Kaya revealed!

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Kaya, Ghost Assassin was revealed today, and though I was off with my theory, I was two-thirds correct in a manner of speaking. Here she is:


The art looks very bad-ass in the frame too, and even though I predicted Esper, she is “only” white-black. Her abilities, however, are very interesting. She’s the second ever planeswalker, after Sarkhan the Mad, to be printed without an activated ability that increases her loyalty (well, third if you count the front-face of Garruk Relentless), though while the second incarnation of Sarkhan is utter suicidal, Kaya can use her 0-ability to reset herself, while also dodging out of the way until your next turn. It can also be used to blink a creature with a sweet enters-the-battlefield effect, though it will also prevent non-hasty creatures from attacking. It seems balanced and fair to me. Before we see some of the commons in the set, however, it’s impossible to say how good she will be in Conspiracy 2 draft.

Both the -1 and -2 are not scaling up like crazy in multiplayer, which is obviously not the point, since she is in a set intended for multiplayer. That said, they do hit all of your opponents, meaning it’s at least better than the +1 of Liliana Vess. Drawing cards while forcing the table to discard is sure to draw some hate though.

Overall, I like her a lot. I think she will be fine in EDH as an extra Phyrexian Arena, and for being tricky like heck with her 0-ability! Her -1 ability is less impressive in a format with 40 life, but her low CMC and somewhat high loyalty makes up for that, in my opinon.

What do you think? Leave a comment!

Later edit: Someone pointed out that it was unreasonable to have a multicoloured card already on number 75/221, however, the original Conspiracy did their numbering in a non-intuitive order, starting with new cards and followed by reprints. For comparison, Dack Feyden is number 42/220, so the only thing that the 75/221 means is *perhaps* that Conspiracy 2 will have more new cards than Conspiracy had. There’s nothing out of the ordinary here, no conspiracy, and the card is from an official source.


Kaya, Ghost Assassin

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A couple of days ago, Wizards released some information about an upcoming planeswalker, likely to be printed in this summer’s Conspiracy 2 – Kaya, Ghost Assassin. The little we know so far is neatly contained in her Planeswalker page, and in a story about her, known as “Laid to Rest“. Contrary to some of the other stuff – Laid to Rest is actually pretty good! Magic story is a guilty pleasure of mine, but I’ll admit I like it way better when released piece-meal on a weekly basis than published thrice a year in book form. The Tarkir story was often pretty well done, and I liked many of the characters. The stories regarding the Avengers Gatewatch, however, have yet to thrill me in the same way. Laid to Rest, however, was pretty neat, and I recommend you check it out!

We don’t know much about Kaya yet, but in this post, I will present my theory regarding her colours. Read on to find out!

I will spoil Laid to Rest, so if you’re interested in reading it without any spoilers, do so before reading on. Spoilers after this awesome pic of Kaya:

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Kaya, to me, seems like at least Dimir (blue-black). She is an assassin, or rather, a ghostbusting assassin, but she murders sentient beings for profit. She seems, in the story, to be of the ambitious kind, and ambition is black. Further, she values knowledge, information and planning, and that is clearly fundamental blue values. She seems to be the one who murders Brago, on a contract from Marchesa, another ambitious part-Dimir character.

However, she is also bound by some sort of honour codex, which the end of the story presents. Rules and regulations are white. Also, she has some abilities of spirits and in the game of Magic, white has the most spirits (followed by black, blue, green, red in that order).

This, in conclusion, leads me to believe that she is Esper (white-blue-black), and we haven’t yet seen an Esper coloured planeswalker, so I think we’re due one. We already have a three-coloured planeswalker in Standard right now, but it’s quite obvious Kaya will be printed in a non-standard set, so that shouldn’t be a restriction.

And that’s my theory – Kaya will be Esper! What do you think? Am I right or wrong? Leave a comment!