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Bloomburrow
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Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description A Maple leaf
Design Doug Beyer (lead), Mark Rosewater, Emily Teng, Jeremy Geist, Daniel Xu, Dan Musser
Development Ian Duke (lead), Mark Gottlieb, Daniel Xu, Oliver Tiu, Jadine Klomparens, Ian Adams, Neale LaPlante Johnson
Art direction Zack Stella
Release date August 2, 2024
Plane Bloomburrow
Themes and mechanics Typal
Keywords/​ability words Offspring, Gift, Valiant, Expend, Forage, Threshold
Set size 281 +
Expansion code BLB[1]
Development codename Rugby
Return to Tarkir Standard
Bloomburrow Duskmourn: House of Horror Death Race
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Assassin's Creed Starter Kit Bloomburrow Bloomburrow
Commander Decks
For the plane, see Bloomburrow (plane).
BLB expansion symbol

Expansion symbol

Bloomburrow is the 101st Magic expansion. It will be released on August 2, 2024.[2][3]

Set details[ | ]

“  Tiny Tails, Big Adventure!  ”
Bloomburrow key art

Bloomburrow key art

Bloomburrow is set on the plane of Bloomburrow, a world of cute anthropomorphic animals with no humans in it. This world is full of squirrels, frogs, mice, and rabbits, showing that even the smallest creatures can have a big impact. The animals have an advanced culture and are the main characters of the set. They wear clothing, talk, and wield magic. Unlike humanoid "animal people" on other planes (i.e. leonin, loxodons, aven, rhoxes, nezumi, and such), the animalfolk of Bloomburrow are the size of regular animals of their species. Much like Segovia, foreign Planeswalkers are changed when 'walking to here; in Bloomburrow's case, human Planeswalkers are transformed into anthropomorphic animals like the local races while here. It's unknown if traveling here by Omenpath will transform oneself, or if only humans are affected.

Bloomburrow contains 281 regular cards (81 commons, 100 uncommons, 60 rares, 20 mythic rares, 20 basic lands), and includes randomly inserted traditional foil versions of all cards. The regular cards include 20 full-art "Seasonal" basic lands (#262-281). All five basic lands get all four seasonal treatments, though some seasons are more commonly found in boosters than others (Spring 40%, Summer 30%, Autumn 20%, and Winter 10%).[4] Alternate card frames have a different numbers than the original version as follows:

Templating changes[ | ]

Starting with this set, the phrase Enters the battlefield is shortened to "Enters".[3][5] The post-combat main phase is now referred to as the "second main phase."[6]

Storyline[ | ]

Bloomburrow is the first set in the Dragonstorm Arc. A ragtag team of anthropomorphic adventurers must band together to go on an important quest to save the realm from elemental calamity beasts and the Great-Night Owl.[7][8] Glarb, the King of Frogfolk and a powerful wizard, is said to have insights about the calamity beasts. It is now up to Mabel and her colorful companions Gev, Hugs, Finneas, and Zoraline to redeem their world.

This set features Story Spotlights.

Magic Story[ | ]

Main article: Magic Story
Title Author Publishing date Set Setting (plane) Featuring
Bloomburrow Episode 1: Calamity Comes to Valley Valerie Valdes 2024-07-01 Bloomburrow Bloomburrow, Ixalan, Ravnica, Kamigawa, Thunder Junction Helga, Nerys, Maha, Mabel, Rosalyn, Foggy, Pip, Clem, Oliver, Ral, Tomik Vrona, The Wanderer
Bloomburrow Episode 2: An Expected Party Valerie Valdes 2024-07-02 Bloomburrow Bloomburrow Helga, Mabel, Clem, Oliver, Iris, Finneas, Hugs, Gev, Zoraline, Rosalyn, Foggy, Pip
Bloomburrow Episode 3: The Lost and the Found Valerie Valdes 2024-07-03 Bloomburrow Bloomburrow Helga, Mabel, Zoraline, Finneas, Hugs, Gev, Kiki, Cruelclaw, Hood, Robe, Ral Zarek
Bloomburrow Episode 4: Soothsaying and Stormcalling Valerie Valdes 2024-07-05 Bloomburrow Bloomburrow Helga, Mabel, Zoraline, Finneas, Hugs, Gev, Ral Zarek, Coffey, Tucker
Bloomburrow Episode 5: Nightfall in Fountainport Valerie Valdes 2024-07-08 Bloomburrow Bloomburrow Helga, Mabel, Zoraline, Finneas, Hugs, Gev, Ral Zarek, Glarb, Cruelclaw, Maha, Clem, Rosalyn, Foggy, Pip, Oliver

