Conspiracy: Take the Crown – Review

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It’s time to blow the dust off your drafting crown and get ready for a weekend of multiplayer, chaotic fun with the latest Magic: The Gathering release – Conspiracy: Take The Crown. Building on the mechanics of the previous Conspiracy release, we see a return of many amusing mechanics and also a few new ones including Monarch, Goad, Melee and Council’s Dilemma, all of which are designed to bring a whole new level of shenanigans to the table!

Obviously Extended and Eternal format players will also be keeping a close eye on this release for reprints and even new cards that might mix up the meta. Cards like Berserk are highly sought after, and while the card was printed as foil in From the Vault: Exiled, it’s never seen a regular foil print, definitely one for the collection. Show and Tell is also another well sought after card that was only released in Urza’s Saga and will be snapped up by players for either play or trade value.

Wizards of the Coast was kind enough to send us a box of their finest for the team at ATGN to crack open and draft. Much like our Eternal Masters review we picked a variety of players each with their own preferred format, tastes and play styles so that we could bring you some varied opinions on this release. So without further ado, here is what the team had to say –

Name: Connor
Preferred Format: Legacy
On a scale of 1 to 10 how fun is Conspiracy: Take the Crown to Draft: 8

Are there any cards in this set which might be good in your preferred format and why?
Sanctum Prelate Recruiter of the Guard Throne of the High City

Pick a card from this release and tell us why you like it?
Protector of the Crown is a 6 mana cantrip that at least fogs and at best it hurts tokens and tramplers.

Memorable moments from the draft?
Watching two Animus of Predation get hexproof, slowly build due to other effects and become nigh indomitable.

How should MtG players be spending their money on Conspiracy: Take the Crown launch weekend?
Draft. Many, many times.

Drafting tips for launch weekend?
Pick your colour early.


Name:
Dougal
Preferred Format:
Modern
On a scale of 1 to 10 how fun is Conspiracy: Take the Crown to Draft:
8

Are there any cards in this set which might be good in your preferred format and why?
Reprints: Sideboard cards like Ghostly Prison and Beast Within were in need of a reprint. Although not the most flavoursome, Inquisition of Kozilek was also great to see (now at rare) along with Serum Visions, one of the most played uncommons in Modern.

Pick a card from this release and tell us why you like it?
Recruiter of the Guard. It changes the way people approach the Legacy deck “Death & Taxes” aka mono-white weenie aka best deck in Legacy.

Memorable moments from the draft?
Winning.

How should MtG players be spending their money on Conspiracy: Take the Crown launch weekend?
It’s a set made to draft, that’s how it should be used. If you’re buying packs to rip specific foils you’re going to have a bad time.

Drafting tips for launch weekend?
Read all the cards carefully and don’t come into the draft with a fixed mindset on the colour you want to draft.

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Name: Dylan
Preferred Format: Casual
On a scale of 1 to 10 how fun is Conspiracy: Take the Crown to Draft: 8

Are there any cards in this set which might be good in your preferred format and why?
I prefer to play casual magic with friends, so any card with use is a good card.

Pick a card from this release and tell us why you like it?
Regicide is fun. A CMC 1 removal that can target any coloured creature if you draft 2 of them in a single pod.

Memorable moments from the draft?
As above. The full colour options for Regicide came about because one player just wasn’t paying attention.

How should MtG players be spending their money on Conspiracy: Take the Crown launch weekend?
When it comes to Conspiracy, grab a box, a few beers and enjoy a draft with your buddies. The set is fun but it’s better if you know the people so you can up the tables trash-talking.

Drafting tips for launch weekend?
Have fun.


Name:
Harry
Preferred Format: Standard
On a scale of 1 to 10 how fun is Conspiracy: Take the Crown to Draft: 8

Are there any cards in this set which might be good in your preferred format and why?
Evolving Wilds. Conspiracy: Take the Crown isn’t particularly useful for Standard players.

Pick a card from this release and tell us why you like it?
Weight Advantage is great for flipping the ‘is this card good?’ question on its head. Jeering Homunculus and Illusionary Informant have great art. Regicide is a fantastic depiction of a great story moment.

Memorable moments from the draft?
With my Weight Advantage turning Jeering Homunculus into a 2-mana 4/4, I flew a little too close to the sun and got beaten soundly.

How should MtG players be spending their money on Conspiracy: Take the Crown launch weekend?
DRAFT! DRAFT! DRAFT!

Drafting tips for launch weekend?
It’s a multiplayer format first. Build to beat three opponents, not one. And have fun with it, it’s not a GP or Pro Tour.

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Name: Barnet
Preferred Format: Modern
On a scale of 1 to 10 how fun is Conspiracy: Take the Crown to Draft: 9

Are there any cards in this set which might be good in your preferred format and why?
Serum Visions and Inquisition of Kozilek. Both are staples of the format.

