Chandra ignites new Burn strategies in Core Set 2021

Burn just got even stronger.

A new Chandra planeswalker within Core Set 2021 was revealed today, showcasing stunning art and strong Burn strategies for Mono-Red Aggro decks.

For each color in Magic: The Gathering, there’s a planeswalker in the upcoming M21 set. Each planeswalker will also have three supporting cards of a different rarity to form a vertical cycle. Chandra is once again the face of Red in M21 with Chandra, Heart of Fire, along with her three supporting cards: Chandra’s Magmutt, Chandra’s Pyreling, and Chandra’s Incinerator. 

Chandra, Heart of Fire

M21 Chandra Heart of Fire MTG
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Chandra, Heart of Fire is five CMC, five loyalty planeswalker with two plus-one abilities and a minus-nine ultimate that can easily end a match.

  • CMC: 3RR
  • Type: Legendary Planeswalker
  • Plus one: Discard your hand, then exile the top three cards of your library. Until end of turn, you may play cards exiled this way.
  • Plus one: Chandra, Heart of Fire deals 2 damage to any target.
  • Minus nine: Search your graveyard and library for any number of red instant and/or sorcery spells, exile them, then shuffle your library. You may cast them this turn. Add six Red mana.

Chandra’s Incinerator

M21 Chandra's Incinerator
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Chandra’s Incinerator is in the Rare slot. In what might be one of the more powerful cards revealed within M21, the elemental creature has a reduced cost by “X” when “X” noncombat damage is dealt to an opponent. This is a task that’s easily accomplished in most Burn decks and with Chandra, Heart of Fire’s second plus-one ability. 

  • CMC: 5R
  • Type: Creature Elemental
  • Trample
  • Stats: 6/6
  • This spell costs “X” less to cast, where “X” is the total amount of noncombat damage dealt to your opponents this turn.
  • Whenever a source you control deals noncombat damage to an opponent, Chandra’s Incinerator deals that much damage to target creature or planeswalker that player controls.

Chandra’s Pyreling

M21 Chandra's Pyreling MTG
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The Uncommon Chandra’s Pyreling also benefits from non-combat damage. It’s a 1/3  who gains +1/0 and double strike until the end of turn.

  • CMC: 1R
  • Type: Elemental lizard creature
  • Stats: 1/3
  • Whenever a source you control deals noncombat damage to an opponent, Chandra’s Pyreling gets +1/+0 and gains double strike until end of turn.

Chandra’s Magmutt

M21 Chandra's Magmutt MTG
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Similar to Ember Hauler, Chandra’s Magmutt is a two-drop creature that can deal direct damage to an opponent via an ability. Both creatures are said to be at 2/2 but Ember Hauler is still likely a better two-drop in a Mono-Red Aggro build. Chandra’s Magmutt is unique, however, in that it’s classified as an Elemental and a Dog.

  • CMC: 1R
  • Stats: 2/2
  • Type: Elemental dog creature
  • Tap: Chandra’s Magmutt deals 1 damage to target player or planeswalker.

The upcoming M21 set in Magic will release digitally on June 25 and via tabletop on July 3.