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Mark Rosewater drops March of the Machine Teaser: The last Sword is here!

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The latest teaser for March of the Machine, by Mark Rosewater, includes a few very interesting details about this new set, including the last sword left to complete the Swords cycle!

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Mark Rosewater, the Head Designer for Magic: The Gathering, has just dropped a March of the Machinelink outside website Teaser on Tumblr! Rosewater has been working at Wizards of the Coast on Magic since 1995 and has been Head Designer since 2003.

Without further ado, let's check out the teaser:

Maro’s March of the Machine Teaser

"Before previews for March of the Machine officially begin, I thought it would be fun to do another of my Duelist-style teasers where I give tiny hints of things to come. Note that I’m only giving you partial information."


"First up, here are some things you can expect:"

• Numerous cards that mechanically care about Phyrexians

• A double-faced token (one that transforms)

• A card that costs Magic Symbol XMagic Symbol UMagic Symbol UMagic Symbol U

• A variant of a mechanic returns to a premier set for the first time since it originally appeared

• A legendary creature returns not seen since Homelands

• A creature capable of dealing eleven poison counters

• Some planes show up in card names that have never done so before

• Wrenn returns with a new partner

• Two draft archetypes that have a creature type matters component (one of which is Phyrexians - see above)

• The tenth __ & __ sword

Next, here are some rules text that will be showing up on cards:

• “You may cast spells with flash or flying from the top of your library.”

• “an Aura, God or Demigod card”

• “where X is the excess damage dealt this way.”

• “This spell can’t be copied.”

• “Activate only if you’ve cast two or more spells this turn.”

• “Each player can’t cast more than one non-Phyrexian spell each turn.”

• “X twice, where X is the number of lands you control.”

• “Whenever a permanent you control transforms or a permanent enters the battlefield under your control transformed,”

• “If the opponent protects it, remove a defense counter from it.”

• “At the beginning of your upkeep, if you haven’t been dealt combat damage since your last turn, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.”

Finally, here are some Phyrexians in the set:

• Creature – Phyrexian Bear Rhino

• Creature – Phyrexian Devil

• Creature – Phyrexian Dog Warrior

• Creature – Phyrexian Jackal

• Creature – Phyrexian Samurai

• Creature – Phyrexian Shade

• Creature – Phyrexian Shark

• Creature – Phyrexian Treefolk

• Creature – Phyrexian Viashino

• Creature – Phyrexian Weird

And some creature type lines of denizens fighting them:

• Creature – Moonfolk Ninja

• Creature – Aetherborn Vampire

• Creature – Fungus Rabbit

• Creature – Dwarf Pilot

• Creature – Raccoon Warrior

• Creature – Goblin Spellshaper

• Creature – Wolverine Dinosaur

• Legendary Creature – Elder Giant Dog

• Legendary Creature – Ape Dinosaur Turtle

• Legendary Creature – Cyclops Homunculus

"For answers to these and more, tune into March of the Machine’s Debut March 29th at 9:00 am on YouTube and Twitch."

Tempest, Unglued, Urza’s Destiny, Odyssey, Mirrodin, Fifth Dawn, Unhinged, Ravnica, Future Sight, Shadowmoor, Eventide, Zendikar, Scars of Mirrodin, Innistrad, Dark Ascension, Gatecrash, Theros, and Khans of Tarkir are just a few of the sets he has worked on, so we can expect great things to come out of this Designer.

So, what did you think of the teasers? Are you excited about the "The tenth __ & __ sword", which will be the last Mirran sword (Magic Symbol uMagic Symbol b) remaining to close out the cycle?