Khans of Tarkir block

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The Khans of Tarkir block consists of the large expansion Khans of Tarkir (), the small expansion Fate Reforged () and a final large set Dragons of Tarkir (). It is the 21st block in Magic: The Gathering history. The block was released over 2014–2015.[1] Khans of Tarkir block is the last of the three-set blocks.[2]

Sets[edit | edit source]

Logo Khans of Tarkir.png
Logo Fate Reforged.png
Logo Dragons of Tarkir.png

Description[edit | edit source]


On September 9, 2013, Wizards of the Coast filed for a trademark for "Warlords of Khanar". This turned to be renamed as Khans of Tarkir. Each of the clans in the block is loosely based on a different Asian culture (architecture, clothing and so on).[3] The Mardu are based on the Mongol hordes, the Jeskai are based on the Chinese Shaolin Monks, the Abzan are based on the Ottoman Turks, the Sultai are based on the Khmer Empire and the Temur are based on shamanistic Siberian culture.

The Khans of Tarkir block has a unique draft structure: the second (small) set is drafted with both large sets, but the large sets are never drafted together.[4][5] The draft structure is the first thing from which the first set was built.[6] All three sets feature Morph or Morph-like mechanic.

There will be a change in rotation structure in view of Standard too, once Theros block and Magic 2015 are being rotated out in September 2015. The Khans of Tarkir and Fate Reforged will be treated as an independent block in the new 3-block rotation, while the second large set in this block and Magic Origins will be treated as another. As a result of that, the prior two sets will be rotated out in Spring 2016, while the latter two will be rotated out in Autumn 2016.

Although Khans of Tarkir is a wedge set, it was explicitly denied that the whole block would be wedge oriented. Instead, the block was to be all about change, and contained a time traveling element.[7]</ref> As Sarkhan Vol traveled from the present Khans of Tarkir to the past (Fate Reforged) he changed the time stream by rescuing Ugin. He returned in an alternate present (Dragons of Tarkir).[8] The second does not contain three-color gold cards. The color identity of the cards is instead marked by the use of hybrid ability activation cost. The last set focused on Two-Color Dragon Broods.

It was said that there are elements in the storyline that may play out over a long time in other blocks.[3]

Mega cycles[edit | edit source]

The Khans of Tarkir block has two mega cycles.

Cycle name Set White card(s) Blue card(s) Black card(s) Red card(s) Green card(s)
Uncommon 6-drop
4/4 flying dragons
Fate Reforged Wardscale Dragon
Mindscour Dragon
Noxious Dragon
Shockmaw Dragon
Destructor Dragon
Dragons of Tarkir Enduring Scalelord
Cunning Breezedancer
Ruthless Deathfang
Swift Warkite
Savage Ventmaw

Intra block references[edit | edit source]

The block features several cards that reference cards from the other sets.

  • The basic lands from each set depict the same place at different point in the timeline
  • The Khans/Fate Reforged Life-gain Taplands depict the same place at different points in the timeline.
  • The Khans fetchlands depict the corpses of the Dragonlords featured in Fate Reforged and Dragons of Tarkir.
  • The Khans from Khans of Tarkir have alternates in Dragons of Tarkir

Mirrored cards[edit | edit source]

Combo[edit | edit source]

Renowned Weaponsmith from Fate Reforged combos with either Heart-Piercer Bow from Khans or Vial of Dragonfire from Dragons.

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wizards of the Coast. (May 19, 2014.) "Announcing Khans of Tarkir",, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (August 25, 2014.) "Metamorphosis",, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. a b Wizards of the Coast. (November 7, 2014.) "PAX Australia Magic Panel",, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater. (July 26, 2014.) "What do you mean by "small set is drafted with both large sets"?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  5. Sam Stoddard. (January 30, 2015 .) "Time Travel Ain't Easy",, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Mark Rosewater. (July 26, 2014.) "How early in Tarkir Block design was the unique Large-Small-Large draft format set in stone?", Blogatog, Tumblr.
  7. Mark Rosewater. (January 12, 2015.) "Fate-Ful Stories, Part 1",, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. The Magic Creative Team. (April 29, 2015.) "The Story of Tarkir Block",, Wizards of the Coast.

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