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Dominaria Leak - Release Notes

Happy Friday MTG Peeps,

Perhaps the biggest Magic: the Gathering news so far this year - the unfortunate / accidental leak of the Release Notes for Dominaria.  Here's what you may need to know -

Yesterday evening, Thursday 8th March, an anonymous user, logged in as 'guest' posted the full Dominaria Release Notes in Chinese to Pastebin.  This website is popular with software programmers (posting code), students, and anyone else who may wish to post simple text to retrieve at a later time.  In fact, this website is popular with some Magic: the Gathering players who post decklists for easy access later.  In this case, the community picked up on this and went to work translating.  There is also a possibility that this document was originally posted to the Hong Kong based Gamelives Magic: the Gathering community forum.

In an unprecedented move a short time later, Wizards of the Coast staffer Blake Rasmussen had posted an article about this leak and provided the official release notes.  This article is linked right here and contains a number of items of interest beyond that of the Dominaria Release Notes.

For the moment, here is a brief summary of the forward -

The Dominaria set contains 269 cards (20 basic land, 101 common, 80 uncommon, 53 rare, and 15 mythic rare) that appear in booster packs, plus 10 cards available only in Dominaria Planeswalker Decks and 1 unique promotional card (available as part of the Dominaria in-store Buy-a-Box promotion).

The Dominaria set becomes legal for sanctioned Constructed play on its official release date: Friday, April 27, 2018. At that time, the following card sets will be permitted in the Standard format: Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, Amonkhet, Hour of Devastation, Ixalan, Rivals of Ixalan, and Dominaria. Cards from Welcome Decks (and other ancillary products) with the W17 set identification code are also permitted in the Standard format.

Dominaria Story Spotlight Cards
There are many important moments in the Dominaria story, but some of the most crucial—called "story spotlights"—are shown on cards. You can read more about these events in the official Magic fiction at
Story Spotlight 1: Broken Bond
Story Spotlight 2: Final Parting
Story Spotlight 3: Settle the Score
Story Spotlight 4: In Bolas's Clutches
The story spotlight cards in this set feature a Planeswalker symbol icon in their text boxes. The icon has no effect on gameplay. The printed cards also include the URL and a number indicating the sequence of the cards in the story.

New Mechanic: Saga Cards
The Dominaria set introduces a new kind of enchantment: Sagas. Each Saga tells the story of a key event from the past as it unfolds during each of your turns.  

Major Theme: Legendary Permanents
Legendary characters new and old have risen to prominence across the plane. In every Dominaria booster pack, you'll find at least one legendary creature. Beyond just creatures, the set also features a significant number of other legendary cards.

New Mechanic: Legendary Sorceries
Dominaria debuts legendary sorcery cards that capture extraordinary moments from our characters' pasts. These powerful spells can be unleashed only with the assistance of a legendary creature or planeswalker on your side of the battlefield.

New Term: Historic
If you look at this set's Saga cards, legendary cards, and artifact cards, you'll see a broad swath of Dominaria's extensive and mysterious history. Some cards celebrate the plane's storied past by rewarding you for playing these historic cards. Historic is a game term that refers to a card that has the legendary supertype, the artifact card type, or the Saga enchantment type.

Returning Keyword: Kicker
Kicker is a returning keyword that lets you pay a little more to give your spells some "oomph."

Rules Change: Damage Can't Be Redirected to Planeswalkers
Previously, you could redirect noncombat damage that a source you control would deal to an opponent, having that source instead deal that damage to one of their planeswalkers. With the release of the Dominaria set, this rule is being removed from the game. A large number of cards that dealt a certain amount of damage to "target player" are receiving errata.

Cycle: "Check Lands"
The Dominaria set features a cycle of enemy-color dual lands to help you make sure you always have the mana that you need. These cards were first printed in the Innistrad set, and their allied counterparts were recently printed in the Ixalan set.

CARD-SPECIFIC NOTES - See the Dominaria Release Notes document linked here.

