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* [[Meld]], a [[keyword action]] that changes the card with meld and a specific other card into one [[oversized]] card. That single card only exists on the [[card back|backs]] of the two other cards. Whenever the melded card leaves the battlefield, both cards go, and they each turn front face up again.<ref>{{NewRef|making-magic/over-moon-part-1-2016-06-27|Over the Moon, Part 1|[[Mark Rosewater]]|June 27, 2016}}</ref>
 
* [[Meld]], a [[keyword action]] that changes the card with meld and a specific other card into one [[oversized]] card. That single card only exists on the [[card back|backs]] of the two other cards. Whenever the melded card leaves the battlefield, both cards go, and they each turn front face up again.<ref>{{NewRef|making-magic/over-moon-part-1-2016-06-27|Over the Moon, Part 1|[[Mark Rosewater]]|June 27, 2016}}</ref>
 
* [[Emerge]] [cost] ''(You may cast this spell by sacrificing a creature and paying the emerge cost reduced by that creature's converted mana cost)''.
 
* [[Emerge]] [cost] ''(You may cast this spell by sacrificing a creature and paying the emerge cost reduced by that creature's converted mana cost)''.
* [[Escalate]], a [[keyword ability]] appearing on [[modal]] [[instant]]s and [[Sorcery|sorceries]]. By paying the escalate cost, additional modes may be activated.<ref>{{NewRef|latest-developments/developing-eldritch-moon-2016-07-01|Developing ''Eldritch Moon''|[[Sam Stoddard]]|July 1, 2016}}</ref>
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* [[Escalate]], a [[keyword ability]] appearing on [[modal]] [[instant]]s and [[Sorcery|sorceries]]. By paying the escalate cost, additional modes may be chosen.<ref>{{NewRef|latest-developments/developing-eldritch-moon-2016-07-01|Developing ''Eldritch Moon''|[[Sam Stoddard]]|July 1, 2016}}</ref>
   
 
=== Card types ===
 
=== Card types ===

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Eldritch Moon
Set Information
Set symbol
Themes and mechanics Double-faced cards
Keywords/​ability words Delirium, Emerge, Escalate, Madness, Meld, Protection, Transform
Set size 205
Expansion code EMN[2]
Development codename Fears

Eldritch Moon is the 71st Magic expansion, and the second in the Shadows over Innistrad block. It will be released on July 22, 2016,[3] and is a small expansion.

Set details

Eldritch Moon continues where Shadows over Innistrad left off. It expands its horror theme into Lovecraftian Cosmic Horror. The expansion symbol of the set is a stylized silhouette of Emrakul, but also resembles Liliana's headdress. The set contains 205 cards (74 commons, 70 uncommons, 47 rares, 14 mythic rares), including 15 double-faced cards, 6 meld cards (3 pairs), and randomly inserted premium versions of all cards.

The set is peculiar in its distribution of colors. Counting cards by their casting cost gives a wildly varying number of cards per color, with white having the most cards (36) followed by Red (35), Black (34), Blue (32) and Green (31). When adding in multicolor cards, Eldrazi using the Emerge mechanic with a colored cost as well as the land Hanweir Battlements which has multiple abilities requiring red mana, the totals even out more: White, Blue and Black have 39 cards each that can be cast using those colors, while Red and Green have 38 each (note that these totals count multicolor cards for each of their colors).

Storyline

The last protections over Innistrad have faded with the death of Avacyn. Nahiri has summoned Emrakul to the plane, to take revenge on Sorin Markov. The Titan of Corruption and Warper of Biology twists all things living, be it plants, animals, or sentient beings, into Eldrazi Horrors. Mutations frequently occur in Emrakul's fibrous lattice motiv. They often include tentacles, extra eyes and limbs and her bizarre collarations. The mutations include five increasing levels of corruption: distorted, disfigured, deformed, misshapen and monstrous. Some of the creatures meld together into new organisms. The few unaffected survivors, humans and native monsters alike, fight a losing battle against their mentally and physically twisted former peers. Now Innistrad's fate rests in the hands of unlikely allies. Jace Beleren brings the Gatewatch, and Liliana Vess brings hordes of undead immune to Emrakul's influence.

