Magic: The Gathering Godzilla Debut Highlights New Ikoria Content

Published: April 2, 2020 2:07 PM /


Magic: The Gathering Godzilla Ikoria cover

Magic: The Gathering Godzilla card is on the way along with a whole lot more! The new Ikoria set is all about Kaiju, and these gigantic creatures are ready to stomp into battle!

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is a world dominated by gigantic monsters. Players who pick up this set will focus on doing just that, having massive creatures beat the everloving heck out of one another on the tabletop. That's not all, though — the Magic: The Gathering Godzilla release represents an epic crossover that brings the world's most famous giant lizard to one of the most popular collectible card games!

Magic The Gathering Godzilla Ikoria Cards

What's Arriving Alongside the Magic: The Gathering: Godzilla Release?

Of course, Godzilla isn't the only thing coming to this set; a bunch of original creations are also entering the fray. These creations include the Planeswalkers Lukka and Vivien.

Lukka costs 2 red mana and 3 colorless and focuses on skullduggery with the deck. He can exile cards for +1 points and effectively put them in a side deck that's accessible as long as he's still in play. For -2, you can bring mill through your deck to bring out powerful creatures. Finally, spending 7 points will let you unleash damage on all available targets equal to each creature's power.

Vivien, meanwhile, also tinkers around with the deck but in different ways. She lets you look at the top card of your deck at any time and cast creatures directly from the top of your deck. For +1. she can create a 3/3/ green Beast creature token with Vigilance, Reach, or Trample. Alternatively, she can spawn a second, weaker creature for -2 once you've put something onto the battlefield. In effect, she's great at flooding the board with fighters!

If you're curious about the Ikoria Collector Booster Packs, here's what's inside:

  • 1 Foil or Nonfoil from the Godzilla Monster series
  • 1 Foil Showcase Card or Borderless Planeswalker
  • 1 Foil Rare or Mythic
    • This could also be a Foil Extended Art Rare or Mythic
  • 1 Nonfoil Showcase Rare or Mythic
  • 1 Nonfoil Extended Art Rare or Mythic
  • 1 Nonfoil Ikoria Commander Card (from the related Commander Decks)
  • 2 Nonfoil Showcase Common or Uncommon
  • 2 Foil Uncommon
  • 4 Foil Common or Land
  • 1 Foil Basic Land
  • 1 Foil Token

That's not a bad mix of goodies!

How Can You Get the Godzilla Cards?

Here's how the Godzilla cards are split up:

  • 15 in the Core Series
  • 1 Buy-A-Box Promo
  • 3 in the Japanese Series

Strictly speaking, you don't need the Godzilla cards to play Ikoria; they're basically equivalent to standard cards in the set. Players might want them anyway, though. Here are the details from the blog post:

For each Godzilla Series Monster, we went through Ikoria and found the best flavor fit and gave each Godzilla Series Monster card its own card in the set. A total of 19 cards were given this treatment. One card, the Buy-a-Box card, only exists in its Godzilla Series form, but each of the others has both an Ikoria card and a matching Godzilla Series card. For the purposes of playing, they are equivalent to one another (that is, you can still only play a maximum of 4 copies in a deck no matter if you are playing the Godzilla Series or Ikoria versions).

It should also be mentioned that one of the cards is getting a name change. "Spacegodzilla, Death Corona" is being renamed "Spacegodzilla, Void Invader" as the old name would be rather insensitive considering the current pandemic. The first physical print run of Ikoria will have Spacegodzilla, Death Corona but later printings, and MTG Arena will have only Spacegodzilla, Void Invader.

If you'd like to grab a Magic: The Gathering Godzilla card, you'll be able to find them at WPN Stores as part of the Buy-A-Box Promotion. This will be in addition to a single-card box topper pack which comes with each Draft Booster Box. Pre-order from your local WPN Store and you can score two cards featuring monsters from the Godzilla franchise!

You can look forward to Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths coming out in the next few weeks, although Asia will get its launch a fair bit earlier. You can read more about the new cards in the "Collecting Ikoria" Card Preview.

Would you want to have a Magic: The Gathering Godzilla card? What other franchises would make for great crossovers? Let us know in the comments below!

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