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, the Magic team 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 November 19, 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 featured 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 24, 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.
Innistrad: Crimson Vow
Release date: November 19, 2021
Then, in November, we were invited to “the biggest vampire wedding in Innistrad history.” Innistrad: Crimson Vow is a Vampire-themed set, centered on the wedding of Olivia Voldaren and Edgar Markov. But in typical Innistrad fashion, there are plenty of other classic creature types 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. 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 follows up on its predecessor by injecting new cards directly into Modern. But the set isn’t just for Modern players — there are plenty of new cards that Commander enthusiasts will love, too.
More Magic to Come
Ready for another year of Magic? Check out our guide to 2022’s MTG sets!