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Streets of New Capenna (SNC) Set Guide: Release Date, Patch Time, and More

Everything you need to know about Streets of New Capenna.

Everything you need to know about Streets of New Capenna.

Streets of New Capenna (SNC) will be officially coming to MTG Arena on April 28th, 2022 at around 8 AM PST (3 PM UTC)! The digital release date now aligns with the official tabletop release date, which means that players from around the world got to experience the new cards first hand in the prereleases last weekend.

Below we have compiled all the information and resources to get you prepared for patch day, so you don’t miss out on anything – especially all the content that we will be posting over the coming days.

Release Date and Time

As per the course for major patches, Wizards of the Coast will be releasing the patch at around 8 AM PST and begin server maintenance which lasts for about 4 hours.

Though there is no downtime planned, we advice caution to players that want to play as soon as the game updates. Be sure to track the maintenance progress on the official MTG Arena Statuspage for the latest update.

Patch Notes

The full patch notes are below. Any technical issues and support should be directed on the official Wizards of the Coast website. You can also review the State of the Game and the MTG Arena Announcements:

Standard Rotation

Streets of New Capenna will the eighth and last Standard expansion before rotation happens in September with the release of Dominaria United. For more details, our guide has the full scoop on how everything works:


If you just want to check out the cards and digest all the information while you brainstorm your new potential brews, below is the full card gallery. There are 281 + 186 cards in total:

Mechanics and Themes

Streets of New Capenna is a set based around three-colored identities, that are represented by the five families of the world. Below are excerpts directly from Wizards of the Coast (source):

Obscura – Connive

The Obscura are the white-blue-black family, and their signature mechanic is connive. The Obscura use magic to manipulate and distract, always looking for a more advantageous position. Connive can put you in a more advantageous position, both in terms of creature strength and hand quality.

If a creature you control is instructed to connive, here’s what you do: First, draw a card and discard a card. This might help you find the land you need, or later in the game might let you trade away an unneeded land while getting to your game-ending threats a little quicker. But not so fast. If you discard a nonland card, you put a +1/+1 counter on the creature that connived.

A creature can connive even if it’s not still on the battlefield. So, if Ledger Shredder meets an unfortunate demise in response to its own triggered ability, you’ll still get to draw and discard. No +1/+1 counter of course, but creatures that want to grow stronger should try to not get dead.

Maestros – Casualty

The Maestros are the blue-black-red family, and their signature mechanic is casualty. The members of this elite society appreciate no finer art than the art of the kill. Casualty is an optional additional cost that appears on spells like A Little Chat.

As an additional cost to cast a spell with casualty, you may sacrifice an underling . . . sorry, a creature with power N or greater, where N is the number that appears after the keyword. If you choose to do so, a triggered ability triggers that copies the spell. If the original spell required any targets, you’ll get to choose new targets for the copy. The copy is created directly on the stack, so it’s not “cast,” meaning its casualty ability won’t do anything, and you can’t copy it again. The copy is still a spell on the stack though, so it can be responded to and countered as normal, and it will actually resolve before the original spell.

Bloodthirsty though you may be, you may sacrifice only one creature to any one casualty ability. If a spell has casualty 2, for example, you can’t sacrifice two 1/1 creatures, although I appreciate your spirit.

Riveteers – Blitz

The Riveteers are the black-red-green family, and their signature mechanic is blitz. Industrious and tough as nails, the Riveteers never shy away from a fight, and blitz gets you into the action without delay.

Blitz is an alternative cost that appears on several Riveteer creature cards. As you cast a spell like Jaxis, the Troublemaker, you can cast it normally for its mana cost, or you can choose to cast it for its blitz cost. Either way, its mana value doesn’t change. For Jaxis, it’s always 4.

Casting a spell for its blitz cost has several effects. The creature gains haste and “When this creature dies, draw a card.” You won’t have to wait too long for that card, because at the beginning of the next end step, you sacrifice the creature. Hit fast, hit hard, and get out before anyone knows you were there.

The triggered ability that has you draw a card will trigger no matter how or when the creature dies. If it doesn’t survive combat, you’ll get the card in time to cast it in your postcombat main phase. The creature doesn’t have to make it all the way to the end step and be sacrificed, though it does have to die. If it gets bounced or exiled, you won’t draw a card.

Cabaretti – Alliance

The Cabaretti are the red-green-white family, and their signature mechanic is alliance. Stylish and hedonistic, the Cabaretti are all about their connections. Alliance is an ability word that highlights triggered abilities that trigger whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control.

Nothing complicated here—you want more creatures and plenty of them. If you control multiple creatures that each have an alliance ability and a creature enters the battlefield under your control, all of the alliance abilities trigger. Those abilities can be put on the stack in any order, and the last one to be put on the stack will be the first one to resolve.

If the entering creature itself has an enters-the-battlefield triggered ability, like Chrome Cat does, that ability gets thrown in the mix with all the alliance abilities. And don’t forget tokens! They enter the battlefield just like nontoken creatures do, and they’re great for enabling alliance abilities.

Brokers – Shield Counters

The Brokers are the green-white-blue family, and their signature mechanic is shield counters. So, you think you’re untouchable? Shield counters make your creatures (and occasionally, other types of permanents) harder for your opponents to remove.

