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1, Jul, 24

Duskmourn: House of Horror - Everything You Need to Know

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2024 is a year stacked with fantastic releases. Not only have we already seen no end of fantastic new cards, but the themes are just spectacular. From the Wild West of Outlaws of Thunder Junction to the cute critters on Bloomburrow, there’s a lot to love. To top it all off, the final premier MTG set of 2024, Duskmourn: House of Horror, is a complete tonal shift!

Themed around the titular haunted house, Duskmourn: House of Horror takes inspiration from classic 70s and 80s horror films. With retro tech, wild hairstyles, and a weird amount of months, this set definitely has a lot going on. As if its style wasn’t enough, there’s even a unique special edition product too!

With so much going on, it’s well worth knowing exactly what’s what. So, here’s everything there is to know about the Duskmourn: House of Horror MTG set.

MTG Duskmourn Release Date

Duskmourn: House of Horror Key Art

Following The Preview Panel at MagicCon: Amsterdam, all the dates for Duskmourn: House of Horror have been revealed. As usual, there are a variety of pre-release preview events and post-release gameplay events to look forward to. All the important information and dates you need to know are below.

Duskmourn: House of Horror Preview Events

  • Story Begins: August 26th
  • Debut: August 31st
  • Spoilers Start: August 31st
  • MTG Arena Release Date: September 24th
  • Duskmourn: House of Horror Release Date: September 27th
  • Nightmare Bundle Release Date: October 18th

Duskmourn: House of Horror Gameplay Events

  • Prerelease Events: September 20th – 27th 
  • Commander Party: October 4th – 10th and November 1st – 7th
  • End of Year Store Championship: October 12th – January 4th
  • WPN Trick or Treat Halloween Event: October 25th – 31st
  • Open House: November 1st – 3rd

As you may have noticed, the release date for Duskmourn: House of Horror is a lot earlier than past Q4 sets. In fact, Duskmourn technically doesn’t even release in Q4 at all. This earlier-than-expected release date is thanks to MTG Foundations, which is releasing in November of this year.

Potentially, the surprisingly early release date of Duskmourn may set a trend that continues into future years. Since two major Universes Beyond are planned for each year, there’s reason to believe this unique release date could become commonplace.

Duskmourn: House of Horror Spoilers

The Wandering Rescuer

After lingering as a mansion-sized mystery for most of the year, Duskmourn: House of Horror spoilers have finally been revealed. Arriving during MagicCon: Amsterdam, Wizards has given players a first taste of this horror-themed set. As expected, there are plenty of Demons, Glimmers, Horrors, Spirits, and Spiders crammed into this haunted house.

On top of the already impressive menagerie of monsters, Wizard has also revealed some familiar and friendly faces. With Niko Aris, Tyvar Kell, Zimone Wola, Kaito Shizuki, and the Wanderer, the house’s horrors have some fierce competition. This certainly seems to be the case from the strength of The Wandering Rescuer alone.

As always, the First Look for Duskmourn: House of Horror hardly revealed the whole set. That being said, there are still a lot of exciting cards worth looking over. If you want to do exactly that, check out our article about the recent spoilers here.

Duskmourn: House of Horror Commander Decks

Duskmourn Commander Decks

Since it’s a premier set, it should be no surprise that Duskmourn: House of Horror comes with a set of Commander decks. Continuing the recent trend, four unique decks will be offered, each supporting a unique and flavorful strategy. Currently, very little is known about each of the four decks, but here’s what we do know.

Miracle Worker
Colors: White, Blue, Black

Helmed by a new card for Aminatou, this deck seems to be about casting new and likely reprinted Miracle spells. This is evident from not only the deck’s name, but also the tagline of “See the Future – Cast Miracles.” In theory, this should mean this deck includes a lot of Srcy and Surveil cards.

Death Toll
Colors: Black, Green

From the description of “Fill Your Graveyard – Release Monsters,” Death Toll appears to be a reanimation-themed Commander deck. Built around the new character of Winter, this deck could provide some enticing new cards to the fan-favorite dredge archetype. Whether or not any actual Dredge cards will appear, however, remains to be seen. 

Jump Scare
Colors: Green, Blue

Unsurprisingly, given its name, the Jump Scare Commander deck will supposedly have a major focus on “Tricky instants.” On top of this theme surprising opponents, there will also be “Mysterious face-down cards,” to keep the surprises coming. For better or worse, this leaves the direction of this deck wide open, so we’ll have to wait and see for what gets revealed.

Endless Punishment
Colors: Black, Red

Said to revolve around “group slug” mechanics, Endless Punishment dishes out the hurt to everybody. This likely means this deck will feature a lot of symmetrical effects to make everyone suffer. Should these cards be as “Endless” as the deck’s namesake, your opponents may be in trouble facing this deck.

Duskmourn: House of Horror Archenemy

Duskmourn Archenemy Cards

As if the set’s Commander decks weren’t interesting enough on their own, they also herald the return of Archenemy. Reappearing after a seven-year hiatus, this fan-favorite mechanic has been reinvented around the Commander format. For better or worse, this means the new Archenemy format plays very differently from what its fans are used to.

For starters, each of the new Duskmourn Commander decks comes packaged alongside ten new Archenemy Scheme cards. Once per turn, one of these cards is flipped from the Scheme deck and activated during your first main phase. Your Scheme deck needs to include at least ten schemes but there’s no upper maximum limit.

Following the release of Duskmourn, the life-totals when playing Archenemy games will be dramatically different. For starters, the Archenemy now has 60 starting life total. On top of this, the “hero team” of opposing players, will also now have a collective starting life total of 60. Despite this major change, players each still have their own board and can be attacked individually.

This change to life totals unfortunately does make some past Schemes, such as Mortal Flesh is Weak, effectively useless. Despite this problem, the change should hopefully make the Archenemy format more enjoyable overall. Now, players aren’t at risk of being targeted and eliminated early, as everyone is always playing until the game’s conclusion.

Currently, since Duskmourn: House of Horror is yet to be released, it’s unclear how these changes will play out. Hopefully, considering the love for the Archenemy format, these changes will be heralded as positives.

Duskmourn: House of Horror Products

Duskmourn :House of Horror Nightmare Bundle

Last but not least, it’s well worth looking over all of the products available with Duskmourn: House of Horror. Not only is there a lot going on, but there’s even more than usual thanks to a unique special edition product. Releasing later than the rest of the set, the Nightmare Bundle is a potentially lucrative addition to the product lineup.

Containing six Play Boosters, two Collector Boosters, and a unique Nightmare Booster the Nightmare Bundle offers a fair few cards. On top of this, this unique product also offers “3 double-sided posters,” which should be great for MTG and horror fans. While we don’t know much about it yet, we’re getting Compleat Edition vibes from this commemorative product.

Below is the rest of the product lineup for the Duskmourn: House of Horror MTG set, which is to be expected.

  • Play Boosters
  • Collector Boosters
  • Prerelease Pack
  • Commander Decks
  • Bundle

That’s All For Now

While we now know a good deal about Duskmourn: House of Horror, we likely won’t hear more about this MTG set for some time. Since spoilers are now due to start until August 31st, we have a long while to wait until then. Thankfully, since Assassin’s Creed and Bloomburrow are releasing before then, there’s no shortage of new cards to enjoy.

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