Jiang Yanggu & Mu Yanling
|Symbol description||Waves in front of a mountain|
with contributions by:
|Art direction||Dawn Murin|
|Release date||June 22, 2018|
|Plane||Plane of Mountains and Seas|
|Set size||Two 60-card decks|
|Magic: The Gathering Chronology|
Global Series: Jiang Yanggu & Mu Yanling is a pair of Chinese-market-specific Planeswalker Decks featuring two new Planeswalkers, and new cards themed around their story. It was released on June 22, 2018.
These two 60-card decks were originally designed by a team of Chinese artists, writers, and folklorists to explore a new branch of Magic lore rooted in Chinese aesthetics and mythology. A similar English version of the same product was created for international audiences. The decks are only released in the Chinese Simplified and English languages.
The set only features four types of basic lands, which are based on locations, stories, and/or traditional Chinese representations of these land types. The Swamp is missing because none of the decks feature black spells.
Despite the name Global Series this product is one of a kind.
The story takes place on the Plane of Mountains and Seas, inspired by the Chinese Classic of Mountains and Seas, a compilation of mythic geography and myth. While Jiang Yanggu searches for his identity, Mu Yanling is digging for arcane secrets that might right the wrongs of her past.
Jiang Yanggu and Mu Yanling ware created in a collaboration between the Chinese office of Wizards of the Coast and US R&D. Unlike the previous foray in the Chinese market, Portal Three Kingdoms (1999), this set is part of Magic canon, is directly compatible with other current sets. While the cards in it are not designed for serious tournament play, Wizards of the Coast wanted to make sure the fans it was created for — new, Chinese-speaking fans — could still play with the cards at a Friday Night Magic when they were starting out. The set is Standard legal exclusively in mainland China. Though the cards will be legal for Legacy and Vintage use, they will not be legal in Modern. In order to avoid fractures in the international competitive scene, Play Design made sure that the cards were balanced so that none of them were cards appealing for Constructed.
Similar to Duel Decks, both decks are sold in one package.
The set features one double-faced token:
Themes and mechanics
- Brilliant Plan, first printed in Portal Three Kingdoms, last seen in Commander 2013.
- Cloak of Mists, first printed in Urza's Saga.
- Giant Spider, first printed in Alpha, last seen in Amonkhet.
- Welkin Tern, first printed in Zendikar, last seen in Magic 2015.
- Two allied colored dual taplands, first printed in Oath of the Gatewatch, last seen in Dominaria.
- Aggressive Instinct is a functional reprint of Rabid Bite.
- Colorful Feiyi Sparrow is a functional reprint of Concordia Pegasus, Territorial Roc, and Makindi Aeronaut, save for creature types.
- Dragon's Presence is a functional reprint of Sandblast.
- Earthshaking Si is a functional reprint of Giant Warthog and Moss Kami, save for creature types.
- Feiyi Snake is a functional reprint of Grappler Spider, save for creature types.
- Ferocious Zheng is a functional reprint of Rumbling Baloth, save for creature types.
- Hardened-Scale Armor is a functional reprint of Oakenform.
- Nine-Tail White Fox is a functional reprint of Stealer of Secrets, save for creature types.
- Purple-Crystal Crab is a functional reprint of Oculus, save for creature types.
- Stormcloud Spirit is a functional reprint of Air Elemental, save for creature types.
- English Product page
- 幻境奇谭 (Original Product page)
- Blake Rasmussen (May 18, 2018). "Global Series: meet Jiang Yanggu and Mu Yanling". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Blake Rasmussen (February 14, 2018). "Valentine's Day Mini–Announcement Day". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Gavin Verhey (June 7, 2018). "Creating Global Series: Jiang Yanggu and Mu Yanling". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.