~You may have recalled last November when we first introduced to a mysterious Elf Planeswalker who we learned was Nissa Revane. In today's article, A Different Kind of Origin Story, Doug Beyer lifts the lid off the pot so we can smell what's cooking. We already know that Nissa will make an appearence in the new Duels of the Planeswalkers game what is news however that she is also expected in the upcoming Zendikar expansion due out in October, 2009.
Here is what Doug had to say today . . .
This is Nissa Revane, a proud and ruthless nature-mage. She seeks to prove that her people, the elves, are the true heirs and best stewards of the planes of the Multiverse. She hails from a world known as Zendikar—and you'll see her card by October of this year.
If you want an early glimpse of Nissa's character in action, check out Duels of the Planeswalkers for XBOX and PC: Nissa is a combatant that you'll face as you play through the game. A word of warning: Nissa prefers action to words. She's a master summoner, and she knows the blades and arrows of her elf warriors speak louder than any rhetoric.
Note for the curious: Nissa's art, by Jaime Jones, was slightly altered for the purposes of Duels' packaging and marketing, because the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rejected the original art for use on packaging. They felt her outfit was a bit too revealing. We felt it was in-bounds for fantasy art on a "T for Teen" product, but we're not the ESRB, and that's the way it goes sometimes. So we had Jaime Jones tweak the piece to meet those standards for Duels. Nissa's original art will remain wherever her card appears—on her card in the Duels game, in Magic Online, and of course in booster packs of Zendikar.
Let's speculate about the abilities briefly again - - Firstly - I'm thinking that there will be TWO positive (+) abilities and one negative (-) ability.
Mana Cost : 2GB
+1 : Put a 1/1 black and green elf warrior creature token into play.
+1 : Target creature gets +2/+2 and flying until end of turn.
-8 : Destroy four target permanents
Speaking of Duels of the Planeswalkers, here is something interesting that came in the mail tube to core and advanced organisers . . .
Magic: The Gathering -
Duels of the Planeswalkers - Sample Deck Promotion! July 1 - December 31, 2009 Wizards of the Coast is launching an exciting new promotion, one specifically designed to drive new players to your location and we'd like you to participate! Wizards will be sending purchasers of Duels of the Planeswalkers, the new Xbox LIVE Arcade title, a flyer for two free sample decks. These sample decks will be available at participating WPN locations. We provide the decks, you reap the benefits of potential new players. And by taking part in this promotion, we'll add your location to the online WPN locator created specifically for this promotion. It's a win-win offer, for you and Magic players. Indeed, with all the new players this promotion could generate, you might want to think about finding some extra chairs!