Planechase 2012

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Planechase 2012
Planechase 2012
Planechase2012 title.jpg
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description Planes
Design Mark Globus (lead),
Kelly Digges,
Dave Guskin,
Ryan Miller
Development Mark L. Gottlieb (lead),
Ryan Miller,
Lee Sharpe,
Ken Troop,
with contributions from Matt Tabak
Art direction Jeremy Jarvis
Release date June 1, 2012
Plane Alara, Azgol, Belenon, Dominaria, Equilor, Ergamon, Fabacin, Innistrad, Kamigawa, Kephalai, Kolbahan, Kyneth, Lorwyn, Mirrodin, Mongseng, New Phyrexia, Ravnica, Regatha, Shandalar, Vryn, Zendikar
Themes and mechanics Plane cards, Phenomenons
Keywords/​ability words Cascade, Devour, Ninjutsu, Totem armor
Set size 156+40 plane cards (four 60+10-card theme decks)
Expansion code PC2[1]
Planechase series
Planechase Planechase 2012 Planechase Anthology
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Avacyn Restored Planechase 2012 Magic 2013

Planechase 2012, officially styled as Planechase (2012 Edition), is a set of four "game packs", each consisting of ten oversized plane cards, a 60-card deck, a six-sided planar die and a strategy insert with multiplayer rules.[2][3] It was released in June, 2012.

Details[edit | edit source]

Planechase 2012 is built on the same Planar Magic variant format as its predecessor Planechase.[4] Each player has, in addition to their deck, an additional randomized deck consisting of at least ten oversized plane cards, their Planar deck. At any given moment, one of the plane cards of one players' Planar decks is face-up and its effect is active.

Any player can roll the planar die during their turn at any time they could cast a sorcery, and re-roll as many times as they want with each roll costing {1} more than the previous one. If the die shows the planeswalker symbol ({PW}), the current active plane is put on the bottom of its owners deck, and the player who rolled the die reveals the top card of their deck as the new plane. If the chaos symbol ({CHAOS}) is rolled, a specific effect on the currently revealed plane is triggered.

Planechase 2012 introduced a new card type, Phenomenon. Phenomena are similar to plane cards and are also put into the Planar deck, but represent one-time effects. When a Phenomenon is revealed, its effect is triggered, and then the player planeswalks to the next plane.[5]

Like the Commander decks, Planechase 2012 introduced new, eternal format legal cards to the game. There were a total of 21 new cards between the four decks. Each deck had six new cards, with one card appearing in every deck. Three cards reprinted in the set featured new artwork. They are Armored Griffin, Concentrate, and Dark Hatchling.

When Planechase 2012 came out, there were release events. These features a special promo card that was not included in any of the four decks: Stairs to Infinity.[6]

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

Each of the four theme decks revisits a keyword.[7][8]

  • Chaos Reigns features Cascade. As such, it embraces randomness and chaos, burying its opponents under the weight of multiple spells and creature-entry effects in a turn.
  • Night of the Ninja features Ninjutsu. To support that theme, it contains small evasive creatures that can get through your opponents' defenses and get upgraded to Ninja-hood. It also has some card-drawing and control elements.
  • Primordial Hunger features Devour. The deck is filled with creatures that love to die, often giving you replacement creatures in the process. tokens abound.
  • Savage Auras features Totem armor. Enchantments and enchantment-supporting spells are en masse, alongside creatures that thrive under the effects of Auras.
deck name
Colors included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Chaos Reigns W U B R G
Night of the Ninja U B
Primordial Hunger R G
Savage Auras W G

Cycles[edit | edit source]

The planar die

Planechase 2012 has one cycle consisting of one card per deck.

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]