Every Card Revealed During The Murders At Karlov Manor Preview Stream

Josh Nelson • January 16, 2024

Today marks the beginning of preview season for Murders at Karlov Manor, the newest expansion for Magic: The Gathering! The kickoff stream on YouTube and Twitch detailed new cards, mechanics, and products for the murder mystery set. We got this information from Wizards of the Coast for coverage, so let's take a look at what to expect from the new release!

A Killer Among Us, a new card from MTGMKM.
A Killer Among Us

Murders at Karlov Manor's New Card Mechanics

Here are the new card mechanics for Murders at Karlov Manor, alongside some new cards to illustrate them.

Suspect (New Mechanic From Murders At Karlov Manor)

We begin our analysis with suspect, an ability word that designates creatures, predictably, as suspects in a crime. A suspected creature has menace and is unable to block. Suspicion also opens doors for a worse fate for that creature:

Agrus Kos, Spirit of Justice, a new card from Murders at Karlov Manor.
Agrus Kos, Spirit of Justice

Of course, there are also ways to clear a creature of suspicion, as Deadly Complication shows us:

Deadly Complication, a new card from MTGMKM.
Deadly Complication

At this time we can't presume that all the means of clearing suspicion will be positive; after all, creature and player removal are great means of suspicion removal. However, they seem so far to provide a relatively neutral payoff, based on the above card.

Disguise and Cloak (New Mechanics From Karlov Manor)

The next set of abilities presumably go hand-in-hand. Disguise is a new morph variant, providing the same facedown colorless 2/2 creature. It can still be turned face-up at any time for its disguise cost, but it now comes with ward 2 as an added bonus!

Aurelia's Vindicator, a new card from MTGMKM.
Aurelia's Vindicator

At the moment we are writing this article, we also know of the action keyword "cloak". We know it is tied in with disguise, but at this moment no more information is known about it. Appropriately enough, it is cloaked for the moment, but you can probably find that information in today's stream.

Etrata, Deadly Fugitive, a new card from Murders at Karlov Manor.
Etrata, Deadly Fugitive

The Case Subtype (New Mechanic From Karlov Manor)

Next, please allow us to introduce you to the Case enchantment subtype. Cases are enchantments with three abilities:

  • The first ability is a payoff for playing the card, such as an ability that triggers upon entering the battlefield, or a static ability.
  • The second ability is a "Solve" ability, which looks for criteria to cause the Case to become "solved" at the next end step.
  • The third ability is a payoff for solving the Case.

We have two examples of Cases to show you:

Case of the Filched Falcon, a new card from MTGMKM.
Case of the Filched Falcon
Case of the Ransacked Lab, a new card from MTGMKM.
Case of the Ransacked Lab

Collect Evidence (New Mechanic From Karlov Manor)

Collect evidence is the next new mechanic from this set. It's another action keyword, utilizing a numerical parameter to impose a cost. In this case, to "collect evidence N" is to exile cards with a minimum total mana value of N from a player's graveyard. For example:

Axebane Ferox, a new card from MTGMKM.
Axebane Ferox

As is customary at this point, Wizards has also created a legendary creature that deals with collecting evidence:

Izoni, Center of the Web, a new card from Murders at Karlov Manor.
Izoni, Center of the Web

They've also created some minor support for this ability. You don't have to take our word for it, but you can take hers:

Kaya, Spirits' Justice, a new planeswalker card from Murders at Karlov Manor.
Kaya, Spirits' Justice

Investigate (A Returning Mechanic)

Finally, we have the "investigate" action keyword. To investigate, simply create a Clue token, which are artifacts with the Clue subtype. They have the ability "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card". They're a simple, fair source of card advantage, and this set is chock-full of things that make Clues. For example:

Aupicious Arrival, a new card from MTGMKM.
Auspicious Arrival
Kellan, Inquisitive Prodigy, a new card from Murders at Karlov Manor.
Kellan, Inquisitive Prodigy
Teysa, Opulent Oligarch, a new card from Murders at Karlov Manor.
Teysa, Opulent Oligarch

This is relevant to the entire "mystery" theme of Karlov Manor, but it also means it lends itself well to many new payoffs, like these two Goblins seen below:

Crime Novelist, a new card from MTGMKM.
Crime Novelist
Krenko, Baron of Tin Street, a new card from Murders at Karlov Manor.
Krenko, Baron of Tin Street

Other New Cards From Karlov Manor

While the preview information Wizards sent us does not include anything from the new Commander decks, we have a boatload of new card images from the set left to show you!

Judith, Carnage Connoisseur, a new card from Murders at Karlov Manor.
Judith, Carnage Connoisseur
Kylox, Visionary Inventor, a new card from Murders at Karlov Manor.
Kylox, Visionary Inventor
Massacre Girl, Known Killer, a new card from Murders at Karlov Manor.
Massacre Girl, Known Killer
Tolsimir, Midnight's Light, a new card from Murders at Karlov Manor.
Tolsimir, Midnight's Light
Trostani, Three Whispers, a new card from Murders at Karlov Manor.
Trostani, Three Whispers

Besides the absolute glut of legendary creatures previewed today, Wizards of the Coast also showcased a couple of other neat cards!

Long Goodbye, a new card from MTGMKM.
Long Goodbye
Not on My Watch, a new card from MTGMKM.
Not on My Watch
Warleader's Call, a new card from MTGMKM.
Warleader's Call

Other Notes From The New Set

Murders at Karlov Manor marks the first instance of the use of the Play Booster product model. This booster product integrates parts of Set Boosters into the Limited-format play model of Draft Boosters. It also bumps the price of Limited play upwards a bit but provides more rares than an average Draft experience as a result.

On Magic Arena, Play Boosters will also fully replace Draft Boosters. There will be a few differences, such as some changes to The List. This also means The List, as well as Special Guests, will debut on Arena with Karlov Manor. Furthermore, the price of drafting on Arena will not increase.

Players can find out more about the story behind this set by visiting RavnicaDetectiveAgency.com to take part in Wizards of the Coast's augmented-reality game (or ARG). Are you excited about visiting Karlov Manor?

Josh Nelson wears many hats. They are a music journalist when not writing gaming news. Beyond this, they're a scholar of the Sweeney Todd urban legend, a fan of monster-taming RPGs, and a filthy Aristocrats player. Josh has been playing Magic since 2001 and attributes their tenure to nostalgia, effort, and "aesthetic".