|Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty|
|Symbol description||Rising sun behind a mountain|
Mark Rosewater (lead)|
Dave Humpherys (lead)|
|Art direction||Zack Stella|
|Release date||February 18, 2022|
|Themes and mechanics||Legendary creatures, Ninjas and Samurai.|
|Keywords/ability words||Channel, Ninjutsu, Reconfigure, Compleated, Transform|
|Set size||302 + 210|
|Streets of New Capenna Standard|
|Magic: The Gathering Chronology|
- 1 Set details
- 2 Themes and mechanics
- 3 Cycles
- 4 Reprinted cards
- 5 Notable cards
- 6 Preconstructed decks
- 7 Soundtrack
- 8 Gallery
- 9 References
- 10 External links
|“||Light It Up||”|
The setting of Neon Dynasty is described as Magic: The Gathering's first science fiction plane. Several Japanese artists were engaged to produce card illustrations, among them famous manga artists like Tetsuo Hara. The central conflict of the set is the conflict between modernity and tradition - a metafictional reference to how R&D struggled to develop a sequel to one of the worst received blocks of Magic, separating it from the previous setting while making it recognizably the same plane. Half of the set features the new mechanized world of modern Kamigawa, while the other half depicts the more traditional Kamigawa as seen in the earlier block.
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty contains 302 regular cards (117 commons, 88 uncommons, 59 rares, 18 mythic rares, 20 basic lands) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. Draft boosters include a guaranteed double-faced card in common or uncommon, with the rare or mythic DFC distributed as normal. The regular cards include 10 "Ukiyo-e" basic lands. Each type has two different pieces of "block-stamped" art. Alternate card frames have another card number than the original version. Borderless planeswalkers are numbered #303-306. The two cards with Phyrexian frame and language are #307-308. "Samurai frames" are #309-330, "Ninja frame" showcase cards are numbered #331-353 and "Soft Glow" showcase cards are #354-405. Borderless Legendary Dragons and lands are #406-416. Twelve mythic and rare cards with alternate frames received versions with the foil-etched treatment. These are numbered #417-428 and are exclusively found in Collector Boosters. The "Neon Ink" cards are #429-432, and extended artwork cards are numbered #433-505. The Bundle promo is #506 and the Buy-a-Box card is #507. The dark frame treatment cards from the Universal promo pack are numbered #508-512.
The "Ninja frame" and "Samurai frame" showcase cards are all Ninjas and Samurai respectively. The 'soft glow" showcase cards are used for alternate versions of all other rare and mythic cards. The "Neon Ink" card treatment only appears on four different versions of Hidetsugu, Devouring Chaos. There are about half as many green ink cards as blue ink cards, and about a quarter that many red ink cards as green ink cards. The yellow ink cards are a promo for WPN Premium shops.
Public domain name registries connected to this set were filed by NetworkSolutions in October, 2020. A further registration with the gg domain was filed by Wizards itself in May 2021. The set was already hinted at in a public Magic survey from November 19, 2019 that featured multiple pieces of Planeswalker art with descriptions referencing a future Kamigawa.
Previously, a vehicle that had become a creature was able to be tapped for its own crew ability. This rarely came up, and it doesn't make a lot of sense for a vehicle to crew itself, so the rules are changed slightly to prevent that. You must now tap other creature to crew a vehicle.
Neon Dynasty is set in the current era on Kamigawa, more than 1200 years after conclusion of the original Kamigawa block in 3326 AR. The plane's feudal past has met futuristic modernity, with ninjas and samurai now carrying a cyberpunk aesthetic.
The Emperor of Kamigawa has been missing for ten years. While the Imperials have to deal with Futurists and Uprisers, the planeswalkers Tamiyo and Kaito Shizuki are confronted by an interplanar danger.
The cards that represent the Story Spotlights in Neon Dynasty are:
Neon Dynasty is sold in regular 16-card Draft Boosters (one card being a marketing card), Theme Boosters, Collector Boosters, Set Boosters, the Neon Dynasty Bundle, and two Commander decks. The Draft Boosters feature artwork depicting Kaito Shizuki. The Set Boosters feature art depicting the Wanderer, and the Collector Boosters feature artwork depicting a nezumi rider. The Theme Boosters feature art from Thousand-Faced Shadow (Ninjas), Imperial Subduer (), Prosperous Thief (), Mukotai Ambusher (), Dragonspark Reactor () and Kappa Tech-Wrecker (). With the release of Neon Dynasty, 75 cards were rotated into The List, many of which were thematically or mechanically linked to the set. These can be found in the Set Boosters.
