|Core Set 2021|
Aaron Forsythe (lead) |
Adam Prosak (lead)|
Donald Smith, Jr
|Art direction||Cynthia Sheppard|
|Release date||July 3, 2020|
|Themes and mechanics||Teferi, Dogs vs. Cats, Shrines|
|Keywords/ability words||Mill, phasing, prowess|
(111 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares, 15 basic lands)
+3 Teferi, Master of Time variants
+6 alternate-art borderless planeswalker
+29 showcase cards
+6 alternate-art borderless cards
+1 Buy-a-Box promo
+20 Planeswalker deck exclusives
+52 extended-art cards
+1 bundle promo
+5 dark-frame promos
|Core Set 2021 Standard|
|Magic: The Gathering Chronology|
- 1 Set details
- 2 Themes and mechanics
- 3 Cycles
- 4 Notable cards
- 5 Preconstructed decks
- 6 References
- 7 External links
|“||It’s Magic time||”|
Core 2021 features a mix of new and reprinted cards. The main set contains 274 cards (111 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares, 15 basic lands) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. Teferi, Master of Time (#75) additionally features three alternate arts, numbered #275-277. The Buy-a-Box promotional card is #278. Cards with an alternate card frame have another card number than the original version. Borderless planeswalkers are numbered #279-284, showcase cards are numbered #285-313, alternate art borderless cards are numbered #314-319, cards found in the set's planeswalker decks are #320-339 and the extended artwork cards are numbered #340-391. The Bundle promo is numbered #392, and the dark-frame cards from the universal promo pack are numbered #393-397.
The Showcase card frames are identical to the Signature Spellbook frames for the planeswalkers (cf. Chandra's frame). Teferi, Master of Time features four subtly different artworks. The monocolored planeswalkers each feature three signature spells and a basic land depicting their home plane. Ugin features no additional cards beyond his planeswalker card.
Core Set 2021 is sold in 16-card Draft Boosters (one card being a marketing card), five planeswalker decks, the Core 2021 bundle, and a Starter Kit. There are no Theme Boosters, but instead Core 2021 is the first core set to feature Collector Boosters. A Deck Builder's Toolkit is also absent. In addition, Welcome decks are replaced by a Welcome booster, a ten-card sampler showing off flashy aspects of the game like legendaries, planeswalkers, powerful rares and showcase cards. The draft boosters feature key art of three planeswalkers (Teferi, Liliana and Chandra). The Collector Booster features key art of Ugin.
- Prerelease: June 26 - July 2, 2020
- Launch party: July 4-5, 2020 
- Commander Nights: July 6 - September 17, 2020 
- Prerelease: a stamped card that can be any rare or mythic rare of Core Set 2021.
- Other events: cards from the Core Set 2021 universal promo pack.
- Buy-a-Box: Rin and Seri, Inseparable, with extended artwork treatment.
- Core Set 2021 Bundle promo: Pack Leader
Core Set 2021 is closely tied to Jumpstart, a booster product that released two weeks later. Jumpstart is meant to provide an easy starting point for players who don't have the appetite or time for deckbuilding. Jumpstart shares 120 cards with Core set 2021.
Tokens and emblems
- 4/4 Angel creature with flying for Angelic Ascension and Speaker of the Heavens.
- 1/1 Bird creature with flying for Falconer Adept.
- 2/2 Griffin creature with flying for Griffin Aerie.
- 2/2 Knight creature with vigilance for Basri's Lieutenant and Valorous Steed.
- 1/1 Soldier creature for Basri Ket and Secure the Scene.
- 5/5 Demon creature with flying for Archfiend's Vessel.
- 2/2 Zombie creature for Liliana's Devotee and Necromentia.
- 1/1 Goblin Wizard creature with prowess for Goblin Wizardry.
- 1/1 Pirate creature with "This creature cannot block," and "Creatures you control must attack each combat if able," for Pursued Whale.
