If you love giant monsters and collectible fantasy card games then you’re in luck! Today we learned that the newest Magic: The Gathering pack Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths will feature some of the classic kaiju including the King of Monsters himself, Godzilla.
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As you can see from the rad examples above, the Godzilla characters will feature on legitimate, usable, and powerful Magic cards. They would make solid additions to any deck. In an exclusive pre-release interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Wizards of the Coast product architect Mark Heggen explained why the massive monster was a natural addition to the sprawling card game.”We grew up watching Godzilla and for years we’d wanted to create a set that captures the scale and excitement of those classic giant monster movies. All Magic sets have monsters of some variety, but we wanted to dial things all the way up and express that building-smashing, shake-the-ground, “run!” type of drama that those movies do so well.”
Wizards of the Coast, by Antonio Jose Manzanedo
Heggen explained Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths will focus on “a brand-new world called Ikoria” which will act as “a playground for our own new batch of gigantic monsters.”
“…at some point we decided to just invite the biggest, baddest monster of all to join us. We’ve never done anything like this before, but for this set the idea of having Godzilla and his friends crash the party just felt natural,” Heggen added.
Wizards of the Coast says 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.”
Wizards of the Coast
One of our favorite parts about the series (which will feature 16 Godzilla cards in North America and 19 in Japan) is that they’ve gotten some incredible artists including one of our comic book faves, Daniel Warren Johnson to create the images. The complete card list is:
- 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.
You can pre-order this super cool addition to the world of Magic: The Gathering right now! Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths releases April 16, 2020 on Magic: The Gathering Arena, with full retail store worldwide release on May 15, 2020. We cannot wait to wield the powers of Godzilla and his buds.
Featured Image: Wizards of the Coast, by Antonio Jose Manzanedo