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Wizards of the Coast Announces Battlebond for Magic: The Gathering

Magic: The GatheringWizards of the Coast has announced a new set, Battlebond as this year’s “Draft innovation” set for Magic: The Gathering.

The set has been worked on for two years and designed specifically for Two-Headed Giant play. The set features new mechanics geared towards this game play. However, many cards are designed for formats like Commander, Cube, and Legacy too!

For Limited, the set can be played as either Sealed Deck or Booster Draft. It’s a mix of reprint cads and new cards, 254 unique ones of which 85 are new. All will immediately be legal in Commander, Legacy, and Vintage. Some of the reprints have new artwork.

The set has a new world to explore:

In Battlebond, we’re going to Kylem, a never-before-seen plane in the Multiverse! On this world, beings flock from all over the plane to the arena of Valor’s Reach, where two-on-two combat is the pinnacle of sport. The goal of the combatants isn’t to kill their opponents outright, but to defeat them with style and flair. It’s not really a win unless your spells and spectacles cause the crowd to go wild in the process!

What kind of flavor can you expect? After all, our worlds are normally built with flavorful creative underpinnings and tropes. Theros, for example, was Greek mythology. Innistrad was Victorian horror. Battlebond goes to a rich well of flavor Magic has never touched before: sports and games! Battlebond is our love letter to sports and e-sports alike.

The set will be released June 8th, so mark your calendars!

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