It’s hard to believe that 2020 is nearly over and a new year of Magic: The Gathering is already on its way. During their Zendikar Rising preview stream, Wizards of the Coast teased the release of several 2021 sets, featuring wizards, werewolves, vampires, Vikings, and a much-anticipated D&D crossover.
In case you missed the announcement, we’ve collected all the details for you in one convenient place. We’ll be updating this post as we learn more about what 2021 will bring, so you might want to bookmark it for future reference.
(Editor’s Note: Post last updated March 18, 2021)
As of March 18, 2021, we now know the names of all four – no, wait, FIVE major expansions coming this year. In 2021, we’ll travel to two new worlds, return to one of Magic’s most popular planes, and journey deep into the Forgotten Realms. Let’s take a look!
Release date: February 5, 2021
In January, Magic made its first trip to Kaldheim: a world inspired by Vikings and Nordic culture. Like Theros and Amonkhet, Kaldheim has its own pantheon of gods, but there’s one false god among them — the trickster planeswalker Tibalt, masquerading as Valki, God of Lies.
Strixhaven: School of Mages
Release date: April 23, 2021
Back-to-school came early in 2021, as Magic released Strixhaven: School of Mages in April. The set takes place at an elite higher learning institution, where five factions are jockeying for power. Additionally, Magic released a set of five Commander decks aligned with Strixhaven‘s five Colleges, along with a special subset of promo cards called Mystical Archive.
Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
Release date: July 23, 2021
In lieu of a Core Set, summer 2021 will feature a crossover that many Magic fans have wanted for decades: an expansion set in Dungeons & Dragons’ Forgotten Realms. This set could easily serve as an on-ramp to Magic for D&D players, and it might encourage some Magic players to try D&D, too.
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
Release date: September 17, 2021
As the weather turns colder and Halloween approaches, our thoughts always seem to return to the gothic horror-inspired world of Innistrad. Wizards of the Coast were right there with us, and they’ll be releasing two full Innistrad sets this fall, both of which will be legal in Standard.
The first is Innistrad: Midnight Hunt — a werewolf-themed set coming in mid-September.
Innistrad: Crimson Vow
Release date: November 19, 2021
Then, in November, we’ll be invited to what’s being called “the biggest vampire wedding in Innistrad history.” Innistrad: Crimson Vow will be a vampire-themed set, and we’re excited to see which of our favorite characters will be in the mix.
In addition to these Standard-legal sets, there will be two major special editions coming in 2021.
Time Spiral Remastered
Release date: March 19, 2021
We’re always looking forward to the next big thing in Magic, but those of us who have been playing for years or even decades always have nostalgia for the game’s past. If you’re a longtime player, you’ll want to check out Time Spiral Remastered, coming this March. The set brings together the greatest hits from the original Time Spiral block, along with some fan-favorite cards in old-school “timeshifted” frames.
Modern Horizons 2
Release date: June 18, 2021
Everyone loves a sequel, and Modern Horizons was so successful that Wizards is releasing another installment. Modern Horizons 2 releases in June, and it’ll contain all five of the enemy-colored fetchlands. That means that Modern Horizons 2 could be a hybrid between a Masters set and the previous Modern Horizons: it’ll include reprints of cards that are already legal in Modern, as well as brand-new designs. We can hardly wait to see what’s in store!
What About Commander Sets?
If 2020 was “The Year of Commander,” where does that leave 2021?
Rest assured, Commander fans – there are plenty of Commander products coming in 2021! Kaldheim featured two Commander decks, Strixhaven brought five more, and we’ll be getting four additional decks with the release of Forgotten Realms. Head to our post on the latest Commander products for up-to-date info.
Let us know on Twitter which of these 2021 products you’re most excited for and if you have any predictions for the upcoming year. Until then, stay tuned for more Magic: The Gathering news!
- “Zendikar Debut and Announcement Day Recap” – DailyMTG, September 1, 2020
- “Strixhaven: School of Mages and More 2021 Magic Release Dates” – DailyMTG, March 18, 2021