On October 12th 2020, 4 new domains were registered related to the Magic: The Gathering plane Kamigawa. Hinting at a new upcoming set set in the future of the last Kamigawa block, names Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. The future of Kamigawa looks to be designed as a world more technically advanced than any that’s been seen in magic thus far; a cyberpunk future.
Many believe the upcoming set will be steampunk inspired, especially due to the steampunky Ingenious Infiltrator, who is a Vedalkan Ninja, sporting a steampunk like outfit with goggles, rivets and gears. But due to the spoiler planeswalkers-art in past surveys, I am more keen to believing this to be a cyberpunk setting. Let’s take a look at the planeswalkers that were featured in the surveys.
This Planeswalker is a charismatic, charming and savvy infiltrator with a talent for insinuating himself into any organisation. He grew up in a futuristic Japan-inspired world as part of the criminal syndicate that ruled the neon-lit underbellies of the world’s metropolises, but was betrayed by his group during an operation gone wrong. Now he’s an independent operator with his own agenda – to build a multiverse spanning organization of informants and spies with himself at its center. Though he’s out for himself, he believes that what’s good for the multiverse is probably good for him, so he won’t hesitate to aid a good cause if he can see the benefit.
This planeswalker can covertly link his nervous system into the nervous system of others.
This Planeswalker is a snarky, hyper-confident operative whose unrivaled skills as a spy and infiltrator place him at the heart of intrigue in this futuristic Japanese-inspired world. Formerly a mercenary, his life changed when he was hired to infiltrate a secretive, shadowy organization that was rumoured to be plotting a coup against the imperial court. Once among their ranks, however, he realized their actual goal: to explore radical new frontiers of magical power and free the world from the constraints of the past. Deciding he’d found an organization worthy of his loyalty, he pledged his services to them and quickly rose among their ranks to become one of their most trusted and valued operatives.
Aside from being highly skilled in all aspects of espionage and guerilla warfare, this Planeswalker has the power to telekinetically lift and move freestanding objects with his mind. He can cause objects to move slowly or quickly and has fine motor control over an object while he’s manipulating it. He can lift/move objects telekinetically that he could move using his physical strength, including forming floating walkways out of objects that allow him to traverse distances he wouldn’t otherwise be able to cross. He frequently uses his power to slip spy drones into “secure” rooms or stealthily take out guards while staying hidden within a crowd.
Special Ops Planeswalker
This Planeswalker is a warm, open, fiercely loyal special ops agent who was sworn to protect the ruling regime on a futuristic Japanese-inspired world rife with political tension and constant technological change. Dismissed after failing to expose a conspiracy against the imperial court, he risked exile by going rogue to track down the culprits. After discovering that the threat came from beyond his own world, he became a guardian determined to defend his home from extraplanar threats.
This Planeswalker can telekinetically manipulate objects or bend matter in the environment around him to temporarily change its shape. This matter-bending effect cannot permanently affect or change an object, and anything affected by it will revert to its original state once the magic is released.
Further suggested names for this set, originally also sourced from the survey, but which apparently did not make the cut also hint towards a neon future of Kamigawa.
- Destiny of Kamigawa
- Kamigawa: Code of the Samurai
- Kamigawa Ascendent
- Kamigawa: Neon Edge
Possible cards for this set
During the course of Magic history cards are released in various ancillary sets which do not have a clear connection to known planes of settings. Here will be some highlighted that might be related to the new Kamigawa set: