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Conspiracy announced with encrypted message

Clearly the mechanic theme is gibberish, right?
Clearly the mechanic theme is gibberish, right?

Turns out R&D was very serious about the whole secret-messages thing with Conspiracy - the official announcement today was made in, well, code. MTGSalvation was immediately on it, and simple substitutions and inversions didn't work. The key, therefore, had to be polyalphabetic.

After decrypting with a Vigenere code using the substitution phrase "Gvyjthqxgr," the announcement turns out to be this:

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.

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.

Still very little about the actual rules of the format as of yet - but there are new pictures: A promotional art piece of a plotting court, and the first card image of Cogwork Librarian, as well as confirmation that Magister of Worth is the release promo.

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