The Future is Now: Part IIWe’re back at it again going down the list of future shifted cards this month. Before we continue I just want to say that all the creatures with Grandeur pretty much have the same score as Korlash from the last article, so I won’t be covering them specifically.
Without further ado, let’s keep this multiversal train rolling. (Remember the criteria: We rate the likelihood of the card seeing a reprint in Planar Set and what planes they might be from with possibilities on a scale of 1-10)
River of TearsPossibility of a Planar Reprint: 4
River of Tears is a weird card – unique and honestly pretty cool. The thing is, though… it’s pretty bad by modern standards. It’s a land that has a complicated mechanic at its base and seems pretty far away from what Magic does with their lands. It’s not impossible that we’ll see River of Tears again, but I seriously doubt it.
Possible Plane(s): Arkhos: 10
We actually have a confirmed plane for River of Tears and that is Arkhos. For those who don’t know, Arkhos was a Greek mythology-themed plane we first saw in Planechase and would eventually become Theros! The name was changed due to issues with clearance, but it has been confirmed that both Theros and Arkhos exist within the Multiverse
NarcomoebaPossibility of a Planar Reprint: 8
Nacromeoba is a super safe card to see planar reprints. It’s great in sets with self mill strategies and we’ve seen it get one pretty recently, and thus it’s score of eight. This is definitely gonna get reprinted eventually.
Possible Plane(s): Iquatana: 10 Ravnica: 10
The planar score here is odd since we’ve seen a planar print on Ravnica in Guilds of Ravnica, but we also have evidence showing Narcomoebas elsewhere. On the Future Sight printing the flavor text references “The Iquati” and then in Planechase we saw a plane called Iquatana that featured Narcomoebas in the artwork. So yeah, we have two confirmed planes for this creature. Interesting.
Nacatl War-PridePossibility of a Planar Reprint: 4
This is not happening. The card is cool but it’s very Future Sight. It’s a mish mosh of awesome things that end up making the card over-complicated and chock full of stuff that can’t be done again. However...I could see this in like, a commander set or something and they’re making those planar now so y’know, never say never.
Possible Plane(s): Alara: 10
We have only ever seen catfolk referred to as Nacatl on Alara, thus I think it’s pretty safe to say that’s where this comes from. Interesting case of planar vernacular for sure.
Muraganda PetroglyphsPossibility of a Planar Reprint: 5
Cool card...also a pretty bad card. It’s something players would be down to see printed though, and it does benefit token strategies. I could see this being a draft uncommon if we ever visit Muraganda (See below)
Possible Plane(s): Muraganda: 10
Another card confirmed through Planechase. We’ve actually seen Muraganda and it’s pretty cool, looking like a sort of primal/prehistoric plane. I’d be down to see this place in the future.
Steamflogger BossPossibility of a Planar Reprint: 1
LMAO no. For those who don’t know, this card was created as a joke and somehow already saw a planar reprint, but I really doubt they’ll be doing that again.
Possible Plane(s): Bablovia: 10
Neat fact: the plane where Unstable took place is named Bablovia. The more you know.
Aven MindcensorPossibility of a Planar Reprint: 7
Aven Mindcensor is a really cool card that I’m sad to say is getting power crept on hard. With cards like Opposition Agent just flat out being better than Mindcensor. However, Mindcensor still has a place since it fits nicely into a lot of D&T shells plus it’s a flier and a bird, so it’ll always see some play. It’s a safe card to reprint and I think there’s no real reason not to.
Possible Plane(s): Amonkhet: 10
This card has a planar printing on Amonkhet. However the original Future Sight printing doesn’t seem to be from there. Tet without any flavor text or clear setting in the art, there’s no good guesses I can make towards where the original bird friend is from.
Darksteel GarrisonPossibility of a Planar Reprint: 5
Darksteel Garrison will likely not see a planar print, but I’m hopeful. It’s got a cool and unique mechanic, but that’s kind of what dooms it. I can’t really see a set featuring Fortify coming out anytime soon. But if it does, I’ll be first in line for a box.
Possible Plane(s): Mirrodin: 8
We’ve only ever seen Darksteel on Mirrodin, but I can’t safely put this at a 10 since planeswalkers are kind of known for y’know… planeswalking. It’s not impossible someone like Tezzeret or Karn took some Darksteel and brought it elsewhere. Maybe we’ll get an answer someday, but for now my best guess is Mirrodin.
