Rabiah Scale

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Rabiah will likely never be revisited.

The Rabiah Scale is a ranking of the likelihood that a given plane will be revisited as the setting of a future Standard-legal set. Planes are ranked from 1 (very likely) to 10 (very unlikely).

As one of the Rosewater Scales, the Rabiah Scale is analogous to the Storm Scale for mechanics. The Storm Scale is named for the storm mechanic, which has proven so developmentally problematic that it will almost certainly never be reprinted in a Standard-legal set. In the same way, the Rabiah Scale is named for the plane of Rabiah, which will almost certainly never be revisited because it is not Wizards of the Coast's intellectual property.[1][2]

Though it is published by Mark Rosewater, it is only a reflection of his opinion and generalities about the plane. It does not account for any actual future plans, or the opinions of other R&D members.[3]

Descriptive rankings[edit | edit source]

As described in Storm Scale the following rankings apply:

  • Level 1: Will definitely see again
  • Level 2: Will definitely see again, but not necessarily right away
  • Level 3: Will most likely do again, probably many times
  • Level 4: Will most likely do again, but they have issues that make them less of a guarantee
  • Level 5: We need to find the right place to bring it back, but I'm optimistic
  • Level 6: We need to find the right place to bring it back, but I'm a little less optimistic
  • Level 7: It's unlikely to return, but possible if the right environment comes along
  • Level 8: It's unlikely to return, but possible if the stars align
  • Level 9: I never say never, but this would require a minor miracle
  • Level 10: I never say never, but this would require a major miracle

Rabiah scale rankings[edit | edit source]

PlaneLatest rankingTimeline
Alara5
Amonkhet5
Bablovia10
Dominaria1
Eldraine5
Fiora7
Gobakhan9
Ikoria5
Innistrad1
Ixalan6
Kaladesh6
Kaldheim4
Kamigawa7
Kylem7
Lorwyn–Shadowmoor7
Mercadia9
Muraganda8
New Phyrexia5
Phyrexia9
Portal Three Kingdoms plane10
Rabiah10
Rath9
Ravnica1
Regatha6
Segovia8
Serra's Realm9
Shandalar7
Tarkir5
Theros3
Tolvada10
Ulgrotha9
Vryn6
Zendikar2

Other Rabiah Scale requests[edit | edit source]

