Hour of Devastation
|Hour of Devastation|
|Symbol description||Nicol Bolas' horns|
Shawn Main (lead) |
Dave Humpherys (lead) |
Kimberly J. Kreines
|Release date||July 14, 2017|
|Themes and mechanics||Nicol Bolas, Deserts, Curses, Brick counters, -1/-1 counters, Split cards|
|Keywords/ability words||Afflict, Eternalize, Exert, Cycling, Aftermath|
+10 Planeswalker deck exclusives
|Magic: The Gathering Chronology|
- 1 Set details
- 2 Themes and mechanics
- 3 Cycles
- 4 Reprinted cards
- 5 Card comparisons
- 6 Preconstructed decks
- 7 Notable cards
- 8 References
Set details[edit | edit source]
Hour of Devastation contains 199 cards (15 basic lands, 70 commons, 60 uncommons, 42 rares, 12 mythic rares) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. The expansion symbol represents the horns of Nicol Bolas. The Planeswalker decks contain 10 additional cards that are considered to be part of the set (2 mythic planeswalkers, 2 rares, 2 uncommons, 2 commons and 2 common dual taplands). These are numbered #200/199 to #209/199). Five of basic lands are full-art (different art from the Amonkhet ones).
While the previous set mostly was top-down design inspired by Egypt with some top-down Bolas, Hour of Devastation is mostly top-down Bolas with some top-down Egypt. Starting with Hour of Devastation R&D pulled back significantly on how often Gatewatch planeswalkers appear as cards. The non-full art basic lands were previewed in Archenemy: Nicol Bolas.
Storyline[edit | edit source]
|“||Unleash your Endgame||”|
As promised, the God-Pharaoh has returned. Unfortunately, the promise of a glorious afterlife wasn't quite what everyone thought it was. Nicol Bolas has come to claim his perfect Zombie army, the Eternals. The Gatewatch is easily defeated. Samut's planeswalker's spark is ignited.
Magic Story[edit | edit source]
|Title||Author||Release Date||Setting (plane)||Featuring|
|The Hour of Revelation||Alison Luhrs||2017-06-07||Amonkhet||Nicol Bolas, Gods of Amonkhet, Samut, Djeru|
|Feast||Alison Luhrs||2017-06-14||Amonkhet||Razaketh and the Gatewatch|
|Hour of Glory||Michael Yichao||2017-06-21||Amonkhet||Rhonas, Oketra, Kefnet, Hazoret, Bontu|
|The Hour of Promise||Alison Luhrs||2017-06-28||Amonkhet||Hapatra, Kefnet, Oketra, Samut, Djeru, Gideon|
|Favor||Michael Yichao||2017-07-05||Amonkhet||Hazoret, Bontu, Nicol Bolas, Samut, Djeru|
|Hour of Eternity||Ken Troop||2017-07-12||Amonkhet||Nylah, the Scarab God, Asenue, Genub, Makare, Kawit, Nicol Bolas, Amenakhte|
|Endure||Michael Yichao||2017-07-19||Amonkhet, Theros||Samut, Djeru, Hazoret, the Scorpion God, Haq, Neheb, the Eternal, Hapatra, the Gatewatch, Masikah, Nicol Bolas|
|Hour of Devastation||Ken Troop||2017-07-26||Amonkhet||the Gatewatch, Nicol Bolas|
Marketing[edit | edit source]
Hour of Devastation is sold in 16-card boosters (one card being a marketing card), two planeswalker decks and the Hour of Devastation bundle. The boosters feature artwork from Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh, Samut, the Tested, Fame (Claim/Fame), The Scarab God and Angel of Condemnation. Like Magic 2013 before, the packaging is mostly Bolas-flavored.
Amonkhet Invocations[edit | edit source]
The Masterpiece Series for Amonkhet block are called Amonkhet Invocations. These are all premium foil cards with a special Amonkhet card frame and a separate expansion symbol (). Thus, they are not part of the sets. Amonkhet Invocations are all about the Amonkhet gods, their magic and their servants. They include all new art, a card frame inspired by Egyptian steles without flavor text. They appear slightly more often than premium mythic rares. These cards are playable in limited and formats where they're already legal. 30 Invocation cards previously appeared with Amonkhet and 24 more cards appear in Hour of Devastation.
Events[edit | edit source]
Promotional Cards[edit | edit source]
- Magic Open House: full-art Hour of Devastation basic land
- Prerelease: a stamped card that can be any rare or mythic rare from the set.
