Broken Planeswalkers 2019

Five Custom Cards to Combat Planeswalkers

If the nonsense year of Magic cards that is 2019 has proven anything to me, it is that there need to be more common, aggressive answers to planeswalkers. This year’s pushed, high-impact planeswalkers have warped Standard, Modern, Legacy, and Vintage around themselves, and it’s time that Magic made planeswalkers as easy to deal with as any other type of permanent.

With that in mind, I recently designed some custom cards that would allow each color to answer planeswalkers in their own unique way. Not all of these cards are necessarily good, or good ideas. Some of them might not be costed correctly. But I think all of them fit squarely within the correct section of Magic‘s color pie, and could be templates for how each color can begin fighting back against high-impact planeswalkers.

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Build Your Own Gatewatch

A few weeks ago, Wizards of the Coast announced that War of the Spark (the upcoming new Magic set) would contain a Planeswalker card in every pack. And as part of that announcement, they showed off sweet, stained-glass themed teaser art of the 36 different Planeswalkers who will appear in the set.

All credit to TarikB75 on Reddit for putting together this image with each Planeswalker’s name.

As I pored over the image above, I realized that Magic’s Planeswalker roster has finally hit the depth needed to do something that superhero fans will find familiar. Geeks like me have been debating what their ideal Justice League, Avengers, and X-Men line-ups would look like since the 1960’s (I started in the 1990’s, with an account on the now-defunct DC Comics message boards).

And now, geeks like US can start debating what our ideal Gatewatch line-ups would look like!

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