War of the Spark
is the 81st Magic
expansion. It will be released on May 3, 2019. Officially, it is not part of a block
. However, it is part of a series of three consecutive sets on the same world, unofficially referred to as the Guilds of Ravnica block
. The set is accompanied by the first major paper Magic novel
after an eight year break. While all previous sets on Ravnica focused on the ten Ravnican guilds
, this set will focus on the culmination of the Bolas Arc
simply using the world as a backdrop.
The set features a "crazy" element that has never been tried before: it contains 36 planeswalkers. Each booster pack contains a planeswalker card, and all planeswalkers are new cards (no reprints).
The storyline and set will revolve around the fight between the Gatewatch and Nicol Bolas. The fight turns into an all-out planeswalker war. Dozens of powerful planeswalkers, from many disparate realities, unite against the elder dragon, who has claimed dominion over Ravnica and is perilously close to completing the spell that will grant him godhood. As they fight alongside the Gatewatch—led by Chandra Nalaar, Jace Beleren, and Gideon Jura—against Bolas and his relentless army of Eternals, nothing less than the fate of the multiverse is at stake.