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Avacyn Restored booster pack contains 15 cards per pack. Distribution is 1 rare or mythic rare, 3 uncommons, 10 commons, 1 land and a tip card. Released on May 4th, 2012, Avacyn Restored is the Third set in the Innistrad block. Following the example from Zendikar and Rise of the Eldrazi, Avacyn Restored is a large set with 264 black-bordered cards (16 Mythic rare, 59 rare, 66 uncommon, and 109 common).
The tagline for Avacyn Restored is "Ignite the Dawn". An animated trailer for Avacyn Restored has been released in English and Japanese. Two new mechanics debuted in Avacyn Restored Miracle is a new keyword found on instants and sorceries. Spells with Miracle have a cheaper, alternate casting cost that can be paid if the spell was the first card drawn during the turn. However, this cost can only be paid right when the card is drawn. The Miracle keyword also allows for sorceries to be cast at that time if the alternate cost is paid.
- Soulbond is a new keyword mechanic that is featured on creature cards. When a creature with Soulbond enters the battlefield, it can be paired up with another creature that player controls, granting bonus abilities to both creatures until one or both creatures leave play. Conversely, if another creature enters play, it can be paired with an unpaired creature with Soulbond. It is possible to Soulbond to a Shroud creature, due to the fact that Soulbond does not target.
The following mechanic returns from the preceding Dark Ascension set:
- Undying is a keyword mechanic that is featured on creature cards. When a creature with Undying dies, if it had no +1/+1 counters on it, it returns to the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it.
The story of Avacyn Restored takes place on Innistrad and centers on the events after the opening of the Helvault. Before the story of Avacyn Restored takes place the Demon Griselbrand had tricked Avacyn, Archangel and protector of Innistrad, into getting drawn into the Helvault along with himself. The Helvault was a magical prison to confine demons.
At the onset of the events of Innistrad the Planeswalker Liliana Vess has come to the plane of Innistrad to reclaim her soul, which she had traded to four demons in exchange for beauty and power. She eventually claimed a dark artifact known as the Chain Veil, capable of massive amounts of powerful magic. Liliana used the power of the Veil to kill one of her 4 demons masters, Kothophed, and she has tracked her next target, Griselbrand, to Innistrad. During her search for the demon, Liliana once again came into contact with Garruk, whom she had already placed a curse upon with the Chain Veil. However, Liliana was able to elude Garruk by distracting him with a cluster of zombies. After reaching Thraben and reviving the deceased Mikaeus, she learns of Griselbrand's imprisonment along with Avacyn in the Helvault. Liliana is unable to open the Helvault herself, though, and thus blackmails Thalia, a leader of the remnants of humanity, to open it. The opening frees Avacyn, Griselbrand, and the other demons trapped in the Helvault. While Liliana completes her quest for killing Griselbrand, Avacyn restores power to the Humans of Innistrad and controls the monster population, driving away zombies and turning werewolves into the wolfir, subservient guardians to humankind.