Magic: The Gathering has some big announcements lined up for us, as today’s Wizards of the Coast’s Weekly MTG live stream was named “Monthly Announcement Day” that previewed a bunch of products coming in 2022 – and beyond. A lot of them were previously known by name only, but today we delve just a little bit deeper into each of the upcoming sets.
Of course, we will be covering them in more detail over time, but for now here is the run down from Wizards of the Coast, as well as the replay of the stream that you can watch above. We will break them down by each category, along with the transcript from the original article here.
The Magic: The Gathering’s Universes Beyond crossover with other IPs have featured the likes of Walking Dead, Stranger Things, Arcane, and Street Fighter so far and more in the pipeline such as a collaboration with Fortnite and Lord of the Rings! The next one to come however, is one with Warhammer 40,000, launching four Commander decks, each with a Collector’s Edition and three Secret Lair drops.
The products and the new cards, as usual, are only legal in Commander, Legacy, and Vintage and are exclusive to tabletop Magic: The Gathering. There is no information about related MTG Arena products.
A FIRST LOOK AT MAGIC: THE GATHERING’S UNIVERSES BEYOND WARHAMMER 40,000 COLLABORATION
On August 12, universes will collide with Magic: The Gathering‘s Universes Beyond Warhammer 40,000 collaboration. This collaboration between two iconic tabletop titans, Warhammer 40,000 and Magic: The Gathering, includes the release of four Commander decks and three Secret Lair drops. Both releases bring the grimdark lore, iconic art, and warring factions of the Warhammer 40,000 universe into Magic‘s multiverse.
COMMAND A NEW BATTLEFIELD IN THE FAR FUTURE’S ENDLESS WAR
Grab your friends and step into the helm of Warhammer 40,000‘s legendary characters. This collaboration aims to stay as authentic to Warhammer 40,000 factions and strategies as possible, so whether fielding a squad of the Imperium’s forces, resurrecting fallen Necrons, amassing a swarm of Tyranids, or harnessing the chaotic powers of the Warp, fans should delight in seeing iconic characters and strategies.
If you’re new to the world of Warhammer 40,000, this a great opportunity to get a taste of the deep lore and amazing stories that makeup the Warhammer 40,000 universe, as well as build out your Commander deck with new commanders and brand-new artwork.
The collaboration will consist of four ready-to-play, preconstructed 100-card Commander decks and three Secret Lair drops. If you’re new to Magic, Commander is an exciting, unique way to play Magic that is all about awesome legendary creatures, big plays, and battling your friends in epic multiplayer games! More information on the format can be found here.
Prefer playing a different format? Individual cards from the collaboration will be legal in Commander, Legacy, and Vintage.
Here’s the more detailed breakdown of everything that’s part of this collaboration:
- Four commander decks that also come in a Collector’s Edition and a unique “Universes Beyond” frame.
- Tyranid Swarm (green-blue-red)
- Forces of the Imperium (white-blue-black)
- Necron Dynasties (mono-black)
- The Ruinous Powers (blue-black-red)
- The Collector’s Edition comes fully foiled with the never-before-seen special surge foil and has the same card content. Images below!
- Three Secret Lair drops, which we’re excited to share more info on later.
- Secret Lair x Warhammer 40,000: Orks
- Secret Lair x Warhammer Age of Sigmar
- Secret Lair x Blood Bowl
MAGIC: THE GATHERING‘S UNIVERSES BEYOND WARHAMMER 40,000 COLLABORATION KEY DATES
- Previews Begin: July 26
- Secret Lair Drop: August 12–22
- Worldwide Release: August 12
- Launch Weekend Event: August 12–14
THE FIRST PREVIEWS
As some within the Imperium are known to say, “While the enemies of the Emperor still draw breath, there can be no peace.” But there can be preview cards! Warhammer 40,000 has deep lore that we’ve evoked through each card. From basic lands to commander staples, each card has been reimagined and was chosen for its iconic flavor or gameplay impact.
Dates, artwork, and first previews for Warhammer 40,000 were shared earlier on Weekly MTG.
Looking for a written breakdown? We’ve got all the preview cards right here.
First up is Abaddon, the Despoiler, the face of “The Ruinous Powers” deck. “Ruinous” is not an understatement for the power of this iconic character, either. Abaddon and his forces are so powerful in Warhammer 40,000 lore that they literally tore the galaxy in two, divided by a tremendous warp rift known as the Cicatrix Maledictum.
“Blood for the blood god, Skulls for the skull throne” is the battle cry for the Warhammer 40,000 Chaos legions of Khorne and his followers. Drawing strength from battle, Khorne’s followers in the 41st Millennium are bloodthirsty zealots who live for war, and this card’s mechanics reflect that flavor. This card costs less to cast as things on the battlefield die, whether those are your forces or an opponent’s. Remember, “Khorne cares not from whence the blood flows, only that it flows.”
