Initial Reactions: GVYJTHQXGR (Conspiracy)

During the Born of the Gods prerelease, all across the world, some people were pulling a strange new card out of their packs. It wasn’t a card from Born of the Gods and it wasn’t anything that we had seen before. On the back of these cards there was a code that turned out to be a phone number that gave you a strange message when the phone was answered; when deciphered, the code turned out to be a what seemed to be a card, a card that specifically mentioned drafting. The game was afoot. Soon afterwards, Wizards registered a trademark for the name Conspiracy, and the game got a little bit deeper. What was Conspiracy? Did it have anything to do with the strange cards pulled from prerelease packs? What exactly was going on? Well you’re about to find out.

Today, on the official Wizards site, they made a little announcement.

Confused? A lot of people were. But leave it to the internet to decipher the code in no time, and because of that we have the deciphered message in all its glory:


Pick. Plot. Play.

Experience a Magic format where the intrigues begin long before the first spells are cast! Revolutionary new abilities impact every part of the play experience, starting with the draft itself.

Cogwork Librarian—One of the sixty new Magic cards in Conspiracy.

The first-ever multiplayer-focused booster set has new Magic cards with new mechanics that enhance multiplayer play. Returning favorites from throughout Magic’s history round out the set and cultivate an environment of deception and treachery. The Magic: The Gathering–Conspiracy set is designed to be drafted with six to eight players who then split into groups of three or four players for free-for-all multiplayer games.

Set Name: Magic: The Gathering–Conspiracy

Number of Cards: 210
Release Date: June 6, 2014
Three-letter abbreviation: CNS
Twitter Hashtag: #MTGCNS
Initial Concept and Game Design: Shawn Main (lead), Dan Helland, David Humpherys, Kenneth Nagle, and Matt Tabak

Final Game Design and Development: David Humpherys (lead), Dan Emmons, K. Joseph Huber, Sam Stoddard, and Gavin Verhey, with contributions from Matt Tabak
Languages: English, Japanese, Chinese Simplified
Available in: Booster Packs

Key Points:

Multiplayer Booster Draft Format
15 Card Booster Packs (MSRP $3.99)
36 Packs per Display
Black-Bordered Cards

Release event promo card at participating WPN locations.


Special thanks goes to the MTG subreddit for the quick decipher. Now, the official post will happen tonight, but we can be pretty sure that it will look very similar to (if not exactly) like this one. So what does this mean exactly? Well, Wizards is making a specially designed multiplayer draft set which is definitely something we’ve never seen before. The cards will be black bordered, so any reprints will be playable in their respective formats (more modern staples, anyone?). And we’ll be getting this product in June, right before M15 and right where the summer multiplayer set is supposed to go. All in all, it looks like it will be an interesting experience; I would say more, but we just don’t have a whole lot of details yet.

As for the new cards, since this is not a normal release, the card will only be playable in casual formats, Commander, Legacy, and Vintage. While Cogwork Librarian will be really fun in any kind of cube or in this draft format specifically, there is just no way it makes it anywhere else, since it’s only good in drafts. As for Magister of Worth, I like the idea of a flying 4/4 one-sided Wrath in one-on-ones and  in multiplayer games it will add a really interesting element of interaction between all players. All in all, both cards will be ridiculously fun in this format and Magister will be good in Commander, while Librarian will probably make many a cube list.

And that’s it, there’s not a whole lot we know about Conspiracy, but it sure looks fun. Hopefully I’ll be able to round up some people to join in  the fun and I hope you all will too!

As always, thanks for reading!

- Nathan

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About Nathan

I love games and having fun: board games, video games, card games, etc. But I especially love Magic: the Gathering and Nintendo. I currently write a blog about Magic: the Gathering called MTGgrind and help write a webcomic called Life on Empty.

Posted on February 13, 2014, in Articles, Initial Reactions, Magic News, Reviews, Spoilers and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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