April 2016: Shadows over Innistrad

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Posted on Oct. 31, 2015, 6:42 p.m. by JWiley129

Announced during GP Indy, the Spring 2016 set is Shadows over Innistrad!

Teaser Video

Edits for FAQ:

  • Here is Mark Rosewater on why we're getting two returns in a row.

Shadows over Innistrad Trailer

Shadows over Innistrad Card Image Gallery

mathimus55 says... #2


October 31, 2015 6:44 p.m.

Ooooh. Two "return" blocks in a row? Interesting.

October 31, 2015 6:47 p.m.

swkelly89 says... #4

omg. i am freaking the fuck out

October 31, 2015 6:50 p.m.


Also, nice touch announcing it on Halloween.

October 31, 2015 6:51 p.m. Edited.

JWiley129 says... #6

LSV with the daggers:

October 31, 2015 6:51 p.m.

swkelly89 says... #7

could we see a good tibalt card??

October 31, 2015 6:56 p.m.

mathimus55 says... #8

Cue everyone demanding for a Snapcaster Mage reprint...

October 31, 2015 7:02 p.m.

NecroPony says... #9

Screw saving up for an oath box. I'm saving for Innistrad! Woooo!

October 31, 2015 7:03 p.m.

JWiley129 says... #10

mathimus55 - Yeah, and even the people who want it don't want two Flashback type effects in Standard with Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip in Standard at the same time.

October 31, 2015 7:07 p.m.

APPLE01DOJ says... #11

Think they'll reprint Lilly?

October 31, 2015 7:12 p.m.

JWiley129 says... #12

LotV didn't see a reprint in M15 b/c she was too strong for Standard. I don't know if that will change with Siege Rhino rotating out of Standard when SOI comes out.

October 31, 2015 7:13 p.m.

Snake_Oil says... #13

Given the image of the bloody feather and the warping symbol in the trailer, could be see some fallen angels in the set? The white of the former legendary angels replaced with black mana?

Maybe Avacyn and Griselbrand have combined into a gestalt being... Avagrys? (Yeah, not happening but c'mon, it'd be funny -- B/W Legendary Creature -- Demon Angel)

I'm just hoping for a good U/G legendary... Ludevic, perhaps?

October 31, 2015 7:16 p.m.

nayrash5 says... #14

I just hope this isn't a pale imitation of Innistrad like BFZ was to ZEN.

October 31, 2015 7:19 p.m.

TheFoilAjani says... #15

Bloody feathers... Evil Moon... Innistrad... Space Turkeys... Plane with Demons... Holy Symbols Decaying...


October 31, 2015 7:19 p.m.

JWiley129 says... #16

Skulloelegy - Except Liliana killed Griselbrand. It's probably Sorin coming back to Innistrad, Lili shows up for good measure, and something bad happens.

Things I expect in SOI: DFC's, Morbid, Graveyard Mechanics, Monster Tribal

Things I don't expect: Flashback, Soulbond, Miracle

October 31, 2015 7:19 p.m.

swkelly89 says... #17

maybe Nahiri goes to Innistrad looking for Sorin bc shes super dooper mad at him (for some reason?) and thats why the Avacyn symbol starts to warp

October 31, 2015 7:19 p.m.

JWiley129 says... #18

swkelly89 - That happened over 1000 years ago. But if she is, that'd be huge.

October 31, 2015 7:22 p.m. Edited.

1empyrean says... #19

I'm not surprised, especially given some of the things Ugin said to Jace at the Eye of Ugin (essentially, jace is being sent to find Sorin and/or Nahiri).

I want a new Tamiyo walker, and maybe vampire tribal will get something new.

October 31, 2015 7:24 p.m.

Goalith says... #20

oh boy, this better not be a let down like BFZ cause the backlash would be really REALLY bad this time. (not like it's not already bad with BFZ)

Also hoping for some nice reprints in Snapcaster Mage, or LotV, even Cavern of Souls would do nicely

October 31, 2015 7:25 p.m.

mpeach1 says... #21

I'm pumped for this. I'm really hoping for Tamiyo, LotV or maybe a new Liliana. I doubt we'll really see the Snapcaster reprint, but it would be awesome.

October 31, 2015 7:30 p.m.

JWiley129 says... #22

Cavern of Souls could be a legitimate reprint. Although I could see 5-color Eldrazi becoming a real deck with that reprinted. An uncounterable Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger would be hard to beat. Also, name human and have an uncounterable Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip :p

October 31, 2015 7:35 p.m.

ChiefBell says... #23

My hype is so high.

Hold me.

I can't.

October 31, 2015 7:50 p.m.

JWiley129 says... #24

*puts Void Winnower into the graveyard *

ChiefBell, sorry about that, can you even now? :p

October 31, 2015 7:51 p.m.

Lame_Duck says... #25

Eh, I would much prefer a new setting, personally.

October 31, 2015 7:58 p.m.

ChiefBell says... #26

My body is ready for a new Tibalt.

October 31, 2015 7:58 p.m.

ChiefBell says... #27

I am specifically excited because this was, far and away, the best set to draft....by a long shot. It had amazing balance. It was intricate. It gave birth to one of the finest standard seasons ever and just..... oh..... <3

October 31, 2015 8:01 p.m.

NecroPony says... #28

It was the set I started the game in so I'm pumped to visit my roots. I look back on Innistrad as my favorite time playing magic.

October 31, 2015 8:08 p.m.

Chandrian says... #29

so... are there any planeswalkers that may have a reason to go to Innistrad (or still be there) in the near future? I'm thinking of Nahiri, Sorin and/or Liliana.