Vanguard Suppressors align with the Warhammer 40,000 Ultramarines faction, who are defenders of Humanity and among the greatest of the Emperor’s warriors. In addition to the great artwork, this card comes with an exciting new token-related mechanic.
The promo card, Fabricate, won’t appear in the Commander decks, but you can get your hands on it if you go to your local game store on launch day. This exciting card features Belisarius Cawl, one of the most powerful members of the Imperium and fabricator of some of Warhammer 40,000‘s most legendary artifacts.
Finally, did our mention of a new, never-before-seen surge foil grab your interest? We’ll have pictures to share closer to release!
Double Masters 2022
The second Double Masters set will be returning in 2022, with awaited reprints and new artwork. Once again, this product is designed for drafting but available only for tabletop and Magic Online.
Double Masters 2022 arrives July 8, bringing with it a return of the exciting features of the original Double Masters release in 2020:
- Fan-favorite cards are available again in boosters—many featuring amazing new artwork.
- The return of powerful and legendary cards for your next Commander and Eternal format decks.
- Each Double Masters 2022 Draft Booster is packed with two rare and/or mythic rare cards plus two foil cards.
And, like before, Double Masters 2022 offers a unique, premium draft experience for Magic fans ready for a refreshing twist on play.
But that’s not all to expect with Double Masters 2022!
Double Masters 2022 Key Dates
- Previews Begin: June 16
- Card Image Gallery Complete: June 24
- WPN Premium Preview Events: July 1–7
- Worldwide Release: July 8
Double Masters 2022 Set Code: 2X2
This time, there are even more ways to collect and enjoy these fantastic cards with Collector Boosters, filled to the brim with beautiful versions of iconic and incredible cards. Plus, every rare and mythic rare in the set will have a foil-etched version—similar to the foil-etched look we’ll share soon for Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate—available in Collector Boosters as well!
Looking for the first chance to play with these returning favorites? WPN Premium stores can host a Double Masters 2022 Preview Event beginning July 1! And, just like the Draft Boosters are doubled up with the fun, Preview Events have double the promos for participating (while supplies last, of course).
Beginning July 1 at WPN Premium stores, and July 8 everywhere in the world, experience twice the Magic fun with Double Masters 2022.
The next Standard expansion releases on September 9, and is an exciting one! Magic: The Gathering celebrates its 30th anniversary with a return to one of the favorite planes and where it all started – Dominaria! It will also be the set that marks the yearly Standard rotation so it’s bound to be a fun time all around.
Magic heads into its 30th anniversary celebration with a return to its original setting: Dominaria!
Rich in Magic history and full of beautiful lands, mighty creatures, and renown heroes, Dominaria United is a triumphant return to Magic‘s home, celebrating its 30 years of releases.
Dominaria United Set Code: DMU
Dominaria United Commander Set Code: DMC
Dominaria United Key Dates
- Prerelease Events: September 2–8
- Worldwide Release: September 9
This time, our return kicks off an epic story arc spanning four sets where the fate of Dominaria—and the Multiverse—is set to unravel. You can look forward to the story later this year when we dive into Dominaria United.
But there is more to share with you today! Collectors and fans that enjoy Box Topper boosters and Collector Boosters can look forward to something special coming with Dominaria United—and we’ll share more later this August.
Jumpstart has been a popular way for players – especially new – to jump into quick games on Magic that combines the fun of opening boosters and combining two usually unrelated themes to create a ready-to-play deck.
MTG Arena has seen the original Jumpstart, its own unique Jumpstart Horizons, and the evergreen Jump In! event that allows players to collect chase cards at a more efficient rate. New cards from these sets have been introduced into the Alchemy and Historic formats.
The big news is that every set will have its accompanying Jumpstart packs as well, to replace the Theme Boosters. Whether they will mirror the new pack additions to the Jump In! event is yet to be known.
Let’s double down on the Dominaria United update: In addition to the Draft, Set, and Collector Boosters you already know, we’re adding a fan favorite to the mix as well. Beginning with Dominaria United, each Standard set release also includes themed Jumpstart packs!
Replacing Theme Boosters, fan-favorite Jumpstart packs let players new and returning alike mix, match, and enjoy the mayhem of unique themes with each latest release. Jumpstart packs in Dominaria United and beyond follow the original Jumpstart release where each pack is a hidden theme to discover when you open, and shuffling any two packs together is all you need to be ready to play.
Each set will include several themes, each feeling right at home with what the set offers players—but don’t let that stop you from mixing and matching for more mayhem as Jumpstart packs release from Dominaria United and beyond!