Beadle & Grimms Silver and Platinum Editions
For this set, Wizards of the Coast partnered with Beadle & Grimms, a gaming company that previously had offered official, expanded editions of Dungeons & Dragons modules and other games. They are known to create in-flavor maps, handouts, artifacts, bonus encounters, and other accessories.
Their Kamigawa Silver Edition for $ 199.00 included a demon-themed Lightning Blue deck box, 100 Gold Dragon sleeves, a Kamigawa Art card folio, an art-inspired life counter, a LED playmat, a Kamigawa metal counter set, a demon mask necklace, an exclusive game log, a Kamigawa world map and an in-world Guide to Kamigawa.
The Kamigawa Platinum Edition for $ 449.00 additionally included an exclusive Neon Dynasty-themed backpack, a sword-adorned card vault, a kami-themed Neon Pink deck box, 100 Black Dragon sleeves, a Kamigawa wall art poster, 5 lithographic art prints and a sidekick plush.
These sets of merchandise notably don't include Magic playing cards.
In January 2022, players can step into the streets of Kamigawa with a special web-based augmented reality experience exclusive to WPN stores. Scanning a QR code in stores with their mobile device, players can view and interact with a street market as long as they're in the store. During the event, players can also access exclusive animated preview cards among other unique encounters within the environment.
- Magic Online and MTG Arena release: February 10, 2022
- Tabletop Prerelease: February 11–17, 2022
- Launch party: February 18–20, 2022
- Friday Night Magic: February 25–April 22, 2022
- Commander Nights: February 28–April 28, 2022
- Game Day: March 5, 2022
- Prerelease: a stamped card that can be any rare or mythic rare of Neon Dynasty.
- Other events: cards from the Neon Dynasty universal promo pack.
- Game Day: Consider (participation), Fateful Absence (Top 8) and Atsushi, The Blazing Sky (First place)
- WPN Premium shops: Hidetsugu, Devouring Chaos (Yellow Neon Ink)
- Buy-a-Box: foil alternate art Satoru Umezawa
- Three special Buy-a-Box promos were released in Japan only, featuring the three main characters Destroy All Humankind. They Can’t Be Regenerated depicted as an angel, a zombie and a faerie token respectively. All three came packed together, and were exclusive to Amazon Japan and two other online stores. Each store had a slightly different card frame.
- Bundle: foil Invoke Despair
Tokens and emblems
There are 19 tokens and emblems:
- 1/1 Pilot creature with "This creature crews Vehicles as though its power were 2 greater.", for Born to Drive, Prodigy’s Prototype, and Reckoner Bankbuster.
- 1/1 Spirit creature, for Akki Ember-Keeper, Architect of Restoration, Go-Shintai of Shared Purpose, Searchlight Companion, Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance, and Teachings of the Kirin.
- 2/2 Samurai creature with vigilance, for Banishing Slash, Eiganjo Uprising, Experimental Synthesizer, Imperial Oath, Naomi, Pillar of Order, and The Wandering Emperor.
- 1/1 Ninja creature with "This creature can't be blocked.", for Kaito Shizuki.
- 1/1 Rat Rogue creature, for Tribute to Horobi.
- 3/1 Construct artifact creature with haste, for Sokenzan Smelter.
- 5/5 Dragon Spirit creature with flying, for Goro-Goro, Disciple of Ryusei.
- 2/2 Goblin Shaman creature with "When this creature attacks, create a Treasure token.", for Fable of the Mirror-Breaker.
- 2/2 Spirit creature with menace, for Gift of Wrath.
- 1/1 Human Monk creature with ", Add ", for Careful Cultivation and Jugan Defends the Temple
- 4/5 Spirit creature, for Invoke the Ancients.
- */* Spirit creature, for Kura, the Boundless Sky.
- Keimi, a 3/3 legendary Frog creature with "Whenever you cast an enchantment spell, each opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.", for Tatsunari, Toad Rider.
- Mechtitan, a 10/10 legendary Construct artifact creature with flying, vigilance, trample, lifelink, and haste that's all colors, for Mechtitan Core.
- 1/1 Construct artifact creature for Oni-Cult Anvil.
- Tamiyo's Notebook, a legendary artifact with “Spells you cast cost less to cast” and “: Draw a card.”, for Tamiyo, Compleated Sage.
- Treasure artifact, for Atsushi, the Blazing Sky, Fable of the Mirror-Breaker, Prosperous Thief, Reckoner Bankbuster, and Undercity Scrounger
- Emblem for Kaito Shizuki.
- Emblem for Tezzeret, Betrayer of Flesh.