- Draft Weekend: Ramunap Excavator 
- Game Day: full-art Abrade
- Game Day (Top 8): full-art Adorned Pouncer
- Buy-a-Box: Wildfire Eternal
Tokens[edit | edit source]
- 4/4 Eternalized Adorned Pouncer
- 4/4 Eternalized Champion of Wits
- 4/4 Eternalized Dreamstealer
- 4/4 Eternalized Earthshaker Khenra
- 4/4 Eternalized Proven Combatant
- 4/4 Eternalized Resilient Khenra
- 4/4 Eternalized Sinuous Striker
- 4/4 Eternalized Steadfast Sentinel
- 4/4 Eternalized Sunscourge Champion
- 5/5 Horse for Crested Sunmare
- 5/4 Snake for Rhonas's Last Stand
- 1/1 Insect with flying and haste for The Locust God
The following tokens printed in Amonkhet are also used for cards in Hour of Devastation:
- 1/1 Cat with lifelink for Pride Sovereign
- 1/1 Warrior with vigilance for Steward of Solidarity
- 2/2 Zombie for Dunes of the Dead and Hour of Promise
Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]
There are two new named mechanics:
- Eternalize — a keyword ability which is an evolved Embalm. Eternalize can only be activated if the creature is in the graveyard. When activated, the card is exiled and creates a token copy of itself. This creature token is a copy of the eternalized creature, except that it is a zombie in addition to its other creature types and monocolored black. Its power/toughness becomes 4/4. Many creatures with eternalize have abilities that get better because of their increased power.
- Afflict — a triggered ability with a variable value. Whenever a creature with this ability becomes blocked, defending player loses life equal to the Afflict value.
Card types[edit | edit source]
This set adds the three forgotten Gods from Amonkhet.
Cycles[edit | edit source]
Hour of Devastation has at thirteen cycles, two of which are partial and one other vertical:
|Cycling Deserts||Desert of the True||Desert of the Mindful||Desert of the Glorified||Desert of the Fervent||Desert of the Indomitable|
|Five common cycling lands with the Desert subtype, which artistically are degraded versions of the Monument cycle in the previous set.|
|Spell Deserts||Shefet Dunes||Ipnu Rivulet||Ifnir Deadlands||Ramunap Ruins||Hashep Oasis|
|Five uncommon pain lands with the Desert subtype, which tap for both colorless and colored mana, and allow the controller to sacrifice a Desert to get an effect.|
|Deserts matter||Solitary Camel||Unquenchable Thirst||Wretched Camel||Gilded Cerodon||Sidewinder Naga|
|Five common spells that improve if a Desert is under your control or in your graveyard.|
|Defeats||Gideon's Defeat||Jace's Defeat||Liliana's Defeat||Chandra's Defeat||Nissa's Defeat|
|Five uncommon same-color hoser spells, which gain strength if used against a specific planeswalker of the Gatewatch. Each has art by Kieran Yanner.|
|"Power matters" eternalizers||Sunscourge Champion||Champion of Wits||Dreamstealer||Earthshaker Khenra||Resilient Khenra|
|Five creatures featuring the eternalize mechanic, with effects that scale with the power of the creature.|
|God's last actions||Oketra's Last Mercy||Kefnet's Last Word||Bontu's Last Reckoning||Hazoret's Undying Fury||Rhonas's Last Stand|
|Five under-costed rare spells flavored to match the Gods that cause your lands to not untap on your next turn, inspired by exert.|
|Hours||Hour of Revelation||Hour of Eternity||Hour of Glory||Hour of Devastation||Hour of Promise|
|Five rare spells named after the Hours, which serve as the Story Spotlight cards of the set and have mechanics that twist the Hours' flavor.|
|Allied colored uncommons||Farm // Market||Consign // Oblivion||Claim // Fame||Struggle // Survive||Appeal // Authority|
|Five split cards taking the place usually reserved to draft-guiding multicolor and featuring the aftermath mechanic.|
|Reversed enemy colored rares||Grind // Dust||Refuse // Cooperate||Driven // Despair||Leave // Chance||Reason // Believe|
|Split cards featuring the aftermath mechanic.|
|Draft archetypes||Unraveling Mummy (Zombies)||Bloodwater Entity (instants and sorceries)||Obelisk Spider (-1/-1 counters)||Resolute Survivors (Exert)||River Hoopoe (Ramp)|
|Five uncommon cards in the enemy color pairs which each represent a two-colored draft archetype|
Partial cycles[edit | edit source]
- Forgotten Gods: The three mythic rare gods that Bolas corrupted, with each god having two of the Grixis colors — The Scarab God (), The Scorpion God (), and The Locust God ().
