Every year, we are blessed with lots of new MTG sets to sink our teeth into. From main storyline sets to Universes Beyond Crossovers, there’s a lot of MTG to look forward to in the 2024 release calendar. Sometimes though, it can feel a bit overwhelming. After all, it feels like Wizards of the Coast is almost constantly releasing new product. Worryingly, it seems that the number of products being released is always growing year on year.
For better or worse, to manage all that goes on in a year, typically, Wizards doesn’t tell us all too much. This allows us to digest a set or two, enjoy them, and play them before the next one comes around. For 2024, and 2025 for that matter, Wizards is doing things a little differently. Rather than keeping the future shrouded in mystery, Wizards has already revealed it all!
During an immense 30th Anniversary Presentation at Gen Con in 2023, Wizards revealed the next several years of MTG sets. This debuted the entire release calendar for 2024, giving MTG players a lot to look forward to! With plenty of new planes, new products, and new crossovers, 2024 certainly has it all!
While this is an incredibly exciting time for MTG players, it does mean there’s a lot of information to cover. Thankfully, we’re here to help navigate this cacophony of details and tell you all you need to know! So, without any further ado, here’s the entire 2024 MTG release schedule and a little bit about each set!
MTG 2024 Release Schedule
As of right now, there are eight major MTG sets scheduled to release in 2024. Four of them are premier sets, which is nothing new. Two of them are unique Universes Beyond crossovers, which seem to be a bigger focal point every year. Another set is a Remastered set focused on reprints, and we are also going to get another Modern Horizons set designed specifically for the Modern format.
Additionally, there are a couple of other MTG “products” to go over. First is Ravnica: Clue Edition. There isn’t a ton of information about this product as of this moment, but it looks like an interesting murder mystery product set on Ravnica. Second, MTG Arena is preparing to have tournament-ready Pioneer by the end of 2024. This should help make up for the widely considered mediocre Explorer Anthology product recently released.
For anyone interested in just the rough times of release, here’s some more information on each of these products:
- Ravnica Remastered: January 2024
- Murders at Karlov Manor: February 2024
- Ravnica: Clue Edition: February 2024
- Fallout: March 2024
- Outlaws of Thunder Junction: Q2 2024
- Modern Horizons Three: Q2 2024
- Assassin’s Creed: July 2024
- Bloomburrow: Q3 2024
- Duskmourn: House of Horror: Q3 2024
- Tournament-Ready Pioneer: End of 2024
Clearly, the dates of release for the MTG products of 2024 are not set in stone yet, but this should help give a rough estimate for when sets will release in relation to each other. Below, we will go a bit more in-depth on each MTG product and what we know about them so far.
Release Date: January 2024
Ravnica Remastered is our first set of 2024. Dominaria Remastered, similarly, was the first set released in 2023, and there’s a lot in common between the two sets. Both sets are focused on reprints. Ravnica Remastered specifically will feature top cards from Ravnica: City of Guilds, Return to Ravnica, and Ravnica Allegiance. The goal of this Remastered set is to bring about a fun and unique Limited environment while highlighting some cool cards from one of the most beloved MTG planes.
Importantly, this set does not change the legality of any cards within the set. Ravnica Remastered, much like Dominaria Remastered, is not releasing on Arena. So, for anyone interested in drafting this set, going to your local game store might be your best bet. For those interested in specific card treatments as well, Ravnica Remastered will feature some interesting retro frame cards as a throwback to Magic’s past.
Murders at Karlov Manor
Release Date February 2024:
Ravnica Remastered paves the way for a new premier set right on the Ravnica plane. This is designed to be a backdrop set, meaning there will be a new mechanical focus on a plane that has previously been utilized. The theme of Murders at Karlov Manor, as the name might suggest, is a top-down murder mystery.
This set is meant to showcase murder and mystery throughout the storyline as well as in the mechanics of the set, though we have almost no information about how this will be addressed. What we do know is that the focus has shifted away from the Guilds that have guided much of Ravnica lore to focus even more on the murder-mystery theme. Also, the murders take place at the Karlov family’s mansion, but supposedly this is not the only setting for the story.
As a premier set, Murders at Karlov Manor will indeed be on Arena and be Standard legal. In addition to this main set, however, there is another MTG product to talk about with direct relation tom Murders at Karlov Manor.
Ravnica: Clue Edition
Release Date: February 2024
Ravnica: Clue Edition, similar to many of the Universes Beyond crossovers, is designed to be appealing to MTG players as well as Clue enthusiasts. Hasbro owns both games, so this seems like a clear crossover that plays into the murder-mystery theme. However, this isn’t necessarily being released as a typical set or Secret Lair. The goal is to provide a unique take on MTG that is designed for multiplayer specifically.
While there is little information revealed about how this will actually play out, this suggests that the product more closely resembles Magic as a game. There may even be new MTG cards released as well. This could be very similar to various “Annex sets” that were released after specific MTG sets and designed to provide a different play experience, such as Explorers of Ixalan. It will be interesting to see how this product plays out.
