Reintroducing Core Sets, along with their new play design team, and switching up the way new Magic: The Gathering expansions work have proven extremely successful! Core Sets, therefore, are seemingly going to be with us for a while.
This time around, we're looking at Core Set 2020. Once again, Wizards of the Coast is aiming to keep it relatively simple and as for themes… Last time, we got the revamped Elder Dragon cycle. This time, we get three brand-new Chandras and a set supposedly based around MTG's premier pyromancer. As for its cost, well, WotC has done away with MSRPs, but expect Core 2020 booster packs to sell for between 3,00 € to 4,00 € per pack. With business out of the way, let's talk spoilers!
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This time around, please welcome Starfield Mystic – a card that may not have clear and obvious applications in Standard, but it is an exciting addition to Commander. Commander players are always looking for ways to reduce the cost of their costly spells, and our new Creature makes your Enchantments cheaper. Furthermore, as the Enchantments find their way to the graveyard, Starfield Mystic grows stronger through +1/+1 counters. Expect him to find a home in many Commander decks in slough of Tuvasa the Sunlit, Estrid, the Masked, and Kestia, The Cultivator decks.
(For those who tried to guess, points to anyone whose mind went to reducing costs. As for how our friend is a "guide", well, look no further than his name and flavor text!)
He is but one card though, even if we are excited about him.
Wizards of the Coast went big with War of the Spark. 36 planeswalkers in one expansion is quite a lot and players are wondering how future sets will handle Magic's newest card type. Well, Core 2020 is your answer, giving us three of the same planeswalker in one set! And they're all interesting!
Each Chandra is supposed to delineate part of the pyromancer's history. The three mana Chandra, Acolyte of Flame represents the time she spent studying pyromancy; the four mana Chandra, Novice Pyromancer is her after learning pyromancy; and the six mana Chandra, Awakened Inferno shows her fully realized power. The three mana and six mana Chandras are definitely the most interesting with three mana Chandra providing a Snapcaster Mage-esque effect and some elemental damage. Six mana Chandra on the other hand can't be countered and puts an even faster clock on your opponent each turn, making her devastating against slower control decks.
Of course, there are others that are the best of the rest. Dread Presence could help enable a mono-black control deck or, more interestingly, a Scapeshift deck in Standard, as the Nightmare does a decent Valakut impression. Scheming Symmetry is a symmetrical vampiric tutor that doesn't cost you any life, but only happens at Sorcery speed. There are definitely more interesting and powerful cards in this set, so be sure to get your Core 2020 boosters to experience them first-hand!