Every year, we are blessed with lots of new MTG sets to sink our teeth into. From main storyline sets to Universes Beyond Crossovers, there’s a lot of MTG to look forward to in the 2024 release calendar. Sometimes though, it can feel a bit overwhelming. After all, it feels like Wizards of the Coast is almost constantly releasing new products. Worryingly, it seems that the number of products being released is always growing year on year.
For better or worse, to manage all that goes on in a year, typically, Wizards doesn’t tell us all too much. This allows us to digest a set or two, enjoy them, and play them before the next one comes around. For 2024, and 2025 for that matter, Wizards is doing things a little differently. Rather than keeping the future shrouded in mystery, Wizards has already revealed it all!
During an immense 30th Anniversary Presentation at Gen Con in 2023, Wizards revealed the next several years of MTG sets. This debuted the entire release calendar for 2024, giving MTG players a lot to look forward to! With plenty of new planes, new products, and new crossovers, 2024 certainly has it all!
While this is an incredibly exciting time for MTG players, it does mean there’s a lot of information to cover. Thankfully, we’re here to help navigate this cacophony of details and tell you all you need to know! So, without any further ado, here’s the entire 2024 MTG release schedule and a little bit about each set!
MTG 2024 Release Schedule
As of right now, there are ten major MTG sets scheduled to release in 2024. Four of them are premier sets, which is nothing new. Two of them are unique Universes Beyond crossovers, which seem to be a bigger focal point every year. Another set is a Remastered set focused on reprints, and we are also going to get another Modern Horizons set designed specifically for the Modern format.
Additionally, there are a couple of other MTG “products” to go over. First is Ravnica: Clue Edition. There isn’t a ton of information about this product as of this moment, but it looks like an interesting murder mystery product set on Ravnica. Second, MTG Arena is preparing to have tournament-ready Pioneer by the end of 2024. This should help make up for the widely considered mediocre Explorer Anthology product recently released.
For anyone interested in just the rough times of release, here’s some more information on each of these products:
- Ravnica Remastered: January 12th, 2024
- Murders at Karlov Manor: February 9th, 2024
- Play Boosters: February 9th, 2024
- Ravnica: Clue Edition: February 2024
- Fallout: March 8th, 2024
- Outlaws of Thunder Junction: Q2 2024
- Modern Horizons Three: Q2 2024
- Assassin’s Creed: July 2024
- Bloomburrow: Q3 2024
- Duskmourn: House of Horror: Q3 2024
- Pioneer Masters: Q4 2024
Clearly, the dates of release for the MTG products of 2024 are not set in stone yet, but this should help give a rough estimate for when sets will be released in relation to each other. Below, we will go a bit more in-depth on each MTG product and what we know about them so far.
Release Date: January 12th, 2024
Ravnica Remastered is our first set of 2024. Dominaria Remastered, similarly, was the first set released in 2023, and there’s a lot in common between the two sets. Both sets are focused on reprints. Ravnica Remastered specifically will feature top cards from Ravnica: City of Guilds, Return to Ravnica, and Ravnica Allegiance. The goal of this Remastered set is to bring about a fun and unique Limited environment while highlighting some cool cards from one of the most beloved MTG planes.
Importantly, this set does not change the legality of any cards within the set. Ravnica Remastered, much like Dominaria Remastered, is not releasing on Arena. So, for anyone interested in drafting this set, going to your local game store might be your best bet. For those interested in specific card treatments as well, Ravnica Remastered will feature some interesting retro frame cards as a throwback to Magic’s past.
So far, we’ve only been given a taste of what Ravnica Remastered has to offer via a First Look. While this livestream hardly revealed everything, it has given players a glimpse at card treatments and a few intriguing reprints. So far, the best Ravnica Remastered has to offer is reprinted Shock Lands, however, there’s a lot left to be spoiled.
Murders at Karlov Manor
Release Date: February 9th, 2024
As if one MTG set on Ravnica wasn’t enough, 2024 has two of them, back-to-back even! Swiftly following Ravnica Remastered, MTG players can enjoy Murders at Karlov Manor on the same plane. Offering new mechanics and a new perspective of the iconic plane, this set promises to be an all-out murder mystery!