Shield counters provide two benefits. First, if a permanent with a shield counter on it would be destroyed by an effect, a shield counter is removed from the permanent instead of the creature being destroyed.

If your opponent has Murder on their mind, they’re going to need backup plans, because the only thing your creature will feel is the shield counter being removed and the sweet, sweet taste of retribution.

The second benefit works against damage. If a permanent with a shield counter on it would be dealt damage, that damage is prevented and a shield counter is removed from the permanent. In this case, “permanent” means creature or planeswalker, the two card types that can be dealt damage.

This prevention effect works to stop any form of damage—combat damage, damage dealt by spells like Strangle, or damage dealt because of activated or triggered abilities. But be careful. It won’t work if the damage is unpreventable. A shield counter will be removed and the creature or planeswalker will be dealt damage.

Each instance of damage (and, for that matter, each destroy effect) removes only a single shield counter, so if you can find a way to give your creatures multiples, your opponents may soon find themselves with lots of problems and no easy answers.


There’s one returning mechanic to touch on: hideaway. Hideaway isn’t associated with any specific family and appears on a cycle of cards, as well as on a few reprints in the Commander decks. Hideaway lets you store a card away for future use.

Hideaway has received a small update since it last appeared. Hideaway is an enters-the-battlefield triggered ability. When a creature with hideaway N enters the battlefield, look at the top N cards of your library, exile one of them face down, then put the rest on the bottom of your library.

Hideaway used to inherently mean four cards, but now it can be any number (especially five!), and that number will appear after the word “hideaway.” Also, hideaway used to inherently mean the permanent with hideaway entered the battlefield tapped, but this is no longer true. Previous cards with hideaway now have “[This permanent] enters the battlefield tapped” as a separate ability.

Permanents with hideaway will have another ability that lets you play the exiled card without paying its mana cost under certain conditions.


The full event line up from April until May has been published:

Midweek Magic

Midweek Magic events begin on Tuesdays at 8 a.m. PT and end on Thursdays at 11 a.m. PT.

  • May 3–5: Streets of New Capenna Bot Draft
  • May 10–12: Standard
  • May 17–19: Artisan
  • May 24–26: On the Edge

Quick Draft

  • April 29–May 13: Kaldheim
  • May 13–27: Streets of New Capenna
  • May 27–June 10: Strixhaven: School of Mages
  • June 10–24: Streets of New Capenna
  • June 24–July 8: Innistrad: Midnight Hunt

Arena Open

  • May 14–15: Mixed Limited Streets of New Capenna
    • Day 1: Sealed, Day 2: Traditional Draft

Other Events

  • April 28–May 20: Sealed Streets of New Capenna
  • May 6–9: Explorer Metagame Challenge (Best-of-Three)
  • Streets of New Capenna Rise of the Five Families Festival
    • May 12–15: Rise of the Maestros
    • May 15–18: Rise of the Obscura
    • May 18–21: Rise of the Cabaretti
    • May 21–24: Rise of the Riveteers
    • May 24–27: Rise of the Brokers
    • May 27–June 2: Turf Brawls (details coming soon!)
  • May 20–23: Streets of New Capenna Constructed
  • May 21–22: Play-In Best-of-One event
    • Streets of New Capenna Phantom Sealed (cards are not added to your collection)

April 2022 Ranked Season

The April 2022 Ranked Season begins March 31 at 12:05 p.m. PT (19:05 UTC) and ends on April 30 at 12 p.m. PT (19:00 UTC).

May 2022 Ranked Season

The May 2022 Ranked Season begins April 30 at 12:05 p.m. PT (19:05 UTC) and ends on May 31 at 12 p.m. PT (19:00 UTC).

  • Bronze Reward: 1 Streets of New Capenna pack
  • Silver Reward: 1 Streets of New Capenna pack + 500 gold
  • Gold Reward: 2 Streets of New Capenna packs + 1,000 gold + Sleep with the Fishes card style
  • Platinum Reward: 3 Streets of New Capenna packs + 1,000 gold + Sleep with the Fishes card style + Hostile Takeover card style
  • Diamond Reward: 4 Streets of New Capenna packs + 1,000 gold + Sleep with the Fishes card style + Hostile Takeover card style
  • Mythic Reward: 5 Streets of New Capenna packs + 1,000 gold + Sleep with the Fishes card style + Hostile Takeover card style

Qualifier Weekend

More information on Magic Play:


With every new set we should be getting a new promo code for 3 free packs, PlaySNC. You won’t be able claim it until the patch drops!

For more codes, check out our guide in the link below.


This set is full of interesting cards that is bound to make Standard a very interesting format, at least for the first few weeks! Check out our Standard and Explorer articles for the new format and get ahead of your opponents:

Standard / Alchemy

Explorer / Pioneer

Review / Theorycraft

We’ve got even more card-specific assessments that we had a look at during the spoiler season:


Our quality limited guides are here to help you win your drafts, ahead of the curve from everybody else! The limited set reviews, tier list ad guides by Draft Lab member J2SJosh:

Mastery and Mastery Pass

New set, new Set Mastery! The contents are shown in the link below, and the full track will be updated once they are revealed. We will also update our Mastery Calculator accordingly.

Be sure to finish off your current Mastery as much as you can. Also note that Daily Quests and Daily Wins will be reset again when the patch goes live, so be sure to complete what you have active already!


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