Streets of New Capenna

Streets of New Capenna is an expansion set for Magic: The Gathering[1] that was released in April 2022.

Streets of New Capenna
ReleasedApril 29, 2022
Development codeIce skating
Expansion codeSNC
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Gameplay Edit

The expansion set is set in a plane called New Capenna[2] controlled by five demonic organized crime families akin to the Five Families, with themes from Prohibition[3] and the Roaring Twenties.[1] The five demonic families each belong to a shard within the plane, a concept established in Shards of Alara in which cards in each shard have a principal color and two allied colors, as well as their own keyword mechanics or themes.[1] It enables this by "fixing" mana production with card cycles and Treasure tokens.[1] It includes a set of triomes, land cards that can be tapped to generate one of three colors of mana.[2]

The five families are:[2][4]

  • the Brokers (green, white, and blue), a corrupt legal company with belief in the impending end of New Capenna acting as a protection racket[5]
  • the Cabaretti (red, green, and white), a group of druids and monsters who party and attempt to sway public opinion
  • the Maestros (blue, black, and red), an aristocratic group of elite assassins and thieves
  • the Obscura (white, blue, and black), mystics who deceive and engage in blackmail
  • the Riveteers (black, red, and green), a rowdy group of artisans and workers

The Brokers were initially intended as a law enforcement group, but transformed into the corrupted legal entity during development of the set.[4]

The set includes a number of keywords, including Hideaway, first used in Lorwyn, that enables a player to look at a number of cards at the top of their library.[5]

Art Edit

Printed cards have different artistic styles. The land triomes are printed with the typical card frame, a full-art frame, and the "skyscraper" style introduced for this set.[2] The "golden age" frame is applied to 45 tri-color cards in the set, and the foils have a distinct gilded, metallic sheen.[5]

Reception Edit

Writing for Paste, Cameron Kunzelman states that the set is "weirdly experimental on the creative side".[1] In TheGamer, Joe Parlock states that the Art Deco setting is "vastly different from the high fantasy" typical of Magic.[4]

Stan Golovchuk states in a Polygon article that the set has aesthetics inspired by the 1927 film Metropolis.[2]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d e Kunzelman, Cameron (May 24, 2022). "Streets of New Capenna Is a Cool, Mobbed Up Take on Classic Magic: The Gathering". Paste. Retrieved September 5, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e Golovchuk, Stan (March 7, 2022). "Magic: The Gathering's New Capenna is set in a neo-noir world of powerful crime families". Polygon. Retrieved September 5, 2022.
  3. ^ Baird, Scott (August 19, 2022). "Magic: The Gathering's 2023 sets officially announced". MSN. Retrieved September 5, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c Parlock, Joe (August 15, 2022). "MTG's Streets Of New Capenna's biggest mistake was its lack of cops". The Gamer. Retrieved September 5, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c Golovchuk, Stan (April 7, 2022). "Magic: The Gathering's Streets of New Capenna is run by demons, vampires, and lawyers". Polygon. Retrieved September 5, 2022.