|Mark Rosewater (lead)|
|Mike Turian (lead)|
Themes and mechanics
|Indestructible, Slivers, Spellshapers, Thallids, Tribal|
Keywords and/or ability words
|Absorb, Aura swap, Bloodthirst, Convoke, Cycling and Typecycling, Deathtouch, Delve, Dredge, Double strike, Echo, Fateseal, Flanking, Flash, Flashback, Fortify, Frenzy, Graft, Grandeur, Gravestorm, Hellbent, Kicker, Lifelink, Madness, Morph, Poisonous, Reach, Scry, Shadow, Shroud, Split second, Storm, Suspend, Transfigure, Transmute, Vanishing|
|180 (including 81 futureshifted cards) (60 Common 60 Rare 60 Uncommon)|
|Time Spiral Block sets|
|Time Spiral||Planar Chaos||Future Sight|
|Magic: The Gathering chronology|
|Planar Chaos||Future Sight||10th Edition|
Future Sight is the third expansion in the Time Spiral block and forty-second Magic: The Gathering expansion. It was released on May 4, 2007, and contains 180 cards, as was customary at the time of its release for small sets, of which 81 cards are "futureshifted". The prerelease events for this set were held on April 21-22, 2007.
The distribution in 15-card boosters, as intimated by Mark Rosewater, contains regular numbers for rarities — that is, one rare, three uncommons, and eleven commons — but varying numbers of futureshifted cards, "somewhere between five to ten, literally".
Future Sight introduced the following new mechanics:
- Absorb n (If a source would deal damage to this creature, prevent n of that damage.)
- This ability has a number parameter and appears only on creatures; a creature with absorb prevents the listed number of damage if it would be dealt damage. In Future Sight, absorb appears on only one card; this card is Lymph Sliver.
- Deathtouch (Whenever this creature deals damage to a creature, destroy that creature.)
- This ability means whenever a creature with deathtouch deals damage to a creature, the latter is destroyed. The ability is long present, but only now a keyword. In Future Sight, deathtouch appears on only one card; this card is Thornweald Archer.
- Delve (You may remove any number of cards in your graveyard from the game as you play this spell. It costs 1 less to play for each card removed this way.)
- Fateseal n (Look at the top n cards of an opponent's library, then put any number of them on the bottom of that player’s library and the rest on top in any order.)
- Fortify [cost] ([cost]: Attach to target land you control. Fortify only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the land leaves play.)
- Frenzy n (Whenever this creature attacks and isn't blocked, it gets +n/+0 until end of turn.)
- In Future Sight, frenzy appears on only one card; this card is Frenzy Sliver.
- Grandeur — Discard another card named [Cardname]: [Effect].
- Thus far, this ability word only appears on legendary creatures. When the legendary creature with grandeur is in play, it allows its controller to discard a card that has the same name for special effects. Tactically, this allows for a player to discard of extraneous copies of a card that would otherwise be useless, due to the "legend rule". In Future Sight, grandeur appears on five cards, a cycle of rare, legendary creatures, who are the descendants or successors of famed legends of Magic: The Gathering history; these card are Oriss, Samite Guardian (Orim, Samite Healer), Linessa, Zephyr Mage (Alexi, Zephyr Mage), Korlash, Heir to Blackblade (Dakkon Blackblade), Tarox Bladewing (Rorix Bladewing), and Baru, Fist of Krosa (Kamahl, Fist of Krosa).
- Gravestorm (When you play this spell, copy it for each permanent put into a graveyard from play this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)
- Lifelink (Whenever this creature deals damage, its controller gains that much life.)
- This ability means whenever a creature with lifelink deals damage, its controller gains one life for each point of damage. Like deathtouch, the ability is long present, albeit more frequently used, but only now a keyword. In Future Sight, lifelink appears on only two cards; these card are Daybreak Coronet and Mistmeadow Skulk.
- Poisonous n (Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, that player gets n poison counter(s). A player with ten or more poison counters loses the game.)
- This ability means whenever a creature with poison deals combat damage (via attacking) to a player, the defending player gets X poison counters, where X is the poisonous number. Like deathtouch and lifelink, the ability is long present, albeit used in the earlier Magic sets and expansions, but only now a keyword. In Future Sight, poisonous appears on only two cards; these card are Snake Cult Initiation and Virulent Sliver.
- Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
- This ability means that a creature with reach can block a creature with flying. The keyword reach clears up many of the confusions posed by "This creature may as though it had flying." and "This creature can block as though it had flying.", ability that frequently appear on Spiders, and interactions with cards like Silhana Ledgewalker and Treetop Scout, a creature without flying that can only be blocked by creatures with flying. The ability is long present, but only now a keyword. In Future Sight, reach appears on only one card; this card is Thornweald Archer.
