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This Week in Magic: Friday, June 21


Assassin's Creed Previews Leap Into Action

Excalibur, Sword of Eden
The Capitoline Triad
Templar Knight

Modern Horizons 3 may have just released, but there's no slowing down for the preview and release trains! This week saw the full preview of the upcoming Universes Beyond: Assassin's Creed set with all kinds of new cards. Players were not only treated to tons of new cards for their Commander decks, but also some classics entering Modern for the first time such as Reconnaissance and Cover of Darkness. If you're a fan of the Assassin's Creed games and their lore, there's almost certain to be something awesome for you to find here!

The set hasn't been without its share of consternation, primarily as some discourse was stirred up in regards to the new Freerunning mechanic. Popular content creator SaffronOlive covered the mechanic, stating how he felt the fact that it specifically referenced commanders was an indicator of many of the design issues present with current designs for the Commander format. Specifically, how this could've been something unique to the assassin creature type in general and been something you had to work toward and build around, but instead it applies to everyone. This post generated lots of discussion among players, with many debating the merits of this argument.

You can check out all the cards right here on the official Card Image Gallery or check out the Universes Beyond: Assassin's Creed page right here on CoolStuffInc.com!

Pro Tour Modern Horizons 3 Viewing Info Revealed

If there's one thing that's always exciting about the latest Magic set releasing, it's the Pro Tour that accompanies it! This one is especially exciting, with the event happening at MagicCon Amsterdam being based on Modern Horizons 3. The massively impactful set is doing all kinds of wild things to the Modern metagame currently and getting to see what the pros can do with it is always a treat! Wizards has officially put out the viewers guide article ahead of the event, noting the times, what formats will be on which days, and who will be in the caster's booth. The event is only a week away, so make sure you check out all that sweet, sweet high-level gameplay!

WotC Staff Get Promotions

Several employees of Wizards of the Coast's Studio X department noted this week that they were receiving promotions! These include such names as Carmen Klomparens (see above), Arya Karamchandani, and Ben Weitz. Carmen additionally noted her new pay in the interest of transparency for other would-be game designers. Congratulations to all of them on their new roles!

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Decklist of the Week

Modern Horizons 3 continues to impact all kinds of formats with new decks popping up left and right! Today I wanted to talk about this new Jeskai Control deck utilizing several of the latest and greatest. In fact, this particular build focuses heavily on the utility of many of the new energy cards, as well as the powerful new titan Phlage, Titan of Fire's Fury. The deck has been putting up tons of strong numbers as of late and is certain to make a sizable impact at the upcoming Pro Tour!

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