  • Any plane based on Norse mythology is probably a 5.[50] Since then, Kaldheim was released.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater (November 26, 2016). "What /would/ be a 10 on the hypothetical plane equivalent of the Storm Scale? Ulgrotha? Rabiah?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Mark Rosewater (November 26, 2016). "So, the plane storm scale would be the Rabiah Scale, right?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  3. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Mark Rosewater (November 29, 2016). "The Rabiah Scale". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  4. a b c d e f g h i j k l m Mark Rosewater (2018-11-26). "The Rabiah Scale, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (December 07, 2019). "Is there a plane that's a 1 on the Rabiah Scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  6. a b c d e f g h i j Mark Rosewater (2018-11-12). "The Rabiah Scale, Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Mark Rosewater (March 29, 2020). "Third time's the charm?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  8. Mark Rosewater (July 06, 2020). "Innistrad on the Rabiah scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  9. Mark Rosewater (April 04, 2021). "Where is Zendikar on the Rabiah scale these days?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  10. Mark Rosewater (July 08, 2020). "Hi Mark, Where is Kaladesh on the Rabiah scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  11. Mark Rosewater (July 08, 2020). "How well was the return to Theros received?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  12. Mark Rosewater (January 04, 2020). "Where is Alara on the Rabiah scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  13. Mark Rosewater (May 06, 2020). "Where is Alara on the Rabiah scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  14. Mark Rosewater (July 06, 2020). "Alara on the Rabiah scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  15. Mark Rosewater (May 19, 2018). "Given the response to Dominaria is it fair to say a Dominaria is a 1 on the Rabiah scale now?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  16. Mark Rosewater (February 4, 2020). "Now for the ask, where is Tarkir currently on the Rabiah scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  17. Mark Rosewater (July 11, 2020). "You recently said that the only planes...". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  18. Mark Rosewater (August 19, 2020). "Where does Tarkir fall on the Rabiah Scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  19. Mark Rosewater (April 04, 2021). "Where is Flora on the Storm Scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  20. Mark Rosewater (September 29, 2018). "Where is New Phyrexia on the Rabiah scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  21. Mark Rosewater (August 5, 2018). "Is it safe to say that now Lorwyn is a 6 on the Rabiah Scale, and not a 7 anymore?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  22. a b Mark Rosewater (February 7, 2019). "Has Lorwyn moved around at all?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  23. a b c Mark Rosewater (March 18, 2019). "Mark, with the last vote you had on the plans and that we had Kamigawa in the second place, did anything change in Rabiah Scale about her?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  24. Mark Rosewater (February 1,2019). "Inquiring Minds Want To Know - Planes to Visit in the Future". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  25. Mark Rosewater (February 5, 2019). "What Do You Like About Lorwyn?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  26. Mark Rosewater (March 11, 2019). "Where It's At". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  27. a b c Mark Rosewater (July 6, 2020). "Hi Mark, So what would Lorwyn/Shadowmoor be on the Rabiah scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  28. Mark Rosewater (February 16, 2021). "Hey Mark! Has Shandalar moved at all on the Rabiah Scale, or is it still at a 7?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  29. Mark Rosewater (July 15, 2020). "You previously said that Segovia on the Rabiah scale is 8. Is it still there?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  30. Mark Rosewater (November 29, 2016). "If Serra's Realm is a 9 because of the possibility of flashbacks, is old Phyrexia a 9 as well?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  31. Mark Rosewater (July 7, 2020). "Hi Mark. Where do you think Amonkhet is on the Storm Scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  32. Mark Rosewater (August 17, 2019). "Have been seeing a lot of hate for Ixalan in the comments to your "never return to" post. Kinda sad, since I found the world being a flavour hit! Where is it on Rabiah scale currently?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  33. Mark Rosewater (March 29, 2020). "Third time's the charm?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  34. Mark Rosewater (February 17th, 2021). "Where is Ixalan in the Rabiah Scale now?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  35. Mark Rosewater (April 18th, 2021). "Hi Mark. I was wondering what position on the Rabiah scale Ixalan holds currently". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  36. Mark Rosewater (November 22, 2018). "How likely is it that we'll ever visit Kylem in a Standard-legal set?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  37. Mark Rosewater (November 26, 2018). "Where is Bablovia on the Rabiah Scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  38. Mark Rosewater (May 04, 2018). "Rabiah Scale on the Portal Three Kingdoms plane?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  39. Mark Rosewater (September 14, 2019). "Since you work in the future, where do you feel Eldrain falls on the Rabia scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  40. Mark Rosewater. "Does Eldraine have a place on the Rabiah Scale yet? December 06, 2019". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  41. Mark Rosewater (May 06, 2020). "Hi! Where’s Eldraine on the Rabiah scale...". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  42. Mark Rosewater (March 15, 2021). "It's been a little while since someone asked about Eldraine...". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  43. Mark Rosewater (October 06, 2019). "Where would Muraganda fall on the Rabiah scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  44. Mark Rosewater (April 10, 2021). "Where is Muraganda on the Rabiah Scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  45. a b Mark Rosewater (January 26, 2020). "Hey Mark, where do you think Gobakhan...". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  46. Mark Rosewater (May 04, 2020). "Where would you put Ikoria on the Rabiah scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  47. Mark Rosewater (July 05, 2020). "I loved Ikoria! Where is it on the Rabiah Scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  48. Mark Rosewater (March 21, 2021). "Where is my beloved Ikoria on the Rabiah scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  49. Mark Rosewater (March 27, 2021). "Where's Ikoria in the Rabiah scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  50. a b Mark Rosewater (July 08, 2020). "Where is Kaldheim on the Rabiah Scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  51. Mark Rosewater (February 04, 2021). "Is Kaldheim still a 7 on the Rabiah Scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  52. Mark Rosewater (February 21, 2021). "Hi Mark, So what would you say Kaldhiem is on the Rabiah scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  1. There are two Tumblr posts from February[22] and March[23] 2019 in which Mark Rosewater discusses Rabiah scale changes for Lorwyn/Shadowmoor. In both he states he moved it "down 1" from its previous value, which was unambiguously a 7 in 2018[6]. The February post therefore sets the new rating at 6. At first glance it is not clear whether the March post is a second "move down 1" resulting in a final rating of 5, or simply confirming an overall move of 1 over the preceding months for a rating of 6. However, additional sources show that in both cases he is referring to the results of a single audience poll posted on Feb 1[24], so the March post was likely to simply be restating the February adjustment. Specifically, the February update mentions "recent talk", referring to discussion about Lorwyn as the preliminary winner of the poll;[25] the March update explicitly mentions "the last vote you had on the plans[sic]", the final results of which were detailed in an article one week prior.[26] Thus, both "down 1" responses were regarding the same overall data and conversation about Lorwyn, and are likely a single adjustment to 6 rather than sequential ones. This is reinforced further by the rating the next year going back up to a 7 (or "maybe a 6").[27]