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Modern Horizons 3: Release Date, Spoilers, Commander Decks

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After first being teased at Gen Con in 2023, Modern Horizons 3 has finally been properly revealed! At long last, Wizards has shown off a handful of new cards that are sure to break the MTG metagame. Alongside this, we’ve seen a handful of artworks, art treatments, and a lot more has been teased!

Unfortunately, while Modern Horizons 3 has finally been previewed, we’ve hardly seen everything this 2024 set has to offer. So far, only 18 cards have been revealed, which is hardly a full set’s worth. While this might not be a lot, technically this is infinitely more than we’ve seen before, which is incredibly exciting!

Even if we’ve not seen everything, there’s still a lot of new information about Modern Horizons 3. So, if you want to keep up to date with what’s going on, we’ve got you covered! Here’s everything there is to know about Modern Horizons 3 right now!

Modern Horizons 3 Release Date

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Thankfully, following the preview at MagicCon: Chicago, Wizards has revealed all the dates for Modern Horizons 3. As a welcome change, this means we don’t have to speculate about when previews are going to start or end. Instead, we can just look at the dates below which reveal all!

MH3 Preview Events

  • Debut and Previews Begin on WeeklyMTG: May 21st
  • Card Image Gallery and Previews Complete: May 31st
  • Global Tabletop Launch: June 14th

MH3 Play Events

  • Prerelease Events Begin at Your Local Game Store: June 7th
  • MTG Arena Global Launch: June 11th
  • Open House Weekend: June 14th
  • Pro Tour Modern Horizons 3 at MagicCon: Amsterdam: June 28th – 30th

Modern Horizons 3 MTG Arena

Modern Horizons 3

As you may have noticed, within that list of release dates is one for MTG Arena. If that didn’t give it away, allow us to state it properly; Modern Horizons 3 is coming to MTG Arena! Launching just a few days before the global release, as usual, Arena players will be getting the entire set!

Given the precedent from past Modern Horizons sets, the cards within Modern Horizons 3 should be incredibly powerful. Due to this, it’s highly likely a lot of them will be pre-banned in Historic. Thankfully, since Timeless now exists as a format, this shouldn’t be the end of the world for MTG Arena players.

Sadly, at the moment, details about the MTG Arena release are fairly few and far between. Thankfully, according to Wizards, there will be more information to be shared later on. When exactly this “later” will be is currently unclear, but we’re certainly hoping for soon. At the latest, we can expect more details on May 21st.

Modern Horizons 3 Spoilers

Modern Horizons 3 Spoilers

During the initial First Look at Modern Horizons 3, Wizards of the Coast revealed 18 new and reprinted cards. As expected from the set’s initial artwork, one of the new cards revealed was a returning Eldrazi titan. Specifically, Emrakul is back as Emrakul, the World Anew!

Beyond this expected showing, Modern Horizons 3 debuted a very scary prospect, a new cycle of free spells. So far, only one card in this cycle, Flare of Cultivation, has been revealed. Considering the dominance of cards like Grief and Fury, this cycle already has players concerned.

As if these initial spoilers weren’t exciting enough, Modern Horizons 3 harkens back to Magic Origins! By including five Modal double-faced Planeswalkers, these cards give a little more history to Magic’s iconic characters. Currently, only Ajani, Nacatl Pariah has been spoiled from this cycle.

While these are three of our favorite cards, there’s obviously a lot more to see. With stunning reprints and plenty of exciting soon-to-be staples, it’s worth checking them all out. If you want to do just that, we’ve got you covered! Just take a read through our article which covers all the new cards.

Modern Horizons 3 Commander Decks

Modern Horizons 3 | Key Art
Modern Horizons 3 | Key Art

During The Preview Panel at MagicCon: Chicago, Wizards of the Coast also revealed Modern Horizons 3’s Commander decks. In a curious change, rather than just releasing four decks as usual, Wizards is releasing eight this time around! Before you grab your pitchforks and or wallets, this isn’t as bad as it sounds.

Rather than having either unique decks, Modern Horizons 3 only has four main decks. Each of these is accompanied by a “Collector’s Edition” version of the deck. Similarly to those from the Warhammer 40,000 crossover, the cards in these decks are all foil. According to Wizards, these foils will be in a “new foil treatment” which hasn’t been shown off today.

With those initial details out of the way, here’s a little bit about each of the Commander decks from Modern Horizons 3.

Graveyard Overdrive

Graveyard Overdrive

As if the name doesn’t give it away, this Jund deck is all about the graveyard. Considering this is a staple archetype within Commander and competitive formats, this deck could have some fantastic staples. If anything, we just have to hope that this deck won’t be too powerful compared to all the others.

Tricky Terrain

Tricky Terrain

Not quite as on the nose as its brethren, Tricky Terrain is the land-focused precon in Modern Horizons 3. Like most ramp decks, this should mean a strategy that quickly builds into absolutely massive board-conquering threats. Alongside this, we’d also expect to see plenty of land creatures, both big and small, making an appearance.

Creative Energy

Creative Energy

Once again given away by the name, Creative Energy is all about generating Energy to pay for massive bombs and effects. Given that Energy has just reappeared in the Fallout Commander decks, it seems this mechanic is having a major resurgence! Thanks to this, there should be no end of powerful tools and upgrades for this newfangled deck.

Eldrazi Incursion

Eldrazi Incursion

Last but not least in this quartet of descriptively named decks, we have the latest Eldrazi-focused precon. Curiously, unlike the last one from Commander Masters, this deck has a full WUBRG color identity! While we haven’t seen the face Commander just yet, they already seem like an absolute bomb.

Modern Horizons 3 Booster Fun

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Unsurprisingly, as a modern MTG release, Modern Horizons 3 includes a number of Booster Fun treatments to entice collectors. At the moment, Wizards has shown off seven different non-standard card variants, but that’s not all. As mentioned above, the new foil Commander cards will increase this already exhaustive count by one.

Retro Frame Cards – Beloved by some and hated by others, Retro Frame cards are returning for Modern Horizons 3. For better or worse, “many cards” will be getting this treatment, so expect to see them a lot.

Concept Cards – Debuted in Phyrexia: All Will Be One, the Concept art treatment is returning once again. Rather than being used for Praetor cards, this time the Eldrazi Titans are getting this unique look.

Frame Break Cards – Initially appearing in Commander Masters, Frame Break cards push the boundaries of where art can go. Beyond testing the limits, these cards also get fantastic and unique art which is usually utterly stunning.

Borderless Profile Cards – Also first seen in Commander Masters, the Borderless Profile cards are back. By putting the character’s face front and center on the card, this Booster Fun treatment is fantastic for Commander players.

Etched Foils – While rather divisive, this foil treatment has the potential to look absolutely amazing. We can only hope that Wizards uses the etching on the right cards.

Textured Foils – Textured foils are back for Modern Horizons 3! You can expect to see this foiling technique on the double-faced Planeswalkers and “a variety of cards.”

Serialized Double Rainbow Foils – With only 250 copies of each serialized card available, this foiling technique is undeniably the rarest around. As always, you can expect these serialized cards to be exceptionally expensive due to their manufactured rarity.

That’s All For Now

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Sadly, that’s all we know about Modern Horizons 3 for now. Thankfully, as we mentioned throughout this article, it shouldn’t be too long before Wizards breaks cover and reveals more. Officially, the next information we can expect will be revealed on May 21st, so we’ll just have to wait until then. For now, thanks to the incredible cards we’ve seen already, the hype train has very much left the station.

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