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Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description Planes
Design Brian Tinsman (lead)
Aaron Forsythe
Peter Knudson
and Kenneth Nagle
Development Mike Turian (lead)
Dave Guskin
Peter Knudson
Scott Larabee
Mark Purvis
and Mark L. Gottlieb
Art direction Jeremy Jarvis
Release date September 4th, 2009
Plane Alara
Meditation Realm
Serra's Realm
Themes and mechanics Plane cards, Planeswalk
Set size 240 cards
+40 plane cards
(four 60+10-card theme decks)
Expansion code HOP[1]
(for the development codename)
Development codename Hopscotch[2]
Planechase series
Planechase Planechase 2012 Planechase Anthology
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
From the Vault: Exiled Planechase Masters Edition III
For other uses, see Planechase (disambiguation).

Planechase is a supplemental set for Magic: The Gathering multiplayer games. The set introduced the Planechase format and the associated oversized plane cards. The set was released on September 4, 2009, with release events held on September 4–6.

Contents[ | ]

Planechase consists of four "game packs", each containing ten oversized plane cards, a 60-card deck, a six-sided planar die and a strategy insert with multiplayer rules. The MSRP for an individual pack is $19.99.[3]

The plane cards represent specific locations on planes in the Magic storyline, introducing "a groundbreaking new way to experience planeswalking". The theme decks are tournament legal and each contains eight rares. Additionally, there was a different preview card from the upcoming Zendikar set in each of the four decks (Beast Hunt, Hideous End, Kor Sanctifiers and Whiplash Trap).

Planechase format[ | ]

Main article: Planechase (format)
Planar die

The planar die

Planechase introduced a new casual game variant of the same name, which simulates traveling between different planes using the new plane cards. The set comes with a six-sided planar die, that features the planeswalker symbol {PW} on one face, the chaos symbol {CHAOS} on another and four blank faces.[4]

Each player enters the game with a regular deck and a planar deck, which features ten or more of the new plane cards. The first player to start puts the first card in their planar deck face-up in the command zone. A plane card usually has two abilities. The first one applies as long as the card is revealed, the second one is the chaos ability.

During each player's turn, that player may roll the planar die whenever they could cast a sorcery. While the first roll each turn is free, all subsequent rolls in that turn cost {1} more than the last.[5] If the {PW} is rolled, the owner of the current face-up plane card puts it on the bottom of their planar deck and the current player reveals the top card of their planar deck. If {CHAOS} is rolled the chaos ability of the plane card triggers. With blank faces, nothing happens.

Plane cards[ | ]

Main article: Plane

Each of the four Planechase decks contains ten unique Plane cards only available in that deck. Additionally, a special Plane card entitled Tazeem from the plane Zendikar was given out at the release event.[6]

Theme decks[ | ]

deck name
Colors Included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Elemental Thunder R G
Metallic Dreams W U B R G
Strike Force W R
Zombie Empire B

References[ | ]

  1. Mark Rosewater (August 31, 2009). "Planechasing Your Dream". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (August 31, 2009). "Planechasing Your Dream". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Magic Arcana (May 12, 2009). "Announcing Planechase". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. staff (August 10, 2009). "Planechase Rules Revealed". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Dave Guskin (August 31, 2009). "Talk the Talk, 'Walk the 'Walk". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Magic Arcana (September 01, 2009). "Planechase Release Promo". Wizards of the Coast.

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