NixPossibility of a Planar Reprint: 4
Nix is a really solid sideboard piece, but we’ve seen enough cards that do similar things and are better to run. It’s such a niche effect that I don’t think Wizards will be giving this a planar print anytime soon, but it’s not broken so maybe one day.
Possible Plane(s): Mirrodin: 6; Rath: 7
The flavor text of Nix refers to “The Creators” as people who created whatever world this card comes from. Thus we can look to the multiverse's two favorite artificial planes, Mirrodin and Rath. I’m ranking Rath higher here because Mirrodin had a single creator and Rath, to my knowledge, was a group effort on the part of Phyrexia.
Virulent Sliver (And all the other Slivers)Possibility of a Planar Reprint: 1 - 4
Poisonous is like a safer Infect, but it’s still never getting used again. The few Slivers from this set that have functional and good mechanics are more likely, but I mean… Absorb? Probably not. The only one I think might get one is Homing Sliver.
Possible Plane(s): Rath: 6 Dominaria: 5
Poisonous is a keyworded version of an ability that was often given to snakes in the early days of magic. Those snakes were only ever seen on Rath and Dominaria. We’ve also seen Slivers on both Rath and Dominaria (Rath had the Sliver Queen on it so it gets a higher rank.) We can say for sure it’s not on Shandalar, as those Slivers are more humanoid so the Future Sight slivers are definitely either Rathi or Dominarian.
Seht's TigerPossibility of a Planar Reprint: 2
I have no idea who Seht is but Magic doesn’t really do “Protection from X” anymore so even if we do see Seht, I doubt we’ll see their tiger.
Possible Plane(s): Amonkhet: 2 Ravnica: 1
Seht is similar to the name of the Egyptian god of chaos, but I mean Amonkhet is kinda in ruins right now so if Seht is there, they probably died. My only other real guess is Ravnica and it’s a huge stretch. There’s this card called Zarichi Tiger from Gatecrash that kind of looks like Seht’s Tiger. That’s it, that’s all my evidence.
Imperial MaskPossibility of a Planar Reprint: 4
Imperial Mask is a super cool card, but also keyed heavily towards multiplayer. That doesn’t mean it won’t see a planar print, I just think it really tanks the chances of it.
Possible Plane(s): Fiora: 4
Fiora is a multiplayer-tilted plane where we know the rich have parties, I could see this being featured in a future Conspiracy set so it’s my best guess since we have no other real details to work off of.
Grave ScrabblerPossibility of a Planar Reprint: 7
Not much to say, a decent card and it has Madness on it, a mechanic players love. We’ll probably see this guy at some point in the future.
Possible Plane(s): Innistrad: 8 Ulgrotha:1
Look at him and tell me that’s not Innistrad. LOOK AT HIM AND TELL ME THAT’S NOT INNISTRAD!
Okay...I mean there are no Avacynian symbols on any of the graves which is unusual for an Innistrad graveyard, but like c’mon it’s not Ulgrotha...right?
Shah of Naar IslePossibility of a Planar Reprint: 2
Echo is never coming back, let it die.
Possible Plane(s): Wildfire: 10
Planechase is at it again! Naar Isle is a featured location in Planechase on the plane of Wildfire. Fun fact, Wildefire is a really cool plane full of Djinn and is where the Emberwilde is located, so we actually just saw a creature from here in Commander Legends!
Spin into MythPossibility of a Planar Reprint: 3
Okay I really like Spin into Myth, but Fateseal is broken and we likely won’t see it again. Another cool card doomed by its keyworded mechanic.
Possible Plane(s): Theros: 6; Eldraine: 2; Kaldheim: 1
Okay so I actually wrote some of this article like two years ago and then forgot about it until recently. Originally I was sure this is a Theros card, I mean the flavor is on point for Greek mythos. But with Eldraine featuring living fables and Kaldheim having the Norse emphasis on legends and myths, there are other options but Theros is still definitely the most likely one here.
Vedalken AethermagePossibility of a Planar Reprint: 3
Wizardcycling… I mean if Homing Sliver ever gets its day in the sun why not this card.
Possible Plane(s): ???
So Vedalken Aethermage gives us too much to work with. We know it’s a Vedalken, but we’ve seen those on Alara, Mirrodin, Kaladesh, Dominaria, and even Rath. Now given that this mirrors Homing Sliver, I’d say it’s most likely to be Dominarian or Rathi, but there’s so little to support that I don’t even want to give it a ranking.
That’s all for Part II, we’re about halfway done now! tune in next month for even more Future sighted goodness. Feel free to let me know what planes you think these cards might be from in the comments below!
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