Welcome to the second official day of spoiler season for the newest Magic: The Gathering set, Kaladesh. Wizards of the Coast spoiled a good deal of the set over the weekend as part of their presence at PAX West – if you’re just joining us, you can find more information about what’s been spoiled by Wizards of the Coast in our previous article.
Our first spoiler for the day is the third Planeswalker to make an appearance in Kaladesh; one of the founding members of the Gatewatch, Nissa. Her card – Nissa, Vital Force – was spoiled on Gathering Magic. She has a casting cost of three Generic and two Green mana, and enters the battlefield with five Loyalty counters. Her first ability, which gives positive one Loyalty, allows you to untap target land. Until the end of your turn, it’s a 5/5 Elemental Creature with the Haste ability word (and is still a land). Her second ability, which gives negative three Loyalty, lets you return target permanent card from your graveyard to your hand. Her final ability, which gives negative six Loyalty, gives you an Emblem with “Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, you may draw a card.”
Wizards of the Coast has an article up detailing the creative process behind one of their preview card for the day, Lathnu Helion. Lathnu Helion is a 4/4 Helion with the Haste ability word and a casting cost of two generic and one Red mana. When it enters the battlefield it gives you two energy counters; at the end of the turn, sacrifice Lathnu Helion unless you pay two energy counters.
The other preview article from Wizards of the Coast shows off four new cards; the first of these is Madcap Experiment, a Sorcery-speed spell with a casting cost of three generic and one Red mana. Madcap Experiment has you reveal cards from the top of your library until you hit an Artifact card. That Artifact card is put onto the battlefield, the rest of the cards revealed this way go onto the bottom of your library in a random order, and Madcap Experiment does damage to you equivalent to the number of cards it revealed. We also have Fabrication Module, an Artifact with a casting cost of three generic mana. Whenever you get one or more energy counters, you put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control. Tapping Fabrication Module and paying four generic mana gives you one energy counter.
We have two more Modules in the form of Decoction Module and Animation Module; Decoction Module has a casting cost of two generic mana, and gives you one energy counter when a creature enters the battlefield. Tapping Decoction Module and paying four generic mana lets you return target creature you control to its owner’s hand. Animation Module has a casting cost of one generic mana; whenever one or more +1/+1 counters are placed on permanents you control, you can pay one generic mana to create a 1/1 Colorless Servo Artifact Creature Token. By tapping Animation Module and paying three generic mana, you can choose a counter on target permanent or player and give that permanent or player another of that same counter.
Up next is Japanese Magic: The Gathering website Hareruya’s exclusive spoiler card – they happen to have it in English, so no translation is necessary. Their spoiler is the third in the Mythic rare Gearhulk cycle, Torrential Gearhulk. Torrential Gearhulk is a 5/6 Artifact Creature with the Flash ability word and a casting cost of four generic and two Blue mana. When it enters the battlefield, you can cast target Instant from your graveyard without paying its mana cost. If that card would be put into the graveyard this turn, it’s exiled instead.
Finally, we have the two Planeswalker cards that will be appearing in Wizards of the Coast’s replacement product for Magic: The Gathering Intro Packs, Planeswalker Decks. As a reminder, these cards are Standard legal, but aren’t considered to be part of Kaladesh proper, and are over-costed and underpowered versions of the two Planeswalkers that are appearing in Kaladesh proper. Chandra, Pyrogenius and Nissa, Nature’s Artisan are both viewable below.
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