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[[Two-Headed Giant]] is Central to the [[prerelease]] experience. Prerelease events take place on January 16–17, 2016. The Prerelease Format will be [[Sealed]] (4 ''Oath of the Gatewatch''/2 ''Battle for Zendikar''). Each player receives a [[Prerelease pack]] that they can use after the event as a take-home [[deck box]]. Inside each Prerelease box, there will be four ''Oath of the Gatewatch'' Booster packs and two ''Battle for Zendikar'' booster packs, a [[spindown life counter]], and a randomized, date-stamped [[premium]] [[promo card]], drawn from any rare or mythic rare in the set.
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[[Two-Headed Giant]] is central to the [[prerelease]] experience. Prerelease events take place on January 16–17, 2016. The Prerelease Format will be [[Sealed]] (4 ''Oath of the Gatewatch''/2 ''Battle for Zendikar''). Each player receives a [[Prerelease pack]] that they can use after the event as a take-home [[deck box]]. Inside each Prerelease box, there will be four ''Oath of the Gatewatch'' Booster packs and two ''Battle for Zendikar'' booster packs, a [[spindown life counter]], and a randomized, date-stamped [[premium]] [[promo card]], drawn from any rare or mythic rare in the set.
   
 
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Revision as of 19:29, 8 January 2016

Oath of the Gatewatch
Set Information
Set symbol
Themes and mechanics Colorless matters, teaming up, planeswalker matters.
Keywords/​ability words Cohort, Devoid, Landfall, Support, Surge
Set size 184 + 2
Expansion code OGW
Development codename Sweat

Oath of the Gatewatch will be the 69th Magic expansion, and the second and last in the Battle for Zendikar block. It will be released in January 22, 2016. [1] [2] Oath of the Gatewatch is a small expansion.

Set details

Oath of the Gatewatch contains 184 cards, but there are only 183 functionally different cards. However, because of the full-art and regular versions of the Wastes (twice), collectors view this as a 186 card set. Small sets are now enlarged to facilitate the new draft structure (2 boosters of the second set / 1 of the first set).[3][4][5] The set includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. The expansion symbol of the set seems to be a stylized representation of Kozilek's brood, but it also has similarities with hedrons, usual for Zendikar sets. The set features two Planeswalker cards Chandra, Flamecaller and Nissa, Voice of Zendikar. [6]

Oath of the Gatewatch is all about teamwork. It's designed to support Two-Headed Giant better than most any set in Magic history.

Storyline

Four planeswalkers (Gideon Jura, Jace Beleren, Chandra Nalaar and Nissa Revane) join forces in their battle against the Eldrazi Ulamog and Kozilek. They become the Gatewatch, a team with a lasting commitment to protect the people of the Multiverse from threats that no one else can handle. The five cards that represent the pivotal moments in the storyline are, most probably: Kozilek's Return, Call the Gatewatch, Bonds of Mortality, Fall of the Titans and Zendikar Resurgent.

Marketing

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The colorless mana symbol

Oath of the Gatewatch will be sold in 16-card boosters (the 16th card being a marketing card), five intro packs and a fat pack. [7] The clash pack seems to be discontinued. This is the first small set to feature four different pieces of art on the boosters. These depict the four members of the Gatewatch as featured on the partial Oath-cycle: Gideon, Jace, Chandra and Nissa. [8]

The set features the full-art lands from Battle for Zendikar (complete with the original expansion symbol).[9] The Oath of the Gatewatch fat packs will also have full art basic lands. Like the other non-full-art basics, non-full-art Wastes are featured in the intro packs. [10]

Zendikar Expeditions

Zendikar Expeditions are all premium foil cards with a special Zendikari frame and a seperate expansion symbol. Thus, they are not part of the set.[11] Zendikar Expeditions include all new art set on Zendikar and appear slightly more often than premium mythic rares. These cards are playable in limited and formats where they're already legal. 25 Expedtion cards appeared with Battle for Zendikar (the 5 new battle lands, 10 shock lands and 10 fetch lands[12]) and 20 more cards in Oath of the Gatewatch (10 filter lands and 10 assorted lands with resonant flavor for Zendikar[13]).

Prerelease

OGW Prerelease pack

Two-Headed Giant is central to the prerelease experience. Prerelease events take place on January 16–17, 2016. The Prerelease Format will be Sealed (4 Oath of the Gatewatch/2 Battle for Zendikar). Each player receives a Prerelease pack that they can use after the event as a take-home deck box. Inside each Prerelease box, there will be four Oath of the Gatewatch Booster packs and two Battle for Zendikar booster packs, a spindown life counter, and a randomized, date-stamped premium promo card, drawn from any rare or mythic rare in the set.

Promotional cards

Tokens and emblems

  1. {C} 1/1 Eldrazi Scion for Abstruse Interference, Birthing Hulk, Scion Summoner, Sifter of Skulls, Vile Redeemer, and Warping Wail
  2. {W} 1/1 Kor Ally for Captain's Claws and Oath of Gideon
  3. {W} 2/2 Knight Ally for Allied Reinforcements
  4. {W} 3/3 Angel with Flying for Linvala, the Preserver
  5. {B} 2/2 Zombie for Drana's Chosen, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet and Null Caller
  6. {U} 8/8 Octopus for Crush of Tentacles
  7. {R} 3/1 Elemental with Haste for Chandra, Flamecaller
  8. {G} 0/1 Plant for Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
  9. {G} X/X Elemental for Seed Guardian

Themes and mechanics

Wastes (left produced by Kozilek, right by Ulamog)

The set introduces the colorless mana symbol {C} (differentiating it from generic mana). It is used for cards that depict Kozilek's brood lineage of Eldrazi. [15]. With Wastes, the set also introduces the first typeless basic lands.[16] Wastes are twice as common as a normal common in boosters. [17]

There are three new named mechanics: [18]

To express the theme of "Planeswalkers forming a team" with game mechanics, R&D also created cards that encourage the player to use multiple planeswalker cards. [19]

Landfall is reused, but in a minor capacity.

Cycles

Oath of the Gatewatch has at least three complete cycles and two partial cycles:

Four-card cycle

Mega cycle

Mirrored pairs

Reprinted cards

Functional reprints

Card comparisons

Strictly Better

Strictly Worse

Preconstructed decks

Intro packs

Oath of the Gatewatch has five intro packs: [7]

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Notable cards

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