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Magic: The Gathering Foundations

Magic: The Gathering Foundations
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description A five-point star-shaped portal
Design Bryan Hawley (lead)
Release date November 15, 2024
Plane Multiversal
Expansion code FDN[1]
Return to Tarkir Standard
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Beginner Box

Magic: The Gathering Foundations, or Foundations, is an entry-level Magic set designed to provide a common base for new and experienced players. It is a Standard-legal draftable set with additional fixed products, and will be released on November 15, 2024.[2][3][4]

Set details[ | ]

“  Share Your Spark  ”

Foundations is a new type of set designed to carry through multiple Standard rotations. It contains mechanically unique card designs as well as "less-complex, clean and elegant" reprints, functioning similarly to an "evergreen Core set".[5][6] Unlike other Standard-legal sets, cards in Foundations will remain legal in Standard until 2029, at least.[7] Foundations is intended to be reprinted and released annually over that period.[8]

The set is approximately 50% reprints and 50% new cards, which are designed to be similarly straight-forward. They are aimed to have resonance, flavor and top-down designs to create maximum understandability for new players. Conceptually, the set is designed to represent "what Magic: The Gathering is" fundamentally and includes key cards from the game's past that are both functionally useful to many decks and archetypes while also being iconic to the game's history and mythos.[5] A big part of the set is a curated play experience designed for newcomers to the game and being the most robust "learn to play" product yet.[4] While the set also contains staple cards targeted at more advanced players, these can only be found in the booster packs.[5] In this way, the products are split for different target audiences.

Changes[ | ]

Starting with Foundations, the Nyx-frame will also be used for all non-creature enchantments as the default frame type to parallel the artifact frame.[5] In card formatting, Wizards of the Coast is moving from “CARDNAME” to “this <card type>”, when the card is referring to itself.[9]

Storyline[ | ]

The set features characters and locations from many different planes, and in different points in time.

Marketing[ | ]

Foundations is available in Play Boosters, Collector Boosters, a Beginner Box and a Starter Collection.[10][4][5] Booster Fun includes extended art and borderless art.

Events[ | ]


Promos[ | ]

Tokens, emblems and markers[ | ]

Foundations has TBA tokens and emblems.

Themes and mechanics[ | ]


Counters[ | ]

Foundations introduces Revival counters.

Cycles[ | ]

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Five mythic rare monocolored planeswalkers.

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 playstyle of the archetype.[12]
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.[12]

Notable cards[ | ]


External links[ | ]

References[ | ]

  1. Wizards of the Coast (June 28, 2024). "The original mana Elf is back! #MTGFoundations". Twitter.
  2. Wizards of the Coast (June 28, 2024). "Foundations releases November 15th, and will be the new Foundation for Magic players.". Twitter.
  3. Announcing Magic: The Gathering Foundations. Wizards of the Coast (June 28, 2024).
  4. a b c Charlie Hall (June 28, 2024). "First look: Magic: The Gathering Foundations, the new set for beginners".
  5. a b c d e Gavin Verhey, Max McCall, Bryan Hawley (June 28, 2024). "The Preview Panel - MagicCon: Amsterdam (Video)". Magic: The Gathering. YouTube.
  6. Mark Rosewater (July 3, 2024). "It’s a new take on core sets. What if we didn’t have to constantly reinvent them?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  7. Wizards of the Coast (June 28, 2024). "... the set will be Standard legal through at least 2029.". Twitter.
  8. Mark Rosewater (June 28, 2024). "So you are considering a 5 year standard?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  9. Mark Rosewater (June 28, 2024). "Nine-Lives Familiar uses "This Creature" instead of "Card Name" in the text.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  10. Wizards of the Coast (June 28, 2024). "Foundations has the expected Play and Collector Boosters but we've now added The Beginner Box and Starter Kits...". Twitter.
  11. Wizards of the Coast (April 22, 2024). "Announcing Cowboy Bebop Promo Cards". Wizards of the Coast.
  12. a b Mark Rosewater (March 4, 2024). "Nuts & Bolts #16: Play Boosters". Wizards of the Coast.