The Battle for Zendikar block is composed of the large expansion Battle for Zendikar () and the small expansion Oath of the Gatewatch (). Battle for Zendikar block was the first block to follow the Two-Block Paradigm after the mini-blocks of Lorwyn and Shadowmoor.
The Battle for Zendikar block was released over 2015–2016. The block focuses on the battle between the Eldrazi and the Zendikari. The colorless matters theme of the block interacts with the morph variants of the previous block. In retrospect, Mark Rosewater expressed regret that R&D hadn't focused on the popular "adventure world"-theme of the Zendikar block, instead of on the less popular Eldrazi.
Mechanics introduced in this block: Devoid, Ingest, Rally, Awaken, Converge, Support, Cohort, Surge, and colorless mana costs.
The Zendikar Expeditions, although appearing in the booster packs, are not considered to be part of the block.
The Battle for Zendikar block was initially planned as a block of three sets, featuring an Eldrazi titan in each expansion. But due the entrance of the Two-Block Paradigm, the third set was cut (and thus Emrakul whisked away of Zendikar).
- ↑ Mark Rosewater. (May 9, 2016.) “Because Salt Makes Mistakes Taste Great”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ Wizards of the Coast. (September 23, 2015.) “Battle for Zendikar Release Notes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ Sam Stoddard. (September 7, 2015 .) “"Creature" Lands”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- ↑ Mark Rosewater. (September 07, 2015.) "Is BFZ going to have all 5 enemy-colors manlands?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
- ↑ Mark Rosewater. (January 03, 2016.) "Was the original plan that the third set would be Emrakul's?", Blogatog, Tumblr.