- Shroud (This permanent can't be the target of spells and abilities.)
- This ability means that a permanent with shroud cannot be the target of spells and abilities. The ability is long present, but only now a keyword. In Future Sight, shroud appears on only one card; this card is Quagnoth.
- [Card type] swap [cost] ([cost]: Exchange this [card type] with a/an [card type] card in your hand.)
- Transfigure [cost] ([cost], Sacrifice this creature: Search your library for a creature card with the same converted mana cost as this creature and put that into play. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
- This ability is "a mechanic evolution of Ravnica's transmute, except this mechanic turns a creature in play into another creature from your library rather than turning a card in hand into another card from your library." In Future Sight, transfigure appears on only one card; this card is Fleshwrither.
- [Type]cycling [cost] ([cost], Discard this card: Search your library for a [type] card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.)
- This ability is not new, as such, as it is effectively the same ability seen in the Scourge expansion; it is, however, new in the sense that the ability can now search out cards other than lands card with a basic land type. In Future Sight, [type]cycling, in the form of Wizardcycling and Slivercycling, appears on only two cards; these cards are Vedalken Æthermage and Homing Sliver, which not only has Slivercycling, but also grants Sliver cards Slivercycling.
- Augurs: Common creatures with activated abilities that require the creatures to be sacrificed (during your upkeep only). — Augur il-Vec, Aven Augur, Augur of Skulls, Emberwilde Augur, and Llanowar Augur.
- Common cyclers: Each of these common spells has cycling — Marshaling Cry, Vedalken Æthermage, Ichor Slick, Homing Sliver, and Edge of Autumn.
- Futureshifted dual lands: Rare lands that are able to add two colors of mana to their controller's mana pool — Graven Cairns, Grove of the Burnwillows, Horizon Canopy, Nimbus Maze, and River of Tears.
- Futureshifted Slivers: Common Slivers with previously unknown abilities — Lymph Sliver (absorb), Mesmeric Sliver (fateseal), Frenzy Sliver (frenzy), Homing Sliver (typecycling), and Virulent Sliver (poisonous).
- Grandeur legends: Rare legendary creatures which depict the descendant of prominent legendary creatures in Magic history. Each card also has the new mechanic "grandeur", which, when such a card is in play, allows a player to discard a card with the same name to generate a powerful effect. The cards in this cycle and their ancestors are — Oriss, Samite Guardian (Orim, Samite Healer and Cho-Manno, Revolutionary), Linessa, Zephyr Mage (Alexi, Zephyr Mage), Korlash, Heir to Blackblade (Dakkon Blackblade), Tarox Bladewing (Rorix Bladewing), and Baru, Fist of Krosa (Kamahl, Fist of Krosa).
- Magi: Wizard creatures with the abilities of an enchantment from previous sets — Magus of the Moat (Moat), Magus of the Future (Future Sight), Magus of the Abyss (The Abyss), Magus of the Moon (Blood Moon), and Magus of the Vineyard (Eladamri's Vineyard).
- Monocolored ability lands: Uncommon lands that come into play tapped, and each have an ability that has yet to be printed on lands — New Benalia (scry), Tolaria West (transmute), Dakmor Salvage (dredge), Keldon Megaliths (hellbent) and Llanowar Reborn (graft); they also tap for one mana of the respective color.
- Pacts: Rare instant spells (comprised of Intervention Pact, Pact of Negation, Slaughter Pact, Pact of the Titan, and Summoner's Pact), each with a mana cost of but with a cost that is to be paid during the caster's next upkeep lest that player lose the game. This cycle, according to Mark Rosewater, is inspired by Unhinged's Rocket-Powered Turbo Slug.
- Recurring suspend spells: Uncommon sorcery spells each with "Suspend 3—2C" and an ability that allows them to be suspended once played (Remove CARDNAME from the game with three time counters on it.) — (comprised of Chronomantic Escape, Reality Strobe, Festering March, Arc Blade, and Cyclical Evolution).
- Scrying spells: Each of these common spells has scry X when played — Judge Unworthy, Foresee, Putrid Cyclops, Riddle of Lightning, and Llanowar Empath.
