That's wierd, you think to yourself. You are at your local gaming store, and they seem to be carrying a Magic set that you've never heard of. Impossible, I check the web daily. There's no way an entire set could be released without any announcements. Intrigued, you ask the shopkeeper. "Excuse me, but what set is that? I don't think I've ever seen it."
"Oh, that? That's Diraden, it's brand new. You're the first to have noticed, so here. Take a pack, on the house."
Without hesitation, you accept the pack and carefully pry it open, careful not to damage the secrets contained within.
Rewarded Effort WW
Kicker—Tap an untapped creature you control. (You may tap an untapped creature you control as you play this spell.)
You gain 5 life. If the kicker cost was paid, gain life equal to the tapped creature’s toughness.
“Without the sun, we must grow our crops with faith.”
Updraft Elemental 2UU
Creature - Elemental (C)
Forecast — 1, Reveal Updraft Elemental from your hand: Target creature gains flying until end of turn. (Play this ability only during your upkeep and only once each turn.)
Duskhunt Bruiser 1BB
Creature - Vampire Warrior (C)
Kicker—Pay 4 life. (You may pay 4 life as you play this spell.)
If the kicker cost was paid, Duskhunt Bruiser comes into play with two +1/+1 counters and has intimidate.
Lightflame Flare R
Kicker 3 (You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell.)
Lightflame Flare deals 2 damage to target creature or player. If the kicker cost was paid, copy Lightflame Flare and play the copy without paying its mana cost.
Lorebranch Sapling 2G
Creature - Treefolk Druid (C)
At the end of each turn, if a player revealed a card from his or her hand this turn, put a +1/+1 counter on Lorebranch Sapling.
1G: Regenerate Lorebranch Sapling.
“The woods are a place for real, natural things. Arcane threats and illusions hold no sway here.”
-Fareth, Rylari Lorebranch
Shining Hand Medic 1W
Creature - Human Cleric (C)
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)
When Shining Hand Medic comes into play, if the kicker cost was paid, prevent all damage that would be dealt to creatures you control this turn.
“For those that have accepted the Light, it will accept you in turn.”
Pathmaker Kavu 4G
Creature - Kavu (C)
2G: Regenerate Pathmaker Kavu.
Wise entrants to the Woods know it is better to not follow the paths.
Nightstalk Shadowdancer 3B
Creature - Spirit (C)
Forecast — 1, Reveal Nightstalk Shadowdancer from your hand: Target creature gains intimidate until end of turn. (Play this ability only during your upkeep and only once each turn.)
An absence of light doesn’t necessarily mean an absence of shadow.
Burning Tribute 1RR
Kicker—An opponent gains 4 life. (You may have an opponent gain 4 life as you play this spell.)
Burning Tribute deals 4 damage to target creature. Then, unless Burning Tribute was kicked, Burning Tribute deals 4 damage to a creature you control of an opponent’s choice.
A gift of life for eternal destruction.
Darkleaf Sprite 1G
Creature - Faerie (C)
Whenever you pay GGG or more for a spell you control, put a +1/+1 counter on Darkleaf Sprite.
Once the keepers of the forest, now the sprites are the only thing sustaining it.
Starshard Fragment 2
Artifact - Equipment (C)
3: Put a +1/+1 counter on equipped creature.
The Glacorian collect them, believing them to be the Celestials’ instruments for their ascension.
Boonshield Knight WW
Creature - Human Knight (U)
Tagchain 1 (When you play Boonshield Knight, you may reveal an instant or sorcery card in your hand with converted mana cost 1 or less and play a copy of it without paying its mana cost.)
The Shining Hand use weaponry blessed by the Lumin, and are able to call on their boons in battle.
Astromancer Oracle 3U
Creature - Moonfolk Wizard (U)
Instant and Sorcery spells you control cost U more to play and have “Draw a card, then discard a card”.
“Your birthstar resides in the Ring of Othaios. You will not survive the night.”
Attacking creatures you control get +3/+0 until end of turn.
Forecast — 1RR, Reveal Ragechannel from your hand: Put a 3/1 red Elemental creature token into play with haste and “Exile this at the end of your turn”. (Play this ability only during your upkeep and only once each turn.)
Empowering Ancient 3GG
Creature - Treefolk Warrior (R)
You may pay G instead of a kicker cost for creature spells you play with kicker.
Kicked creature spells you play come into play with an additional +1/+1 counter.
He has seen many days come and go, and he will ensure that he has not seen the last.