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1, Feb, 23

MTG's March of the Machine to Be Revealed Surprisingly Soon

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Following the end of Phyrexia: All Will Be One’s spoiler season last week, MTG players have finally had some time to relax. After the jam-packed release schedule of 2022, this brief moment of respite is certainly welcome. Unfortunately for players eager to sit back and enjoy the new cards, however, new spoilers are already on the horizon. Phyrexia: All Will Be One hasn’t even released yet, but March of the Machine details are already on the way. Despite an early attempt to course correct, it appears Magic’s endless spoiler season is already back in full swing. 

March of the Machine First Look

March of the Machine Concept Art
March of the Machine Concept Art

While Phyrexia: All Will Be One is just days away from release, the hype for March of the Machine has consistently threatened to overshadow the set. Promising game-changing story and gameplay reveals, it’s no wonder that March of the Machine is so eagerly anticipated. Following the teasing reveal of Battle cards with Atraxa, Grand Unifier, this hype has consumed the community even more. Thankfully, for Elesh Norn’s sake at least, attention has slowly returned to Phyrexia: All Will Be One as its release date nears. Unfortunately, however, this attention may not last long, as new March of the Machine reveals is already on the horizon.

During the latest Weekly MTG, host Blake Rasmussen revealed that March of the Machine’s First Look Livestream was happening earlier than expected. Rather than consolidating the set’s release schedule, which would allow time to appreciate the Phyrexia: All Will Be One, the first look is instead only a few weeks away. Taking place on the 19th of February, the First Look Livestream is the capstone to MagicCon: Philadelphia’s many panels. Somewhat worryingly, this date is just one week after the official launch of Phyrexia: All Will Be One. 

While we now know the date for March of the Machine’s first look Livestream, there’s no telling what’ll be revealed. Previous First Look livestreams have certainly announced a lot of details. However, players shouldn’t set their expectations too high. During Phyrexia: All Will Be One’s First Look, for instance, players learned about the set’s antagonists, heroes, and Booster Fun card treatments. Alongside this, players were also given their first official taste of spoilers for the upcoming set. Notably, however, these spoilers didn’t reveal any of the set’s major mechanics.

More Details, More Speculation

March of the Machine Teferi Booster Art
March of the Machine Teferi Booster Art | Wizards of the Coast

Thanks to the presumed importance of Battle cards in Magic’s future, MTG players have been exceptionally keen to learn anything they can about them. Thankfully, we now have some dates to look forward to. However, that isn’t stopping the rampant speculation from continuing. Most recently, on Reddit, u/davidemsa shared their discoveries from scouring the WPN website, which often reveals unexpected details. Unfortunately for curious players, u/davidemsa didn’t happen upon a plot summary or Battle card description. Despite this, their finds were nevertheless an interesting, but definitely vague, look at what’s to come. 

The first point that u/davidemsa highlighted was March of the Machine’s Prerelease packs containing  “1 new mythic rare card.” Since Wizards are singling out this new card, players like u/Rujensan were quick to suspect the obvious. “I think it means every Prerelease kit has a mythic Battle card.” While this seems like the obvious choice, technically, the Prerelease Kit’s extra mythic could just be exactly that. It’s not out of the question for Wizards to put a little flavor and fun back into pre-releases, after all. That being said, the appearance of a guaranteed Battle card would make a lot of sense. Especially when you consider how much Wizards has already been teasing and hyping the cards. 

Alongside pointing out the Prerelease pack promotion, Reddit user u/Rujensan also noticed a curious addition to Commander decks. Unlike Commander decks for previous sets, March of the Machine’s decks contains a “special die.” Immediately, players such as u/newfiepro pointed out this special die could be something similar to those used in Planechase. This led to other players, such as u/Reluxtrue, stating, “inb4 Battle is just a reworking of the Planechase mechanic.”

The Waiting Game

Adventure Awaits
Adventure Awaits | Zendikar Rising

Ultimately, while what these tidbits imply about March of the Machine seems incredibly likely, there’s no telling what Wizards has up their sleeves for now. Thankfully, we won’t be kept in the dark for too much longer. Following the First Look Livestream on the 19th of February, we should know significantly more about March of the Machine. Until then, MTG players will just have to do what they do best and speculate themselves silly. Either that or enjoy Phyrexia: All Will Be One when that releases in just a few days. 

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