Marketing[ | ]

BLB Play Booster

Play Booster, depicting Mabel

BLB Bundle

Bundle, depicting Ral Zarek as an otter

Bloomburrow is available in Play Boosters, Collector Boosters, the Bloomburrow Bundle, four Commander decks and a Starter Kit. It is the last set to be printed in the Chinese (Simplified) language.[9] The set introduces seven-card Value Boosters, yet another take on Epilogue Boosters and Beyond Boosters.

Imagine: Courageous Critters[ | ]

The Imagine: Courageous Critters showcase treatment invites you to envision renowned Planeswalkers and creatures were they to visit the plane of Bloomburrow (BLC #75-100).[7]

The List[ | ]

Starting with Bloomburrow, de-archived cards, commonly known as The List cards, which feature the Planeswalker stamp in the bottom-left corner will no longer appear in Play Boosters. The cards found on The List in Bloomburrow are solely Special Guests cards.[4]

Special Guests[ | ]

Bloomburrow features 10 Special Guests (SPG #54-63). These may be found in Play Boosters and may be played in Limited games. You'll find a non-foil Special Guests card in 1 out of 64 Play Boosters (1,5 %). Traditional foil Special Guests cards can be found in Collector Boosters.

Events[ | ]

Promos[ | ]

Tokens and emblems[ | ]

Bloomburrow has 29 tokens and one emblem:

  1. {W} 1/1 Offspring of Flowerfoot Swordmaster.
  2. {W} 1/1 Offspring of Intrepid Rabbit.
  3. {W} 1/1 Rabbit creature for Carrot Cake; Head of the Homestead; Hop to It; Season of the Burrow and Warren Warleader.
  4. {W} 0/4 Wall creature with defender for Builder’s Talent.
  5. {W} 1/1 Offspring of Warren Warleader.
  6. {U} 1/1 Offspring of Finch Formation.
  7. {U} 1/1 Fish creature for Beza, the Bounding Spring; Fountainport; Into the Flood Maw (Gift); Knightfisher; Longstalk Brawl (Gift); Mind Spiral (Gift); Parting Gust (Gift); Sazacap's Brew (Gift) and Starforged Sword (Gift).
  8. {U} 1/1 Offspring of Splash Lasher.
  9. {U} 1/1 Offspring of Thundertrap Trainer.
  10. {B} 1/1 Bat creature with flying for Lunar Convocation.
  11. {B} 1/1 Offspring of Darkstar Augur.
  12. {B} 1/1 Offspring of Iridescent Vinelasher.
  13. {B} 1/1 Rat creature with "This creature gets +1/+1 for each other Rat you control." for Vren, the Relentless.
  14. {B} 1/1 Snail creature for Wick, the Whorled Mind.
  15. {B} 1/1 Offspring of Starscape Cleric.
  16. {B} 1/1 Offspring of Thornplate Intimidator.
  17. {R} 1/1 Offspring of Coruscation Mage.
  18. {R} 1/1 Offspring of Manifold Mouse.
  19. {R} 1/1 Offspring of Steampath Charger.
  20. {G} 1/1 Offspring of Bushy Bodyguard.
  21. {G} 1/1 Offspring of Pawpatch Recruit.
  22. {G} 1/1 Offspring of Rust-Shield Rampager.
  23. {G} 1/1 Squirrel creature for Camellia, the Seedmiser.
  24. {G} 1/1 Offspring of Tender Wildguide.
  25. {U/R} 1/1 Otter creature with prowess for Ral, Crackling Wit; Otterball Antics and Stormchaser's Talent.
  26. {C} Cragflame, a legendary Equipment artifact with equip {2} and "Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has vigilance, trample, and haste." for Mabel, Heir to Cragflame.
  27. {C} Food artifact for Bakersbane Duo; Bumbleflower's Sharepot; Cache Grab; Crumb and Get It (Gift); Nocturnal Hunger (Gift); Pawpatch Formation; Savor (Gift); Scavenger's Talent; Valley Rally (Gift) and Vinereap Mentor.
  28. {C} Sword, an Equipment artifact with equip {2} and "Equipped creature gets +1/+1." for Blacksmith's Talent.
  29. {C} Treasure artifact for Beza, the Bounding Spring; Blooming Blast (Gift); Fountainport and Season of the Bold.
  30. Emblem for Ral, Crackling Wit.

