not. These 13 Conspiracies and 12 draft affecting cards take the place of the normal basic land in a booster. The set features a planeswalker card for Dack Fayden.
All new cards in Conspiracy depict the environment of Paliano, the High City on the plane of Fiora, which is the home of Dack Fayden in the Magic comic books published by IDW. Some of the reprints received new artwork, but were set on other planes.
|Title||Author||Release Date||Setting (plane)||Featuring|
|Betrayal||Nik Davidson||2014-05-14||Fiora||Selvala, Brago|
|The Black Rose||Matt Knicl||2014-05-21||Fiora||Marchesa|
|Like Cogwork||Matt Knicl||2014-05-28||Fiora||Muzzio|
|Blood Will Have Blood||Shawn Main||2014-06-04||Fiora||Selvala, Grenzo|
A preview card (Magister of Worth) was hidden in a Born of the Gods prerelease pack, which had a serial number printed on it, itself leading to a voice message that turned out to be a cipher for another card's information (Cogwork Librarian). The official announcement was made on February 13 and was also ciphered, with a version in cleartext posted the next day.
During Pro Tour Journey Into Nyx, WOTC released a marketing video showing a draft session of conspiracy. It was hosted and all rules were explained by Graham Stark, while the draft was set up with eight players: Kathleen De Vere, Marshall Sutcliffe, Brian David-Marshall, pro player David Williams, former NFL player Chris Kluwe, Nathan Holt, Kenji Egashira, and level 5 Judge Toby Elliot. Previously several short and humorous videos showing Graham inviting the players were broadcast.
Tokens / Emblem
- 1/1 Spirit with flying for Doomed Traveler, Rousing of Souls and Custodi Soulbinders
- */* Demon with flying for Reign of the Pit
- 2/2 Zombie for Wakedancer
- 4/4 Ogre for Grenzo's Rebuttal
- 3/3 Elephant for Terastodon, Selvala's Charge and Elephant Guide
- 1/1 Squirrel for Squirrel Nest
- 2/2 Wolf for Predator's Howl and Wolfbriar Elemental
- 1/1 Construct artifact with defender for Sentinel Dispatch and Flamewright
- Emblem for Dack Fayden
Conspiracy has three cycles.
|+1/+1 counter recyclers||Custodi Soulbinders||Academy Elite||Drakestown Forgotten||Ignition Team||Realm Seekers|
|Five rare creatures that enter the battlefield with a certain number of +1/+1 counters, which can be removed M for an effect.|
|Landcyclers||Noble Templar||Shoreline Ranger||Twisted Abomination||Chartooth Cougar||Elvish Aberration|
|Five common creatures with a cost of M, originally printed in Scourge, each of which can be cycled away for for a land with a basic land type of its color.|
|Multikicker +1/+1||Apex Hawks||Enclave Elite||Quag Vampires||Skitter of Lizards||Gnarlid Pack|
|Five common creatures, originally printed in Worldwake, with the ability "Multikicker M: This card enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter for each time it was kicked".|
Themes and mechanics
The set introduces ability words Will of the council and Parley. Will of the Council allows the effect of cards to be decided by popular vote, with other cards giving players the ability to vote multiple times. Parley on the other hand has each player reveal the top card of their library, then draw that card, with an additional effect for the player who used the Parley card that scales based on the number of nonland cards revealed this way. A new keyword called Dethrone is also in the set, giving creatures additional +1/+1 counters if they attack the player with the highest life total.
The set further introduces the new Conspiracy card type. These cards are of normal size with a regular card back, but can not be played in a deck as they have no casting cost. Instead these cards are placed in the Command zone at the beginning of the game and have their effects there. Some of these cards have the keyword Hidden agenda, which means they start the game face-down with something noted down for them. They can be turned face-up at any time so their effects become known to the entire table and can take place.
Conspiracy also introduced twelve draft ability cards, which are revealed while drafting for various effects.
- Council's Judgment, a very powerful removal because it can exile a permanent without targeting. For this reason, it is one of the few answers to True Name Nemesis and it sees large use in Legacy.
New arts on reprints
- Product info
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