(I'm guessing we won't get a reprint of Liliana of the Veil)

October 31, 2015 8:11 p.m.

swkelly89 says... #30

i feel like Tamiyo, the Moon Sage will still be there

October 31, 2015 8:14 p.m.

NecroPony says... #31

I'm a greedy person. I'd be perfectly fine is Lili doesn't get reprinted. She's my only card of such value.

October 31, 2015 8:14 p.m.

mpeach1 says... #32

I think we'll probably just get a new version of Liliana. I'd be fine with Tamiyo, the Moon Sage because she's awesome, but I wouldn't mind a new version of her as well.

I'm really hoping we keep a lot of original Innistrad mechanics too

October 31, 2015 8:23 p.m.

GoldGhost012 says... #33

Back to my very first block? Yessssss.

Hopefully it has something to do with Nicol Bolas. We haven't had much of our favorite Elder Dragon (in the present) for a while.

October 31, 2015 8:38 p.m.

Dark Confidant was a format altering player designed rare for 2cmc with a p/t of 2/1.

When we returned to Ravnica, instead of a bob reprint, we got a shitty spoof mythic in the form of Duskmantle Seer.

Snapcaster Mage was a format altering player designed rare for 2 cmc with a p/t of 2/1.

I cannot wait to see what shitty spoof mythic we get this time

October 31, 2015 8:56 p.m.

And so now that we returned to Zendikar, then returned to Innistrad, are gonna return to ravnica again? Or are we gonna return to Theros, which just rotated out?

My money is on Return to (return to) Ravnica

October 31, 2015 8:59 p.m.


I'm so hyped, I started playing shortly after Innistrad rotated.

October 31, 2015 9:04 p.m.

Nah, son, Return to Lorwyn : Kithkins Rising.

October 31, 2015 9:10 p.m.

VampireArmy says... #38

Looks like the the corruption spread from garruk into avacyn. Evil angels anyone?

October 31, 2015 9:25 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #39

I believe that Liliana of the Veil was too strong for standard with MBDevotion as a deck, not in a vacuum.

October 31, 2015 10:01 p.m.

saj0219 says... #40

My guess/hope: Liliana of the Veil reprint in Shadows over Innistrad and SnapcasterMage reprint in the next Modern Masters set.

October 31, 2015 10:08 p.m.

APPLE01DOJ says... #41

I'd be hype to go to Ravnica again. That's when I got into magic and that's my favorite standard.

October 31, 2015 10:42 p.m.

nfcnorth says... #42

I think we are more likely to see a new Liliana then a Liliana of the Veil reprint as she has the fewest number of versions out of any of the orignal 5 planeswalkers. Also it is very likely LotV gets a modern masters type set so it makes more sense to put a new version in Shadows over Innistrad over a reprint.

October 31, 2015 10:47 p.m.

-Fulcrum says... #43

So fucking hyped right now. By the way, FAMOUSWATERMELON, awesome image. Another thing I'm super hyped for.

October 31, 2015 10:55 p.m.

gnarlicide says... #44

I think I just pooped a little!

October 31, 2015 11:07 p.m.

My. Body. Is. Ready.

October 31, 2015 11:09 p.m.

Scytec says... #46

VAMPIRES!!! DEMONS!!! ANGELS!!! I am so ready. Screw this next set...I am buying a case of SoI. Oh my god. Innistrad is my favorite plane of all creation. Bar none.

October 31, 2015 11:34 p.m.

CastleSiege says... #47

Theory time.

By the end of the Tarkir block, Sorin reluctantly agrees with Ugin to go and search for Nahiri. It is probably safe to assume that she is not on Innistrad, otherwise there would have been mention of her the last time we were there. Knowing this, it is also safe to assume that Sorin most likely will not be on Innistrad during our re-visit because he will be amongst other planes looking for Nahiri.

So after seeing the tombstone and trees warp at the end of the Shadows over Innistrad teaser, the gears in my brain started turning. We know that the Eldrazi's story will be continued over several blocks. We also know that Kozilek and Emrakul have not been seen on Zendikar for some time. We know that Kozilek has the ability to warp reality around it (hence the tombstone) and Emrakul warps living things (the tree branches). If we take the title of the block literally, it could mean the immense shadows of Eldrazi looming over the plane.

I'm probably thinking too far into this lol.

As for reprints, I don't think we'll see Snapcaster Mage or Liliana of the Veil. Snappy would be too good in Standard with all of the commands and baby Jace. Liliana, as far as I know, has no reason to return to Innistrad because she has already killed Griselbrand.

October 31, 2015 11:40 p.m.

chessdude13 says... #48

I heard a rumor that the phyrexians invaded inistrad

October 31, 2015 11:54 p.m.

Rocknj06 says... #49

Better. Red. Vamps. That is all.

Also, if CastleSiege is correct in his theory, could we see a reprint of Inquisition of Kozilek?

I'm also looking forward to better green tribal humans. Out of all the colors, green is the weakest, least represented.

November 1, 2015 12:07 a.m.

-Fulcrum says... #50

Theory time.

Ignoring the possibility of Eldrazi because Innistrad is my favorite plane of all time and the mere concept it could be erased from existence is too much for me.

Avacyn's time in the Helvault infused her with black mana. It has been growing within her slowly, kinda like the Veil-curse in Garruk. When she used the Cursemute, she expelled a lot of the white mana within, which allowed the stain of the Helvault to take root. That's why her symbol was falling apart, that's why the angel feather turned dark, and that's why the trees were dying (the Cursemute was originally intended to fuse the "wild" aspect of lycanthrope, i.e. nature).

November 1, 2015 12:32 a.m.

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