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IGN reveals a legendary artifact for the upcoming Magic: The Gathering Streets of New Capenna set

Having journeyed into the neon-lit, Japanese culture-inspired vision of a futuristic Kamigawa earlier this year, Magic: The Gathering now shifts to the no less visually arresting world of New Capenna. A city “built by angels and ruled by devils,” New Capenna is a 1920s-style Art Deco Noir metropolis run by five crime families. This concept is brought to life beautifully in the card art (and all the different treatments) but the designers really doubled it down for the mechanics as well.

Each of the five syndicates is represented by a three-color combination and unique mechanics. You can read about each of them here, but to give you an idea, The Obscura are represented by white, blue and black and are magical users focused on deception; to manipulation and extortion. The mechanic they use is “Connive” which allows the player to draw one card and discard one card. And if the discarded card isn’t land, the creature that duped gets a +1/+1 counter. It promises to be a useful mechanic that will help players search their deck and find what they need for the situation at hand.

So how does IGN’s map for Streets of New Capenna fit the five families? Well, it’s actually a tool that any of them could possibly use. Introducing Luxior, Giada’s Gift:

Seems to be strong. Card art by Volkan Baga.

Seems to be strong. Card art by Volkan Baga.

In addition to its base ability to scale up creatures that already have counters on them, Giada’s Gift also has the unique ability to equip planeswalkers with it. What does that mean? That means the targeted planeswalker keeps its abilities, but otherwise becomes a normal creature with stats based on its loyalty counter. It is therefore able to attack during combat, just like any other creature. It also cannot be killed by Planeswalker Destruction effects. It’s an intriguing idea that helps make this device stand out and potentially has some very creative uses.

Streets of New Capenna is available to play on April 29th on tabletop and Magic: The Gathering Arena, and you can learn more about the set and its lineup at the official website. Also, check out IGN’s feature on the future of Magic and hear how the fan base feels about expanding and changing the game.

Cam Shea has previously worked at IGN and played more breath of the wild than pretty much any other game. When he’s not playing games, he is mix plates.

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