Pick a card from this release and tell us why you like it?
Animus of Predation. This card opens up many avenues for deck building.

Memorable moments from the draft?
Having Dragonlair Spider and Juniper Order Ranger at the same time. Many creatures and one really big creature.

How should MtG players be spending their money on Conspiracy: Take the Crown launch weekend?
Definitely draft. So much fun!

Drafting tips for launch weekend?
Draft anything you want, you can’t go wrong!


Name:
Matthew
Preferred Format: Draft
On a scale of 1 to 10 how fun is Conspiracy: Take the Crown to Draft: 9

Are there any cards in this set which might be good in your preferred format and why?
I love Regicide. If you pick one up early it can easily be a ‘destroy target creature’ for one black. Splitting Slime seems as though it could generate some big board stalls with the potential to get a 6/6 every turn.

Pick a card from this release and tell us why you like it?
Serum Visions because I love drawing cards and setting up turns.

Memorable moments from the draft?
Watching someone play an Animus of Predation with flying, hexproof, menace and growing it into a massive 12/12 beat with Natural Unity.

How should MtG players be spending their money on Conspiracy: Take the Crown launch weekend?
If you like drafting, a multiplayer format is not something that comes around often. Conspiracy: Take the Crown makes for a fun one that is well worth playing while everyone is hyped.

Drafting tips for launch weekend?
Play at least a couple of drafts to try out the different archetypes.

 

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Name: Boyd
Preferred Format: Vintage
On a scale of 1 to 10 how fun is Conspiracy: Take the Crown to Draft: 10

Are there any cards in this set which might be good in your preferred format and why?
Sanctum Prelate and Recruiter of the Guard I feel may make quite a splash into white creature based strategies in Vintage. Giving white a tutor to enable a toolbox effect in hatebears and other human variants such as Spirit of the Labyrinth, Aven Mindcensor, Snapcaster Mage, Dark Confidant, Monastery Mentor, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and other extremely powerful creatures. It also give white a new prison tool against low to the ground strategies with Sanctum Prelate.

Pick a card from this release and tell us why you like it?
Recruiter of the Guard will make Legacy interesting, Death & Taxes gets a fantastic buff.

Memorable moments from the draft?
I managed to be able to draft Sovereign’s Realm and run a ‘Mormir Cube’ based strategy for ultimate shenanigans.

How should MtG players be spending their money on Conspiracy: Take the Crown launch weekend?
Buy a box to draft, not to sit on or to make money. Fun not funds.

Drafting tips for launch weekend?
Just draft it and have fun.


Name:
Toby
Preferred Format: Casual
On a scale of 1 to 10 how fun is Conspiracy: Take the Crown to Draft: 10

Are there any cards in this set which might be good in your preferred format and why?
As someone who enjoys the casual aspect of Magic more, especially multiplayer games, any card that brings shenanigans to the table gets the tick of approval in my book. Conspiracy: Take the Crown has many such cards.

Pick a card from this release and tell us why you like it?
Custodi Peacekeeper looks like a lot of fun. I’ve been known to enjoy a good Cleric lock-down / prevent deck and this just brings back good memories.

Memorable moments from the draft?
Swinging in for a big hit with all creatures, knowing full well my opponent will do the same on their turn and then seeing the look on their face when I played Gleam of Resistance.

How should MtG players be spending their money on Conspiracy: Take the Crown launch weekend?
Either draft at your local friendly store a few times or grab a box and play at home with friends.

Drafting tips for launch weekend?
Unlike regular draft you need to be a little more ‘aware’ during the draft process as there are a lot of shenanigans going on. Keeping a pen and paper handy for taking notes might be a good idea if permitted at the table. Beyond that though, just have fun with this release.

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Conspiracy: Take the Crown is clearly a lot of fun when played in the format it was designed for, that being a multiplayer draft. While there are some nice cards in this release for Eternal players, I think you’d find more value in drafting for the cards you want rather than buying packs, although cracking a foil Berserk is going to make anyone’s day. The point of this release though is to take a step back from the competitive edge and play the game for fun and laughter. Bringing friends to the table with you is definitely the way to go.

Have a great weekend playing Conspiracy: Take the Crown at your local store or with friends over the kitchen table. Let us know in the comments what your thoughts are on this release.

Conspiracy: Take the Crown is released world wide on Friday the 26th of August. Full release notes can be found on the official Magic: The Gathering website here. Not sure where your nearest Magic: The Gathering stockist is? Head over the to Wizards of the Coast Store Locator website here.

At the time of publishing our ‘Deckbox Plugin’ has not yet updated with the latest Conspiracy: Take the Crown cards, as such some cards may only show a card back when you hover over them. No doubt these will be updated soon. Meanwhile you can look up all the new cards on the official Gatherer website.

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