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Yargle, Vikings, Fetchlands, Werewolves and D&D: The Next Year in Magic


Today, along with kicking off Zendikar Rising preview season with new planeswalkers, expedition fetchlands, potentially broken spell-land mechanics, and much, much more, Wizards also announced the next year's worth of Magic products. What's on the horizon in the multiverse? Let's discuss!

September 3 - Yargle Day

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Apparently September 3 is now officially Yargle day, in honor of everyone's favorite Frog Spirit: Yargle, Glutton of Urborg. In celebration, Wizards is releasing a Yargle-themed Secret Lair drop. While the value seems medium, it's one of the meme-iest Secret Lairs we've seen so far. While the Yargle Day drop is the only Secret Lair on announced today, we know another one is coming in a couple of weeks at the Mythic Invitational, and it's a good bet that the series will continue through the next year.

September - Zendikar Rising

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In case you missed it somehow, we have a new Standard set releasing this month. We kicked off Zendikar Rising preview season today with a huge dump of sweet cards. You can find all the latest at MTGPreviews.com or in video form on the MTGGoldfish YouTube channel.

November 7 - Commander Legends

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Next up on the release schedule is Commander Legends, which already has some preview cards, even though it doesn't actually release for another couple of months. If you like a bit of draft with your Commander, or just want sweet new legends, partners, and Commander-focused reprints, this is a set for you.

2021

For the 2021 releases, all of the dates are estimates based on past releases since Wizards only announced the quarter in which the sets would release. Here's what we have to look forward to in the next year. 

  • Kaldheim - January: A Viking themed Standard-legal set. Expect beards and maybe even the return of snow to Standard.
  • Time Spiral Remastered - March: Time Spiral Remastered is similar to Amonkhet Remastered with the original block being remixed for limited purposes, except it's releasing in paper. While this means the potential for high value reprints like Damnation, Sliver Legion, and Vesuva (among others), the most exciting part is that each Time Spiral Remastered pack will contain an old-border reprint card. They previewed Path to Exile, Chalice of the Void, and Relentless Rats:

  • Strixhaven, School of Mages - April: A Standard set that takes place in the "most elite university" in the multiverse. Expect Wizards, scholars, and the like. Moving from the brutal and bearded world of Vikings into the porcelain tower offers some variety over the first months of 2021.
  • Dungeons & Dragons - Adventures in the Forgotten Realms - July: Rather than a core set next summer, we have something brand new: a black-bordered, Standard-legal crossover set with Dungeons & Dragons. It seems that Wizards has already gotten the ball rolling with Zendikar Rising, where the main mechanics and tribes (party, Clerics, Warriors (Fighters) Wizards and Rogues) are all a major part of Dungeons & Dragons
  • Modern Horizons 2 - August: The first Modern Horizons proved to be controversial. While the set did an amazing job of boosting underplayed archetypes and adding new decks like Soulherder, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician combo, and more to the Modern format, it also unleashed Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis into the multiverse, which destroyed Modern until it was banned a few months later, and other problematic cards like Urza, Lord High Artificer and Wrenn and Six. Wizards has already announced that the enemy fetchlands will be in the set (not as box toppers or with any other shenanigans, just a normal rares), which means a real fetch land reprint (in a set that should cost way less than $15 a pack) is on its way, but roughly a year in the future.

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  • Innistrad Werewolves and Innistrad Vampires (working title, not actual set names) - September. While the details are still scarce, apparently we are getting not just one, but two sets returning to Innistrad next fall, each with a tribal focus. How exactly they will be released and what it means for Standard is unclear. What is clear is that Innistrad is a fan favorite, as are tribal themes, which means that our second return to Innistrad should be a hit. Pick up the cards you need to build your Werewolf and Vampire Commander decks now before they spike!

Conclusion

Anyway, that's the next year in Magic, at least for major releases. It seems likely that there will be a bunch of Secret Lairs and potentially other supplemental products (like Commander precon decks) that have yet to be announced as well. What set are you looking forward to most? How will Wizards manage to fit the D&D classes into Magic? Will snow return to Standard with Kaldheim? What new cards do you want reprinted in old borders in Time Spiral Remastered? Let us know in the comments! As always, leave your thoughts, ideas, opinions and suggestions, and you can reach me on Twitter @SaffronOlive, or at SaffronOlive@MTGGoldfish.com.



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