Release Date: March 2024
Fallout is set to be the first Universes Beyond crossover of 2024. This set should be very appealing to fans of the video game series. Much like was the case with the Doctor Who Secret Lair, the Fallout Secret Lair will feature four Commander decks.
Each of these Commander decks is designed to showcase different wastelands and factions from the video game series in the card game we know and love. Coming out in March of 2024, definitely keep your eyes peeled for more information and spoilers as we get closer to release.
Outlaws of Thunder Junction
Release Date: Q2 2024
Our second premier set, this wild Western set is scheduled to release in Q2 of 2024. Unlike Murders at Karlov Manor, however, this set comes with its own new MTG world. Outlaws of Thunder Junction is focused all around villains, and what better way to showcase them than in a Western-style environment.
While this set does introduce a new MTG world, the set actually includes villains from all over the Multiverse! This should bring a cool feel to MTG Arena as another main set. Notably, this isn’t the only Q2 set to look forward to for digital play.
Modern Horizons Three
Release Date: Q2 2024
That’s right. Despite being a set designed for Modern, Modern Horizons Three will actually be draftable on Arena. While this does not imply that Modern is coming to Arena, at least within the near future, this will add the cards to the Historic card pool, which may provide a big shake up to the format.
If either of the first two Modern Horizons sets are any indication though, this set is likely to shake up the Modern format a lot. Modern Horizons sets provide Wizards of the Coast with a unique opportunity to add powerful cards to the Modern format without worrying whether they are too strong for Standard. That’s because these cards will not be Standard or even Pioneer legal.
One cool thing we know about Modern Horizons Three that’s different than the first two is the inclusion of double-faced cards. This means that cards that transform into Planeswalkers are fair game, for example. Expect some very strong cards to come out of this set in Q2 of 2024.
Release Date: July 2024
Assassin’s Creed is another Universes Beyond crossover, scheduled to release in July 2024. Unlike Fallout, however, this crossover will be Modern legal. Strangely though, these cards will be released in an entirely new type of booster pack called “Beyond Boosters.”
We don’t have much information about what these packs will be like, but we do know a couple of things about them. First, they are meant to show off cards specific their universe. Every Assassin’s Creed game will be featured, and there will also be some reprints alongside some cards with new mechanics.
Second, and perhaps most interesting, is that these Beyond Boosters will not be draftable. So, while these Assassin’s Creed “Beyond Boosters” packs introduce new cards to Modern, they do not themselves support a Limited environment.
Release Date: Q3 2024
Bloomburrow is the third premier set, releasing in Q3 of 2024. This set also part of a new storyline path called the “Dragonstorm Arc,” which is notably different than the “Omenpath Arc” that encompasses the lore beginning with Wilds of Eldraine.
Another cool aspect of the set is that Bloomburrow does not feature any humanoids at all. Instead, the set is centralized around anthropomorphic animals! Frogs, Rabbits, Squirrels, and more cute animals provide a very heartwarming environment.
Duskmourn: House of Horror
Release Date: Q3 2024
Duskmourn: House of Horror is the fourth premier set of the year, also set to release in Q3. This set provides a stark contrast to the feel of the previous set. We will move from a set all about adorable animals to a set that takes place entirely within an enormous, scary mansion.
Just like with Bloomburrow though, this set features another new MTG world. Duskmourn: House of Horrors, as the name suggests, takes a lot of its inspiration from modern horror tropes and ideas. The creepiness of this set could provide us with some cool Arena animations as well.
Release Date: End of 2024
While not exactly a set itself, this should be a huge addition to MTG Arena. One thing that Arena has been missing for a long time are a handful of extremely important Pioneer cards. Explorer was implemented on Arena to closely resemble Pioneer. However, there are still a ton of cards missing from Explorer that see abundant Pioneer play.
From Oath of Nissa for mono-green devotion to Treasure Cruise for Izzet Phoenix, lots of top decks have been missing key cards, which drastically alters the metagame of Explorer compared to Pioneer. Additionally, there are cards missing like Hidden Strings out of the Lotus Field combo deck that are largely necessary for the archetype to function.
Unfortunately, Explorer Anthology Three was mostly a complete bust, even including cards like Accorder’s Shield that don’t impact the Pioneer metagame whatsoever. For the time being, Wizards of the Coast announced a Khans of Tarkir release to Arena coming in the fall of 2023. While this is a step forward, it still doesn’t include Pioneer staples like Temporal Trespass.
Luckily, the announcement of tournament-ready Pioneer at the end of 2024 should help fix these problems. The goal is to code and implement cards that are essential to the format onto Arena. This will also give more flexibility regarding Anthologies that will be released in the meantime, which may focus more on fun build-around cards more than essential format staples.
This is the last key release for 2024 that has been revealed, but remember, there may still be more products revealed in the future. Don’t worry though, we will keep you covered with any important updates as we hear about them.
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