The cards that represent the pivotal moments in the storyline are: Coax from the Blind Eternities, Boon of Emrakul, Campaign of Vengeance, Deploy the Gatewatch, and Imprisoned on the Moon.

Marketing

Eldritch Moon is sold in 16-card boosters (one card being a marketing card), five intro packs, and a fat pack. It is the last to feature intro packs, which will be replaced by Planeswalker decks in the next expansion.[4] The fat pack is the last to be marketed as such (to be replaced by bundle). The boosters feature non-card artwork from Liliana, Tamiyo and ....

Prerelease

Prerelease Events take place on July 16-17, 2016.

Promotional cards

Tokens and emblems

Eldritch Moon features 8 tokens and 2 emblems.[6]

  1. {C} 3/2 Eldrazi Horror for Desperate Sentry, Extricator of Flesh, Extricator of Sin, Enlightened Maniac, Emrakul's Evangel, Foul Emissary, Hanweir, the Writhing Township, Howling Chorus, Otherworldly Outburst and Wharf Infiltrator
  2. {U} 1/1 Human Wizard for Docent of Perfection and Final Iteration
  3. {B} 2/2 Zombie for Cryptbreaker, Dark Salvation, Graf Harvest, Liliana, the Last Hope, Noosegraf Mob, and Oath of Liliana
  4. {B} 2/2 Zombie
  5. {B} 2/2 Zombie
  6. {B} */* Zombie for Soul Separator
  7. {R} 1/1 Human for Hanweir Garrison
  8. {G} 1/2 Spider with reach for Ishkanah, Grafwidow
  9. Emblem for Liliana, the Last Hope
  10. Emblem for Tamiyo, Field Researcher

Tokens from Shadows over Innistrad, named on Eldritch Moon cards:

  1. {W} 1/1 Human Soldier for Thraben Standard Bearer
  2. {W} 1/1 Spirit with flying for Sanctifier of Souls and Spectral Reserves
  3. {R} 1/1 Devil with “When this creature dies, it deals 1 damage to target creature or player.” for Make Mischief
  4. {G} 1/1 Insect for It of the Horrid Swarm
  5. {G} 2/2 Wolf for Wolfkin Bond

Themes and mechanics

Two cards melded into Hanweir, the Writhing Township

Madness, Transform, Skulk, and Delirium are carried over from the previous set. Creatures that transform into colorless Eldrazi have an Template:Transformation indicator for the front side and an Template:Transformation indicator for the back side, showing this creature has joined Emrakul's brood.[7] This symbolizes one transformation step further from that shown in Innistrad, Dark Ascension, and Shadows over Innistrad, where cards transformed from Template:Transformation on their front sides to Template:Transformation on their back sides.

There are three new named mechanics:[8]

  • Meld, a keyword action that changes the card with meld and a specific other card into one oversized card. That single card only exists on the backs of the two other cards. Whenever the melded card leaves the battlefield, both cards go, and they each turn front face up again.[9]
  • Emerge [cost] (You may cast this spell by sacrificing a creature and paying the emerge cost reduced by that creature's converted mana cost).
  • Escalate, a keyword ability appearing on modal instants and sorceries. By paying the escalate cost, additional modes may be chosen.[10]

Card types

Cycles

Eldritch Moon has two cycles:

Escalation Triplets

The Escalate keyword exists on Mardu colored modal spells, resulting in two partial cycles or triplets:

Mega cycles

Eldritch Moon completes three mega-mega cycles:

Meld pairs

There are three meld pairs in Eldritch Moon. Each pair depicts their transformation into an Eldrazi with an additional subtype:

Reprinted cards

Common to Uncommon

Functional reprints

Colorshifted

Card comparisons

Notable cards

Preconstructed decks

Eldritch Moon has five intro packs:

Intro pack name Colors Included Foil rare
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Unknown W Sanctifier of Souls
Unknown U Niblis of Frost
Unknown B Noosegraf Mob
Unknown R Assembled Alphas
Unknown G Ulvenwald Observer

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