Posted on December 8th, 2016 / Arthur
Hi Everyone –
The next update for Magic: The Gathering – Puzzle Quest is scheduled to go live today (December 8th) and it’s a big one! Let’s take a look at what’s planned for inclusion.
In preparation for the Holidays, we’ve planned a handful of festive changes:
In addition, December has better daily rewards than ever before!
Happy 1-Year Anniversary of Magic: The Gathering – Puzzle Quest!
Kaladesh card expansion!
The Kaladesh expansion is now live! 184 new cards lets you explore the world of Kaladesh, Chandra’s home plane. Battle with vehicles, massive constructs and harness the plane’s energy to gain the upper hand on your opponents!
This expansion features 4 brand-new mechanics: Energize, Overload, Fabricate and Crew.
Energize and Overload go hand in hand. When a card performs Energize, it adds Energy to gems on the board. By itself, Energy doesn’t do anything, but when you match gems that contain Energy, ANY card you control on the battlefield with the Overload keyword will activate and the Energy is then removed from the matched gems.
Overload comes with a number – Overload 1, 2 or 3. The number is the amount of Energized gems you need to match in a single match to trigger the ability. For example, a card with Overload 3 needs 3 Energized gems in a single match to trigger. Overload 1 only requires a single Energized gem. Note that doing a Match-4 or 5 and hitting those gems through the line counts as matching them. Overload is particularly effective when you have multiple abilities that can benefit from a single match – if you have three creatures and a support which trigger on Overload 1 and you match an Energized gem, all four of those effects would trigger.
Next up is Fabricate. When a card triggers Fabricate, it summons the listed amount of support gems that give +1/+1 to the first creature you control. Fabricate is an interesting ability as it scales very well with support counting abilities as well as helps to make your creatures stronger.
Last but not least is Crew, which is an ability exclusive to Vehicle creatures. It works as such: When a creature with Crew is in your hand, it gains mana equal to the listed amount when a non-token creature enters the battlefield. This greatly helps ramp up your vehicles as they will always cast much faster than your other creatures if you prioritize them correctly.
New Planeswalker: Dovin Baan
We’re also introducing a brand new Planeswalker to the game: Dovin Baan!
Dovin Baan is a White and Blue Planeswalker, which is a brand new color combination in the game. His card limitations are quite lax (5 Creatures, 5 Supports and 8 Spells at level 60) so you will be able to build interesting decks with him.
His design is based around the Kaladesh Energize -> Overload cycle, and as such all three of his abilities make ample use of it.
His first ability, Tap the Aether, is very straightforward. You’ll Energize 1 (up to 4 at max rank) gems then gain 3 (up to 6 at max rank) mana, for 9 Loyalty. With this you can ensure there’s Energized gems on the board, and you’ll also gain mana to boot to help you speed up your cards.
His second ability, Aether Siphon, creates a Support that Energizes for 1 (2 at max rank) at the beginning of your turn, and also has Overload 3 (down to 1 at max rank): Draw a card. With this Support on the board, you’ll be able to load up on Energy as well as ensure you have plenty of card draw to fuel your duel. This ability costs 12 Loyalty.
His third ability, Aether Innovation, is very powerful. It creates a Support with Overload 1: Each of your creatures gets +3/+3 (up to +6/+6 at max rank!). This is a permanent buff, which means that your creatures on the battlefield will gain massive power every time you Overload, not to mention the other Overloads you might trigger. The ability costs 21 Loyalty, and will definitely help you win quickly and decisively!
We’ve been working hard to rebalance Events to make them fair and fun for everyone. We’ve adjusted the length of events, the rewards and many secondary objectives. In addition:
These are just a few of the brand-new events in the 1.9.0 update:
Join the Gatewatch and try to prevent Tezzeret and his allies from confiscating all the wondrous inventions at the Grand Exhibition of the Inventors’ fair. You will need the support of your Coalition for this event. Be quick! Players from across the plane are also battling to bring down Tezzeret. Similar to the Avacyn’s Madness event, you and your Coalition are ranked by the total damage dealt during the time of the event. Reach the top brackets before the event ends and earn the best rewards. The event ends when the boss’s health reaches 0%.
Node 1 – Encounter 1
Node 1 – Encounter 2
Node 1 – Encounter 3
Node 2 – Encounter 1
Node 2 – Encounter 2
Node 2 – Encounter 3
Node 3 – Encounter 1
Node 3 – Encounter 2
Node 3 – Encounter 3
Dovin Baan’s Challenge
Dovin Baan, Senior Consulate Inspector, has arrived in Magic the Gathering: Puzzle Quest. Fight against Dovin Baan in a series of four challenges. Winning encounters and completing secondary objectives will earn you a wide variety of rewards.
The Holidays are fast approaching; time for a mighty brawl! Assign your strongest Planeswalker to this event’s single node. There’s only one objective – trounce your opponent. Oh, and all mana gained is doubled in the brand-new Supercharge Mode.
Over the next few months, you’ll see a variety of classic events return to Magic the Gathering: Puzzle Quest. These events are short and sweet, lasting less than 24 hours. In addition, we’ve rebalanced many of the optional objectives.
Nodes of Power
This classic Event has a brand new set of optional objectives that will test your deck-building prowess.
Terrors in the Shadows
The final optional objectives for Terrors in the Shadows have been partially reworked. In addition, this is no longer a Coalition event, meaning that your score will not count to your Coalition’s overall score. The new optional objectives are:
To help shorten matches, we’ve updated several objectives in Emrakul’s Corruption. Similar to Terrors in the Shadows, this is no longer a Coalition event. The new optional objectives are:
Kaladesh will have a selection of special offers – including brand new Planeswalkers, Mythic cards and special bundles. Keep an eye out for Chandra, Torch of Defiance. Chandra is back in Kaladesh – and stronger than ever!
The 1.9.0 update also makes changes to some older Special Offers. Check out the new Starter Packs and Epic Packs!
Check in every week for new limited-time offers!
With the release of Kaladesh, we’ve tweaked Saheeli Rai a bit so that she has a bit more synergy with the card set.
Her abilities have been changed to the following:
The rest of Saheeli Rai’s kit remains unchanged.
Menace has changed.
Cards, Planeswalkers & Gameplay
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