Leave it to the folks of Reddit to get this one. In an announcement made today, February 13, Wizards of the Coast pulled off one of the most intriguing forms of advertising it has done to date. They announced the so-called "Conspiracy" set through a cryptic posting on the DailyMTG website. However, it did not take the internet very long to figure out what exactly was being said.
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
Multiplayer Booster Draft Format
15 Card Booster Packs (MSRP $3.99)
36 Packs per Display
Release event promo card at participating WPN locations.
As it turns out the entire message was solved using a method known as a "Vigenere." It uses a passphrase to encode a message; "the letters of the passphrase would [then] determine how each letter in the message would be encrypted." By using a tool found on the web, one would simply enter the passphrase into the field and the puzzle would be solved. So what was the magical phrase to solve the mystery? It was the title, "GVYJTHQXGR."
This has been one of the most mysterious sets to ever come out of Wizards of the Coast. They've done a better job of hiding any information about this set than any other tournament legal set. However, with a release date of June 6th, it may be possible that this set might see a small preview at the upcoming PAX East which is being held from April 11-13. Players will have to continue keeping their eyes on the lookout for more clues. So far Wizards has snuck a preview card into a prerelease, and now consumers are getting cryptic messages. Who knows what could happen next? Maybe they'll begin to flash images or words during their next broadcast which is ProTour "Born of the Gods" held later this month in Valencia, Spain.
To find out what gets spoiled at PAX East 2014, make sure you stay tuned because Boston Games Examiner will be there to cover all of the latest news regarding "Magic: The Gathering - Conspiracy."
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