Monday, June 30, 2014

Planeswalkers

So we know that planeswalkers were first meant to be in Future Sight, but let's look at some things about Planeswalkers, when we last saw some of our favorites, and what could possibly be next...

(From left to right: Tezzeret, Sarkhan, Karn, Elspeth, Nissa, Sorin, Jace, Gideon, Garruk, Chandra, Kiora, Koth, Liliana, Ajani)

So, at this moment, we have 24 different characters. Sure there are plenty more cards and even more art for many cards, but let's take a look at who showed up when and where:


Lorwyn/Shadowmoor Block (2007 to 2008)

Set

Planeswalkers

Lorwyn
Ajani Goldmane
Jace Beleren
Liliana Vess
Chandra Nalaar
Garruk Wildspeaker
Morningtide
No Planeswalkers
Shadowmoor
No Planeswalkers
Eventide
No Planeswalkers

Alara Block (2008 to 2009)

Set

Planeswalkers

Shards of Alara
Elspeth Tirel
Tezzeret the Seeker
Sarkhan Vol
Ajani Vengeant
Conflux
Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
Alara Reborn
No Planeswalkers

Magic 2010 (2009)

Set

Planeswalkers

Magic 2010
Ajani Goldmane
Jace Beleren
Liliana Vess
Chandra Nalaar
Garruk Wildspeaker

Zendikar Block (2009 to 2010)

Set

Planeswalkers

Zendikar
Sorin Markov
Chandra Ablaze
Nissa Revane
Worldwake
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Rise of the Eldrazi
Gideon Jura
Sarkhan the Mad

Magic 2011 (2010)

Set

Planeswalkers

Magic 2011
Ajani Goldmane
Jace Beleren
Liliana Vess
Chandra Nalaar
Garruk Wildspeaker

Scars of Mirrodin Block (2010 to 2011)

Set

Planeswalkers

Scars of Mirrodin
Elspeth Tirel
Venser, the Sojourner
Koth of the Hammer
Mirrodin Besieged
Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas
New Phyrexia
Karn Liberated

Magic 2012 (2011)

Set

Planeswalkers

Magic 2012
Gideon Jura
Jace, Memory Adept
Sorin Markov
Chandra, the Firebrand
Garruk, Primal Hunter

Innistrad Block (2011 to 2012)

Set

Planeswalkers

Innistrad
Liliana of the Veil
Garruk Relentless/Garruk, the Veil-Cursed
Dark Ascension
Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
Avacyn Restored
Tamiyo, the Moon Sage
Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded

Magic 2013 (2012)

Set

Planeswalkers

Magic 2013
Ajani, Caller of the Pride
Jace, Memory Adept
Liliana of the Dark Realms
Chandra, the Firebrand
Garruk, Primal Hunter
Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker

Return to Ravnica Block (2012 to 2013)

Set

Planeswalkers

Return to Ravnica
Jace, Architect of Thought
Vraska the Unseen
Gatecrash
Gideon, Champion of Justice
Domri Rade
Dragon's Maze
Ral Zarek

Magic 2014 (2013)

Set

Planeswalkers

Magic 2014
Ajani, Caller of the Pride
Jace, Memory Adept
Liliana of the Dark Realms
Chandra, Pyromaster
Garruk, Caller of the Pride

Theros Block (2013 to 2014)

Set

Planeswalkers

Theros
Elspeth, Sun's Champion
Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver
Xenagos, the Reveler
Born of the Gods
Kiora, the Crashing Wave
Journey into Nyx
Ajani, Mentor of Heroes

Magic 2015 (2014)

Set

Planeswalkers

Magic 2015
Ajani Steadfast
Jace, the Living Guildpact
Liliana Vess
Chandra, Pyromaster
Nissa, Worldwaker
Garruk, Apex Hunter

I left out the Duel Decks, From the Vault: Twenty, promos, and Conspiracy (which has one of the newest characters introduced as a Planeswalker card, Dack Fayden), but we can see what characters we haven't seen recently.

Looking at the most recent sets, we can take a good guess as to who won't show up and who might show up in Khans of Tarkir.

Ajani, having just shown up on Theros, it is likely that we will not see him on Tarkir. It is also likely that Jace, in his duties as the Living Guildpact, is likely to still be on Ravnica as well as due to his research into Garruk's curse.

We do know that Sarkhan will show up, not only because we haven't seen him for four years and because of this promotional image:


It is also possible that we'll next see Tezzeret (last seen in 2011), Sorin, Tamiyo, or Tibalt (last seen in 2012) on Tarkir. Liliana could even show up because it is possible that one of the demons she is after could be on Tarkir. We can deduce who will not be there based on recent story plot points and we can also take a guess at a few of the people who have not show up for a while. Using the above chart, we can guess at who hasn't been in the story recently.

Since we typically get two or three returning characters, Sarkhan is definitely in (and I'm predicting mono red), and my guess for other returning chracters is actually going to be... Tamiyo returning the blue planeswalker and if we get a third, Liliana (as a black planeswalker since we have 4 or 5 versions of the original Lorwyn walkers, Liliana is possible since she has only had three versions). So... yeah. I see Sarkhan as a mono-red walker, Tamiyo, and Liliana.

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