Magic: The Gathering's 81st expansion will be missing a key player, unfortunately. When Ravnica: War of the Spark drops, it won't include Garruk Wildspeaker.
Mark Rosewater, the head designer for Magic: The Gathering, told a user on Tumblr that there are no plans to use Garrik in the expansion pack. However, he also told the fan to be patient, as there are more plans coming for the Planeswalker.
This is surely disappointing for fans since the Planeswalkers (who easily move between the worlds of Magic) are at the centerpiece of this particular expansion pack and also the accompanying novel. A trailer released last month had a huge list of Planeswalkers, including:
- Samut, Nicol Bolas, Ashiok
- Elspeth, Domri, Teyo Verada
- Ral Zarek, Tamiyo, Karn
- Jaya Balard, Tibalt, Mu Yanling
- Kiora, Sorin, Teferi
- Angrath, Dovin Baan, Ajani
- Arlinn Kord, Ob Nixilius, Jiang Yanggu
- Huatli, Sarkhan, Saheeli
- Narset, Nahiri, Ugin
- Davriel Cane, Vraska, Kaya
- Jace, Gideon, Liliana
- Nissa, Chandra, Vivien Reid
The new expansion pack is tracing the development of Nicol Bolas and the Gatewatch, focusing particularly on Nicol, Jace, and Liliana (at least, that's what we think is going to happen based on the trailer). However, while Garruk is a fan-favorite, he has been missing from the story for a while, so it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that he is absent from the expansion pack.
This is a disappointment for fans, though. Why would such a Planeswalker-heavy storyline leave out a fan-favorite? We hope that Garruk is going to make an appearance soon. We have patiently been waiting for him to show up, so hopefully, the payoff will be worth it when he does eventually come back into the storyline.
At least there will be lots of content to keep us entertained in the coming months. The full War of the Spark collection includes Ravnica (a novel that focuses on Nicol Bolas' activities in Ravnica), Ravnica: Inquisition (a tie-in board game), and even more digital content for Magic: The Gathering Arena. We've also learned that Amazon's next Dungeons & Dragons setting will be a Magic: The Gathering crossover.