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“Nix”: A Landless Magic Set February 17, 2010

Posted by James in : all, fake cards, previews, speculation , trackback

nix landless magic symbolWe already know what Magic will look like in 2060 and 2070. Now I know what Magic will look like in 2063. This is the year that Magic will develop the all 0 casting cost set. They tried an all gold set in 2009. They tried an all land set in 2017. The time will come for a 0 casting cost set. No lands will be required to play Magic.

Why will no lands be required? They just won’t be needed anymore. 0 casting cost spells will become pretty powerful. Lands will seem “too weak” by some players. The no land set will be so successful that a three year period from the year 2067 to 2069 will also be landless. Lands will only be reintroduced after the new basic lands are developed to spice things up.

Wait a minute! Why make a mono colored deck, then? Or why not just drop your hand on the first turn? To answer these questions, just take a look at some of the commons from the set:

meteor strike

Cards like Meteor Strike can be played by the first turn, but you can’t play more than one of them on the first turn. Replacing a land drop will be especially significant if you try to mix Nix with a deck that uses lands.

Why doesn’t Meteor Strike have a mana cost? Because you can’t cast it. It is only playable in a way similar to playing lands.

night of the living dead

Night of the Living Dead uses Suspend, a Magic ability from Timespiral. Waiting until two turns later for the effect is pretty significant 63 years in the future.

Shivan Youth

Shivan Youth has an ability similar to Serra Avenger. Waiting until turn 3 to play it is fairly significant in the future. You don’t want to get stuck with a hand of Shivan Youths.

I will show a couple more cards using twitter.

The art used for Meteor Strike is by E. Weiß and it is in the public domain. The art used for Night of the Living Dead is a modified image used for the Shaun of the Dead poster. The art used for Shivan Youth is by deligaris and it is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.


1. 神の一手 - February 18, 2010

That set would make people Chalice of the Void so good in Vintage or Legacy. Engineered Explosives would be good too if you can get the 2 mana to pop it. Powder Keg would also be a super star.

2. James - February 19, 2010

Anything that makes spells more expensive could also be good.

However, none of those cards would do anything against cards like Meteor Strike. You never actually “cast” them.

3. 神の一手 - February 19, 2010

It could be way simplified to something like

Channel red 3 - skip your land drop this turn, discard Meteor Storm: Meteor Storm deals 7 damage to target creature or player.

Yes, that can be stifled so it is a minor functional change, but it is templated nicer.

4. James - February 20, 2010

That might work, but I don’t know if I like it much more. It isn’t clear that you can’t skip a land draw during an opponent’s turn, or even after you already played a land and so on. It is pretty simple the way it is written now. “If x, you can do y instead of playing a land.” Some cards will just say, “You can discard this instead of playing a land.”

Wizards of the Coast thought about making a “replace land drop” mechanic, but I’m not sure how they replaced it.

5. James - March 4, 2010

It looks like I phrased the land replacement cost wrong. Right now the land replacement spells don’t even use the stack, so discarding the creatures might not be necessary. It would probably make more sense to say, “You may play this instead of playing a land without paying its mana cost.”

6. Jargin - March 30, 2010

7 damage is a bit much don’t ya think?

7. James - March 30, 2010


You should take a look at my power creep post http://www.recoculous.com/2008/10/21/power-creep-part-1/

So far the Dragon has been found to be too good.