Wizards of the Coast has announced that the next block of their flagship card game, Magic: The Gathering, will be entitled Khans of Tarkir. It seems to be taking its inspiration from the ancient Mongolia, and the lore will take place on a new Plane of existence called Tarkir, which we have never voyaged to before. I can just imagine one of the new Planeswalkers being Genghis Khan. Or not, because, you know, Magic: The Gathering is a work of fiction. Real life things don’t exist in this fantasy world. Or… do they?
Anyways, with the announcement, we got a few teaser images. One of them, of course, was the Khans of Tarkir symbol, which will appear on all cards in this set so as to make sure that players know what set they’re from. This can be seen to the right, and not much can be inferred from it. It’s simple sword on shield design simply furthers the connections to Far East Asia. Second was the featured image to this post, which shows numerous types of creatures, most notably humans and a dragon, plus what look like Thrulls, atop a ridge, all dressed in ancient Asian garb. Or, you know, the Western of interpretation of what everyone wore in ancient Far East Asia.
But you know what the best part is? The final teaser image reveals one of the set’s Planeswalkers! This is a veteran Planeswalker, one that has been printed twice already: Sarkhan Vol, the lord of Dragons. He is also wearing Far East Asian garb, furthering the theme of the block.
Khans of Tarkir will be released on September 26th of this year, with prerelease events taking place on September 20th and 21st. It will be released to Magic Online on the 6th of October. Khans of Takir contains a fairly standard 269 cards.