Godzilla comes to Magic: The Gathering with Ikoria

Dr. Ichiro Serizawa: Nature has an order. A power to restore balance. I believe he is that power.

Godzilla (2014)

It’s been a while since we had some Magic: The Gathering content here on Australian Tabletop Gaming Network, but this mornings announcement from Wizards of the Coast is absolutely worthy.

What started initially as ‘just another set release’ sure escalated quickly with the announcement of Godzilla (and friends) joining the game.

Here is the official spiel –

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Magic: The Gathering’s rich and engaging multiverse offers such unique opportunities to explore new worlds like Ikoria, filled with incredible monsters that are larger than life,” said Kyoko Yoshida, Sr Manager, Japan Sales and Marketing, Wizards of the Coast. “Collaborating with TOHO CO., LTD to bring the Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah and more onto the same world to battle with Magic’s Planeswalkers and new creatures for a first-of-its-kind collaboration is an extraordinary experience that we can’t wait for players to enjoy.”

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is the spring 2020 premier card set for Magic: The Gathering and introduces players to a brand new world full of incredible monsters and the humans that bond with them. The set introduces players to Lukka, a proud member of the Coppercoats, the military unit that protects the city of Drannith from Ikoria’s savage monsters. Lukka’s world is forever changed when he forms a mystical connection with a ferocious, winged cat. Such bonds are treasonous in Drannith, forcing Lukka to flee from the very home he was sworn to protect. Now an outcast monster “bonder,” Lukka must survive the wilds of Ikoria with the help of planeswaker Vivien Reid.

Each Godzilla Monster Series card will feature a monster from the pantheon of the Godzilla franchise as a Magic card from Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths. There will be a total of 16 Godzilla Series Monster cards available in English, with three more available only in Japanese.

  • Anguirus, Armored Killer
  • Babygodzilla, Ruin Reborn
  • Biollante, Plant Beast Form
  • Bio-Quartz Spacegodzilla
  • Destoroyah, Perfect Lifeform
  • Dorat, the Perfect Pet
  • Ghidorah, King of the Cosmos
  • Gigan, Cyberclaw Terror
  • Godzilla, Doom Inevitable
  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters
  • Godzilla, Primeval Champion
  • King Caesar, Ancient Guardian
  • King Caesar, Awoken Titan
  • Mothra, Supersonic Queen
  • Rodan, Titan of Winged Fury
  • Spacegodzilla, Void Invader
  • 決戦兵器、メカゴジラ (Crystalline Giant – Japanese only)
  • 暗黒破壊獣、バトラ (Dirge Bat – Japanese only)
  • モスラの巨大な繭 (Mothra’s Great Cocoon – Japanese only)

Fans will only be able to obtain Godzilla, King of the Monsters (while supplies last) by purchasing a draft booster pack display through a Wizards Play Network store. Each sealed draft booster pack display will contain a random Godzilla Series Monster card. Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Collector Boosters will also contain two random Godzilla Series Monster cards. The Godzilla Series Monster cards will not appear in draft booster packs.

The Godzilla Series Monster cards will also appear in Magic: The Gathering Arena as card styles. Players will receive the card styles as a special bonus when purchasing Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths bundles of six or more booster packs inside the Magic: The Gathering Arena client.

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That all sounds pretty cool right? Considering the current pandemic you’re not going to be playing in any physical pre-release or launch day events sadly. You might be cracking open a box with your family at the dinner table though. More than likely though you’ll be enjoying this release online with Magic: The Gathering Arena.

If you couldn’t pause the video quickly enough near the end there, here is a capture of the big fella himself –

I have to admit that when I first heard of this on Wednesday and immediately thought it was an April Fool prank. I’m not entirely sure how Godzilla fits into the Magic: The Gathering lore, but it’s cool. No doubt fans of the character and his movies will be chasing these cards for their collections.

It also opens the door for potentially more crossovers with other properties.

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths releases April 16, 2020 on Magic: The Gathering Arena, with full retail store worldwide release on May 15, 2020. For more information, see Ikoria.com.

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