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The year 2016 is the twenty-fourth year of existence for Magic: The Gathering.
|Early January||Release of the Arena of the Planeswalkers: Battle for Zendikar boardgame expansion set.|
|January 11||Rehaul of Magicthegathering.com|
|January 12||Wizards Play Network cracks down on the use of proxies at DCI-sanctioned tournaments.|
|January 13||Wizards of the Coast announces a new policy of explicitly stating the beginning of each spoiler season, to improve awareness of unofficial leaks.
|January 22||Release of Oath of the Gatewatch.|
|January 28||After criticism, Official Magic Fiction is retitled Magic Story on Magicthegathering.com.|
|February 6||A complete booster pack of Shadows over Innistrad is put up for sale on Dutch website and consequently spoiled before the official start of the Spoiler Season..|
|February 7||Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Won by Jiachen Tao.|
|February 8||Mark Rosewater confirms the discontinuation of Event decks and Clash packs.|
|February 16||The Twitter account MTGDeepthroat@Vendorleak accuses 2-3 unnamed vendors of possession of the card list for Eternal Masters and insider trading.
|February 22||Announcement of Conspiracy: The Reign of Brago, a set designed for Conspiracy Draft.|
|February 24||As part of the marketing campaign the new Conspiracy set is renamed Conspiracy: The Empty Throne.
|February 26||The new Conspiracy set is renamed (again) to Conspiracy: Take the Crown.|
|February 26||Release of Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed.|
|March 1||First publication of the The Hanweir Chronicle|
|April 4||Eye of Ugin is banned in Modern, to put a stop to "Eldrazi Winter".|
|April 8||Release of Welcome Deck 2016 and Shadows over Innistrad.|
|April 11||Announcement of a reorganization of the Judge Program.
|April 20||Two lawsuits brought against Wizards of the Coast claiming that Magic judges are essentially Wizards employees.|
|April 22–24||Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad in Madrid, Spain. Won by Steve Rubin|
|April 24||The World Championship prize purse is greatly increased; in exchange, appearance fees of Platinum pros and Hall of Famers are greatly reduced.|
|April 25||Enter the Battlefield, a documentary by Nathan Holt and Shawn Kornhauser about life on the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour, premieres on the official MTG Twitch channel.|
|April 26||In response to player uproar, Wizards reverse their decision to reduce appearance fees of Platinum pros during the 2016–17 Pro Tour Season.|
|April 27||Release of Plane Shift: Zendikar, a free supplement to The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Zendikar.
|May 16||First official "Announcement Day" on Magicthegathering.com.|
|June 1||Fabrizio Anteri is suspended from the game for 18 months following an investigation after a disqualification at Grand Prix Manchester.|
|June 10||Release of Eternal Masters.
|July 20–23||San Diego Comic-Con.|
|July 22||Release of Eldritch Moon.|
|August 5–7||Pro Tour Eldritch Moon in Syney, Australia. Won by Lukas Blohon.|
|August 13||Start of the 2016–17 Pro Tour Season.
|August 19||Release of From the Vault: Lore|
|August 26||Release of Conspiracy: Take the Crown
|September 1–4||2016 World Championship. Won by Brian Braun-Duin|
|September 2||Release of Duel Decks: Nissa vs. Ob Nixilis|
|September 30||Release of Kaladesh|
|October 14–16||Pro Tour Kaladesh. Won by Shota Yasooka.|
|October 19||Aaron Forsythe announces the reversion of the Standard Rotation.|
|November 11||Release of Commander 2016
|November 11–13||2016 World Magic Cup in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Won by Greece.|
|November 14||Introduction of the Standard Showdown tournament at local stores..|
|November 18||Release of the Kaladesh Gift Box.|
|November 25||Release of Planechase Anthology|
|December 9||An official Wizards of the Coast survey shows packaging design concepts for Amonkhet, Hour of Devastation and two previously unknown sets: Atlazan and Conquest of Power.|
|Player of the Year: Owen Turtenwald.|
|Rookie of the Year: Oliver Tiu.|
|Hall of Fame inductees:|
- The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Zendikar (January 5)
- The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Innistrad (July 5)
- Sam Burley
- Melissa DeTora
- Glenn Jones
- Jonathon Loucks
- Alli Medwin
- Drew Nolosco
- Eli Shiffrin
- Scott Van Essen
- Andrew Veen
Oath of the Gatewatch
- Jason Kang
- Darek Zabrocki
- Ben Maier
Shadows over Innistrad
- Zezhou Chen
- Jose Cabrera
- Josh Hass
- Sidharth Chaturvedi
- Tommy Arnold
- Tom Babbey
- Sung Choi
- Tony Foti
- Efflam Mercier
- Sean Murray
- Sara Winters
- Kirsten Zirngibl
- Mark Rosewater (February 22, 2016). "We're getting three supplementals this year; Con2, Eternal Masters and Commander - is this the norm for the future?". Blogatog. Tumblr.