Themes and mechanics
The designers have taken some design elements from the first block and meshed them with science fiction elements.
Ninjutsu is a returning mechanic from Betrayers of Kamigawa. It allows a player to put a Ninja creature card from their hand into play tapped and attacking by paying a cost while returning another attacking, unblocked creature they control to its owner's hand.
Another returning mechanic is Channel, which was first seen in Saviors of Kamigawa. Channel cards have an activated ability that lets you discard them to get a temporary effect. This time around it is limited to enchantments, artifacts and lands; rather than Spirit creatures.
Enchantment creatures, which were last seen in Theros Beyond Death, are also returning. They appear in combination with other popular mechanics, such as Sagas, Double-faced cards and Transform. In these cases, the front side (closed fan symbol) is a saga, while the back side (opened fan symbol) is an enchantment creature.
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty features the following limited archetypes:
- : Vehicles (Prodigy’s Prototype)
- : Rogues/Ninjas/Ninjutsu (Silver-Fur Master)
- : Artifact Sacrifice (Oni-Cult Anvil)
- : Modified (Invigorating Hot Spring)
- : Enchantments matter (Jukai Naturalist)
- : "Balance": Artifacts and Enchantments (Naomi, Pillar of Order)
- : Artifacts matter (Enthusiastic Mechanaut)
- : Recursion (Gloomshrieker)
- : Warriors/Samurai (Asari Captain)
- : Channel Ramp (Colossal Skyturtle)
Artifacts and enchantments fulfill a similar mechanical role in the set but are flavorfully contrary to one another. The modern side of Kamigawa uses various types of artifacts. The traditional side uses various types of enchantments. The modern side has artifact creatures and Equipment. The traditional side has enchantment creatures and Auras. Each side is weighed toward certain colors:
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty has six cycles.
|Legendary Dragon Spirits||Ao, the Dawn Sky||Kairi, the Swirling Sky||Junji, the Midnight Sky||Atsushi, the Blazing Sky||Kura, the Boundless Sky|
|Five mythic rare legendary Dragon Spirits that have a choice of two abilities when the creature dies.|
|Legendary lands||Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire||Otawara, Soaring City||Takenuma, Abandoned Mire||Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance||Boseiju, Who Endures|
|Five rare legendary lands with channel. The channel ability costs less to activate for each legendary creature you control.|
|Marches||March of Otherworldly Light||March of Swirling Mist||March of Wretched Sorrow||March of Reckless Joy||March of Burgeoning Life|
|Five rare spells that cost M. These spells cost less to cast for each card you exile of their same color when you cast them.|
|Invocations||Invoke Justice||Invoke the Winds||Invoke Despair||Invoke Calamity||Invoke the Ancients|
|Five monocolored rare spells that have "Invoke" as the first word of their name and quadruple colored mana in their cost. They were designed to resemble monocolored Ultimatums (see Shards of Alara or Ikoria) and as a reference to the five Myojin.|
|Go-Shintai Shrines||Go-Shintai of Shared Purpose||Go-Shintai of Lost Wisdom||Go-Shintai of Hidden Cruelty||Go-Shintai of Ancient Wars||Go-Shintai of Boundless Vigor|
|Five Shrines that are also enchantment creatures.|
|Signpost uncommons||Prodigy’s Prototype||Silver-Fur Master||Oni-Cult Anvil||Invigorating Hot Spring||Jukai Naturalist||Naomi, Pillar of Order||Enthusiastic Mechanaut||Gloomshrieker||Asari Captain||Colossal Skyturtle|
|Ten uncommon gold permanents, each supporting a draft archetype.|
|Green Ninjas||Coiling Stalker||Kappa Tech-Wrecker||Spring-Leaf Avenger|
|Three anthropomorphic Ninjas with Ninjutsu, in the enemy color of their usual representation. Each have a saboteur ability that are unique in color pie to green.|
|Black Rat Ninjas||Mukotai Ambusher||Nezumi Prowler||Nashi, Moon Sage's Scion|
|Three Rat Ninjas with Ninjutsu and power 3. The common and uncommon give lifelink when damaging while Nashi pays life, tying a theme.|
|Blue Human Ninjas||Moonsnare Specialist||Prosperous Thief||Thousand-Faced Shadow|
|Three Human Ninjas with Ninjutsu in blue that are neither enchantment nor artifact creatures.|
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty has eight mirrored pairs.
