It feels like Core 2021 just released, but there’s always something to look forward to in the world of Magic the Gathering. That’s why we’ll take a look at all available Zendikar Rising spoilers, leaks and everything else we know about this year’s autumn set.
Zendikar Rising Leaks
The card is by no means confirmed, but it seems perfectly balanced (as all things should be) and worded correctly, so it might be true – we’re getting a Black-Green (Golgari) Nissa.
The newest leak is Crawling Barrens (which was also posted on Reddit).
Zendikar is well know for its manlands or creaturelands. Crawling Barrens is another nice addition, although it’s a bit awkward that it gives you just colorless mana. Nevertheless, the effect can be quite powerful – having a big creature and a potential win condition in your mana base.
Don’t forget that you don’t have to turn this land into a creature if you don’t want to. You can just pump it up until it’s big enough that it survives almost anything. That might be especially useful with its first activation, so it dodges Bonecrusher Giant‘s Stomp.
First Look at Zendikar Rising
Mark Rosewater, head designer for Magic the Gathering hosted a Magic Panel for Comic Con Home at 12:00 PST on July 25th. Here’s a quick recap of everything we learned about Zendikar Rising:
Zendikar Rising is confirmed to be a land set. This means that there will be lots of cards that care about lands, probably also some land specific mechanics. Besides that, we’re also getting full art basic lands again!
But that’s not all, Mark also said that there will be 6 dual lands, that he wanted to fit in a set for a very long time. Six is a pretty weird number for number of dual lands in a set – there are usually 5 or 10, so that’s pretty interesting.
Rosewater talked about three mechanics. There is a new one, that’s actually a twist on an older popular theme. It’s changed in a way that it works better on Zendikar.
There will be two more mechanics, both of which were already on a previous Zendikar set. One is probably Landfall, which would make Nissa leak even more likely. What do you think the second one could be? Tell us in the comments below.
Planeswalkers and Legendary Creatures
Bunch of legendary creatures from Zendikar are returning! One of them is confirmed to be in another color. However, there will be no Eldrazi.
There will be three Planeswalkers in Zendikar Rising, all of them are returning as well. Each of them has at least three different Planeswalker cards. Thanks to the previewed booster packaging, we already know that they are:
No specific cards were spoiled. Nevertheless, we got to see some art, like this happy Hedron.
Maro also talked about a new booster product – Set Booster (a booster with 1-4 rares). You can find all that in the video here:
If you’re a newer player, you might not be familiar with the story behind Zendikar, and what makes it one of the most bellowed MTG planes of all time. So here’s a quick recap of what happened on Zendikar so far.
The plane was first introduced in 2009-2010 with three sets:
- Rise of Eldrazi
In Zendikar we found a world full of adventurers, which are trying to claim hidden treasures. It’s basically an Indiana Jones world. However, something strange starts happening in Worldwake, as ancient forces begin to awaken. Finally, Eldrazi Titans (like Emrakul, the Aeons Torn) are introduced in Rise of Eldrazi.
First return to the Zendikar was in 2015-2016 with two sets:
- Battle for Zendikar
- Oath of the Gatewatch
In those sets Chandra, Gideon, Jace and Nissa fought against the Eldrazi Titans. They also form the Gatewatch – team of planeswalkers, which will protect the Multiverse (essentially Magic’s take on Marvel Avengers).
They managed to defeat the Titans, but Zendikar was devastated after the battle.
However, the sets weren’t very well received, as the plane was missing its original feature – being an adventure world.
That’s about to change in Zendikar Rising, as Mark Rosewater confirmed on his Blogatog.
“We return to a Zendikar without Eldrazi and revisit the adventure world players fell in love with.” – Mark Rosewater on Zendikar Rising
So you can expect a world full of adventures and maybe some rebuilding after the Eldrazi literally lay wastes to it.
Based on what we know about Zendikar’s history, here’s some things we could expect in Zendikar Rising.
As mentioned before the first Zendikar had adventure and treasure hunting theme. To capture that feeling, Wizards put some older and expensive cards into the original print of Zendikar boosters.
Second time around there were Zendikar Expeditions – alternate art versions of some of the strongest lands in Magic. They were very rare – you had to open more than 200 boosters (on average) to get a single Expedition card.
So what do you think that we could get this time around? Some players are speculating that we could get fetch lands, which wouldn’t be Standard legal, but would appear rarely in ordinary boosters and more often in Collector Boosters. What’s your prediction? Share it in the comments bellow!
4 Color Omnath?
First time on Zendikar we got green Omnath, second time it was green-red. In Core 2020 it got blue as well.
That’s why a Reddit user made a cool prediction that we might get a 4 color Omnath in Zendikar Rising. White would probably make the most sense as Zendikar will be in proccess of rebuilding. It would be cool to see what that would look like.
Given the art on the Collector’s Booster, 4-color Omnath is almost a 100% guaranteed.
Zendikar Rising Products
You can find all available Zendikar Rising Products below. You can also check their prices by clicking on their names or pictures. The link will take you to the appropriate page on Amazon.
Booster box contains 36 Draft boosters of Zendikar Rising. You can also get a Bundle, if you’d like to get less boosters.
Collector Boosters are back. These booster contain 15 cards: foils, rares and alternate art versions of some cards.
Set Booster is a new product. It’s a booster that costs slightly more then your regular Draft booster. However, you’re guaranteed a foil and you have a chance for up to 3 additional rares (so 4 in total).
Zendikar Rising Commander Decks
We will get two Commander decks, even though we got Ikoria Commander decks this year already. Decks will contain mostly reprints and just three new cards per deck (so six total).
You can find more information about Zendikar Rising Commander decks here.
Wondering when Zendikar Rising releases on Arena? You can find that info in the table bellow. Keep in mind though, that those dates aren’t confirmed yet. However, based on the previous set releases and the length of Mastery Pass for Core 2021 (12 weeks), this dates are the most likely ones.
|Zendikar Rising Spoilers Start||September 4, 2020|
|Zendikar Rising Spoilers Finish||September 18, 2020|
|Zendikar Rising Release on Arena||September 24, 2020|
|Zendikar Rising Release on MTGO||September 24, 2020|
|Zendikar Rising Prerelease||September 25-27, 2020|
|Zendikar Rising Release||October 2-3, 2020|
Anyways, that’s what we know so far. Once more info becomes available, we’ll update this article, so come back once we get closer to release.
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Until next time, have fun and may Zendikar Rising contain at least one card that you never knew you wanted.