Magic: The Gathering's Core 2021 Previews "Something Old"

It's time again for a series of Magic: The Gathering previews for their newest expansion set, Core 2021! Today, we here at Bleeding Cool want to emphasize the seeming marriage of old and new themes in this Premier expansion set. With that in mind, here are a few things that exemplify something from Core 2021 that could be seen as "old," so to speak.

The artwork for Basri Ket, a new planeswalker from the ancient, practically-dead plane of Amonkhet. Basri is illustrated by Kieran Yanner.
The artwork for Basri Ket, a new planeswalker from the ancient, practically-dead plane of Amonkhet. Basri is illustrated by Kieran Yanner.

First off, we have a card that, while entirely new and features a new Planeswalker, the character featured is from a plane of existence that is old, ancient even, and dying; arguably, Amonkhet is a dead plane, even. The Planeswalker we are talking about, of course, is Basri Ket.

Basri Ket, a new card for Core 2021, an upcoming expansion set for Magic: The Gathering.
Basri Ket, a new card for Core 2021, an upcoming expansion set for Magic: The Gathering.

Basri Ket, as mentioned above, is from Amonkhet, a plane that was ravaged by Nicol Bolas, a monstrous Elder Dragon who has since been apprehended and imprisoned for his wrongdoings. The fate of Amonkhet is lost to the sands of the place, and as such, we don't presently know a whole lot about Basri Ket, besides the fact that his weapon is reforged from the bow of the Amonkheti goddess Oketra, who was slain during Bolas's rampage.

Chandra's Pyreling, a new card from Core 2021, an upcoming expansion set for Magic: The Gathering.
Chandra's Pyreling, a new card from Core 2021, an upcoming expansion set for Magic: The Gathering.

Next on the preview list, we have Chandra's Pyreling, a Core 2021 uncommon card. This card does a great job of being roughly on par with Kiln Fiend due to its ability to gain double strike from its trigger. The old part is not just Kiln Fiend's similarity, but also that Chandra Nalaar, the pyromancer to whom this little beastie seems to belong, is established as being a lover of little creatures, especially ones that set fires.

The showcase for Containment Priest, a reprinted card for Core 2021, an upcoming expansion set for Magic: The Gathering.
The showcase for Containment Priest, a reprinted card for Core 2021, an upcoming expansion set for Magic: The Gathering.

Finally (for this installment, at least), we have Containment Priest. This card is a reprint and makes many reanimator decks (and anyone running Norin the Wary as a Commander) very upset. Because it's a reprint, it falls under two categories: old, which is in this article, and borrowed (because it's from another set). We will be covering some of what else has been borrowed in another article.

What do you think of these cards for Magic: the Gathering's Core 2021 set? Let us know what your thoughts and opinions are in the comments below!

About Joshua Nelson

Josh Nelson is a Magic: The Gathering deckbuilding savant, a self-proclaimed scholar of all things Sweeney Todd, and, of course, a writer for Bleeding Cool. In their downtime, Josh can be found painting models, playing Magic, or possibly preaching about the horrors and merits of anthropophagy. You can find them on Twitter at @Burning_Inquiry for all your burning inquiries.

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