One of the current issues to be tackled in the design of any set today is making interesting planeswalkers. They are the only card type that's essentially a nonrenewable, or at least slow-to-renew, resource, certain characters have to feel a certain way in each of their versions, and players expect fresh and strong planeswalkers in every expansion plus five reprinted and/or new versions of established characters in every core set.
Mark Rosewater often talks about planeswalker design on his Tumblr blog, and when theram0324 asked him, "Would you ever consider going backwards a bit and reprinting original versions of planeswalkers in say M15 or M16 or down the line such as Garruk Wildspeaker, Liliana Vess, Gideon Jura?" he put the question up for debate:
A fine question which I’ll turn to all of you. How would you feel about reprinting old planeswalker cards?
Currently, when a planeswalker gets a new version the old ones are taken out of commission as core set reprints. The question is asking - will we ever go back from Chandra, Pyromaster to Chandra Nalaar instead of constantly having to churn out new versions of her by design necessity?
Many of the responses were in the affirmative that R&D should do so. User voiceofchaos wrote, "Yeah they are a valuable resource. You reprint other classics. If it fits then it fits," while mindfalls said "Reprints en masse feel like they belong in core sets. I personally would love chance to open a classic planeswalker card in a core set, since I’ve only started playing again with Innistrad," and laventuthascolurri responded, "I would be fine with ti. Helps keep control of valuable design space with us getting semi fresh walkers."
What do you think about seeing old planeswalkers in core sets again? Let me know in the comments.