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Battle for Zendikar will be the 68th Magic expansion, and the first in the Battle for Zendikar block. It will be released October 2, 2015. The block is the first to only feature two sets. Battle for Zendikar is a large expansion and contains 274 cards, which is 5 more than the current default for large sets.
Battle for Zendikar returns the storyline to Zendikar which previously has been featured in the Zendikar block. It is a plane of adventure, many treasures, and potent mana supplies. The plane is littered with large, floating polyhedron-shaped stones called hedrons, that were created by Nahiri, the Kor Lithomancer. Together with Ugin and Sorin Markov she used them to trap the horrendous Eldrazi on the plane. Thousands of years later, the meeting of Sarkhan Vol, Chandra Nalaar and Jace Beleren in the Eye of Ugin chamber unintentionally loosened the bonds that kept the Eldrazi in torpor. The Eldrazi were finally released by the elf Nissa Revane, thinking that they would leave Zendikar far behind them. She was wrong. Two years after the initial destruction, at least Ulamog is still around.
The adventurers of Zendikar, even severely outgunned as they are, won't fold to the Eldrazi abominations. They have the Zendikar angels, who are set to redeem themselves, at their side. The planet itself already created the Roil to battle the drones. But it will probably take the assistance of planeswalkers to overcome the Eldrazi again. Now, Gideon Jura takes the lead of a group of planeswalkers in facing the Eldrazi alongside the residents of Zendikar. Meanwhile, the trapped planeswalker-turned-demon Ob Nixilis is desperate for a way off of the plane.