The next Magic: The Gathering expansion Zendikar Rising, is set to be released to MTG Arena later in September this year. Based on the length of the Core Set 2021 Mastery Pass and previous release schedule, it is likely to be released on September 24, 2020 and will also signify Standard rotation. This will be the third time we return to the world of Zendikar “without Eldrazi and revisit the adventure world players fell in love with” according to Mark Rosewater. It is also known that there are Commander decks associated with this expansion.
Core Set 2021 was only released just over a week ago, but it looks like excitement for new cards are always there! A source has just leaked a potential Black Green Nissa Planeswalker from Zendikar Rising on reddit, and it is important to note that this comes from the same person who correctly revealed all features of Narset of the Ancient Way back in March. Once again, there is no associated image for the card, and only just typed up text – which means that this cannot be verified. We want to encourage discussion of the leaked card in question for fun, as it was revealed, so like last time we mocked up the card on MTG Cardsmith, using the fan illustration for “Nissa Queen Of Thorns” by Israel Holtzhausen (and obviously not associated with the actual card itself).
“Golgari Nissa” 2BG
Landfall – Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, put a loyalty counter on Nissa.
+1: Untap target land you control. It becomes a 3/3 Elemental creature with haste and menace until end of turn that’s still a land.
-5: Put a creature with converted mana cost equal to or less than the number of lands you control from your hand or graveyard onto the battlefield under your control with two +1/+1 counters on it.
Starting Loyalty: 4
As with Narset in Ikoria, Nissa seems like an interesting card that is not too powerful but reasonable enough to potentially see constructed play. The Landfall mechanic may return again, and is always useful in conjunction with other cards such as Fabled Passage, Azusa, Lost but Seeking, Migration Path, and so on. The minus ability is flexible so it can be used for decent value, and is balanced so that you cannot cheat out creatures into play and will not repeat the errors of Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast.
Are you already keen on what’s to come in Zendikar Rising? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below what you think.