A Guide to Magic: The Gathering in 2021

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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.

Major Expansions

As of September 1, 2020, we now know the names of all four – no, wait, FIVE major expansions coming 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!

Kaldheim

In January, Magic will make its first trip to Kaldheim: a world inspired by Vikings and Nordic culture. We’ve seen glimpses of this icy, treacherous plane in products like Planechase and Duels of the Planeswalkers, but we know very little about the world and the creatures who live there. Our predictions: plenty of Norse mythology references, the introduction of the Planeswalker Ramaz, and some cards with the Snow supertype.

Strixhaven: School of Mages

Back-to-school will come early in 2021, as Magic plans to release the set Strixhaven: School of Mages in early spring. The set takes place at an elite higher learning institution, where five factions are jockeying for power. We don’t know much about Strixhaven, including what plane it’s on, but we’ve excited to see each of the five colors’ takes on wizardry.

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms

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: Werewolves and Innistrad: Vampires

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 next fall, tentatively named Innistrad: Werewolves and Innistrad: Vampires. According to Wizards, the sets will be staggered a few months apart, but both will be legal for play in Standard.

Supplemental Products

We expected to learn about the major Magic expansions on the Zendikar Rising stream, but Wizards gave us some key information about supplemental products, too. Here’s what we can expect between the major releases in 2021.

Time Spiral Remastered

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 in Q1 2021. Wizards described the set as a fresh take on 2006’s Time Spiral, and it’ll contain some Modern-era cards in pre-Modern borders.

Modern Horizons 2

Everyone loves a sequel, and Modern Horizons was so successful that Wizards is releasing another installment. Modern Horizons 2 releases in Q3 2021, 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?

Some fans were quick to note that the 2021 release schedule doesn’t include a Commander-focused product. If 2020 was “The Year of Commander,” where does that leave 2021?

Rest assured, Commander fans – Wizards has made it clear that new products designed for Commander will be coming next year. Wizards will continue releasing Commander precon decks with major expansions, a la Ikoria and Zendikar Rising, and they haven’t ruled out an additional standalone Commander product. As much as we know about what’s coming in 2021, there are even more surprises awaiting us.

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!