Jace, Gideon, and Liliana. Image courtesy of Wizards of the Coast.

War of the Planeswalkers

We had a little fun revisiting color combos in Guilds of Ravnica and Ravnica Allegiance. The last set in the block, War of the Spark, will get back to business. Remember Nicol Bolas? That giant dragon trying to subjugate the planes? He’s still out there, and War of the Spark will feature the next step in the story that’s been building since Amonkhet.

The titling of the set is thematic and appropriate. The “spark” is what makes a planeswalker able to travel between planes. “The War of the Spark” very much implies “the war of the planeswalkers,” and more than that, the struggle for their power.

Who Would Win: One Dragon Boi or 36 Gatewatch?

In an ambitious and unorthodox turn of events, it’s been announced that War of the Spark will have 36 planeswalker cards. In addition to that, every single booster pack will have a planeswalker card in it.

Nicol Bolas. Image courtesy of Wizards of the Coast.

The planeswalkers will include all of the ones featured in the stained glass of the set announcement trailer. Since it’s a little hard to make them all out, Wizards of the Coast released the individual images. And they look awesome!

I hope they get turned into posters or something. The Nicol Bolas stained glass image is confirmed to become a playmat that will available at PAX East. The stained glass images, unfortunately, will not become card art.

Whose Side Will They Be On?

I notice a lack of Tezzeret among the stained glass portraits, but that doesn’t mean that some of these planeswalkers won’t be on Nicol Bolas’s side. The set features the dragon, as well as several other characters. These include characters who are considered “evil” or already aligned with Bolas. I wonder where the line will be drawn of alliances.

Tibalt. Image courtesy of Wizards of the Coast.

I’m most intrigued by the news that Tibalt is returning. He’s been the butt of jokes for years now due to his lackluster and straight-up bad card. He’s never been given a new card despite popular demand to see him become a playable planeswalker. I hope he’ll have new abilities on a brand new card and won’t reprint the terrible Fiend-Blooded.

War of the Spark releases May 3, 2019. Pre-release will occur on the weekend of April 27–28, 2019. With planeswalkers in every pack, pre-release will probably be awesome.

Check out the official announcement and the 36 stained glass art planeswalkers on the Wizards of the Coast website.

Who do you hope to pull? I always love a new Liliana. Will you collect all 36?