We first discovered Kasmina last week, when a leaked promotional poster named her as the final unknown Planeswalker in Magic: The Gathering’s War of the Spark expansion. As the spoilers continue rolling in, we finally have an official look at MTG’s most fresh-faced mage! She is one of the four new planeswalkers, along with Teyo Verada, Davriel Cane, and The Wanderer.
Allow us to introduce you to Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor.
Kasmina is another uncommon Planeswalker. She carries a converted mana cost of 4, as well as 5 starting loyalty. Her static ability makes her great in any beatdown or tempo decks that are based around creatures or Planeswalkers. It will help tax your opponent’s spells that threaten to remove or damage your permanents. Her -2 ability, which is her only activated one, creates a 2/2 blue Wizard token. This can make her a great addition to a wizard tribal deck, like an Adeliz, the Cinder Wind spellslingers deck. It will also give you a body to protect your planeswalker and to attack with on the following turn. She may also find her way into decks that are based on creating tokens. While blue isn’t a strong token color in the standard meta, this might change with War of the Spark.
As far as her lore goes, we don’t know much about her, beside her name and powers. But we do know that she brings with her a signature spell:
Like many blue mages, Kasmina seems to have transmutation powers. These come in the form of an aura that can enchant enemy creatures. At 2 converted mana cost, it provides a cheap way to weaken a stronger enemy creature, turning it into a simple 1/1. In the art, we see Kasmina using her powers to turn one of the Eternals from Nicol Bolas’ undead army into a harmless, albeit still undead-looking, frog.
Should Kasmina’s Transmutation not be played in standard, the card is sure to show up in limited and draft, where it could be a real game changer.
With the second week of spoilers having a start this strong, we’re excited to see what other cards War of the Spark will surprise us with!