Core Set 2021 is the 20th Magic: The Gathering core set, to be released worldwide on June 25, 2020 along with the MTG Arena June game update. The set features a mix of new and reprinted cards from Magic’s past, with Teferi as the featured Planeswalker. We will be updating this post with more information as they follow, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back every day!
This set will be the eighth and final set to be included into the Standard card pool before rotation happens with the release of Zendikar Rising in September 2020. You can read more about how rotation works in our guide.
- Release Date: June 25, 2020
- Code: M21
- Set Symbol:
- Cards: 274
Spoilers and Card List
There are 274 cards in the main set of Core Set 2021. Cards beyond this number are available as Card Styles in MTG Arena, or as part of supplementary products such as Buy-a-Box promo and Planeswalker decks, and cannot be found in booster packs. You can also view the complete Core Set 2021 card gallery. The preview season is ongoing from June 5 to June 16, and all cards will be added here as soon as they are revealed!
Themes and Mechanics
As is the tradition of the Core Sets, we have five planeswalkers, one in each color. We have the return of familiar characters Teferi, Liliana, Chandra and a non-cursed Garruk and the introduction of Basri Ket.
A feature of a Core Set is what cards will be making their return. In 2021, we have powerful and long awaited reprints such as Ugin, Grim Tutor and Azusa.
At long last, abilities that put the top X cards of the graveyard now officially becomes a keyword mechanic called “mill”, which originates from the card Millstone. This term has been used almost universally by Magic players for a long time, and is a popular gameplay mechanic as it provides an alternate win condition or provides ways to use the graveyard as another resource.
Prowess makes its return in a Core Set as an evergreen ability: Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, the creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
Phasing is an ability that is more than 20 years old! It pretends the phased out creature does not exist, unlike exiling where it changes zones. You treat it and anything attached to it as though they don’t exist until its controller’s next turn.
Dog and Cat Tribal
With Core Set 2021, the creature type “Hound” is being officially changed to “Dog”. We will also have cards to support them!
Core Sets are packed with legendary characters, lore and history from the multiverse.
Two preorder bundles are available for $49.99 USD each, and if you purchase both you receive a Darius Osworth Gerhardt IV pet as a bonus.
Liliana Pack Bundle
- 50x Core Set 2021 boosters
- 1x Card of Liliana, Waker of the Dead
- 1x Liliana, Waker of the Dead Card Style
- Waker of the Dead Sleeve
Teferi Play Bundle
- Set Mastery Pass
- 3x Player Draft Token (Can be used for either Premier or Traditional player drafts)
- 1x Sealed Token
- 1x Card of Teferi, Master of Time
- 1x Teferi, Master of Time Card Style
- Master of Time Sleeve