Finally the new expansion set of Magic: The Gathering, the Advance of the Machines, has arrived in all specialized shops. The Advance of the Machines was announced in February and represents the epic conclusion of the narrative cycle that began last year with Dominaria Unita, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Magic.
As we already explained in our preview of Magic: Rise of the Machines, the plot of the set concerns thethe Multiverse’s last defense against Phyrexia. The Phyrexians, commanded by the Mother of Machines Elesh Norn, have in fact begun their invasion of all the floors of the Magic Multiverse: it is therefore the Planeswalkers of all the last thirty years who have to join forces to face the threat of biomechanical machines.
In the set, released in specialized shops today, Friday 21 April, and arrived on 18 April on Magic The Gathering: Arena, we can therefore witness thealliance of legendary creatures and Planeswalkers from across the Multiverse against the Phyrexian menace. Precisely the presence of protagonists from all over the vast world of Magic justifies the many different treatments for the rarest cards, which make the plane of origin of each one clearly recognizable, as you can see from the image below.
Alongside the nostalgia factor and the special attention reserved for collecting, L’Avanzata delle Macchine also introduces many changes to Magic: The Gathering gameplaystarting with the Battle cards, special double-faced cards oriented horizontally on one side and vertically on the other, which must be “won” (that is, deprived of resistance counters) to be transformed into a permanent of enormous power.
Other cards, such as the Freewheeling Nezumi, which we have presented to you as a world exclusive, will also have the same double-faced treatment, without being Battles. Furthermore, among the new mechanics we have Reinforcement and Incubatewhich respectively allow you to guarantee a boost to a creature already on the field and to create special double-sided Incubator tokens.
If you want to know more about The Rise of the Machines, however, we invite you to take a look at the dedicated Magic website, or at the aforementioned preview of the new Wizards of The Coast TCG expansion, or wait for our review of Magic: Rise of the Machines!