|Blade of the Oni ()||Remnant of the Rising Star ()||Two mythic rare creatures who showcase the extra utility for artifact creatures and enchantment creatures in this set. Reconfigure for artifact creatures and transforming double-faced sagas for enchantment creatures.|
|Norika Yamazaki, the Poet ()||Heiko Yamazaki, the General ()||Two uncommon legendary samurais from the Yamazaki family. One allows you to cast artifacts from the graveyard and the other enchantments.|
|Jukai Naturalist ()||Enthusiastic Mechanaut ()||Two uncommon two-colored 2/2 creatures with mana value 2 that reduce the cost of certain spells by , one for artifacts and the other for enchantments|
|Biting-Palm Ninja ()||Kappa Tech-Wrecker ()||Two Ninjas entering the battlefield with a keyword counter and being able to remove that counter upon dealing damage for an extra effect|
|Crackling Emergence ()||Harmonious Emergence ()||Two common Auras that animate a land and are sacrificed if the land would be destroyed.|
|Twinshot Sniper ()||Bamboo Grove Archer ()||Two Archers with Channel. The green is Archer is an enchantment creature as opposed to the red one which is an artifact creature.|
|Tameshi, Reality Architect ()||Hidetsugu, Devouring Chaos ()||Two rare monocolored legendary creatures with an activated ability of an allied color ( for Tameshi and for Hidetsugu).|
|Moon-Circuit Hacker ()||Coiling Stalker ()||Two common two-mana 2/1 creatures with Ninjutsu that have saboteur abilities that are phrased to prevent snowballing.|
- Essence Capture — first printed in Ravnica Allegiance
- Fade into Antiquity — first printed in Theros, last seen in Conspiracy: Take the Crown
- Kindled Fury — first printed in Morningtide, last seen in Hour of Devastation
- Spell Pierce — first printed in Zendikar, last seen in Secret Lair
- Thirst for Knowledge — first printed in Mirrodin, last seen in Commander Legends
- All 10 gainlands, first printed in Khans of Tarkir, last seen as a complete cycle in Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths.
- Uncharted Haven is a functional reprint of Shimmerdrift Vale, except for supertype.
- Wanderer's Intervention is a functional reprint of Gideon's Reproach.
- Intercessor's Arrest is a functional reprint of Bound In Gold.
- Virus Beetle is a functional reprint of Burglar Rat and Elderfang Disciple, with an additional type and another subtype.
- Vessel of the All-Consuming is an alternate-win card (by causing an opponent to lose the game).
- Kodama of the West Tree completes the Mega cycle of directional tree Kodamas.
- The regular version of Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant lacks the Phyrexian watermark.
- The German version of Seven-Tail Mentor lacks the "dies" trigger.
- The English version of Saiba Trespassers is printed with the creature type Ninja, instead of the correct Moonfolk Rogue.
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty features two Commander decks that are released as a regular part of a set's product line.
|Buckle Up||W||U||Kotori, Pilot Prodigy|
|Upgrades Unleashed||R||G||Chishiro, the Shattered Blade|
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Official Soundtrack was a soundtrack album released on February 18, 2022 alongside the set. It features 15 tracks written and performed by various artists. Its first track, "Light it Up," was released as a single, and five others - "One With Phyrexia," "Tasukete," "Mechanical," "The Spark Inside," and "Dearest Friend" - were released as an EP.
|1.||"Light it Up"||Caleb Hyles and Jonathan Young||3:18|
|2.||"The Future is Bright"||Genuine and Zac Zinger||3:28|
|3.||"One With Phyrexia"||Jonathan Young feat. Matthew K. Heafy||3:54|
|4.||"The Neon Riverside"||Insaneintherainmusic feat. Zac Zinger||6:36|
|5.||"Tasukete"||Matthew K. Heafy and Jonathan Young||3:46|
|6.||"Lost Aura"||Genuine, Tomoko Akaboshi and Zac Zinger||3:16|
|7.||"Dearest Friend"||Matthew K. Heafy and Jonathan Young||3:48|
|8.||"Shadow of Boseiju"||Amie Waters||6:47|
|9.||"The Spark Inside"||Matthew K. Heafy and Jonathan Young||3:18|
|10.||"And We Glow"||Genuine||2:48|
|11.||"Neon Streets"||Michelle Heafy and Jonathan Young||3:18|
|12.||"Argon Reflection"||Tre Watson feat. Matthew K. Heafy||3:56|
|13.||"Lands of Kamigawa"||Genuine and Zac Zinger||3:36|
|14.||"Path to Victory"||Or3o, Genuine, Zac Zinger, and Tomoko Akaboshi||3:51|
|15.||"Mechanical"||Matthew K. Heafy and Jonathan Young||4:32|
Planeswalker card seen during the Teaser
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