Quote from krishnath »I am still hoping for planar based commander decks with a planeswalker face. Think about it, what better way to celebrate MTG's 25th than pray tribute to some of the different planes we've visited over the years?
Dominara and Ravnica are a given, the first for Nostalgia and the second for being the most popular plane. We'll likely get another popular one in addition to that, and one older one. I am thinking either Alara or Zendikar for the other popular plane, and if I am really lucky, Ulgrotha for the older one, although I wouldn't be opposed to a Rabiah based deck if it means Taysir.
Either way, we'll find out later this year.
It seems that the whole "plane-themed Commander decks" idea is thrown out there every year. It's always wrong, but it's never made less sense than it does here. The whole point of planeswalkers is their ability to travel between planes - so choosing to do plane-focused Commander decks is the antithesis of that deck. If they were ever going to do plane-themed commander decks, it certainly wouldn't be in a set with planeswalker face cards. I question that they would even want to do it in a regular Commander set though, because it's just needlessly restrictive. Themes for planeswalker decks have always been mechanical and not flavorful. Someday we might see decks focusing heavily on a certain keyword such as morph, which might lend itself to having a lot of cards from one or two planes, but I doubt that there will be a strict limitation to a single plane.
To be honest I'm not sure exactly what you mean when you (or others) say "plane-specific." All of the cards in a deck are flavored as being from the same plane? That's not possible to implement for obvious reasons. Only the new cards are tied to a deck's featured plane? Even that wouldn't work, because there are always cards that appear in multiple decks. All the new commanders are from the same plane? That could work in a normal Commander deck but there isn't any reason for it. In a planeswalker face-card deck though, especially if we're operating under the assumption that there are multiple planeswalkers per deck, it would be virtually impossible. These decks have fixed color identities. Take your Ravnica example. If Azor is one of the commanders, then the deck is WU. That means that Vraska, Ral, and Domri can't be in it. At all. If we go with only one planeswalker commander per deck, we could see a Ravnica-themed Azor deck with Azor plus two planebound WU legendary creatures from Ravnica. But again, I have to ask, why would they do that? Most planeswalkers, such as Azor, have ties to multiple planes - you know, the entire point of having planeswalker characters. If you want cards tied to commanders, than an Azor deck should feature a mix of cards from Ravnica and from Ixalan. Not just Ravnica. Besides, we generally only see a few cards in each deck (if any) with ties to the face card - sometimes direct references, other times just flavor text - and never ALL the cards, and typically not the other commanders in the deck.
Could they do plane-specific decks if they wanted to? Yeah. They could. But why would they? It's a completely arbitrary restriction that would make the designers' jobs more difficult for little to no payoff. Especially in a planeswalker-centric set.