The world is an awful place right now, so here is some good news to brighten your day: Godzilla, the apex predator, the living nuke, the king of monsters, is coming to Magic: The Gathering.
In a first for the massively popular card game, Magic: The Gathering will be crossing over with the Godzilla Franchise. The collaboration between Wizards of the Coast and TOHO CO., LTD is groundbreaking for the game, as its the first time one of their properties has teamed up with a franchise outside of their company.
When asked about the crossover, Kyoko Yoshida, senior manager of WotC Japan’s Sales and Marketing, said “Magic: The Gathering’s rich and engaging multiverse offers such unique opportunities to explore new worlds like Ikoria, filled with incredible monsters that are larger than life… Collaborating with TOHO CO., LTD to bring the Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah and more onto the same world to battle with Magic’s Planeswalkers and new creatures for a first-of-its-kind collaboration is an extraordinary experience that we can’t wait for players to enjoy.”
The card list is pretty extensive. There will be 16 cards available in English with three more available in Japanese. the cards are as follows:
- 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)
Godzilla, King of Monsters will only be available for a draft booster pack display through a Wizards Play Network store. The rest of the cards will available through sealed draft boosters and collector boosters. The cards will also be available in MTG Arena as card styles. These will only be available when players purchase bundles of 6 or more boosters of the new set.
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths releases April 16, 2020 on Magic: The Gathering Arena, with full retail store worldwide release on May 15, 2020 and I cannot wait! While it may be hard to get these cards, this crossover has me incredibly hyped. I’ve played MTG for most of my adult life and I’ve been a kaiju fangirl for longer. This is the dream crossover I never knew I needed.