Wizards of the Coast announced more details about Strixhaven: School of Mages preview schedule and the expected product schedule for the rest of the year.
There’s a lot of product coming this year, not to mention the regular Secret Lair drops and Commander product in between. With that, let’s dig into the details.
Strixhaven: School of Mages
Strixhaven: School of Mages previews begin on March 25 at 10 am PT– preview season will kick off over at Magic: The Gathering‘s Youtube Channel and on Twitch. The schedule for Strixhaven: School of Mages is as follows:
- March 25: Preview Kickoff
- April 15: Strixhaven: School of Mages Release on MTG Arena and Magic Online
- April 16–22: Prerelease Week
- April 23: Strixhaven: School of Mages and Commander (2021 Edition) Tabletop Release
Strixhaven: School of Mages is the 87th Magic expansion set in the elite university of the multiverse, featuring five colleges; Lorehold, Prismari, Quandrix, Silverquill who all battle it out with their own takes on magic. Strixhaven: School of Mages also includes the Mystical Archive, which is a new approach to reprint older cards without affecting their format legality. These won’t be featured in Standard or in Draft Boosters, but are aimed at eternal format enthusiasts such as Modern and Legacy players.
Modern Horizons II
After Strixhaven: School of Mages, Modern Horizons II is the next supplemental set with an expected June 11 release date. Modern Horizons II is the next entry in the Modern Horizons series that focuses on introducing reprints and new cards into the Modern format.
What makes this offering different from Modern Horizons I is Set Boosters and Collector Booster will be available alongside Draft Boosters. This means there will be extended art and alternate frames which we often see in Standard-focused sets. As a result, Modern Horizons II will be the first non-Standard set to receive such treatment which could start a new trend for future supplemental sets. In addition, Modern Horizons II will have its own pre-release which you can play remotely via Spelltable.
There isn’t much information on what cards are in the set, however, the enemy fetch lands are confirmed to be in Modern Horizons II at rare.
Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
Then after Modern Horizons II, Dungeons & Dragons: Adventure in the Forgotten Realms is slated for a July 16 release. Unlike most summer releases, there won’t be a Core Set release this year and this set will replace it.
It’ll be exciting to see how Magic: The Gathering tackles Dungeon & Dragons within a tabletop setting. We’ve already seen Bag of Holding as a card in Core Set 2020, and even a nod to Dungeon & Dragons back in Unstable with Sword of Dungeons & Dragons. Maybe we’ll see a Deck of Many Things, or a Wand Of Magic Missile?
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Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
Then, we return to Innistrad for the third time for Innistrad Mightnight Hunt which is one of two sets released within the gothic plane.
There isn’t a huge amount of information about Innistrad: Midnight Hunt yet, but we do know it’s based around Werewolves. Some of the Japanese packaging of one of the two upcoming Innistrad sets were recently leaked as reported by EpicStream last month.
Innistrad: Crimson Vow
Then lastly, Innistrad: Crimson Vow is expected to drop on November 19. There isn’t much in the way of details but do know it’ll feature Vampires and a wedding of sorts. Hopefully, not a red wedding, or maybe Sorin has a happy ending for once.
And to recap, here is the expected timeline of releases for this year. Don’t forget, there will be Secret Lair Drops and Commander product dotted in between these set releases. Granted, there is a lot coming but it’s worth remembering not every single product release is catered for you.
It’ll be exciting to see what cards and strategies are born from these sets, and the overall impact going forward.
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