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Magic: The Gathering’s Assassin’s Creed Crossover is Enough to Make Me Want to Play Again

I have not played Magic The Gathering (MTG) in many years. That being said, I still remember when I sat in my friend’s basement during summer afternoons, trying to perfect my deck and memorizing the different mechanics. That period of my life is sadly over. It wasn’t until I went to Summer Game Fest to see the new Assassin’s Creed starter and booster deck that I was brought back in.

On July 5th, The Magic: The Gathering – Assassin’s Creed set is launching worldwide. The booster release contains 54 uncommons and 37 rares, including five rare dual lands and 14 mythic rare cards. This is on top of the 10 full-art basic land cards. The new set also introduces a new card mechanic.

Magic: The Gathering Joins The Assassin’s Brotherhood

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If you’re familiar with the recent Lord of the Rings and Fallout sets, you’ll likely know how much love and attention to detail Wizards of the Coast try to put into every card. The Assassin’s Creed set is no different. Speaking to the team during Summer Game Fest, it was explained that the company worked intimately to design the artwork for the cards. As one would expect, The Magic The Gathering – Assassin’s Creed set tips its hat to fan favourite characters as well as the franchise’s beloved iconography.

As a novice once more, I had the MTG team walk me through the new cards and their respective mechanics. I was elated when flipping through the deck and came across a card for Ezio and Edward Kenway. Each card attributed to the franchise’s heroes offers abilities that coincide with the character. The Magic: The Gathering – Assassin’s Creed pulls from all sorts of corners of the series. On top of characters, the set also incorporates cards for Eagle Vision, Caduceus the Staff of Hermes, and more. Suffice it to say, if you’re a fan of the series, there’s a card within reach that’ll resonate with you. Each card offers some gorgeous and rich artwork with a ton of detail.

Wizards of the Coast has worked with Ubisoft to ensure its series of cards land their mark with fans, both new and old. As previously teased, one particular set connects to form a larger image. Some cards offer a borderless design as well.

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On top of some remarkably stunning art, The Magic: The Gathering – Assassin’s Creed set introduces players to a new mechanic and returning mechanics to support the gameplay. This includes a new Freerunning mechanic. Synonymous with the Assassin’s Creed franchise, the Freerunning mechanic enables users to cast a spell for “a bit of saving” if a controlled Assassin or commander death combat damage to a player. The new set also sees the return of a handful of mechanics. This includes Disguise, Cloak, and Historic. Given the Assassin’s Creed theme, all three are appropriate mechanics for returning to the game.

After getting my first real taste of MTG at Summer Game Fest, I was brought back to my later childhood. A part of me wants to explore this part of my life again. As a long-time fan of Assassin’s Creed, I can already see how this new set will speak to MTG players. Perhaps I’ll find myself again putting together a deck and getting friends together for a night of MTG. Or maybe I’ll just be fond of brilliant art. Either way, I’m looking forward to the launch next month.

The Magic: The Gathering – Assassin’s Creed set is now available to preorder from your local game shop, Amazon, and wherever you get your Magic products.