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With New Planeswalkers Come New Planeswalker Abilities

We Magic the Gathering fans have been wondering what it means when Wizards of the Coast announced there would be 36 planeswalkers in the next expansion, War of the Spark. How would they pull it off? Would it make planeswalker not special anymore? Would it un-mend The Mending?

Well, it seems we have part of an answer today as Wizards revealed 16 new cards for War of the Spark at PAX East 2019.

New Planeswalker Cards

The new planeswalkers cards for War of the Spark will all have a static ability, according to the PAX East reveal. This set also sees the first non-rare, non-mythic planeswalker card and could potentially have more. So far the Ajani, Vraska, Liliana, and Tezzert cards have been spoiled.


New Card Abilities

We see a return of the ability proliferate, which gives +1/+1 counters for days. There is also a new ability that has been revealed: Amass XPut X +1/+1 counters on an Army you control. If you don’t control one, create a 0/0 black Zombie Army creature token first. This is a great ability for a zombie-player like me. Two thumbs up!

Other Card Spoilers

In addition to the spoiler we already knew, Ajani’s Pridemate, we see another card that is loyal to a planeswalker.

Some uncommon lands also got dropped. We got a surprising planeswalker tribal in one and flash in the other.

We also get a few more ideas about how the set will play with a planeswalker counter card and a multicolored permanent destroyer. Yikes. Seeing as there are plenty of multicolored planeswalkers, this seems to be targeted at them as well.

Planeswalkers Rise and Fall

It seems as though, even if we have a lot of planeswalkers in War of the Spark, there will be plenty of ways to remove them as well. They also have their own unique flavor with static abilities. I’m looking forward to seeing it all come together.

War of the Spark PreRelease starts April 27, 2019. The set will release on May 3, 2019.