MTG Arena artwork for the impressive Emrakul, the Promised End card

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I hope you're in the mood for a blast from the past, because MTG Arena has just unleashed the Shadows Over Innistrad Remastered expansion. It brings with it 302 classic cards to experiment with in both Historic and Explorer formats, as well as an additional 81 cards from the oridinal Innistrad set that are exclusively available in Historic.

The most exciting of the new cards is easily Emrakul, the Promised End (pictured below). It's not the most powerful card, but its ability to seize control over the opponent's turn is such a cool and unique effect that it's hard to imagine the set without it. Yet that's almost what happened, because according to Wizards of the Coast, Emrakul only ended up being implemented because a group of developers went well out of their way to make it work!

MTG Arena card text and artwork for Emrakul

Unlike the previous expansions, Shadows Over Innistrad Remastered has decided to do something a little bit interesting with its bonus cards in limited formats. Instead of throwing them all in from the get-go, each week will bring with it a different batch of Shadows of the Past cards to help spice things up. This only applies to limited formats, however, so if you choose to purchase Shadows Over Innistrad Remastered packs you'll be able to acquire all 81 of the Shadows of the Past cards without any limitations.

You can check out the full list of cards from the main set, all legal in both Historic and Explorer formats, over at the expansion's card gallery. As for the bonus Shadows of the Past cards that are only legal in Historic, those you can find in their own card gallery alongside the week they're scheduled to appear in.

Personally, I would highly recommend checking out the remastered draft as it's a great deal of fun with plenty of synergies between the various cards. Best of all, it's a slower and grindier format than Phyrexia: All Will Be One, so losing the coin flip and ending up second doesn't feel like you're already destined to lose!

Good luck with your games, and I'll make sure to let you know once the MTG Arena team announces anything major.