Wizards of the Coast has finally unveiled the first Warhammer 40,000 style maps Magic the Gathering. Announced in February 2021, the Universes Beyond line will feature four Standard Commander Decks and four Commander Collector’s Edition Decks, all scheduled for release on August 12th. In addition, the collaboration with Games Workshop will also include three Secret Lair drops. The announcement, made on Twitch on Thursday, also included a handful of preview cards.
These new Commander decks feature a combination of new cards and reprints of classic cards with new 40K graphics. decks included Necron Dynasties (Black), forces of the empire (white, blue and black), Tyranid Swarm (green, blue and red) and The pernicious powers (blue, black and red). The only legendary creature revealed was Abaddon the Despoiler, a 5/5 trample monster. This card features a new ability, Mark of Chaos Ascendant, which adds cascades to cards based on the amount of life your opponents have lost this turn. This should trigger many additional spells.
The concept of Collector’s Edition Commander decks is a first for Wizards. Moderators said Thursday that decks will be “fully foiled” and certain cards will be given a new “Surge Foil” treatment. Photos and videos of the never-before-seen treatment are on the way.
Another new ability mentioned during the presentation is called Squad. It was included on the only Ultramarine-themed card shown during the presentation, and allows players to deploy copies of a newly summoned creature for the cost of two additional manas of any color.
The 40-minute presentation also includes details on Double champion 2022 (coming July 8th) and Dominaria United (coming September 9th). See the entire archive on Twitch for more details.