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Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Set Guide – Everything We Know So Far!

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is the 84th Magic: The Gathering expansion and the 12th set to be included on MTG Arena! It will be released worldwide on April 16, 2020 along with the April game update. Follow our preview guide as we unravel everything we know about the expansion so far!

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths News

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Spoilers

The official spoilers start on April 2, with the full card image gallery to be released on April 10. Follow us as the new cards are previewed!

Key Art

Logo

Product Shots

Set Details

  • Set Code: Unknown
  • Development Codename: Cricket
  • Release Date: April 16, 2020
  • Set Size: X Cards + X Supplemental Product Cards + X Tokens

Set Theme and Story

  • Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is set on a monster world called Ikoria and is noted to be about “building your own monsters”, featuring a new mechanic to represent this. The set is mostly designed bottom-up, but there are also some top-down individual card designs.
  • An e-book will be returning for this set, after being left out in Theros Beyond Death. It is called Sundered Bond byDjango Wexler, the author of The Gathering Storm, among other works, the well-loved prequel novella to the War of the Spark saga. Read the full announcement here.
  • The key art features Vivien Reid, with Mark Rosewater confirming “There is a new Planeswalker along with a couple you already know.” (source)
  • On the official Wizards Play Network page that is now removed (most likely published too early), it was revealed that “a set of double-sided keyword counters” will be included in the prerelease pack.

Commander Decks

The Planeswalker decks for non-Core Sets will be discontinued for the foreseeable future and be replaced by another supplemental product. For this set, they are replaced by five Commander decks called Ikoria Commander. These cards are unlikely to come with MTG Arena codes as the most of the cards will not be for Standard or Historic play (not to be confused with Brawl). Read more about this product in the announcement article.

Event Dates

MTG Arena Events

Make sure to check out our Event Calendar for a full list of current and upcoming events!

  • Sealed Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths: April 16, 2020 – May 10, 2020*
  • Traditional Draft Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths: April 20, 2020  – until next set release*
  • Ranked Draft Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths: May 1, 2020  – May 15, 2020*

* Exact date and times to be confirmed.

Tabletop Dates

  • Prerelease: April 17, 2020 – April 19, 2020
  • Tabletop Release Date: April 24, 2020
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