Wizards of the Coast today released March of the Machine, the latest set for the world’s oldest and best trading card game, Magic: The Gathering. The final installment to the four-part Phyrexian storyline, March of the Machine will see players team up with Legendary creatures and Planeswalkers from all across the Multiverse to battle against the Phyrexian invasion. The set was released on Arena on 18 April and launches for tabletop today.
“All worlds will know perfection”
Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines and leader of the Phyrexian army have amassed a force to take over the entire Multiverse at once. She now expands her reach to bring the glory of New Phyrexia to other planes in an attempt to complete all beings.
“One Last Stand”
Rallied by a heroic team of Planeswalkers, Legends from across all planes of existence must team up to fight the Phyrexian scourge. Popular characters from across Magic’s history will band together for the final fight with the fate of their world – and all other worlds – on the line.
March of the Machine features several new mechanics, the most exciting being a brand new card type – Battle. Battles are a new type of dual-faced card: when you play a Battle, you pick an opponent to protect it. Similarly to Planeswalkers, Battles can be damaged or attacked and when they are defeated, flip into a powerful new card for free! This is the first new card type since the debut of Planeswalkers in 2007 so players can look forward to an exciting new gameplay experience.
Also featured is the creature-based mechanic Backup which allows players to add +1/+1 counters to creatures and gain additional abilities based on the creature giving the counter. Fans of the Phyrexian armada will also get to play with Incubators – artifacts that enter with a number of +1/+1 counters and can be turned into creatures by paying two mana.
Both Jumpstart and Commander product lines return for March of the Machine with five exciting themes for Commander decks:
Five new Jumpstart booster themes will also be introduced:
To capture the battles happening all across the Multiverse, March of the Machine will feature the most showcase art styles to date: all showcase frames from recent sets will feature in March of the Machine alongside several brand new frames to represent additional planes. These showcase frames will primarily focus on Multiverse Legends: teams of Legendary creatures who are fighting against the Phyrexian invasion.
Additionally, a new type of foiling process will feature in the set. The new Halo Foil pattern will appear for Multiverse Legends cards in Collector Boosters only. Lastly, the 30th-anniversary celebrations continue for Magic with three more unique promo cards released in WPN stores to celebrate the launch of March of the Machine.
March of the Machine will be available as Draft Boosters, Set Boosters, Collector Boosters, Jumpstart Boosters, Welcome Boosters, Commander decks, Bundles, and a Secret Lair.