Themes and mechanics[ | ]

Bloomburrow is a set that represents forest critters, combining old mechanics and support for new Typals. Each Limited color pair represents a dedicated creature type.[8][13][14][15][16]

Offspring is a new mechanic that can double up on a creature when casting it. When you cast a creature spell and pay its additional offspring cost, you create a 1/1 copy of it. The creature's stats may not be very impactful, but its abilities are still in full effect.[17] Each Offspring card has a matching token with unique art.[18]

Valiant is a tweaked variant of Heroic that works when the creature is targeted by abilities as well, but only the first time each turn.[19]

Forage is a keyword action corresponding to either exiling three cards from a graveyard or sacrificing a Food.

Expend is a rule term for counting how much mana has been spent to cast spells during the turn.

Gift is an extra cost mechanic that grants an extra benefit if you give certain advantages to the opponent, including card draw and {U} 1/1 Fish Tokens.

In addition, the set introduces the Pawprint symbol ({J}) that is used on the cycle of modal Season cards.

Storm appears as a cameo mechanic on Ral, Crackling Wit's ultimate loyalty ability.

Threshold returns as a limited archetype for Rats ({U}{B}).

Flashback, Landfall, and Hybrid Mana also return as deciduous mechanics.

Changeling makes an appearance as well, as is common for typal-focused sets, but just on two artifact creatures.

Card types[ | ]

Featured Creature types include woodland creatures, with a focus on Bats, Birds, Frogs, Lizards, Mice, Otters, Rabbits, Raccoons, Rats, and Squirrels as the 10 Typals that make up the draft archetypes.[18] Other woodland creatures include Badgers, Hamsters, Moles, and Possum. Bloomburrow introduces the Skunk and Weasel creature types. Shapeshifters appear as animated wooden constructs. Fish are used as currency, notably as Gifts.

The Elemental Calamity Beasts appear as Bears, Birds, Boars, Cats, Coyotes, Crabs, Elks, Fishes, Insects, Snakes, Turtles, Wolverines and Wolves. Notably only Birds appear as woodland creatures and as Calamity Beasts.

The Enchantment type Class returns from Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms and is introduced into a Magic setting for the first time. It now focuses on innkeepers, blacksmiths, artists, and other villagers.[18]

The Artifact types Food and Treasure return, mainly as Predefined tokens. The push for Food Tokens to be used more proactively than their use in Throne of Eldraine continues as they are a part of the Squirrel's draft archetype ({B}{G}), mainly as a resource for the Forage mechanic.

With the notable story-relevant exception of Dragonhawk, Fate's Tempest – which appears to be the only Dragon on the plane – no other iconic or characteristic creature types of any color are present. Even card effects which typically revive creatures as Zombies, do not grant the creature type in this set.

Counters[ | ]

The set introduces Blight counters and Supply counters.

Limited archetypes[ | ]

Bloomburrow has a typal theme.[13][20][18] Each color pair is associated with one creature type, with a particular strategy associated:[21][22][23][24]

Cycles[ | ]

Bloomburrow features the following cycles:

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Monocolored Legendary Calamity Beasts Beza, the Bounding Spring Eluge, the Shoreless Sea Maha, Its Feathers Night Dragonhawk, Fate's Tempest Lumra, Bellow of the Woods
Five mythic monocolored Legendary creatures that have more than one colored mana symbols in their mana cost. With the exception of Dragonhawk, they are Elementals with large Power/Toughness and a befitting creature type that is a relatively large animal. They represent some of Bloomburrow's Major Calamities.
Pawprint Seasons[25] Season of the Burrow Season of Weaving Season of Loss Season of the Bold Season of Gathering
Five mythic modal spells that cost XMM and use pawprint symbols ({J}) on the various modes. Each mode can be chosen more than once, but the total "pawprint value" of modes that are chosen cannot exceed five. The illustration depicts in-universe handcrafted art, which represents the seasons caused by Calamity Beasts.
Rare Talents Caretaker's Talent Stormchaser's Talent Scavenger's Talent Artist's Talent Innkeeper's Talent
Five rare Class Enchantments, representing jobs in Bloomburrow. The illustration depicts a painted portrait on parchment, with an ornament depicting a tool the profession uses below.
Uncommon Talents Builder’s Talent Gossip's Talent Bandit’s Talent Blacksmith's Talent Hunter's Talent
Five uncommon Class enchantments, representing jobs in Bloomburrow. The illustration depicts a painted portrait on parchment, with an ornament depicting a tool the profession uses below.
Expensive Calamity Beasts Driftgloom Coyote Eddymurk Crab Huskburster Swarm Quaketusk Boar Galewind Moose
Five uncommon Elementals with large Power/Toughness and a befitting creature type that is a relatively large, predatory animal. They have the largest mana value in that color in Bloomburrow. They represent some of Bloomburrow's Minor Calamities.
Common Gifts Crumb and Get It Mind Spiral Nocturnal Hunger Sazacap's Brew Longstalk Brawl
Five common spells with the Gift mechanic.

Horizontal typal cycles[ | ]

These horizontal cycles overlap with typal cycles in Bloomburrow, spanning across both all 5 colors equally and all 10 typals equally: Bird ({W/U}), Rat ({U/B}), Lizard ({B/R}), Raccoon ({R/G}), Rabbit ({G/W}), Bat ({W/B}), Otter ({U/R}), Squirrel ({B/G}), Mouse ({R/W}), & Frog ({G/U}). Thus, these cycles are presented as horizontal cycles with the typal group the card belongs to in brackets below.

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Valley Callers Valley Questcaller
(Bat, Bird, Mouse, & Rabbit)
Valley Floodcaller
(Bird, Frog, Otter, & Rat)
Valley Rotcaller
(Bat, Lizard, Rat, & Squirrel)
Valley Flamecaller
(Lizard, Mouse, Otter, & Raccoon)
Valley Mightcaller
(Frog, Rabbit, Raccoon, & Squirrel)
Five rare typal creatures that reference the four creature types associated with that color. Though they have only one of the four creature types, the other three are depicted in the art as background characters. They follow the naming scheme 'Valley X-caller'.
Villages Lupinflower Village
(Bat, Bird, Mouse, & Rabbit)
Lilypad Village
(Bird, Frog, Otter, & Rat)
Mudflat Village
(Bat, Lizard, Rat, & Squirrel)
Rockface Village
(Lizard, Mouse, Otter, & Raccoon)
Oakhollow Village
(Frog, Rabbit, Raccoon, & Squirrel)
Five uncommon typal utility lands that enter untapped, tap for {C} or their respective color (but only to cast creature spells), and have an ability that references the four creature types associated with that color.
Uncommon Typal Creatures Harvestrite Host
(Rabbit)
Knightfisher
(Bird)
Persistent Marshstalker
(Rat)
Reptilian Recruiter
(Lizard)
Brambleguard Veteran
(Raccoon)
Flowerfoot Swordmaster
(Mouse)
Long River Lurker
(Frog)
Moonstone Harbinger
(Bat)
Harnesser of Storms
(Otter)
Honored Dreyleader
(Squirrel)
Ten monocolored uncommon creatures that refer to one of the ten creature types in the draft archetypes and have that subtype.
Common Typal Spells Rabbit Response
(Rabbit)
Dazzling Denial
(Bird)
Psychic Whorl
(Rat)
Take Out the Trash
(Raccoon)
Cache Grab
(Squirrel)
Sonar Strike
(Bat)
Pearl of Wisdom
(Otter)
Scales of Shale
(Lizard)
Might of the Meek
(Mouse)
Polliwallop
(Frog)
Ten monocolored common instants/sorceries that refer to one of the ten creature types in the draft archetypes.
Duos Lifecreed Duo
(Bat & Bird)
Skyskipper Duo
(Bird & Frog)
Daggerfang Duo
(Rat & Squirrel)
Kindlespark Duo
(Lizard & Otter)
Bakersbane Duo
(Squirrel & Raccoon)
Brave-Kin Duo
(Rabbit & Mouse)
Lightshell Duo
(Rat & Otter)
Glidedive Duo
(Bat & Lizard)
Roughshod Duo
(Mouse & Raccoon)
Treeguard Duo
(Frog & Rabbit)
Ten common creatures with two of the creature types in the draft archetypes, such that each creature type appears twice in this cycle. They act as typal glue, supporting both the typal and non-typal draft archetypes associated with the two creature types.[19][24][26] Their flavor text is dialogue between the two creature types. They have the naming structure of 'X Duo', where X is a compound word (two words as one).
Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Parents Flowerfoot Swordmaster
(Mouse)
Splash Lasher
(Frog)
Starscape Cleric
(Bat)
Coruscation Mage
(Otter)
Bushy Bodyguard
(Squirrel)
Intrepid Rabbit
(Rabbit)
Finch Formation
(Bird)
Thornplate Intimidator
(Rat)
Steampath Charger
(Lizard)
Rust-Shield Rampager
(Raccoon)
Ten uncommon and common creatures with offspring. Each has one of the ten creature types in the draft archetypes. The creature types associated with allied pairs are common, while the creature types associated with enemy pairs are uncommon.

