Thursday, 18 March 2021 14:51

WotC details Strixhaven previews, provides updates on other 2021 releases

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Magic: The Gathering players who are yearning to learn more about the game's next Standard-legal set, Strixhaven: School of Mages, won't have to wait much longer to see previews of the set's cards as Wizards of the Coast announces that the Strixhaven spoiler season will begin Thursday, March 25.

Additionally, Strixhaven: School of Mages will release on MTG Arena and Magic Online on April 15.  The set's physical pre-release will take place from April 16 through the 22nd, leading up to the set's release on April 23.  Commander 2021 Edition also comes out on the 23rd.

It should be noted that, as of the most recent update from WotC (March 10, 2021), sanctioned in-store play is still suspended in North America, Latin America, Europe, Japan, and Africa.  The company will provide its next update on the matter on April 14 -- just in time for the Strixhaven pre-release.

As for 2021's other upcoming Magic: The Gathering releases, take a look at the graphic below.

MODERN HORIZONS 2

Modern Horizons 2, the follow-up to 2019's Modern Horizons, is set for release on June 11.  Just like with the first one, this will be a straight-to-Modern set.  WotC says the set will bring "a host of powerful new toolbox cards, strong themes to try out, and delightful throwbacks directly to Modern—and all your favorite Eternal formats."

The company is promising a higher power level and greater complexity with Modern Horizons 2, as well as "awesome" frame treatments.  The set will be available via Draft Boosters, Set Boosters, Collector Boosters, and Prerelease Kits (the first time for a non-Standard set).

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: ADVENTURES IN THE FORGOTTEN REALMS

Coming out slightly more than a month after Modern Horizons 2 is Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms.  The July 16 release will be the first time WotC will be bringing a wholly external I.P. into Standard Magic.

"Adventures in the Forgotten Realms has everything you love about Magic—mixed with the tropes and tools of Dungeons & Dragons for a flavorful and mechanically unique experience for players," WotC states.

INNISTRAD MIDNIGHT HUNT

In the "Twilight" of Magic: The Gathering's 2021 release schedule is Innistrad Midnight Hunt.  Unsurprisingly, the set takes players back to the gothic horror themed plane of Innistrad and, as hinted at by its name and set symbol, Midnight Hunt is all about werewolves.

The set is due for release on Sept. 17, slightly more than two months before...

INNISTRAD CRIMSON VOW

...the second of the two 2021 releases to take place on the plane of Innistrad.  This time around, however, it's all about vampires (specifically, it seems, a vampire wedding).  That's right, the latter part of the year is werewolves and vampires.  

Crimson Vow is expected to release Nov. 19.  Sparkly vampires not yet confirmed.