4, Jun, 21

How Many Reprints Does MTG Do Each Year? One Fan Mapped It Out Since 1993

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Have you ever wondered how many Magic: The Gathering reprints Wizards of the Coast is releasing each year compared to brand new cards? One fan managed to keep track of its growth, so keep on reading if you want to know.

With the release of Modern Horizons 2 this month, fans are curious to know about the number of reprints vs. new cards we’re getting each year, and thanks to Redditor Semarlow, we have learned that the number of reprints is growing alongside the new cards being printed in each set. He included all non-promo paper releases in his search data so he’s not counting cards from Masters Editions 1-4 and judge promos as reprints. Here’s the data Semarlow has shared:

New cards added vs. Reprints each year

Semarlow/ Reddit

The Redditor went on to sum-up his findings:

  • The first few years are some of the biggest reprint years proportionally because the first core sets unlimited and later 4th edition reprinted almost as many cards as other sets added those years.
  • The biggest year for new cards without supplemental sets was the monster of 2008 standard which included everything from Coldsnap through Eventide (And I believe was the largest pool of cards ever in standard).
  • The first major jump in reprints is 2013 with the release of Modern Masters. This was the first time in 20 years we had more reprints than new cards.
  • The next big jump is 2016 which was the first “DO ALL THE THINGS” year and had Conspiracy 2, Duel Decks, From the Vault: Lore, Eternal Masters, Commander 2016, and Planechase Anthology. They’ve phased out a couple of these, but continuing that trend is what has lead to over 2000 reprints a year.
  • This year’s trend so far is 922 new, 972 reprints.

WotC is printing more types of MTG products than ever. Just last year, Wizards released Theros Beyond Death, 13 Secret Lairs, Unsanctioned, Mystery Boosters retail, Challenger Decks, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, Commander 2020, Signature Spellbook: Chandra, Core Set 2021, Jumpstart, Double Masters, Zendikar Rising, Commander Legends, and Commander Collection: Green.

Modern Horizons 2 is reprinting familiar cards like five of the fetch lands, and some of them like Counterspell and Squirrel Mob are being introduced to Modern Constructed format for the first time. There’s a total of 48 reprints in the set, not including extended art and retro frame versions.

If you’re excited for Modern Horizons 2, you can now preorder Draft Boosters, Collector Boosters, Set Boosters, and Bundles online .


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Modern Horizons 2 is scheduled to release on June 18, 2021. The official preview season for Modern Horizons 2 is set to begin, and you can check out the list of outlets where you can find them here. You can check out spoiler section here.

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