Double typal cycles[ | ]

Cycle name Bird
{W}{U}
Rat
{U}{B}
Lizard
{B}{R}
Raccoon
{R}{G}
Rabbit
{G}{W}
Bat
{W}{B}
Otter
{U}{R}
Squirrel
{B}{G}
Mouse
{R}{W}
Frog
{G}{U}
Rare Typal Legends Kastral, the Windcrested Vren, the Relentless Gev, Scaled Scorch Muerra, Trash Tactician Finneas, Ace Archer Zoraline, Cosmos Caller Alania, Divergent Storm Camellia, the Seedmiser Mabel, Heir to Cragflame Clement, the Worrywort
Ten rare legendary creatures that support and have the creature type associated with their color pair.
Uncommon Mentor Signposts Plumecreed Mentor Tidecaller Mentor Fireglass Mentor Wandertale Mentor Burrowguard Mentor Starseer Mentor Stormcatch Mentor Vinereap Mentor Seedglaive Mentor Lilysplash Mentor
Ten uncommon dual-colored creatures, each a signpost for one of the draft archetypes, with the creature type associated with their color pair. They have the naming structure of 'X Mentor', where X is a compound word (two words as one).
Common Hybrid Signposts Seedpod Squire Mind Drill Assailant Cindering Cutthroat Junkblade Bruiser Head of the Homestead Moonrise Cleric Tempest Angler Corpseberry Cultivator Veteran Guardmouse Pond Prophet
Ten common hybrid creatures, each a signpost for one of the draft archetypes, with the creature type associated with their color pair.

Pairs[ | ]

Mirrored Pair Description
Helga, Skittish Seer {G}{W}{U} Glarb, Calamity's Augur {B}{G}{U} Two mythic rare tricolored legendary Frogs with a spellcaster subtype and a mana value of three. They both care about casting spells with mana value 4 or greater, grant more cards after playing certain 4 or more mana value cards, and have an activated ability requiring {T}. Though they share the color pair associated with frogs in this set ({G}{U}), they differ in being the selfless protagonist ({W}) and selfish antagonist ({B}) in the set.
Hoarder's Overflow {R} Stocking the Pantry {G} Two uncommon enchantments that store counters to draw cards.
Carrot Cake {W} Heaped Harvest {G} Two common Foods with an ability that triggers when enters the battlefield and when you sacrifice it.
Matched Pair Description
Barkform Harvester {C} Three Tree Mascot {C} Two common artifact creature shapeshifters with an changeling and an activated ability.

Reprinted cards[ | ]

Preconstructed decks[ | ]

Bloomburrow features four Commander decks released as a regular part of a set's product line.

Theme
deck name
Color Identity Commander
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Animated Army R G Bello, Bard of the Brambles
Family Matters W U R Zinnia, Valley's Voice
Peace Offering W U G Ms. Bumbleflower
Squirreled Away B G Hazel of the Rootbloom

Bloomburrow also features a Starter Kit containing two duel decks designed for novice players.

Starter kit
deck name
Colors Included Commander
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Hare Raising W G Byrke, Long Ear of the Law
Otter Limits U R Bria, Riptide Rogue

External links[ | ]

References[ | ]

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