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Monica Valentinelli

Magic: the Gathering Alara Reborn Preview Cards

Posted on April 17, 2009 by Monica Valentinelli

To celebrate the arrival of Alara Reborn for Magic: the Gathering, Wizards of the Coast provided Flames Rising with an exclusive look at a brand new card for this series. According to the official page for Alara Reborn, it “is the third and final set in the Shards of Alara block. It is a 145 card expansion with randomly inserted premium cards. It will be available in booster packs, intro packs, and fat packs.”

The deck is artistically unique to the Magic: the Gathering series, because the entire Alara Reborn set is printed in full color with gold accents. Based on the plane of existence Alara setting, the cards were constructed around a story, the machinations of a single signature character, the evil planeswalker Nicol Bolas. Nicol is a iconic character, an ancient dragon with an epic thirst for power in all shapes and form who has been featured in fiction as well.

During Alara Reborn, Nicol Bolas appears during an auspicious occasion known as the “time of the Conflux, when the five shards converge once again into a single world.”

Necromancer Covenant
Soon fans of Magic: the Gathering will be able to play the role of the dragon planeswalker, and learn what power will be unleashed on Alara. Necromancer’s Covenant will bring a few undead into play.

Mechanically, the Necromancer’s Covenant‘s power is dependent on how creature cards are in the target player’s graceyard at the time. With a little strategy, players will find that they might just be able to help Nicol reach his intellectually-driven goals for acquiring power.

You can see some of the other previews Wizards of the Coast has provided below, but before we share those with you I’d like to point out how amazing the artwork is for this deck. Clean and accented with gold, the artwork is very intentionally drawn to give you the impression that yes, this really is Nicol’s deck. In this way, I think the art direction alone really adds to the character elements that are so prevalent in the dragon planeswalker: he’s an intelligent, ancient being, so the artwork and the images are very clean, well-contrasted and crisp. Nicol desires power, and I can’t think of a better way of expressing that “mood” than to provide full color, gilded cards. For some players, those sorts of touches might be taken for granted but as I learn more about Magic: the Gathering and start to play it, I’m beginning to understand how important the art is to add a little mood to the game.

Without further delay, here are some of the other previews that Wizards of the Coast was kind enough to offer. For more about Magic: the Gathering events and other related questions, be sure to visit the official Magic: the Gathering website for news, previews and support to enhance your card game.

Filigree Angel

Bituminous Blast

Pale Recluse

Ethercaste Knight

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5 Responses to “Magic: the Gathering Alara Reborn Preview Cards”

  1. wahonez says:

    I agree they’ve really kicked up the art in these last few sets. Take a look at defiler of souls on the official site for example.
    just amazing and i would really like to see an enlarged version of the filigree angel artwork. Some of this new art makes me sad that the cards are so small.

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  2. I agree that the art has become remarkably detailed, but a part of me misses the older artwork and the simple fantasy themes and styles.

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  3. Bob Souvlaki says:

    Horrible set. I bought the Legion Aloft set. I customizedd it, and made it my own, added in good rare an uncummons that helped. But i find that every time i play some one and either use the card Pacify for example (target creature cannot attack or block) they always sacrafise the card i put it on, therefor taking the enchantment away, and then regenerating them with an enc hantment or creature ability. And my last point a friend and I pight 10 boosters, and got ALL REPEATS. every single card was almost a repeat. sucks

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  4. GetPowned says:

    You want repeats. Making a deck with 20 lands and 40 different cards is likely to be awful. You want consistency in a deck. Your list should have mainly 4 of each card with, maybe a 2-ofs and 3-ofs and sometimes a 1-of. Obviously you don’t know what you’re talking about and you are coming across as a noob. Also when a creature is destroyed, then regenerated, it never leaves the battlefield. So, all auras are still attached. Even so, you can’t regenerate sacrifice. That is the beauty of it.

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  5. Love the artwork in these cards. Really turns them into proper collectibles now and worth buying.

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