Streets of New Capenna: Demons, Mobsters, Praetors, Oh My!

Magic: The Gathering's new set, Streets of New Capenna, is set for tabletop prerelease on April 22nd. Here's everything you need to know about this set so you can build your mob, run your criminal network, and take over Park Heights - Planeswalker style!

Streets of New Capenna: Demons, Mobsters, Praetors, Oh My!
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If you're in the Magic: The Gathering scene, you've heard of the new set, Streets of New Capenna, being set for tabletop prerelease on April 22nd, and no doubt seen the spoilers on Magic Spoiler. The worldwide paper release is on April 29th.
Today, we'll be covering everything you need to know about this set so you can build your mob, run your criminal network, and take over Park Heights - Planeswalker style!

Streets of New Capenna is a 1920s-Style, Demon-Mobster Set with a Noir Trope and Art Deco Architecture. Unlike Ravnica, which is itself a world city, the Streets of New Capenna only focuses on the City of New Capenna, a vertical city built on a plane that remains a secret to everyone. The city is built in three layers: The Caldaia (think Chicago Beam Town), The Mezzio (a Manhattan-esque middle city), and finally at the top we see Park Heights (inspired by the glitz and glam of Hollywood at the time).

Now to get into the foundation of this set, the crime families. New Capenna currently lives in a state of shaky peace between five ruling families: The Maestros, The Brokers, The Obscura, The Cabaretti, and The Riveteers. We'll break them down below, reviewing their themed mechanics and how it may be in your best interest to join one of them...or else.

Raffine, Scheming Seer - Legendary Creature - Sphinx Demon

The Obscura - Esper [White/Blue/Black] - “The Mystic Mountebanks”

Mechanic: Connive - “Draw a card, then discard a card. If you discard a non-land card this way, put a +1/+1 counter on this creature.”

These are the grifters of the city, conmen and spies masquerading as fortune-tellers who keep tabs on everyone. You'll want to focus on the Obscura crime family if you're a fan of blue  control, as it is all about card drawing  and getting info on your opponents. Watch your back--these powerful wizards and mystics will con and blackmail you into oblivion.

Lord Xander, The Collector - Legendary Creature - Vampire Demon Noble

The Maestros - Grixis [Blue/Black/Red] - “The Old-Money Assassins”

Mechanic: Casualty (N) - “As an additional cost to cast this spell, you may sacrifice a creature with power (N) or greater. When you do, copy this spell.”

The Maestros are the old money elite assassins who run Park Heights. They are natural collectors and artists of death, and love the finer things in life, like more death. You'll love this crime family if you love black-theme removal and have no problem sacrificing your creatures for bone-chilling benefits. Don't get on their bad side, you'll disappear fast.

The Riveteers - Jund [Black/Red/Green] - “The Lethal Laborers”

Mechanic: Blitz [Pay cost] - “If you cast this spell for its blitz cost, it gains haste and ‘when this creature dies, draw a card.’ Sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.”

Based in the Caldaia underworld, The Riveteer crime family is full of tough-as-nails artisans who can break buildings just as easily as they can kneecaps. Join the Riveteer movement if you're a fan of red's Aggro tied with Big-Beater and Stompy strategies. Don't look at this crime family the wrong way or the building you live in might just get leveled in the blink of an eye.

The Cabaretti - Naya [Red/Green/White] - “The Roisterous Revelers”

Mechanic: Alliance - Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, [an effect happens].

The Cabaretti are a fun-loving cult of druids and other party-goers who expect loyalty from their followers (or else). You'll want to join the family if you're a big fan of green, as it is full of creature synergies and go-wide strategies. Come dance the night away with the Cabaretti, but if you're not part of the family, fun always comes at a price.

The Brokers - Abzan [Green/White/Black] - “The Scheming Safekeepers”

Mechanic: Shield Counters - If a creature with a shield counter on it would be destroyed or dealt damage, remove a shield counter from it instead.

A law firm with demonic ties who secretly follow a doomsday prophecy, the favor-trading Brokers take law and order to a dangerous extreme. You'll want to join these fine-print fanatics if you're a fan of white's protection and control strategies. The Brokers will keep you safe, but this protection isn’t optional...

There are a few other features of the set that have to be mentioned. First, there are two returning mechanics that we’re excited for:

  • Hideaway X – When this permanent enters the battlefield, look at the top X cards of your library, exile one face down, then put the rest on the bottom in a random order. When you meet the condition on this permanent, you may play the exiled card without paying its mana cost.
  • Cycling – [Pay a cost and discard this card]: Draw a card.

If you were a fan of the full-art showcase frames in Kaldheim, we’ve got good news for you! This new set will contain new Great-Gatsby style frames including:

  • Golden Age Frame - You’ll be able to find these cards in Draft, Set, and Collectors booster products, with gold-foiled gilded versions in Set and Collectors boosters.
  • Skyscraper Frame - Find this style in Draft, Set, and Collectors booster products. These will only be used on 10 lands in the set!
  • Art Deco Frame - Look for these in Draft, Set, and Collectors booster products with art inspired by fashion magazines.

And yes, Praetors will be making an appearance in this plane. Urabrask was mentioned in the lore of the set and made waves across the MTG community with its addition to the card spoiler list. What do you think? Will Praetors be coming back and play an important role in Capenna or the mysterious history of the plane that Capenna is built on?