Battle for Zendikar: Your First Look

Posted in Feature on August 29, 2015

By Dan Barrett

Based in London, UK, Dan is responsible Magic’s community across Europe. He loves cats, running, and attacking for 2.

Ahead of the set's October 2 release and September 26–27 Prerelease events, this weekend we hosted a spectacular Battle for Zendikar event at PAX Prime. Special guests Wil Wheaton and Ashly Burch (ably assisted by Magic R&D's Mark Rosewater and friends) unveiled a range of tantalizing titbits of information about the set. This included storyline details; a look at the set's mechanics and key cards; the return of Gideon, Ulamog, and full-art basic lands; plus an extremely special inclusion you'll find in some Battle for Zendikar boosters.

Are you ready to face unnatural disaster and save Zendikar from the Eldrazi?


When we last visited Zendikar, the monstrous Eldrazi titans had been released from their prisons, and the Planeswalker Gideon Jura was leaving the plane to seek reinforcements.

Now, Gideon returns to find Zendikar on the brink of annihilation, with the Eldrazi titan Ulamog destroying everything in its path.

With Zendikar's future hanging by a thread, a group of Planeswalkers joins the Zendikari people—and even the land itself—to rise up against this alien threat.

Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger | Art by Michael Komarck

Mechanics and Key Cards

Here's a taste of the cards you'll be playing with (and against!) very soon:

Landfall returns in Battle for Zendikar, including new twists.

Awaken the land itself to join the fight!

Rally the allies of Zendikar to boost your team.

Multiple colors of mana will increase the power of your spells. . .

. . .while new dual lands will help cast them.

The monstrous Eldrazi return, bringing with them legions of Scions.

These colorless alien creatures are intent on devouring all they encounter. . .

. . .and the terrifying Eldrazi titan, Ulamog, has only grown in power since we last visited Zendikar.

Full-Art Basic Lands

You loved them before, and now they make a triumphant return. With five old favorites and 20 all-new basic land artworks, you're sure to find the perfect choice for all your Magic decks.


To defeat the Eldrazi, the Zendikari people are going to need some very powerful allies indeed. Fortunately, some of Magic's strongest and most daring Planeswalkers have arrived to help—including Gideon.

Gideon's suite of abilities is extremely aggressive, reflecting how he's taking the fight straight to the Eldrazi. Whether he's entering the fray himself as a 5/5 creature, creating an army of 2/2 Knights, or bestowing an emblem to power up your whole team, you'll definitely want him on your side of the battlefield.

Which other Planeswalkers are joining the fight for Zendikar's future? Stay tuned!

Face Unnatural Disaster

The battle lines have been drawn, and it's time to save Zendikar from certain destruction. Let's stand together and face off against Ulamog, Planeswalkers!

Join the Battle for Zendikar and play with this exciting new Magic set first in Magic Duels, then at your local game store in Prerelease events September 26–27.

Plus, look out for more official card previews starting Monday, September 7!

Titan's Presence | Art by Slawomir Maniak

One last thing: Zendikar Expeditions

There's one final thing you need to know about Battle for Zendikar, and we've saved the best for last.

Certain packs of the set will include a very rare version of one of the most iconic lands in Magic's history. Called Zendikar Expeditions, these are both premium foil and full-art! They are printed in English only, but can be opened in packs of all languages. There are 25 different lands that can be found in Battle for Zendikar packs, and you can expect to open one only a little more frequently than a premium foil Battle for Zendikar mythic rare.

These cards are legal in Limited formats like Sealed Deck and Draft. They will only be legal in Constructed formats where the most recent previous printings are legal.

I'll let the beauty of these cards speak for itself:

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