One of the most controversial design decisions of the past several years was the finale of the Zendikar block, Rise of the Eldrazi, and its eponymous colorless invaders from the Blind Eternities. Some applauded the innovation and explosiveness of the Eldrazi legends, while others called them broken Timmy autowin cards with too many abilities. Mark Rosewater took on the topic of their return on his Tumblr blog this week.
When user thejakeman asked, "Where are colorless spells at on the ol' storm scale? I assume we're going to see eldrazi again (since... they're not like dead or anything) but how about more spells along the lines of ghostfire? I really dig the alternate transparent frames for that stuff," he answered:
Colorless spells are a 1. Magic will definitely do them again when they make sense.
The storm scale - the measure of how likely it is that something will be seen in future Magic sets again, with 1 as the most likely and 10 - where the degenerate keyword storm is - as the least - has 1 as "again, and soon." We rarely get such definite and confident answers to such hypotheticals from Rosewater; apparently he is quite firm in his belief that not all magic falls rigidly into the colors of mana. Of course, the major context in which colorless nonartifact spells are appropriate is that of the Eldrazi.
When questioned by literally-every-skeleton, "any chance of the annihilator ability coming back? (or even better, a return of the eldrazi?)" Rosewater said:
There’s a better chance of the return of the Eldrazi but yes, there’s a chance for annihilator.
The Eldrazi had annihilator as their signature keyword; the ability, which forced the defending player to sacrifice permanents every time a creature with annihilator attacked, was deemed to be oppressive at times. R&D considers the Eldrazi a good faction of scary villains, but though annihilator has its passionate fans, will likely give them a new keyword to call their own next time.
When thesalmonflyatdawn asked, "Why are the eldrazi unlikely to come back? Are there at least reprints of the big eldrazi in supplimentary products that might happen?" he clarified:
I said that there’s less chance of annihilation returning than the Eldrazi. I never said the Eldrazi couldn’t return.
Would you like to see Eldrazi in the near future? Let me know in the comments.