WTF is Jumpstart? An overview of Magic's newest set

Many Magic: The Gathering players ask:  WHAT THE @#$% IS JUMPSTART?!?

So, Wizards of the Coast has come out with not just a new set, but technically a whole new format with Jumpstart.  What is it exactly?  Don't fret.  We have you covered.

With Jumpstart, WotC is seeking to fuse together both limited and constructed.

How are they doing this?  Well, each Jumpstart booster consists of 20 cards (rather than the typical 15 or so) with each player taking two packs.  Rather than drafting cards one-by-one out of each pack as they would in a booster draft, they instead open the entire pack.  Then they do the same with their other Jumpstart pack.  After that, they smash the two together to form a single 40-card deck.

Each pack has their own theme and preset contents, though thanks to each pack having the exact same packaging, there is no way to know which theme (or variation of that theme) you'll receive until you crack it open.

As for what cards players can expect to find when they crack open a pack of Jumpstart, there are some very appealing singles both new and newly reprinted such as Tinybones, Trinket ThiefAllosaurus Shepherd, and Bruvac the Grandiloquent (for the former), and Craterhoof BehemothLinvala, Keeper of Silence, and Exquisite Blood (for the latter).  Heck, even cool always-in-demand cards like Lightning BoltReanimate, and Herald's Horn are included in this set.

There's much more to Jumpstart than just the singles, however, as we explore in the video below.

So, what do you think about Jumpstart?  Are you ready to jump right in?  If so, leave a comment on our YouTube video.

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Barry White

Barry White is a longtime Magic: The Gathering player, having started in 1994 shortly before the release of 'Fallen Empires.' After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, he went on to a 15-year journalism career as a writer, reporter, and videographer for three different ABC affiliate newsrooms.