LIST of cards unfortunately named in the Leak :

Baird, Steward of Argive 
Benalish Marshal 
Dauntless Bodyguard 
Evra, Halcyon Witness 
Fall of the Thran 
Healing Grace 
History of Benalia 
Invoke the Divine 
Knight of Grace 
Kwende, Pride of Femeref 
Lyra Dawnbringer 
On Serra's Wings 
Seal Away 
Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle 
Triumph of Gerrard 
Urza's Ruinous Blast 
Academy Journeymage 

Blink of an Eye 
Curator's Ward 
Deep Freeze 
Blink of an Eye 
Curator's Ward 
Deep Freeze 
Homarid Explorer 
In Bolas's Clutches 
Karn's Temporal Sundering 
Merfolk Trickster 
Naban, Dean of Iteration 
Naru Meha, Master Wizard 
Precognition Field 
Sentinel of the Pearl Trident 
Tempest Djinn 
Temporal Machinations 
Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive 
The Antiquities War 
The Mirari Conjecture Time of Ice 
Wizard's Retort 

Chainer's Torment 
Dark Bargain 
Demonic Vigor 
Demonlord Belzenlok 
Drudge Sentinel 
Demonic Vigor 
Demonlord Belzenlok 
Drudge Sentinel 
Fungal Infection 
Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood 
Knight of Malice 
Lich's Mastery 
Phyrexian Scriptures 
Rat Colony 
Settle the Score 
Thallid Soothsayer 
The Eldest Reborn 
Torgaar, Famine Incarnate 
Urgoros, the Empty One 
Whisper, Blood Liturgist 

Bloodstone Goblin 
Chandra, Bold Pyromancer 
Fight with Fire 
Firefist Adept 
Ghitu Journeymage 
Ghitu Lavarunner 
Goblin Barrage 
Goblin Chainwhirler 
Goblin Warchief 
Haphazard Bombardment 
Jaya Ballard 
Jaya's Immolating Inferno 
Keldon Overseer 
Keldon Warcaller 
Radiating Lightning 
Rampaging Cyclops 
Siege-Gang Commander 
Squee, the Immortal 
The First Eruption 
The Flame of Keld Valduk, Keeper of the Flame 
Verix Bladewing 
Warcry Phoenix 
Warlord's Fury 
Wizard's Lightning 

Ancient Animus 
Baloth Gorger 
Broken Bond 
Corrosive Ooze 
Gaea's Blessing 
Gaea's Protector 
Gift of Growth 
Grunn, the Lonely King 
Kamahl's Druidic Vow 
Llanowar Elves 
Llanowar Scout 
Marwyn, the Nurturer 
Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar 
Song of Freyalise 
Sporecrown Thallid 
Steel Leaf Champion 
Sylvan Awakening 
Territorial Allosaurus 
Thorn Elemental Verdant Force 

Oath of Teferi 
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria 
Rona, Disciple of Gix 
Garna, the Bloodflame 
Grand Warlord Radha 
Hallar, the Firefletcher 
Shanna, Sisay's Legacy 
Arvad the Cursed 
Aryel, Knight of Windgrace 
Primevals' Glorious Rebirth 
Adeliz, the Cinder Wind 
Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain 
Slimefoot, the Stowaway 
Firesong and Sunspeaker 
Tiana, Ship's Caretaker 
Darigaaz Reincarnated 
Jodah, Archmage Eternal 
Muldrotha, the Gravetide 

Blackblade Reforged 
Damping Sphere 
Forebear's Blade 
Helm of the Host 
Howling Golem Icy Manipulator 
Jhoira's Familiar 
Karn, Scion of Urza 
Mishra's Self-Replicator 
Mox Amber 
Navigator's Compass 
Powerstone Shard 
Shield of the Realm 
Sorcerer's Wand 
Sparring Construct 
Urza's Tome 
Voltaic Servant 

Isolated Chapel 
Sulfur Falls 
Woodland Cemetery 
Clifftop Retreat 

Hinterland Harbor 


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