Somewhat given away by the name, during this set, there will be murders… at Markov Manor no less! Obviously, these will take place throughout the set’s story, however, the gameplay has some promises too. According to MTG’s Lead Designer, Mark Rosewater, players will also be able to solve puzzles during gameplay.
Like all premier sets, Murders at Markov Manor will be available on paper, MTG Arena, and Magic Online. While this is nothing out of the ordinary, Murders at Markov Manor does have some tricks up its sleeves. Rather than just being one simple set, this flavorful set is three releases in one!
Release Date: February 9th, 2024
Alongside the release of Murders at Karlov Manor, Wizards of the Coast is implementing a massive change to the product roster. Known as Play Boosters, this revolutionary new product is replacing both Set Boosters and Draft Boosters. Thanks to this monumental change, Play Boosters are going to affect how you both play and collect MTG going forward.
Mixing both Set and Draft Boosters together, Play Boosters contain 14 cards, are Draftable, and offer more collectability. With an increased chance of finding rare cards and a guaranteed foil slot, Play Boosters are the best of both worlds. Currently, it’s unclear exactly how Limited will be affected by this change. Thankfully, however, Wizards has been testing this change for a long while, so we have faith.
As if Play Boosters weren’t enough of a monumental change already, The List is also getting a dramatic shake-up. Shrinking from 300 cards to just 40, The List is becoming more consistent, flavorful, and hopefully more fun. Promising better reprints and Special Guests, this change is well worth looking forward to.
To make this change even more dramatic, the new and improved version of The List appears in Play Boosters. This means that, for better or worse, The List cards will be able to affect the Limited environment. Problematically, the cards on The List are not guaranteed to appear on MTG Arena, as some will be replaced. This may cause physical and digital Limited events to be slightly different once Play Boosters launch.
Ravnica: Clue Edition
Release Date: February 2024
Ravnica: Clue Edition, similar to many of the Universes Beyond crossovers, is designed to be appealing to MTG players as well as Clue enthusiasts. Hasbro owns both games, so this seems like a clear crossover that plays into the murder-mystery theme. However, this isn’t necessarily being released as a typical set or Secret Lair. The goal is to provide a unique take on MTG that is designed for multiplayer specifically.
While there is little information revealed about how this will actually play out, this suggests that the product more closely resembles Magic as a game. There may even be new MTG cards released as well. This could be very similar to various “Annex sets” that were released after specific MTG sets and designed to provide a different play experience, such as Explorers of Ixalan. It will be interesting to see how this product plays out.
Release Date: March 8th, 2024
The first Commander exclusive product of 2024, the Fallout Commander decks are the next tentpole Universes Beyond release. Comprised of a quartet of Commander decks and Collector Boosters, this upcoming product should have it all. Whether you’re an MTG player or a Fallout fanatic, this Universes Beyond release definitely has something for you!
Despite being months away from release, Wizards has been surprisingly forthcoming about the Fallout Commander decks. Delivering an earlier-than-expected First Look, we’ve not seen the first cards and mechanics from the set. Somewhat unsurprisingly considering it’s a Universes Beyond release, each of these elements is deeply flavorful and looks utterly fantastic.
Outlaws of Thunder Junction
Release Date: Q2 2024
Our second premier set, this wild Western set is scheduled to release in Q2 of 2024. Unlike Murders at Karlov Manor, however, this set comes with its own new MTG world. Outlaws of Thunder Junction is focused all around villains, and what better way to showcase them than in a Western-style environment?
While this set does introduce a new MTG world, the set actually includes villains from all over the Multiverse! This should bring a cool feel to MTG Arena as another main set. Notably, this isn’t the only Q2 set to look forward to for digital play.
Modern Horizons Three
Release Date: Q2 2024
That’s right. Despite being a set designed for Modern, Modern Horizons Three will actually be draftable on Arena. While this does not imply that Modern is coming to Arena, at least within the near future, this will add the cards to the Historic card pool, which may provide a big shake-up to the format.
