Jumpstart: Spoilers and Set Information

Jumpstart Key Art

Jumpstart is a supplementary set that introduces a new way to play Magic: The Gathering. You take two themed boosters, shuffle them together, and play against your opponent to bring you a mixture of constructed and limited experience. It will be available on MTG Arena on July 16, and released as a physical paper product on July 17. The set consists of more than 500 cards with a handful of unique cards but a majority of them are reprints from Magic’s past and shares 120 cards from Core Set 2021 as they are closely tied together. The most important feature of this set is that the cards will be introduced to the Historic card pool!

What is Jumpstart?

Each Jumpstart booster pack includes 20 cards – including lands. Each card in those packs is one of the 46 themes or archetypes, and most themes have multiple variations – totalling 121 possible 20 card lists. Key features of the set include:

  • Cards in Jumpstart will not be Standard legal (unless they are already part of a Standard legal set) but will be introduced to the Historic card pool!
  • There are 78 cards in the main set. 37 of them are brand new cards unique to Jumpstart. The other 41 cards are lands with brand new art!
  • One in three booster pack includes an extra rare.
  • There are around 500 reprints from Magic’s past, and 120 of them are from Core Set 2021 as they are closely tied together.
  • There are rarities within the themed packs – such as the “Mythic Rare” themes have only one possible card list.
  • 20 cards from the paper Jumpstart (e.g. Exhume) will be replaced by a different card in MTG Arena, and you can find the list below.

Event Details

Jumpstart will be available on MTG Arena from July 16, available as an event until August 16. Cards obtained from the packs are added to the collection, and the themed Basic Lands can only be obtained via this method. Packs are not available in store, and can be obtained via Wildcards.

  • Event Dates: July 16, 2020 to August 16, 2020
  • Entry Fee: 400 Gems or 2000 Gold
  • Rewards: Up to 2 Rare Individual Card Rewards (ICRs) per win, from the Jumpstart card pool

Themes

There are 46 booster pack themes in Jumpstart. Click on the link to see what cards are contained in each of the themes below, along with a brief description for each.

NameColorRarityDescriptionDecklists
MinionsCommonSacrificing creatures for bonuses, and bringing them back again.
RainbowMythicFive colors. Huge, powerful payoff cards which cost all the mana colors to cast, with smaller to make those colors available.
GarrukMythicBased around the Planeswalker Garruk Wildspeaker.
LightningRareAggro, cards with "lightning" in their names
ChandraMythicBased around Planeswalker Chandra Nalaar.
PredatoryCommonPrey animals that give benefits when sacrificed, and aggressive hunters.
BasriMythicBased around Planeswalker Basri Ket and +1/+1 counters.
TeferiMythicBased around Planeswalker Teferi.
WitchcraftRareSacrificing creatures for lifegain and Food tokens.
DogsRareWhite weenie strategy - go wide and grow them with +1/+1 counters.
DiscardingUncommonDisrupt your opponent's hand.
ReanimatedMythicBring creatures back from the graveyard.
VampiresCommonTribal Vampires, lifegain and losing life strategies.
Tree-HuggingCommonPump spells and tokens.
WizardsCommonWizards tribal and control with counterspells and tempo.
LandsRareRamp and play big things!
ArchaeologyCommonBring back cards from your graveyard and reuse them.
CatsRareCats
DinosaursCommon Dinosaurs
ElvesRareElves, ramp
Heavily ArmoredCommon+1/+1 counters and go wide
Liliana MythicLiliana Vess, Zombies
PhyrexianMythicPhyrexians
SeismicMythicElementals, direct damage
UnicornsMythicUnicorns
WallsMythicWalls, defender
Well-ReadCommonCard draw
Above the CloudsCommonFlying creatures
Feathered FriendsCommonBirds and other winged creatures
GoblinsCommonTribal Goblins
LegionCommonGo wide tokens
MillingMythicMill mechanic
MinotaursRareMinotaurs
PiratesRarePirates
Plus OneCommon+1/+1 counters and go tall
RoguesRareRogues
SmashingCommon"Ferocious"
SpellcastingCommonInstants and sorceries
SpiritsRareSpirits
SpookyCommonDemons, death triggers
Under the SeaRareBig aquatic creatures
AngelsRareTribal angels
DevilishCommonDevils, creature sacrifice
DoctorCommonLifegain
DragonsRareTribal dragons
EnchantedRareAuras

Spoilers and Card List

The set contains 78 new cards, 417 reprints and the packs also contain a mixture of 69 Core Set 2021 cards that fit into the theme of the booster pack. You can find a reference sheet with the contents of the packs where you can visualize the rares, mythic rares and the basic lands in this guide.

Jumpstart Cards Being Replaced in MTG Arena

The below twenty cards shows the cards being replaced for MTG Arena. They are removed for either power level (e.g. Reanimate) and programming reasons (e.g. Time to Feed).

TABLETOPMTG ARENA
Chain LightningLightning Strike
Lightning BoltLightning Strike
Ball LightningLightning Serpent
Ajani’s ChosenArchon of Sun’s Grace
Angelic ArbiterSerra’s Guardian
Draconic RoarScorching Dragonfire
Goblin LoreGoblin Oriflamme
Flametongue KavuFanatic of Mogis
ExhumeBond of Revival
Fa’adiyah SeerDryad Greenseeker
Mausoleum TurnkeyAudacious Thief
Path to ExileBanishing Light
Read the RunesGadwick, the Wizened
ReanimateDoomed Necromancer
Rhystic StudyTeferi’s Ageless Insight
Sheoldred, Whispering OneCarnifex Demon
Scourge of Nel TothWoe Strider
Scrounging BandarPollenbright Druid
Thought ScourWeight of Memory
Time to FeedPrey Upon
Source: MTG ARENA: STATE OF THE GAME – JUNE 2020
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marcobocconi
1 month ago

Thanks for providing a list of themes with connected card list! Small issue though: it should probably list also the theme rarity, and also the multiple list available to some of the themes (Witches have at least 2 I think).