September 26, 2002 (Renton, Wash.) – Two powerful, opposing quests – one for redemption, the other for revenge – collide in Wizards of the Coast’s upcoming release of Onslaught, the new Magic: The Gathering game expansion. Wizards said today it is on track with plans to release Onslaught for Magic: The Gathering October 7, and the Onslaught expansion for Magic: The Gathering Online November 1. Onslaught will be previewed in pre-release tournaments September 28-29, throughout the world including Pro Tour—Boston, the first stop on the 2002-2003 Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour circuit.
With the release of Onslaught comes a brand-new game mechanic – “Morph.” To take advantage of this new ability, players play a card face-down. Then, whenever the player is ready, he or she pays the morph cost and flips the creature over, revealing it for what it really is. A morphed card cannot be countered or responded to, making it a powerful addition to a player’s deck.
Onslaught also features tribal cards from eight different creature races, including goblins, elves, wizards, and zombies. The power of tribal cards increases as you put into play more creatures of a particular race.
Onslaught also marks the return of a long-time favorite – Clone, a card that lets players replicate a creature already in play – and the cycling mechanic. Cycling cards allow the player to discard a designated card, draw a card and can at the same time produce an effect, such as countering a target spell, tapping a target creature or dealing damage to each creature.
“Onslaught offers a lot for experienced and new players in tournament and casual play,” explained Kyle Murray, Magic: The Gathering director of marketing. “Combining the tribal cards with the new morphing ability gives players more ways to play more creatures. The release of a new set like Onslaught, with 350 cards that are new to all players, also presents a great opportunity to check out Magic Online.”
Key characters at odds in Onslaught are human males Kamahl (green) and Ixidor (blue), a new character. Kamahl is on a quest of redemption to save his sister, Jeska, who was captured and transformed to the evil Phage (black), a merciless pit fighter loyal to the Cabal. Blaming Kamahl for her creation, Phage possesses a warped hatred for her brother. Phage is also the source of Ixidor’s rage. The master of illusion lost his battle partner and lover in a pit fight with Phage and has been driven mad by grief. In a tenuous alliance, Kamahl and Phage must battle Ixidor and the angelic Akroma (white), created by Ixidor to slay his enemies. The Onslaught action takes place in several settings, including: the Wirewood Forest, a vast birch forest claimed by refugee elves; the goblin-filled mountains of Shirk Ridge; Aphetto City, the primary headquarters of the Cabal; and, the Grand Coliseum, where all major pit fights take place, among other locations.
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