Jumpstart packs for Dominaria United feature cards from the set, including a rare or mythic rare, two foil basic lands, and a mechanically unique rare designed for the Jumpstart pack. Plus, these Jumpstart packs will be available as part of Dominaria United Prerelease events September 2–8!
Local Game Store Promotions
As paper Magic gets into full swing with the announcement of the new Premier Play structure, Wizards are enticing players to hop back into their Local Game Store (LGS) with some exciting new promo cards.
One of the best ways to learn about and play Magic is at your local game store. We love stores. You love stores. Together, we’ll celebrate them in style: the Love Your Local Game Store promotion returns!
Starting July 1 at WPN game stores around the world, Magic: The Gathering product purchases of $50 USD or more can net you an incredible promo card: a traditional foil retro frame Sol Ring.
These promos will only be available while supplies last, so visit your local game store and see what they have for you next!
BATTLE IN STORE CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS JULY
Sol Ring isn’t the only new promotional card available soon. Players will have the chance to show their mettle in the July 2022 Store Championship! Scheduled to take place July 9–17 and featuring formats from Draft and Sealed to Standard, Modern, and Pioneer, Store Championships let you battle for local bragging rights, earn a special promotional card, and challenge your skill as a competitor.
Check with your local game store and compete in Store Championships, taking place July 9–17.
Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate
A follow up to the cross between Dungeons & Dragons since Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate is releasing on June 10 with tonnes of new cards designed for the Commander format.
Although the product is specifically for tabletop as well, to keep the MTG Arena players occupied during a big break between the two Standard sets (5 months between Streets of New Capenna and Dominaria United), we are getting our own Baldur's Gate set on July 7!
There will be over 250 new cards to MTG Arena, and will be legal for Alchemy and Historic play. It will combine a selection of cards from Battle for Baldur's Gate, some digitally rebalanced for 1v1 on Arena, and brand new digital-only cards. Notably, unlike previous Alchemy sets, it will be getting its own Draft events, Mastery Pass, and more.
In the prosperous and influential city of Baldur's Gate, Magic and Dungeons & Dragons cross over once more in Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate—arriving July 7 to MTG Arena!
Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate throws open the city gates to new adventures on July 7 for Alchemy and Historic players in MTG Arena. The set aligns with the themes of the Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate tabletop release and introduces over 250 new cards to MTG Arena! New mechanics, new legends, and powerful new spells can push your favorite MTG Arena decks to powerful heights and lay the foundations for entirely new deck possibilities!
MTG Arena Premier Play Reminder
With the restructuring of MTG Arena’s Premier Play system, here’s another reminder on what’s coming in May. It’s all Street of New Capenna limited, so we’ll make sure to have plenty of great content to help you out with that if you are competing!
The digital Magic world joins with the return of tabletop play in a new system that provides clear paths to the pinnacle of Magic competition: the Magic World Championship!
MTG Arena Premier Play offers several tracks to higher levels of competitive Magic through events that are exciting, fun, and could pit you against some of the biggest names in Magic. These events give you the opportunity to show your skills and see your own name among the elite!
Upcoming Premier Play Events
Already battling on MTG Arena? Our upcoming Premier Play events can be the next step on your competitive journey. Check out each event for details on what you can win and what you need to know about participating in MTG Arena Premier Play.
May 14–15: Arena Open
Open to all levels of players with exciting competition and monetary rewards!
- Day 1: Streets of New Capenna Sealed (Best-of-One and Best-of-Three)
- Day 2: Streets of New Capenna Traditional Draft (Best-of-Three)
- May 21 – Streets of New Capenna Phantom Sealed (Best-of-One)
- May 27 – Streets of New Capenna Phantom Traditional Sealed (Best-of-Three)
May 28–29: Qualifier Weekend
The action heats up when top MTG Arena players compete for an invitation to the first Arena Championship!
- Day 1: Streets of New Capenna Phantom Traditional Sealed (Best-of-Three)
- Day 2: Streets of New Capenna Phantom Traditional Draft (Best-of-Three)
You’ve got the skills. You’ve got the talent. Now you’ve got the map to take you to the summit of competitive Magic!
Lastly, as usual tradition, on August 18 Wizards of the Coast will be announcing the next bunch of Magic products between 2022 and 2023. It’s all codenames for now, related to sports:
- Marathon Epilogue
Today’s announcements doubled up on things to share, but we’re not done yet. On August 18, we’ll be back with our launch of Wizards Presents!
Wizards Presents is loaded with first looks for the upcoming year of Magic sets—Dominaria United, The Brothers’ War, and more—plus a look beyond at upcoming Dungeons & Dragons releases and a few surprises you’ll want to be there to see.
You can watch an unforgettable reveal later this year on August 18. We’ll see you there!