- Spellshapers: Uncommon Spellshapers with an activated ability that creates a common creature card that is, in all but one case, from Magic's past, which are also referenced by name; the respective creatures, which each have converted mana cost of 1, that each Spellshaper creates are: Goldmeadow Harrier, Cloud Sprite, Spark Elemental, Festering Goblin, Llanowar Elves, and Metallic Sliver — Goldmeadow Lookout, Cloudseeder, Skirk Ridge Exhumer, Sparkspitter, Llanowar Mentor, and Sliversmith.
- Textless, vanilla creatures: Creatures which have no abilities and are the only cards (other than promotional cards) to have textless frames — Blade of the Sixth Pride, Blind Phantasm, Mass of Ghouls, Fomori Nomad, and Nessian Courser.
- Morph: Morph being used on each of the other permanent types, besides a creature — (in order of rarity) Lumithread Field, Zoetic Cavern and Whetwheel.
- Barren Glory, a card which closely resembles a card first printed in Unglued, The Cheese Stands Alone.
- Grove of the Burnwillows, a nonbasic land that is a powerful damage engine when combined with Punishing Fire, which has been used in multiple formats.
- Bridge from Below, a strong card which would give an extra boost to the already strong Extended Friggorid deck.
- Magus of the Moon, a reprint of Blood Moon with a body, used to punish control decks that heavily rely on non-basic lands.
- Narcomoeba, which sees play in decks that dump their library into the graveyard, especially in conjunction with Dread Return.
- Riftsweeper, beside Pull from Eternity the only card at the time that could access the exiled zone and manipulate cards there.
- Sarcomite Myr was the first artifact card to require colored mana for its casting cost. It previewed the widespread use of colored artifacts that require colored mana for their casting costs in the Alara block. It also somewhat previewed Reaper King from Shadowmoor, although Reaper King, while all colors, has colored mana in its casting cost as an option. It is not, however, the first artifact card to have had a color, as Transguild Courier from Dissension, which has a casting cost of , is all colors.
- Sword of the Meek, which was completely ignored when it first came out, but eventually found itself on the Extended and Modern banned lists due to the abuse of the card with Thopter Foundry.
- Tarmogoyf — a Lhurgoyf-type creature whose power and toughness is variable, dependent on the number of different card types in players' graveyards. Due to the remarkable speed at which this creature can grow and its performance in top-tier decks, it has become one of the most sought-after cards in this set. This card foretold of the card type Planeswalker.
- Tombstalker — a rare, 5/5 creature with potential to be cast for just if you exile 6 cards from your graveyard.
- Dryad Arbor, a green creature that is also a forest land, carrying the properties of both. As a creature, it can attack and block as usual, but suffers from summoning sickness, leaving it unable to attack and unable to tap for mana the turn it's played. As a land, it isn't a spell and therefore uncounterable, can tap for one green mana (the following turn) and has no mana cost, but normal rules for playing lands still applies. It is also the only land that is actually colored. It sees a plot of play in conjunction with Green Sun's Zenith allowing that card to ramp your mana on turn one.
Future Sight has one functional reprint and one card that is nearly so:
- Barren Glory is nearly a functional reprint of The Cheese Stands Alone, only known one from an Un-set.
The preconstructed theme decks are:
|Theme deck name|
- See also Future Sight/Trivia.
The set features 81 timeshifted "pre-prints", i.e. cards that have not been printed before but may appear in a future set, also known as futureshifted. These cards can be identified by their different card layout. They are notable for introducing new keywords, having unusual abilities or type combinations, and/or for previewing future blocks.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Future Is Now, Part I, by Mark Rosewater, MTG.com, Monday, April 9, 2007.
- ↑ Wizards of the Coast. (Monday, June 12, 2006.) "Announcing Future Sight'", Magic Arcana, MTG.com.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Mark Rosewater. (Monday, April 23, 2007.) "The Future Is Now, Part III", MTG.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ Matt Cavotta. (Wednesday, Monday, April 30, 2007.) "Magic, Now With G5-27 Attachment!", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ Wizards of the Coast. (Monday, April 23, 2007.) "Future Sight Augur Cycle", Magic Arcana, MTG.com.
- ↑ Pro Tour–Valencia Qualifying Season: Top 8 Decklists
- Future Sight product information page — Wizards of the Coast
- Official Future Sight Minisite
- Wizards of the Coast. (Wednesday, February 14, 2007.) "Future Sight Logo and Symbol", Magic Arcana, MTG.com.
- Wizards of the Coast. (Monday, April 16, 2007.) "Future Sight Prerelease Card", Magic Arcana, MTG.com.
- Wizards of the Coast. (Thursday, May 24, 2007.) "Future Sight's Card Type Symbols", Magic Arcana, MTG.com.