Because this section is very barren, I figured I'd start a new conversation on 1st Edition Part 2(1EP2).
We know that 1EP2 is going to be in effect 'more of the same'. I take this to mean that trades will receive cards that expand on and reinforce their core themes as opposed to gaining new themes. With that in mind, what are the the big themes of the five trades, and how might they best be expanded and reinforced? Also, what sort of things (within the realm of reason) are we unlikely to see?
The Arcanist key themes are bounce, tokens, covert, and discard. Other trades have some token usage and covert characters, but they have more than any of the other trades. 1EP2 will no-doubt include some interesting new covert characters, though hopefully most of them will not be too expensive. I'm hoping to see an effect that lets tokens be moved around and possibly a second token destruction mechanism. With bounce available at every price point, I don't think we will see much added. I'd like to see a new high-end reusable bounce, maybe something akin to the Dragon's Quarters. What we won't see is non-covert high-strength Arcanists. 1EP2 is about expanding on current themes, not fixing weaknesses.
I'll discuss the others after this has been out a while.