On July 22, 2013, WoTC filed for this new trademark. What could it be for?
From what we learned in this thread, Conspiracy can now be considered confirmed. What we know so far:
Conspiracy will be the name of this year's summer supplemental product.
The set will have 210 cards in total, including new cards.
The set will be designed for multiplayer and is meant to be drafted. Special rules are unknown at this time.
Two specific cards, Magister of Worth and Cogwork Librarian are known from WoTC's unusual marketing campaign.
Pick. Plot. Play
Experience a Magic format where the intrigues begin long before the first spells are cast! Revolutionary new abilities impact every part of the play experience, starting with the draft itself.
Cogwork Librarian—One of the sixty new Magic cards in Conspiracy.
The first-ever multiplayer-focused booster set has new Magic cards with new mechanics that enhance multiplayer play. Returning favorites from throughout Magic's history round out the set and cultivate an environment of deception and treachery. The Magic: The Gathering–Conspiracy set is designed to be drafted with six to eight players who then split into groups of three or four players for free-for-all multiplayer games.
Set Name: Magic: The Gathering–Conspiracy
Number of Cards: 210
Release Date: June 6, 2014
Three-Letter Abbreviation: CNS
Twitter Hashtag: #MTGCNS
Initial Concept and Game Design: Shawn Main (lead), Dan Helland, David Humpherys, Kenneth Nagle, and Matt Tabak
Final Game Design and Development: David Humpherys (lead), Dan Emmons, K. Joseph Huber, Sam Stoddard, and Gavin Verhey, with contributions from Matt Tabak
Languages: English, Japanese, Chinese Simplified
Available in: Booster Packs
Multiplayer Booster Draft Format
15 Card Booster Packs (MSRP $3.99)
36 Packs per Display
Release event promo card at participating WPN locations.
I wish my 4/4s with haste and first strike that acted as Goblin Warchiefs were better and didn't die to instants and overshadowed all other 4 drops in the format. And that they had evasion too, and some way to dodge wrath effects.
All I could think of is some kind of MtG version of the Battlestar Galacticia board game, where each player is secretly giving an alignment card at the beginning of the game, and the "bad guys" can subtle sabotage the game. I have no idea how you could implement that into MtG though.
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Could it be a summer multiplayer type product, like Planechase or Archenemy?
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The Commander Gauntlet | Lameria BGW Ghave, Guru of Spores | UB Vela the Night-Clad | B Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker | R Norin the Wary | RG Stonebrow, Krosan Hero GUB The Mimeoplasm | BRG Kresh the Bloodbraided | RGW Uril the Miststalker | WUB Zur the Enchanter | GW Captain Sisay RWU Zedruu the Greathearted | UB Grimgrin, Corpse-Born | BR Kaervek the Merciless | BRG Prossh, Skyraider of Kher UBR Nicol Bolas | GUB Damia, Sage of Stone | X Karn, Silver Golem | UR Melek, Izzet Paragon
It was almost a year ago that the Theros trademark was discovered (by Fnord I might ad). By the timing, it could be Huey
Unlikely, for 2 reasons.
1. It doesn't fit the pattern of Theros and other fall sets, with multiple marks registered at the same time in a bunch of categories.
2. Every first set of a block since Lorwyn has had the plane name in the name of the set.
At this point, I'd say the most likely possibility is the 2014 summer product.
I know using codenames for guessing about block themes is a bad idea.
Although Live Long and Prosper (Zendikar) refers to aliens (Eldrazi); Rock Paper and Scissors (Alara) refers to a game between three elements (shards); Lights, Camera and Action refer to preparing for a movie (the first two sets story wise were just to prepare the inevitible rebirth of Phyrexia); and Friends, Romans and Countrymen has some connection/connotation with ancient Rome/Greece ("Romans"). Huey, Dewey and Louie are about three rich nephews. The wealthy. Conspiracy. Illuminatii. The idea that there has always been a set up for a conspiracy in the multiverse involving Nicol Bolas... That being said, "Conspiracy" is a SUPER generic name for a block. So unless it was on Dominaria it wouldn't really make sense--as every other block refers to the name of the plane in the first set.
So its far more likely to be a summer set.
Perhaps the Assassin variant format is getting some love? I always felt like that was about conspiracies. Its always been one of my favorites so I certainly hope so!
Official name for the assassin multiplayer varient? Seems like it could fit.
This is my guess. Unlike Planechase, I don't think Archenemy really caught on well, so I doubt we'll be seeing a second release for that anytime soon. A new casual multiplayer release based on an old classic seems like a safe alternative for them to try out.