Mark Globus (lead),|
Mark L. Gottlieb (lead),|
with contributions from Matt Tabak
|Art direction||Jeremy Jarvis|
|Release date||June 1, 2012|
|Plane cards, Phenomenons|
or ability words
|Cascade, Devour, Ninjutsu, Totem armor|
|Set size||156+40 plane cards (four 60+10-card theme decks)|
|Magic: The Gathering chronology|
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.   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.  Each player has, in addition to his or her deck, an additional randomized deck consisting of at least ten oversized plane cards, his or her 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 a planar die during his or her turn whenever he could play a sorcery, and re-roll as many times as he wants with each roll costing more than the previous one. If the die shows the planeswalker symbol (), 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 his deck as the new plane. If the chaos symbol () 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. 
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.
Theme decks[edit | edit source]
- 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.
|Night of the Ninja||U||B|
Cycles[edit | edit source]
Planechase 2012 has one cycle consisting of one card per deck.
- Legendary creatures: Each deck has a multicolored legendary creature which works with its central theme listed above — Krond the Dawn-Clad, Maelstrom Wanderer, Thromok the Insatiable, and Vela the Night-Clad.
Notable cards[edit | edit source]
- Baleful Strix is a tournament viable creature in Legacy thanks to its several abilities for a low mana cost: it is evasive, it can be used like a removal thanks to deathtouch and it makes draw a card.
References[edit | edit source]
- Planechase 2012 Edition product information page — Wizards of the Coast
- Monty Ashley. (Nov 23, 2011.) “Announcing Planechase (2012 Edition)”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (May 21, 2012.) “Changing Planes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Gottlieb. (May 21, 2012.) “Inside Planechase”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Zac Hill. (May 25, 2012.) “Rolling Planes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Monty Ashley. (May 22, 2012.) “Planechase (2012 Edition) Release Promo”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Monty Ashley. (May 23, 2012.) “Planechase (2012 Edition) Decks”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Monty Ashley. (May 28, 2012.) “Planechase (2012 Edition) Decklists”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.