- 3/3 Beast creature for Elder Gargaroth and Garruk, Unleashed.
- 2/2 Cat creature for Jolrael, Mwonvuli Recluse.
- 1/1 Saproling creature for Deathbloom Thallid, Fungal Rebirth and Sporeweb Weaver.
- */* Weird creature for Experimental Overload.
- 4/4 Construct creature for Chrome Replicator
- Treasure for Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge.
- Emblem for Basri Ket.
- Emblem for Garruk, Unleashed.
- Emblem for Liliana, Waker of the Dead.
- 1/1 Dog creature for Rin and Seri, Inseparable.
- 1/1 Cat creature for Rin and Seri, Inseparable.
Themes and mechanics
With Teferi, Master of Time and Teferi, Timeless Voyager, phasing returns to Standard for the first time since Weatherlight, over 23 years ago. (It was last printed on Teferi's Protection as part of Commander 2017.)
Core 2021 features the following limited archetypes:
- : Flying matters
- : Reanimator
- : Sacrifice
- : "Ferocious"
- : +1/+1 counters
- : Lifegain
- : Prowess
- : "Morbid"
- : Go wide and Dog tribal
- : Card draw
Five mythic rare planeswalkers each head a vertical cycle of cards referring to them. Each of these cards is also printed in a Signature Spellbook-esque alternate card frame, themed to that respective planeswalker. Chandra's cards match her Signature Spellbook frame exactly.
|Draft signposts||Watcher of the Spheres||Obsessive Stitcher||Dire Fleet Warmonger||Leafkin Avenger||Conclave Mentor||Indulging Patrician||Experimental Overload||Twinblade Assassins||Alpine Houndmaster||Lorescale Coatl|
|Ten uncommon spells that support a draft archetype for Limited.|
|Life-gain taplands||Tranquil Cove||Dismal Backwater||Bloodfell Caves||Rugged Highlands||Blossoming Sands||Scoured Barrens||Swiftwater Cliffs||Jungle Hollow||Wind-Scarred Crag||Thornwood Falls|
|Ten common lands that enter the battlefield tapped, gain the controller one life, and can tap for 2 different colors of mana. Reprinted from Khans of Tarkir .|
|Planeswalkers||Basri, Devoted Paladin||Teferi, Timeless Voyager||Liliana, Death Mage||Chandra, Flame's Catalyst||Garruk, Savage Herald|
|Five mythic rare planeswalker variants with simpler abilities, each of which cost MM.|
|Planeswalker tutors||Basri's Aegis||Teferi's Wavecaster||Liliana's Scorn||Chandra's Fire Maw||Garruk's Warsteed|
|Five rare spells, each of which costs MM or MM and tutors for a specific planeswalker.|
|3-of creatures||Sigiled Contender||Historian of Zhalfir||Liliana's Scrounger||Keral Keep Disciples||Predatory Wurm|
|Five uncommon creatures, included as three-ofs in their respective decks. Each interacts directly, or – in one case – supports the theme of their respective planeswalker.|
|4-of creatures||Adherent of Hope||Mystic Skyfish||Spirit of Malevolence||Storm Caller||Wildwood Patrol|
|Five common creatures, included as four-ofs in their respective decks. Each supports the theme, or – in one case – interacts directly with their respective planeswalker.|
- Sparkhunter Masticore is the first creature to have protection from planeswalkers.
- Nine Lives is an alternate-loss card.
- Showcase Garruk's Gorehorn is the first card ever to feature a completely empty text box.
Arena Starter Kit
Unlike with expansions, planeswalker decks are still a part of the product line-up for the Core Set. Core 2021 features five planeswalker decks, that come with one booster and a foil planeswalker card.
|Basri||W||Basri, Devoted Paladin|
|Teferi||U||Teferi, Timeless Voyager|
|Liliana||B||Liliana, Death Mage|
|Chandra||R||Chandra, Flame's Catalyst|
|Garruk||G||Garruk, Savage Herald|
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- Information below the text box
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