- Modal uncommon spells: Three uncommon spells, also in the Grixis colors, that have a choice of two complementary options — Supreme Will (), Doomfall (), Abrade ().
Vertical cycle[edit | edit source]
|Torments||Torment of Venom||Torment of Scarabs||Torment of Hailfire|
|Three black punisher spells with the choice of losing three life, discarding a card in hand, or sacrificing a nonland permanent.|
Reprinted cards[edit | edit source]
- Kindled Fury, first printed in Morningtide, last seen in Dragons of Tarkir.
- Manalith, first printed in Magic 2012.
- Sandblast, first printed in Fate Reforged.
- Strategic Planning, first printed in Portal Three Kingdoms, last seen in Commander 2013 and for the first time in an expert-level expansion.
- Traveler's Amulet, first printed in Innistrad, last seen in Theros.
- Unsummon, first printed in Alpha, last seen in Magic 2013.
Functional reprints[edit | edit source]
- Aven Reedstalker is a functional reprint of Nephalia Seakite and Sentinels of Glen Elendra, except for creature types.
- Aven of Enduring Hope is a functional reprint of Angel of Mercy, except for creature types.
- Defiant Khenra is a functional reprint of Falkenrath Reaver, except for creature types.
- Harrier Naga is a functional reprint of Nessian Courser and Centaur Courser, except for creature types.
- Survivors' Encampment is a functional reprint of Holdout Settlement, except for land types.
Card comparisons[edit | edit source]
Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]
|Nissa||U||G||Nissa, Genesis Mage|
|Nicol Bolas||U||B||R||Nicol Bolas, The Deceiver|
Notable cards[edit | edit source]
- Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh is a four-loyalty-ability planeswalker. It was printed eight years after the first planeswalker card for Nicol Bolas.
- God-Pharaoh's Gift is mentioned by Gate to the Afterlife, which was released in Amonkhet before.
- Crested Sunmare is a Horse Lord.
- The Scarab God was the premier midrange power card for most of its Standard life span despite being originally overlooked at spoiler season. At a reasonable cost for its' size, the ability to generate a stream of 4/4s was extremely relevant in the creature-dominated Standard season. Additionally, the removal was notoriously weak during this time, making its recursion and reanimation doubly relevant, and its closing power was unmatched, considering the upkeep draining ability.
Banned and Restricted cards[edit | edit source]
- Ramunap Ruins is part of the utility Desert cycle, and the only real one to see regular competitive play. With all the top-end power of Red Mythic Rares released in the last year, the free 4-6 damage from the Ruins made it difficult for any deck to stabilize, given how much reach the deck already had in its spells. It was banned alongside Rampaging Ferocidon, and given how the deck was still dominant up until rotation, the concerns were well founded.
References[edit | edit source]
- Product information
- Wizards of the Coast (August 31, 31). "Announcement Day". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (June 06, 2017). "Those extra 15 cards?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Wizards of the Coast (June 30, 2017). "Hour of Devastation Release Notes". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (June 19, 2017). "Darkest Hour, Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (April 3, 2017). "Amonkhet Down to Business, Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (April 17, 2017). "Amonkhet Down to Business, Part 3". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (April 07, 2017). "I get you want to push the Gatewatch but the same ones is a little tiring.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Basic lands from Archenemy: Nicol Bolas spoiled
- Mark Rosewater (March 30, 2017). "What is the theme of the Amonkhet Invocations supposed to be?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Wizards of the Coast (June 19, 2017). "Masterpiece Series: Hour of Devastation Invocations". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Gavin Verhey (July 3, 2017). "Hour of Devastation Prerelease Primer". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen (June 17, 2017). "The Promos and Planeswalker Decks for Hour of Devastation". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Nicholas Wolfram (April 17, 2017). "The Tokens of Hour of Devastation". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Matt Tabak (June 17, 2017). "Hour of Devastation Mechanics". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (June 26, 2017). "Darkest Hour, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (July 17, 2017). "Devastation Information, Part 3". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (April 10, 2017). "Amonkhet Down to Business, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (July 10, 2017). "Devastation Information, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Marshall Sutcliffe (July 10, 2017). "Drafting Hour of Devastation Archetypes". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Melissa DeTora (June 23, 2017). "Cycle of Torment". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Wizards of the Coast (February 9, 2017). "Amonkhet Release Notes". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (July 24, 2017). "Odds & Ends: Hour of Devastation, Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.