The third Signature Spellbook set puts the spunky Chandra Nalaar in the limelight. The reckless yet endearing pyromancer is celebrated with eight reprints that feature the young ginger being the usual destructive and emotional self, as the true epitome of redness, the color’s philosophy she so perfectly embodies. Five of the cards are presented with new Chandra-centered artwork, and all of them received a special frame treatment with fire motifs.
Chandra, Torch of Defiance is the chosen avatar for our warm heroine. While both Jace and Gideon went with their original incarnations for their respective Signature Spellbooks, Chandra Nalaar (Lorwyn) was just too underwhelming a card for the job, whereas the Torch of Defiance form is Chandra at her very best. Magali Villeneuve’s art, with her native Kaladesh skyline on the background, is also one of the most striking visual representations of the character. Updating it would feel sacrilegious.
The same goes for Cathartic Reunion. The popular rummaging spell, a fixture of many lists that aim to fill the graveyard while digging for combo pieces, depicts Chandra’s reunion with her mother, Pia Nalaar, whom Chandra believed to have died for most of her adult life. This is one of the most touching moments ever consigned to the cardboard of a Magic card.
Fiery Confluence is the first of the five cards using new art, in this case portraying Chandra smashing Consulate constructs in the Foundry. It is the most valuable member of the Confluence cycle from Commander 2015, powerful modal spells that offer three choices across multiple effects.
The name of the storm enabler Past in Flames is taken at face value and repurposed to show Chandra inspired by the memory of figures from her past, specifically her parents, Pia and Kiran Nalaar, and her mentor Jaya Ballard, aka Mother Luti.
The Ice Age oldie Pyroblast is a classic in all Eternal formats, particularly in Pauper. But it’s also something Chandra produces on an everyday basis, of course.
The aptly named Pyromancer Ascension comes originally from Zendikar, and has been part of spellslinging combo decks since. This Chandra version sees our favorite firestarter do what she does best: torch everything that stands in her way.
Rite of Flame, reprinted for the first time since Coldsnap, is another staple of storm decks. Signature Spellbook: Chandra reimagines it as depicting the climax from the novel The Purifying Fire.
Last but not at all the least, Young Pyromancer is the most whimsical inclusion in that it doesn’t portray Chandra, per se, as it does one of her fans, a novice mage, possibly from the Keral Keep monastery on Regatha, that styles himself after the begoggled redhead. He might be inexperienced, but the spellslinging lists build around him don’t kid around.
Signature Spellbook: Chandra released on 26 June 2020 exclusively in Wizards Play Network (WPN) stores. Each set contains the eight cards plus the random foil version of one of them. This marks the first time Fiery Confluence gets a foil treatment.