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Duskmourn: House of Horror

Duskmourn: House of Horror
Duskmourn logo
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description A moth/Valgavoth's face
Design Annie Sardelis (lead)
Mark Rosewater
Development Jules Robins (lead)
Art direction Ovidio Cartagena
Release date September 27, 2024
Plane Duskmourn
Themes and mechanics "Enchantment matters"
Keywords/​ability words Delirium, Impending
Expansion code DSK[1]
Development codename Swimming
Return to Tarkir Standard
Bloomburrow Duskmourn: House of Horror Death Race
DSK expansion symbol

Expansion symbol

Duskmourn: House of Horror is the 102nd Magic expansion. It will be released on September 27, 2024.[2][3][4]

Set details[ | ]


Duskmourn key art

“  Face Your Fears. All of Them.  ”

Duskmourn: House of Horror is top-down designed Modern Horror set based on the Haunted House trope. It has a completely different tone than the set that precedes it, Bloomburrow. It is inspired by 70s and 80s creepy horror as depicted in Slasher films or The Amityville Horror.

Duskmourn: House of Horror contains 276 regular cards (91 commons, 100 uncommons, 60 rares, 20 mythic rares, 5 basic lands), and includes randomly inserted traditional foil versions of all cards. The regular cards include 5 full-art "Manor" basic lands (#272-276). Alternate card frames have a different number than the original version. The Bundle Basics lands are #277-286. Cards with the Showcase "paranormal" frame are #TBA-TBA. Showcasing the characters of the plane and the evils they face, the Showcase "Double Exposure" cards are #TBA-TBA. The "Mirror monster" Borderless cards (where the monster is seen in a reflection) are #TBA-TBA and other Borderless cards are #TBA-TBA. Extended art cards are #TBA-TBA, "Japan Showcase" cards are #TBA-TBA and the promos are #TBA-TBA. Textured foil versions of the "Double Exposure" cards are #TBA-TBA. There is also a series of alternate art cards in regular frame with, adding a monster to the original art (#TBA-TBA).

Storyline[ | ]

Duskmourn is set in the world of Duskmourn, which consists of one giant haunted mansion filled with horrors and ruled by the demonic Valgavoth. The entire set takes place within its eerie walls.[5] Nashi, the son of the Planeswalker Tamiyo, has vanished through a mysterious door. There's only one clue to his whereabouts: a glitchy, warped recording of a new world full of terrors. You'll join the ensemble cast of Niko Aris, Tyvar Kell, Zimone Wola, Kaito Shizuki, and the Wanderer as they fight for their lives on a plane unlike any other.

Duskmourn: House of Horror is the second set in the Dragonstorm Arc.

Marketing[ | ]

DSK Nightmare Bundle

Nightmare Bundle

Duskmourn is available in Play Boosters, Collector Boosters, four Commander decks and the Duskmourn Bundle. A special "Nightmare Edition" of the Bundle releases on October 18th, 2024. It consists of two Collector Boosters and six Play Boosters, and the lands are foil full-art Manor Lands. It also includes a Movie Poster card and three double-sided movie posters. The spindown life counter is glow-in-the-dark.

The set also see the return of Welcome decks, last seen with Core Set 2019.[6]

Special Guests[ | ]

Duskmourn features 10 Special Guests (SPG #TBA-TBA). These are incorporated in The List of the 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. Traditional foil Special Guests cards can be found in Collector Boosters.

Events[ | ]



Promos[ | ]

  • Prerelease: a stamped card that can be any rare or mythic rare of Duskmourn: House of Horror.
    • The seasonal dark-frame promos are:
  • Buy-a-Box: Alternate art Twitching Doll[6]
  • Open House: Retro frame
  • Bundle promo: alternate art
  • Store Championship: (participation), (Top 8), full art textless (winner).
  • Commander Party: retro frame
  • Standard Showdown: Disdainful Stroke with Cowboy Bebop crossover art.[7]
  • Japan Showcase — The set is the first to include Japan-exclusive showcase promos.[8] Cards in this showcase feature art from Japanese artists and illustrators, paying homage to the beloved and renowned art styles commonly found in Japanese hobby stores. The card frame elements have been minimized to maximize the art, with no shading behind the text box as found on a borderless card. Japan Showcase cards are available in traditional foil and a new "fractured foil", where the card border has a special foil texture.

Tokens and markers[ | ]

Duskmourn has tokens and emblems

  1. {W} 4/4 Beast creature with “This creature can’t attack or block alone.”, for Toby, Beastie Befriender.
  2. {G} 2/2 Spider creature with reach, for Twitching Doll.
  3. {C} Everywhere, a Plains Island Swamp Mountain Forest land for Overlord of the Hauntwoods.

Themes and mechanics[ | ]

Duskmourn: House of Horror is an "enchantment matters" set.[9] As such, it introduces the Impending keyword, which is found only on enchantment creatures. It works similarly to suspend and always has a numerical value. When a card is cast for its impending cost, it's put onto the battlefield as normal, but with time counters equal to its impending value. Until all the counters are removed, it's not a creature.

The set also features another, yet unnamed, new mechanic.

The set sees the return of the Delirium mechanic. First appearing in the Shadows over Innistrad block, Delirium cares about having four or more card types in your graveyard. As such, the set contains a wide array of card types to synergize with the ability.

Card types[ | ]

Duskmourn introduces the Glimmer and Toy types. It also features the debut of Room cards.

Counters[ | ]

This set introduced rev counters for Chainsaw, and nest counters for Twitching Doll.

Cycles[ | ]

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Enduring Glimmers Enduring Innocence Enduring Curiosity Enduring Tenacity Enduring Courage
Five rare enchantment creatures that return to the battlefield as just enchantments, not creatures, when they die.
Overlords Overlord of the Mistmoors Overlord of the Floodpits Overlord of the Balemurk Overlord of the Boilerbilges Overlord of the Hauntwoods
Five mythic rare enchantment creatures, which are Avatar Horrors with Impending. They represent the overseers of the five major zones that the house is divided into.[9][10]
Leylines Leyline of Hope
Five rare Enchantments, each of which cost {2}MM, and can start the game on the battlefield if they are in a player's opening hand.

Double cycles[ | ]

Cycle name {W}{U} {U}{B} {B}{R} {R}{G} {G}{W} {W}{B} {U}{R} {B}{G} {R}{W} {G}{U}
Gold enabler signposts
Ten uncommon dual-colored cards, each a signpost for one of the draft archetypes. These are enablers, which support the play style of the archetype.[11]
Gold payoff signposts
Ten uncommon dual-colored cards, each a signpost for one of the draft archetypes. These are payoffs, which reward the playstyle of the archetype.[11]

Reprinted cards[ | ]


Preconstructed decks[ | ]

Duskmourn features four Commander decks that are released as a regular part of a set's product line. These decks each contain ten Scheme cards for the Archenemy format.

deck name
Color Identity Commander
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Miracle Worker W U B
Death Toll B G
Endless Punishment B R
Jump Scare! U G

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