Planar Chaos

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Planar Chaos
PLC logo.jpg
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description overlapping planes
Design Bill Rose (lead)
Matt Place
Mark Rosewater
Paul Sottosanti
Development Devin Low (lead)
Zvi Mowshowitz
Brian Schneider
Henry Stern
Mike Turian
Art direction Jeremy Jarvis
Release date February 2, 2007
Plane Dominaria
Themes and
Timeshifted cards,
Split cards,
Keywords and/
or ability words
Split second,
Set size 165
(60 commons, 55 uncommons, 50 rares)
Expansion code PLC[1]
Development codename Crackle
Time Spiral block
Time Spiral Planar Chaos Future Sight
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Time Spiral Planar Chaos Future Sight

Planar Chaos is the forty-first Magic expansion and was released in February 2007 as the second set in the Time Spiral block. Prerelease Events were held on January 20, 2007.[2][3]

Set details[edit | edit source]

Planar Chaos contains 165 all new black-bordered cards (50 rares, 55 uncommons, and 60 commons), including a 45-card "timeshifted" subset (ten rares, 15 uncommons, and 20 commons). The theme of this expansion is "the (alternate) present"; to fit the theme of of the block ("time").[4][5] Its expansion symbol is a depiction of two overlapping planes.[6] There are no artifacts in Planar Chaos.

Timeshifted[edit | edit source]

See also Planar Chaos/Trivia#Timeshifted_references.

The 45 timeshifted cards in Planar Chaos (also known as colorshifted or planeshifted) represent cards being reprinted from an alternate reality. They are each functionally identical to an old card, with the crucial exception of their color (and possibly with a different creature type, or referencing a different color or land type in its abilities). Cards that were timeshifted in Planar Chaos had a slightly different border, and their title and types were written in white instead of black. In contrast to Time Spiral, they had regular colored expansion symbols.

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Planar Chaos was sold in 15-card boosters, four preconstructed theme decks and a fat pack[7]. The decks and the fat pack contained a Pro Tour Players Card. The booster packs featured artwork from Radha, Heir to Keld, Jedit Ojanen of Efrava and Darkheart Sliver.[8] The prerelease card was the foil alternate art Oros, the Avenger.[9] The release card was Hedge Troll. The set was accompanied by the novel of the same name, written by Scott McGough and Timothy Sanders.

The booster packs included eight "normal" commons, three "timeshifted" commons, two "normal" uncommons, one "normal" rare and one "timeshifted" rare or uncommon card (there are three times as many "timeshifted" uncommon cards than there are "timeshifted" rare cards, making it three times as likely that an uncommon will appear in this slot).

Additional art for several tokens was designed for Magic Online.[10][11]

Flavor and Storyline[edit | edit source]

Main article: Planar Chaos (novel)

Dominaria’s temporal fabric is no longer fraying at the edges — it’s ripping down the middle.[12] The time rifts have not only merged the past with the present, but also splintered the timeline into thousands of alternate histories.[13] These divergent Dominarias overlap with the known world in bizarre ways, combining the familiar with the shockingly new. Teferi, having lost his Planeswalker's spark, still struggles to mend the planar rifts before they corrode the very structure of the multiverse. With his allies Jhoira and Venser, he has already succeeded in restoring the wayward region of Shiv to its natural place in Dominaria, healing one rift. But danger awaits them as the trio attempts to teleport to Urborg: the chaos of an alternate Dominaria…[14][15]

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Flash, split second and suspend were introduced in Time Spiral. Echo,[16] flanking, kicker, madness, morph are all keywords used in previous sets. Planar Chaos marked the first appearance of spells with echo costs that did not match their casting costs, as well as the first appearance of single color split cards.

Vanishing is introduced in this expansion, which works similarly to fading from Nemesis. Vanishing uses time counters to interact with suspend cards and induces sacrifice at the removal of the final counter to make the mechanic more intuitive than its predecessor.[17]

In keeping with the theme of alternate realities converging, Planar Chaos features numerous cards with abilities "usually" assigned to another color:

Creature types[edit | edit source]

The following creature types are introduced in this expansion: Hellion.

The following creature types are used in this expansion but also appear in previous sets: Angel, Ape, Assassin, Avatar, Beast, Bird, Cat, Centaur, Cleric, Dragon, Drake, Druid, Elemental, Elf, Fungus, Gargoyle, Giant, Goblin, Horror, Illusion, Insect, Kavu, Knight, Lhurgoyf, Merfolk, Phoenix, Rebel, Rogue, Serpent, Shade, Shaman, Shapeshifter, Sliver, Snake, Soldier, Spellshaper, Sphinx, Spider, Spirit, Treefolk, Troll, Vampire, Wall, Warrior, Wizard, Wurm, Zombie.

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Planar Chaos has ten cycles and three vertical cycles:

Vertical cycle[edit | edit source]

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

The preconstructed theme decks are:[24][25]

deck name
Colors included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Endless March W R
Ixidor's Legacy U
Rituals of Rebirth W B G
Unraveling Mind B R

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Main article: Planar Chaos/Trivia

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mike Gills. (December 21, 2009.) "Time Spiral Block (TPF) Sealed Deck Tournament II",, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Magic Arcana. (May 08, 2006.) "Announcing Planar Chaos",, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Brian David-Marshall. (January 15, 2007.) "Planar Chaos Prerelease Primer",, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater. (January 08, 2007.) "Chaos Theory",, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Rei Nakazawa. (January 08, 2007.) "Order and (Planar) Chaos",, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Magic Arcana. (October 26, 2006.) "Planar Chaos Logo & Symbol",, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Magic Arcana. (March 27, 2007.) "Fat Pack Cardbox Art",, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Magic Arcana. (January 04, 2007.) "Planar Chaos Booster Packaging",, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Magic Arcana. (January 16, 2007.) "Planar Chaos Prerelease Card",, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Magic Arcana. (March 15, 2007.) "Planar Chaos Token Art 1",, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Magic Arcana. (March 22, 2007.) "Planar Chaos Token Art 2",, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Rei Nakazawa. (February 05, 2007.) "Flavor From the Chaos",, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Magic Arcana. (January 11, 2007.) "Dominaria’s Greener Alternate Pasts",, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Michael G. Ryan (January, 2007) "Destiny"., Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Doug Beyer. (March 01, 2007.) "Backwards Through the Looking Glass",, Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Mark Rosewater. (March 12, 2007.) "You Can Say That Again",, Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Mark Rosewater. (January 15, 2007.) "Utter Chaos",, Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Brady Dommermuth. (January 18, 2007.) "Controlled Chaos",, Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Magic Arcana. (February 06, 2007.) "Planar Chaos Charms",, Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Blake Rasmussen. (August 28, 2014.) "The Dragons of Planar Chaos",, Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Aaron Forsythe. (January 19, 2007.) "The Rebirth of Cool",, Wizards of the Coast.
  22. Aaron Forsythe. (January 12, 2007.) "A Trip to the Library",, Wizards of the Coast.
  23. Magic Arcana. (March 06, 2007.) "Boom/Bust Mural",, Wizards of the Coast.
  24. Magic Arcana. (December 14, 2006.) "Unwrap the Planar Chaos Theme Decks",, Wizards of the Coast.
  25. Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar. (April 02, 2007.) "Preconstructing Planar Chaos",, Wizards of the Coast.

External links[edit | edit source]

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