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Set Name: Hour of Devastation
Block: Set 2 of 2 in the Amonkhet Block
Number of Cards: 184
Prerelease Events: July 8-9, 2017
Release Date: July 14, 2017
Draft Weekend: July 15-16, 2017
Game Day: August 5-6, 2017
Magic Online Launch: July 10, 2017
On Sale in Magic Online: July 14, 2017
Pro Tour Date: July 28-30, 2017
Official Three-Letter Code: HOU
Twitter Hashtag: #MTGHOU
Ancient sorcery, dark omens and endless curses — you will become one of the adepts of the dark magic of the Egyptians or a follower of the ancient art of the Badly Dead Druids or an arcane sorcerer of Vudù rituals! Prepare yourselves for the biggest dispute of black magic ever. The Vudù tournament has just begun!
In Vudù, the players act as the most wicked and malicious sorcerers of all time, and they want to use their curses and black magic to make the lives of their enemies impossible to prevail over them! Each turn, you roll five dice, collect your ingredients, then choose whether to take new cards, take new items, or cast a spell. Each spell has a powerful and tricky curse attached to it that forces your target to play in a specific way, for example, talking with his tongue out for the rest of the game, or using only a single hand, or running around the table each turn. Each curse grants you points when you cast it and many more points if your target forgets to obey it or becomes too exhausted to continue. Collect as many malediction points as you can to reach the final tile of the scoreboard before anyone else!
Amoebas have escaped and are slithering around in all directions! Catch them fast!
In Panic Lab, the player-scientists have their hands full trying to figure out which amoeba to catch and where it might have oozed off to. To set up the game, shuffle the 25 cards, then lay them out in a circle.
At the start of a round, one player rolls four special dice which indicate the color, shape and pattern of the amoeba being sought as well as the color of the lab it left and in which direction it was traveling. Competing at the same time, players need to find the lab, then move in the right direction to spot the amoeba (which may, of course, be striped and not spotted).
But wait! If you encounter a vent after leaving the lab, you need to skip to the next vent in the circle before continuing your search. (Amoebas prefer to travel in the dark when possible.) Plus, if an amoeba passes through one of three mutation devices in the circle, you need to alter the criteria for your search, looking for a tentacled amoeba instead of one with a tail, for example, or an orange/red amoeba instead of a blue/purple one. Zap!
The first player to lay her hand on the correct card collects a token, and the first player to collect five tokens wins!
This time a new twist is going to be added to the game: the Shower tile!
Rules: When the amoeba meets this tile, the effects of the mutation rooms previously met are cancelled.