The second set in the new Mirrodin block has been announced: Mirrodin Besieged! Apparently they’re going to follow the Shards block in terms of naming convention… Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn, except it’s even more unoriginal this time! Scars of Mirrodin, Mirrodin Besieged, Mirrodin Pure! However, if you consider the trademark for a “New Phyrexia,” some of the rumors floating around the ‘net might start sounding more feasible. As the rumors go, Mirrodin Pure and New Phyrexia are aspects of the same set, but packaged in individual packs. Each booster box will have 18 of each “set,” and, for prereleases and launch parties, you choose one faction or the other, and you’ll only get packs of that faction. Makes draft a nightmare, but it’s a neat idea. I think the rumors pointed at this being done for the 2nd set of the block, combining the 2nd and 3rd sets. However, if Mirrodin Besieged is actually a misreported trademark for Mirrodin Pure, this could be just a rumor after all. We’ll see next summer!