In this article you’ll find all currently available Streets of New Capenna spoilers, potential leaks, and everything we currently know about the set. This is Magic’s take on a gangster movie, which is bound to be exciting.
First, let’s take a look at what the New Capenna actually is.
What is New Capenna?
New Capenna is a city on an unknown plane. It was originally built by Angels, but is nowadays ruled by Demons who battle for supremacy.
To be more exact, there are five crime families. Each one of them is represented by three colors, and has a signature keyword ability and play style. So this means that the Streets of New Capenna will be a tricolor set.
New Capenna Lore
The most special thing about Streets of New Capenna is that it’s the most modern themed set. You know, since it’s about gangsters and mafia. However, it won’t just be a copy of the movie Godfather. This is MTG’s take on the whole gangster trope.
So you can expect the crime families consisting not only from Humans, but from various Magic creatures. While there probably won’t be a Squirrel or Eldrazi crime family, we might very likely see the common creature types like Goblins, Elves, and so on.
As we mentioned before, New Capenna isn’t the whole plane — it’s just a city on an unknown plane. (Similarly to Strixhaven, which is a school on an unknown plane.) What we know about the plane is that it has a special significance to Elspeth Tirel.
New Capenna Art Style
One very special distinction of Streets of New Capenna will certainly be its art style, which will rely heavily on both Art Deco architecture, and film noir aesthetics. It’ll really bring out the modern, urban fantasy setting, which is something we haven’t seen in an MTG set so far.
Art Deco (also called simply Deco) is a style of visual arts, architecture and design, which first appeared in France in the beginning of 20th century. These are modern styles combined with fine craftsmanship and rich materials, which represented luxury and glamour. They are well known by their vibrant colors, and heavy geometric influences.
Film noir, on the other hand, is a French term for a dark film. A lot of cynical Hollywood crime dramas are made in this style. You can expect dark colors, and some mystery as well.
All in all, with an art lesson out of the way, let’s move to our next topic.
Streets of New Capenna Spoilers
Currently, no Streets of New Capenna spoilers were previewed. We can probably expect the start of a full spoiler season somewhere in the middle of April 2022.
However, we might get some New Capenna spoilers, or even leaks earlier. There’s also a Maro’s teaser to look forward to, so come back soon to check if there’s any news. Nevertheless, we still have some predictions to make about the new set, based previewed artworks (like the one you see below) and some tidbits from Wizards. Let’s take a look.
New Capenna Predictions
Let’s start with the fact that there are five tricolor families. The last set that featured three color combination was Ikoria (2020), which featured so-called wedges. They were similarly present in Khans of Tarkir (2014). Shards of Alara was the last main set with shards, and that was way back in 2008. (Yeah, old-schoolers, that was 14 years ago.)
So it’s about time, that shards return, and that is basically confirmed for New Capenna.
The Five Crime Families
With that in mind, how would the three color crime families in New Capenna operate? Here are some predictions about that, and some appropriate keywords we might see. Of course, there will probably be new mechanics, but they might be similar to the ones we mention.
Blue and Black are a great combination for a crime family. Its members would want to improve and won’t mind sacrificing anything or anyone in order to do so. The addition of White provides a nice structure to the family, where they all respect the hierarchy within the family.
Possible keywords: Ascend, Exploit
Another combo with Blue and Black, but White is replaced with Red. You can expect this family to be more passionate from the previous one, and not caring about rules at all. Nevertheless, they won’t wreck too much havoc (especially, as compared to the next family), as that isn’t something that Blue would support.
Possible keywords: Improvise, Prowess
This looks like a family who will make the most chaos and carnage in New Capenna. The Green believes in survival of the fittest. The family will certainly consider themselves the best of the five. With Black color, they won’t stop at nothing, and the Red color will make for some rash decisions.
Possible keywords: Riot, Provoke
This is certainly an interesting color combo for a crime family. Some players think that this faction might be a kind of police to keep others in check with laws and order (similar to Azorius on Ravnica). This is certainly a possibility, and it would be a nice fit for investigate mechanic.
However, a crime family could fit perfectly well in this color combo too. It would value the family part very highly, as that’s both Green and White thing to do — they both care about the community. While White might have some problems with breaking the law, they would also be able to follow the law in a way that would benefit them. Blue would provide the knowledge that they need to be in the center of attention in order to get to their goals.
All in all, this certainly seems like an interesting crime family, all things considered.
Possible keywords: Mentor, Investigate
Once again, here’s an absence of the black color. So that’s another family that will have some restraint when reaching their goals. However, the family part will also play a big role here, as it would be something that all three colors value.
This will probably be one of the most vengeful families out there — you better watch out if you massacre one of their boys.
Possible keywords: Bloodthirst, Convoke
Completion of Triomes
Remember how we got Triomes with Ikoria? They are lands that enter tapped, but can provide three different colors of mana. They also have the respective land types and the ability to cycle them for three mana.
Since Capenna is a tricolor set, with the other three color combos, it would be a great place to get missing Triomes. They wouldn’t need to be named Triomes necessarily, but they would have the following types:
- Plains Island Swamp
- Island Swamp Mountain
- Swamp Mountain Forest
- Mountain Forest Plains
- Forest Plains Island
What do you think? Will the Triomes return in Capenna? Let us know in the comments below.
Since we know that Elsepth Tirel has a special tie to this plane, it’s very likely that she’ll also appear in the set. She might even get a three color card, and would be a perfect fit for the Green-White-Blue family, as she spent some time on the Bant shard in Alara.
Ob Nixilis appeared in the official art for New Capenna and, it looks like it’ll be the main planeswalker for the set. So this is basically confirmed, and not much of a prediction, the players have already nicknamed him Mob Nixilis.
What might be interesting is if Ob Nixilis will fit into one of the families completely, and have a card in three colors. In that case, the most likely scenario is probably a Black-Red-Green card. Of course White-Blue-Black and Blue-Black-Red are also options, although it’s hard to imagine White Ob Nixilis, and Grixis combination already has a bunch of Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker versions.
The vast majority of sets nowadays have new planeswalkers, which are native to the plane. So one of the families will probably have their own planeswalker from Capenna.
Since Elspeth will be on this plane, maybe some Phyrexians will be here as well. For example, Vorniclex, Monstrous Raider was running around on Kaldheim, so perhaps Elspeth will meet Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite here?
The set coincides with the Commander 2022 set. (As Strixhaven did with Commander 2021.) This is certainly a prefect fit for five Commander decks, one for each of the crime families.
Tricolor Commander precons are always very exciting and popular, and we hope this will be true for New Capenna Commander decks as well.
Mark Rosewater, head designer for Magic: the Gathering, confirmed on his Blogatog that Kamigawa and Streets of New Capenna follow a similar time frame as Kaldheim and Strixhaven. Given that Kamigawa will release a year and two weeks later than Kaldheim, we can predict the release date for New Capenna.
Note that this aren’t the official dates, but they should give you an approximation of when to expect New Capenna to come to MTG Arena, and paper.
|Full Spoiler Season Start||April 14, 2022|
|All Cards Previewed||April 22, 2022|
|New Capenna Release on Arena||April 28, 2022|
|New Capenna Release on MTGO||April 28, 2022|
|New Capenna Prerelease Weekend||April 29 - May 1, 2022|
|New Capenna Release||May 6, 2022|
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