01 September 2020 16:34
On Tuesday, Wizards of the Coast unveiled a new trailer and official spoilers for Zendikar Rising, the next Magic: The Gathering set that will return to the "adventure world" of Zendikar. Zendikar Rising also heralds the annual Standard format rotation, changing the landscape of Magic's most popular competitive format. The new spoilers from the set reveal the return of some popular themes, mechanics, and characters from past Zendikar sets. Landfall, the mechanic that triggers whenever a land enters the battlefield, is also making a comeback, continuing Zendikar's focus on lands. Speaking of lands, Wizards of the Coast revealed a new type of dual land.
These lands are "double-sided." Each side represents a unique non-basic land producing a different mana type. These dual lands should be a particular boon to aggressive decks since they don't come into the battlefield tapped, allowing aggro decks to fix their mana base without losing speed. Keep reading to see one example, the dual Lavaglide Pathway/Riverglide Pathway, below. Zendikar Rising also brings back Zendikar Expeditions, exceptionally rare reprints of lands from past Magic: The Gathering sets. Keep reading to see four examples from Zendikar Rising.
During a stream on Twitch, fans got a closer look at returning gameplay mechanics like Landfall and Kicker. Additionally, new mechanics like Party and Modal Double-Faced Cards were explored. This isn't the only big thing coming to MTG in the near future. Wizards of the Coast also revealed the titles for the 2021's sets. Some of these sets include two Innistrad sets, focused around werewolves and vampires.
We will be seeing all-new double-faced dual lands! Furthermore, we are slated to revisit some old friends – one, in particular, with a lot of arms. Let's face it – Omnath, Locus of Creation probably has enough arms for four whole hugs! We also saw a version of Linvala (the newly-instated Shield of Sea Gate) that references the "party" mechanic. What this mechanic actually entails is presently beyond us at the time of writing, but, as they say, ain't no party like a Linvala party. As you may have recalled from Magic: The Gathering Head Designer Mark Rosewater's panel at [email protected], Set Boosters, a new type of booster pack as part of Magic's "booster fun" initiative, will have a ton of reprinted cards from Magic's history in them. This curated list of approximately 300 cards has been only partly unveiled so far, showcasing Cloudgoat Ranger, Muscle Sliver, and Pact of Negation to start with. Today, we get a crack at three more newly-reprinted cards from "The List" – Simian Spirit Guide, Slimefoot, The Stowaway, and Food Chain, Prossh Commander players, in particular, will likely rejoice at this addition due to its general scarcity in this day and age! Let's Look Ahead! Some of the biggest news today came from what we will see in 2021, starting with the Winter set and going all the way into the Fall. The next set after Zendikar Rising will be our first official in-depth look at the plane of existence called Kaldheim, through the aptly-named set, Kaldheim. We can likely discern that Kaldheim is a Norse-themed set and that Angrath, a notable Planeswalker from recent sets past, is a resident of the plane. We also know that Angrath has a family there, so perhaps we will see a more subdued, loving version of the character in the blurbs and storyline snippets we will likely receive regarding the setting. After Kaldheim, we visit Strixhaven, a setting known for its prestigious magical university. As Harry Potter-esque as that sounds, it's likely to be a fun setting that ought to appeal to many new students of a more mundane variety of schooling. We admittedly do not know much yet, but that's because it's half a year away from release, in the Spring of 2021. It's escaped the Realms of my understanding… Oh, oh wait, no, it's coming back to me. In the Summer of 2021, we will be seeing our first full-on Magic: The Gathering tie-in with Dungeons & Dragons! The Summer 2021 set, entitled Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, will likely take place in Feyrune, the major setting for the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms campaigns. Again, we do not know much yet, but prospects look fantastic. We are eagerly anticipating the idea of a five-color Tiamat card, for example. Finally, in the Autumn of 2021, we will be seeing not one, but two new sets taking place on Innistrad, the original gothic/eldritch-horror plane of existence. We don't have exact specs on these sets yet but what we can say is that they're each focused on Vampires and Werewolves, respectively. 2021 will also see us through with a Modern Horizons sequel and… a revisiting of Time Spiral? Time Spiral Remastered is another new set for Magic: The Gathering that is to be revisited in 2021. At the time of writing, it seems likely that this remastered set will actually be in-paper as opposed to digital-only, unlike Amonkhet Remastered, which was only released on Arena. That being said, we do know that there will be a re-envisioning of the nostalgic, "special" rarity from the original Time Spiral expansion, featuring a number of cards printed for the first time in the old Magic border frame, such as Relentless Rats, Chalice of the Void, and Path to Exile. Finally, but certainly not least of all, Magic: The Gathering: Arena is slated to come to mobile devices soon. All of this news is enough for a good long time. However, the news does not rest and no doubt there will be more in due time. DailyMTG has already mentioned that we have a preview coming on September 9th. And, if you have any thoughts on these new tidbits of information, let us know in the comments below! The next year of Magic: The Gathering sets was outlined today during the Zendikar Rising Debut Moment livestream featuring the debut of a long-speculated plane and a return to one of the most beloved planes in Magic. Aside from showcasing over 20 Zendikar Rising cards, Wizards of the Coast provided information on its 2021 roadmap, starting with next year's winter set Kaldheim. The plane of Kaldheim is Magic's viking-inspired world. Strixhaven is scheduled for a spring 2021 release with the tagline of "The most elite university in the Multiverse." The location of this set is unknown and hasn't been featured in any previous Magic card art. Adventures in the Forgotten Realms is the summer 2021 set, possibly taking the place of the usual summer core set. This set is marketed as Dungeons & Dragons comes to Magic. Dungeons & Dragons was featured in multiple supplemental Magic sets. Sword of Dungeons & Dragons was a card in Unstable. The initial collaboration between the two brands was in 2018 with the release of The Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica, a sourcebook set in the Magic plane of Ravnica. That was followed up this year with Mythic Odysseys of Theros, a sourcebook set in Theros. Aside from announcing three new planes, Magic will be returning to popular planes and revisiting beloved sets. Innistrad is returning with two unnamed sets in fall 2021, which will heavily feature the werewolf and vampire creature types. Innistrad was first released in 2011 and the follow-up Shadows Over Innistrad launched in 2016. Time Spiral Remastered is a return to one of the most experimental sets in Magic for the first time in 14 years. This will be the second remastered set following up the release of Amonkhet Remastered in August on Magic Arena. Modern Horizons 2 is also scheduled for next year with no release window announced. It's the sequel to Modern Horizons in 2019, which was considered an excellent draft environment and was the first set that skipped Standard and printed directly into Modern. Wizards of the Coast has premiered an epic new trailer for the upcoming Magic: The Gathering set Zendikar Rising during today's livestream on Twitch.tv/magic, and it features the Kor Planeswalker, Nahiri and her fellow Kor people having an adventure. It looks like Nahiri will be the main villain of Zendikar Rising's storyline. Zendikar is a all about adventure, and I love how this trailer features the unique elements of the land-focused world of Zendikar. Zendikar Rising is set to release on September 25, 2020; it will release on MTG Arena on Sept. Related: K-Swiss is Releasing a New MTG Shoe Based on One of The Game's Popular Planeswalkers