Now that we’re into 2024, there are an awful lot of MTG sets to look forward to. Between Modern Horizons 3, Fallout, and Pioneer Masters, this year is absolutely stacked. Beyond all the supplemental releases, however, there are also plenty of premier sets to look forward to. One such set is Outlaws of Thunder Junction.
Releasing as the second Premier set of 2024, Outlaws of Thunder Junction’s release is fast approaching. With just over a month until release day, Wizards has steadily begun releasing new information. This kicked off during MagicCon: Chicago, where players got their First Look at the set.
As the next premier set on the horizon, there’s understandably a lot of interest in Outlaws of Thunder Junction. Since this set is practically three releases in one, it definitely has a lot going for it! While Bloomburrow may be stealing its thunder somewhat, there’s still plenty of reason to be excited.
Whether you’re looking to join the Wild-West hype train or just keep up to date, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about Outlaws of Thunder Junction!
Outlaws of Thunder Junction Release Date
Thankfully, following The Preview Panel at MagicCon: Chicago, we can put to bed any speculation. All the important dates for Outlaws of Thunder Junction have been confirmed! With a plethora of preview and gameplay dates to look forward to, there’s a lot on the calendar.
Here are all the dates you need to know for Outlaws of Thunder Junction:
MTG Outlaws of Thunder Junction Key Dates
- Story Begins: March 18th
- Debut and Previews Begin: March 26th
- Card Image Gallery and Previews Complete: April 5th
- MTG Arena Global Release: April 16th
- Global Tabletop Release: April 19th
MTG Outlaws of Thunder Junction Gameplay Events
- Prerelease Events: April 12th – 18th
- Open House: April 19th – 21st
- Commander Party: April 26th – May 2nd
- Store Championship: May 4th –12th
- Standard Showdown: April 19th – July 25th
Outlaws of Thunder Junction Story
Due to being a long way from release, story chapters for Outlaws of Thunder Junction have not been released yet. Given past precedent, players can expect to see these before spoiler season starts in early March. While this is still a way away yet, there’s still some information to pick apart.
According to Wizards of the Coast, Outlaws of Thunder Junction is the final set within the Omenpath arc. This means that players should be able to expect some big happenings and some potentially major reveals. That being said, however, the Omenpath Arc is only act one of the larger Metronome storyline which lasts until 2026.
Within the set, villains from across Magic’s multiverse have all flocked to Thunder Junction to duel it out. Traveling via Omenpath, it’s unclear exactly why MTG’s villains are congregating here, however, there’s sure to be a good reason. Whether it’s for a magical McGuffin or just for fun, this set is sure to be an absolute romp.
Outlaws of Thunder Junction The Big Score / The Vault
Curiously, Outlaws of Thunder Junction wasn’t originally just one set. Instead, according to Wizards, it was originally planned to have an Aftermath-style follow-up Micro Set. Dubbed The Big Score, this set would continue the set’s story and finish it with a flourish. Unfortunately, due to the reaction to March of the Machine: The Aftermath, this planned extra release was quickly scrapped.
Rather than abandoning all the work that had been done, Wizards has smushed the two sets together. This process gave The Big Score a new alternative name “The Vault,” which annoyingly can be used interchangeably. Thankfully, while the name may be an oddity, cards from The Big Score are easy to identify since they have their own set symbol.
In total, The Big Score contains 40 cards, each one of which is Standard legal. The cards themselves can be found where The List would usually appear within Play Boosters. For better or worse, this means that The List has been mostly replaced in Outlaws of Thunder Junction. To add one last confusing piece of the puzzle, Special Guests cards still exist for the set.
In terms of the cards themselves, we’ve only seen two from The Big Score right now. These cards are Sword of Wealth and Power and Nexus of Becoming. Alongside these cards, The Vault aptly contains plenty of powerful artifacts that Outlaws of Thunder Junction are after.
Outlaws of Thunder Junction Bonus Sheet
As if one extra set wasn’t enough, Outlaws of Thunder Junction also has its very own Bonus Sheet! Known as Breaking News, this Bonus Sheet offers a bounty of reprints that can be played in Draft. Found in Play Boosters, the Breaking News cards will have their own dedicated slot. This means you will find one in every single pack.
Currently, only two cards from the Breaking News Bonus Sheet have been revealed. These cards are Thoughtseize and Crime // Punishment. Sadly, it’s not yet known how many cards Outlaws of Thunder Junction’s Bonus Sheet will contain.
As you can see above, the Breaking News cards are styled after old-timey newspaper articles. Specifically, these articles come from the Prosperity Post which is the local newspaper of Thunder Junction. Alongside this normal variant, there are also textured foil borderless versions which can be found in Collector Boosters.
Similarly to past Bonus Sheets, the cards on Breaking News are only legal in formats in which they’re currently legal. For better or worse, some cards on the Bonus Sheet such as Crime // Punishment will be new to MTG Arena. Should these cards be too powerful, they may be pre-banned in Historic.
Outlaws of Thunder Junction Spoilers
As always, during the First Look event for Outlaws of Thunder Junction, Wizards revealed a handful of cards! In total, four brand-new cards were revealed which we covered in their very own article. Alongside these, Wizards also later debuted the brand new World Champion card featuring Nathan Steuer.
Out of all the spoilers, the most interesting by far is the newPlaneswalker, Oko, the Ringleader. Alongside creating Elks, because of course he does, Oko cares about committing Crimes. Beyond being flavorful, Crime is technically a new mechanic in Outlaws of Thunder Junction.
While it may be new, committing a crime is incredibly simple. In the words of MTG’s Lead Designer, Mark Rosewater “Crime is defined by you targeting an opponent or their ‘stuff’.” This means that targeting an opponent, their spells, permanents, hand, library, or graveyard is a crime. Who knew that committing crimes was so easy?!
As mentioned earlier in this article, the spoiler season for Outlaws of Thunder Junction begins on March 26th. This spoiler season will last ten days with the full card image gallery being available on April 5th.
Outlaws of Thunder Junction Commander Decks
Since it is a premier set and tentpole release in 2024, Outlaws of Thunder Junction unsurprisingly has Commander decks. As usual for a modern release, four decks will be available at launch. Currently, we’ve only seen the box art for the Commander decks, but here’s what we know about each of them.
Desert Bloom – Deserts are back in MTG at long last! Well, that’s the assumption from this name, at least. Beyond that hope, Desert Bloom is all about bringing lands back from your graveyard to either ramp or animate.
Quick Draw – Focused around casting multiple spells during “big turns” Quick Draw sounds a lot like Storm. Considering the mechanic is the namesake of the Storm Scale, I wouldn’t hold out much hope for its return. Even without the inclusion of Storm, this Izzet deck should still do the classic color pair justice.
Most Wanted – Helmed by the vampire queen Olivia Voldaren, this deck seems to focus on recruiting mercenaries. Right now it’s sadly unclear whether or not this is a new mechanic, or perhaps a variant of Squad. Whatever the exact mechanic is, this deck will have a strong Treasure theme which should delight Commander fans.
Grand Larceny – Last but not least, the Grand Larceny deck is helmed by the aetherborn crime lord Gonti. Within the deck, it seems like you’ll be stealing a lot of your opponent’s cards while ramping to pay for them.
That’s All For Now
Unfortunately, that’s all the information that we have about Outlaws of Thunder Junction for now. Thankfully, we should be finding out more soon once the story kicks off on March 18th. Since this is only a few weeks away, hopefully, the wait won’t be too agonizing. Considering there will be brand new Fallout Commander decks to play with in the meantime, the time should breeze by.