If either of the first two Modern Horizons sets are any indication though, this set is likely to shake up the Modern format a lot. Modern Horizons sets provide Wizards of the Coast with a unique opportunity to add powerful cards to the Modern format without worrying whether they are too strong for Standard. That’s because these cards will not be Standard or even Pioneer legal.
One cool thing we know about Modern Horizons Three that’s different than the first two is the inclusion of double-faced cards. This means that cards that transform into Planeswalkers are fair game, for example. Expect some very strong cards to come out of this set in Q2 of 2024.
Release Date: July 2024
Assassin’s Creed is another Universes Beyond crossover, scheduled to release in July 2024. Unlike Fallout, however, this crossover will be Modern legal. Strangely though, these cards will be released in an entirely new type of booster pack called “Beyond Boosters.”
We don’t have much information about what these packs will be like, but we do know a couple of things about them. First, they are meant to show off cards specific their universe. Every Assassin’s Creed game will be featured, and there will also be some reprints alongside some cards with new mechanics.
Second, and perhaps most interesting, is that these Beyond Boosters will not be draftable. So, while these Assassin’s Creed “Beyond Boosters” packs introduce new cards to Modern, they do not themselves support a Limited environment.
Release Date: Q3 2024
Bloomburrow is the third premier set, releasing in Q3 of 2024. This set also part of a new storyline path called the “Dragonstorm Arc,” which is notably different than the “Omenpath Arc” that encompasses the lore beginning with Wilds of Eldraine.
Another cool aspect of the set is that Bloomburrow does not feature any humanoids at all. Instead, the set is centralized around anthropomorphic animals! Frogs, Rabbits, Squirrels, and more cute animals provide a very heartwarming environment.
Duskmourn: House of Horror
Release Date: Q3 2024
Duskmourn: House of Horror is the fourth premier set of the year, also set to release in Q3. This set provides a stark contrast to the feel of the previous set. We will move from a set all about adorable animals to a set that takes place entirely within an enormous, scary mansion.
Just like with Bloomburrow though, this set features another new MTG world. Duskmourn: House of Horrors, as the name suggests, takes a lot of its inspiration from modern horror tropes and ideas. The creepiness of this set could provide us with some cool Arena animations as well.
Release Date: Q4 2024
Finishing off the end of the 2024 release calendar, currently, we have the release of Pioneer Masters. Following the trend of Commander Masters and Modern Masters, this set is, unsurprisingly, all about Pioneer reprints. While this wouldn’t be too eventful in itself, this set does have a twist. Pioneer Masters is exclusively for MTG Arena.
As if the MTG Arena exclusivity wasn’t dramatic enough, Pioneer Masters also has a rather unique purpose. Instead of aiming to bring the price of in-demand cards down, this set is all about putting cards on Arena. Ideally completely bridging the gap between Explorer and Pioneer, this set is monumentally important.
Considering sets are usually only around 300 cards, unfortunately, not every Pioneer-legal card will be coming to MTG Arena. Instead, Wizards is aiming for a “Tournament Ready Pioneer” which can be used in events and as a genuine format. While this is undoubtedly great news for Pioneer fans, unfortunately, there’s no guarantee of any more Explorer Anthologies to tide us over until late 2024.
Currently, since Pioneer Masters is many moons away from release, there’s no telling what cards it will contain. Given what the format needs, however, it’d be shocking if it didn’t include Oth of Nissa, Hidden Strings, and Temporal Trespass. Considering the goal is tournament-ready Pioneer, and these are widely played cards, we’d be absolutely shocked not to see them included.
There Will Be More
For better or worse, while we’ve covered all we know today, 2024 is hardly set in stone. Sets may be moved about, release dates changed, and new products unexpectedly announced. Should, or rather when any of these events happen, we’ll be here to cover the changes. So, if you want to keep up to date with all the latest goings on in the world of MTG, watch this space!