February 23, 2015

Announcing Tempest Remastered

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We're happy to announce that the Tempest block is being remixed as the new Magic Online-only set, Tempest Remastered!



Set Name: Tempest Remastered

Magic Online Release Events: May 6–27, 2015

Magic Online Release Date: May 6, 2015




The Goals of Tempest Remastered


When Vintage Masters released, there was a huge outpouring of enthusiasm from the Magic Online community. People could finally obtain hard-to-find Vintage cards—including the Power Nine—for the first time online. Not only that, but we heard time and again that the set was a ton of fun for Limited play. Our goal with Tempest Remastered is to recreate those great play experiences and get sought-after cards into the hands of players—this time, making Legacy play more accessible to folks who are new to the format.


Were you a fan of Tempest, Stronghold, and Exodus? Magic R&D has revisited the 621 cards from these sets and reduced the pool by more than half to pull out the best cards and the best playing archetypes for inclusion in Tempest Remastered. Did you enjoy the buttery smoothness with which Vintage Masters handled in a Draft? Good, because R&D has employed the same attention to detail and fine-tuning in Tempest Remastered. Not only will Tempest Remastered play better than the sum of its parts, it'll look better too.


Like its digital-only predecessor, Vintage Masters, Tempest Remastered contains a selection of cards that you know and love, updated with a new look and feel. There's no new art this time, but cards have received new frames, ensuring that they'll look just as classy as modern-day sets—the set will appear in Gatherer with new typesetting too. Newer players will finally have their foot in the door to Legacy play, and when they get there, it will be with style.




What's Going to Be In Tempest Remastered and When's It Coming Out?


Tempest Remastered is being released on May 6, 2015, and will be available through May 27, 2015. To coincide with the sale of the set, we'll have an array of queues and scheduled events running throughout the same three-week period, so make sure you get ahold of the set while it's on Magic Online. Please note, this is the first time that Tempest Remastered will be available, but not the last—it will return! Here's the run-down of what you can expect from the set and when you crack your first digital pack of Tempest Remastered.


Tempest Remastered is a 269-card set, containing 101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares, and 20 basic lands from the Tempest, Stronghold, and Exodus sets. Tempest Remastered will be available in booster pack form, with each booster retailing for $3.99. Each pack will contain the following:



  • 10 commons

  • 3 uncommons

  • 1 rare or mythic rare

  • 1 basic land


Each pack has a chance at a premium card replacing one of the common slots, with the same odds as other Magic booster packs.


We'll be revealing which cards will be included in Tempest Remastered as we get closer to its release date.





Set Specifications and Contributor Information


Set Name: Tempest Remastered


Number of Cards: 269


Release Date: May 6, 2015 (This is a Magic Online-only set)


Release Events: Magic Online will be hosting events for the three weeks that Tempest Remastered is on sale, May 6–27, 2015


Official Three-Letter Code: TPR


Twitter Hashtag: #MTGTPR


Initial Concept and Game Design: Adam Prosak (lead) and Dan Emmons


Final Game Design and Development: Ian Duke (lead) Bryan Hawley, Tom LaPille, and Ryan Spain


Original Tempest Block Game Design: Charlie Catman, Mike Elliott, Richard Garfield, William Jockusch, Joel Mick, Bill Rose, Mark Rosewater, and Henry Stern


Original Tempest Block World Development: Anson Maddocks, Jesper Myrfors, Mark Rosewater, Michael G. Ryan, Mark Tedin, Pete Venters, Anthony Waters, and Matthew Wilson


Magic Online Product Manager: Mike Turian


Magic Online Design Team: Ryan Spain (manager), Allison Medwin (editor), and James Sooy


Magic Online Software Engineers: Matt Gregory (lead), Adam Balk, Chris Haukap, Alexis Janson, Stacy Smyth (outside consultant), Ryan Printz, and Pete White


Magic Online Technical Artist: Jesse Raymond


Magic Online Card Set Project Manager: Aaron McLin


Quality Assurance Lead: Eli Shapiro


Quality Assurance SDET: Chris Proehl


Release Language: English-Only (This is a Magic Online-only set)


Available In: Booster Packs







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