From the Vaults: Plot Twist

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A while back, a story hit and a grainy photograph was found on the internet.

FtV Annihilation Visual Spoiler

I wrote at the time that it was a little unclear whether this was indeed a genuine list. Something felt off about the circumstances of the cards being leaked. MTGSalvation forum users were much quicker to call the photograph a hoax, citing typeface inconsistencies and other nonsense.

This week, Magiccardmarket, the European SCG (I guess?) posted presales of the exact list that was considered debunked.


Taken together, the picture of genuine-looking cards and a major retailer taking pre-orders  seem to indicate this may be the FTV: Annihilation list. Wizards is mum on the subject, going farther than not confirming or denying the leaked list and going so far as to not address the list at all. Strange times. FTV lists are not given the same "strategic leak" treatment sets get to ramp up excitement.

One of the reasons people were so quick to call foul on this list is a lack of strategic reprints. Everyone expected Damnation due to its high price and instead a bunch of Portal cards and junk rares grace the list. Cards like Grave Upheaval don't seem to fit the theme, although the set could scarcely be released with 0 blue cards, one could argue. The whole situation is strange, and it's not getting much clearer as new "evidence" is uncovered.

If this is indeed the list, how many of you are buying?

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6 thoughts on “From the Vaults: Plot Twist

  1. I’ll be able to get one at MSRP, so I’ll be getting it regardless of the actual list.

    It’s definitely possible that, if the Modern Masters 2 rumors can be trusted, Damnation will be reprinted next year.

  2. I think I’m just in on cataclysm, smokestack. Those prices seem pretty good considering these are both first time foils. I see alot of edh with cataclysm and well isn’t smokestack still a legacy/vintage deck or is it just bad now?

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