Zendikar Rising Debut Stream: Trailer, Spoilers, Upcoming Expansions and More!

On September 8 Zendikar Rising has made its debut on the official Magic: The Gathering Twitch channel! We revisited a familiar plane, had the first look at new mechanics and cards from this upcoming expansion, as well as a roadmap of the sets coming in 2021. In this article, we have put together all the reveals and info about Zendikar Rising and Magic’s plans for the next year. We also have a whole bunch of spoilers to be released throughout the day, so be sure to keep an eye out on the homepage and follow our Twitter account to get the latest news around the clock!

Announcement Stream

‘Zendikar Rising’ Trailer


  • Kicker (returning mechanic)

Get a bonus if you choose to pay an additional cost as you cast a spell with kicker.

  • Landfall (returning mechanic)

Get a bonus whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control.

  • Party (new mechanic)

Get a bonus if you control a party. Your party consists of up to one each of Cleric, Rogue, Warrior, and Wizard.

  • Modal Double-Faced Cards (new mechanic)

When you cast a Modal DFC, choose which side of the card you cast. The frontside is a spell, the backside is a land.


Below are all the new cards that were spoiled during the live stream. Also you can visit our dedicated Zendikar Rising spoiler page to catch up on all the latest reveals!

Nissa Planeswalker Card Full Art

Expansions Coming in 2021

  • Kaldheim – Q1 2021

A plane inspired by Viking culture and mythos.

  • Strixhaven: School of Mages – Q2 2021

An expansion themed around Strixhave, ‘the most elite University in the multiverse’, where five schools of magic clash and compete with each other.

  • Adventures in the Forgotten Realms – Q3 2021

The first-ever Dungeons & Dragons-themed Magic set. It releases in place of what would be a Core Set.

  • Innistrad: Werewolves; Innistrad: Vampires – Q4 2021

Magic returnes to a plane that is definitely a fan-favourite: Innistrad! Two full-size sets will be released in the end of 2021, the first set one will feature Werewolves, and the second will focus on Vampires.

It was also announced that Modern Horizons 2 and Time Spiral Remastered will be released in 2021 – however, there was no official confirmation if these sets will be released on Arena. Still, it would be a good guess to say that Time Spiral Remastered will eventually be Historic legal on Arena.

Magic Arena on Mobile

It was officially announced that Magic Arena will be released for mobile devices soon. No concrete ETA was confirmed.

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