Magic: the Gathering’s roaring ’20s set has me trying new things for once

Magic: the Gathering has always been about wizards who cross the multiverse, though they usually seemed to end up on standard medieval fantasy worlds. That’s changed recently, and I don’t just mean with crossovers like the upcoming Warhammer 40,000 set, or limited-edition Street Fighter and Fortnite cards. Earlier this year, Magic went cyberpunk in the Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty expansion, and its brand new set explores a Prohibition-era urban fantasy setting.

Streets of New Capenna is the roaring ’20s with demons, merfolk, and cat people, most of whom dress in fur-lined coats and pearls or pinstripe pants and suspenders (fedoras and flat caps are optional). The elves look like flappers, and the buildings look straight out of 1927’s Metropolis. The new sea beasts for your blue decks? Sewer Crocodile and Reservoir Kraken.

(Image credit: Wizards of the Coast)

The theme continues with cards representing the five criminal groups vying for control of New Capenna. That’s why Wizards of the Coast hilariously promoted it with a fake documentary hosted by Ross Kemp, the British soap star who made a show where he traveled the world infiltrating gangs.

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