Last week we learned what War of the Spark has in store for us (hint: a whole lot of planeswalkers), and what cards ended up on the Banned and Restricted list.

Banned and Restricted List Update

March 11th was the final Banned and Restricted List update before the Modern Mythic Championship at MagicFest London. The big question surrounding this announcement was whether or not something would get the axe in Modern with both Faithless Looting and Ancient Stirrings garnering the bulk of the discussion.

It looks like Modern at the Mythic Championship will look similar to the format as it stands today. The Banned and Restricted List announcement indicated that there would be no changes to any format. Ian Duke did take some time to discuss Nexus of Fate and why, despite problems both in game play and the physical nature of the card, the card would remain legal in Standard for the time being.

The next Banned and Restricted List update will be on May 20th, 2019.

Wizard Event Reporter Update

If you have ever ever played in a sanctioned tournament, your life has been impacted by Wizard Event Reporter. The program spits out pairings and standings while processing results. All of this is printed on paper. An update, as detailed by Bill Stark, will take things in a digital direction. The new Wizard Event Reporter will be able to send push notifications for pairings, as well as accept match results via a mobile app. The new version of Wizard Event Reporter will also allow players to access standings via the same app. While no release date was provided, Stark mentioned that the new WER should be available in 2019.

Mythic Invitational Update

On Friday, a tweet from @MagicESports indicated that Jason Chan—Amaz—will not be able to participate in the Mythic Invitational at PAX East. According to Chan’s Twitter this is due to a visa issue. Amaz’s spot will be taken by Vanessa @nessameowmeow.

War of the Spark

On Friday it was revealed why there were so many planeswalkers in the War of the Spark teaser. In an article detailing the stained art versions, it was announced that the next set will feature 36 different planeswalkers. These will be new planeswalker cards and will feature old and new characters alike. Each booster pack will contain a planeswalker card, indicating that the card type will play a major role in the set.

Previews for War of the Spark begin in April, giving the Magic world three weeks to speculate on whether these planeswalker cards will look like those we’ve known or if they will be a unique take on the card type. Considering how often Mark Rosewater has mentioned the limited design space of planeswalker cards, it is not hard to imagine that these will not be like any planeswalker cards we have seen before.

Looking Forward

Next week we have a double dose of Modern with MagicFest Grand Prix in Bilbao, Spain and Tampa Bay, United States. Will Izzet Phoenix continue to rise from the ashes or will a new challenger emerge to quell the flame?