It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to look at a new set, but the set coming up, Battle for Zendikar, certainly looks like a good one so far, so this is a great chance to get back into things, and see what new cards we get to work with.
Last year was an excellent year for multiplayer Magic, as we were given a lot of fun, shiny toys to play with: the strong Khans of Tarkir set, which had tons of fun multiplayer cards in it, a very well-received Commander 2014 set of pre-constructed decks, and the final core set, Magic 2015. From immensely fun cards like Villainous Wealth, to the into-play-tapped wedge tri-lands (ie. Frontier Bivouac), to the tri-colour generals (Sidisi, Brood Tyrant et al), to the planeswalkers of Commander 2014 that could be used as generals, to the transform planeswalkers of Magic Origins, 2014/2015 had a ton of strong, interesting cards to play and build around, and was a fun year in general for the EDH format and Magic as a whole.
Now the latest new set is being revealed: Battle for Zendikar, which both starts off the new two blocks in a year MTG structure, and is the sequel to the popular Zendikar block. (Fun fact: Zendikar block was when I started dating my now-wife, so it’s always held a special spot in my heart.) Zendikar II opens with Gideon and other planeswalkers trying to stop the Eldrazi monsters from destroying Zendikar, and should be an interesting fight to see play out.
As I write this, the spoiler is sitting at 40/274 cards, giving us a strong foundation to work with. Thus, it’s time to take a look at everything the set will bring to my EDH table. Will Battle for Zendikar continue the trend of strong Commander cards in 2015? Let’s take a look!