A set in Magic: The Gathering is a pool of cards released together and designed for the same play environment. Cards in a set can be obtained either randomly through booster packs, or in box sets that have a fixed selection of cards. An expansion symbol and, more recently, a three-character abbreviation is printed on each card to identify the set it belongs to. The most recent released set is Innistrad: Midnight Hunt.
A rating system for complexity in the line of sets was introduced with Fifth Edition, Tempest and Portal Second Age, (1997–1998). These ratings stopped appearing on packaging with the release of Lorwyn (2007).
|Starter-level sets were sets attempting the lowest possible level of Magic mechanical complexity. Starter-level sets were aimed to introduce, and teach, prospective and newer players to the game. They have been discontinued for a while as they did not fulfill this purpose, but have been brought back recently in the form of 2-Player Starter Sets, and more recently as Spellslinger Starter Kits.|
|Advanced-level sets are the core sets of the game.|
|Expert-level sets are sets that are generally of the highest level of Magic thematic and mechanical complexity. Expert-level sets are all expansion sets.|
Expansions are sets that feature the latest Standard-legal cards and mechanics. The most recently released expansions form a large part of the game's Constructed and Limited environments. Each expansion has a theme running through the gameplay and flavor of its cards. Until 2018, expansions were organized into blocks according to their theme and release date.
Expansions are the focal point of Magic, especially its primary gameplay format, Standard. Standard annually rotates out older sets in favor of newer ones, putting less emphasis on legacy cards. Since core sets were briefly discontinued in 2015, expansion sets currently make up most of the card pool in Standard.
For a long time, Magic expansions used to be grouped into blocks, which carried an overarching theme across two or three sets. A large expansion established each block's setting and mechanics, followed by one or two set(s) that developed on the block's themes. These are abandoned under the current system.
The game's first expansions, from Arabian Nights (1993) to Homelands (1995), were independent releases as they came out before the introduction of blocks. Mirage block established a convention of making expansions in blocks of three, one block per year. This practice would remain the default for Magic from 1996–2014. Exceptions were Coldsnap (2006), an extra summer expansion that was retconned into Ice Age block; and Lorwyn–Shadowmoor block (2007–08), two mini-blocks of two sets apiece.
The latter's structure was adopted into the "Two-Block Paradigm," the block structure effective since Magic Origins (2015). Under this system, Wizards eliminated the core set to allow them to make four expansion sets each year. These were divided into two blocks annually: one including the autumn and winter sets, and a second including the spring and summer sets.
The Two-Block Paradigm proved to be unsuccessful in some cases. The demise of the block structure was announced by Rosewater on June 12, 2017. From 2018 on, three large standalone sets were to be released each year (spring, autumn and winter), supplemented by a revamped Core Set in the summer. This was called the Three-and-One Model.
By 2020, Wizards of the Coast decided to stop using the term "Standard-legal set" for expansions as it implied a little too strongly that the new sets were just about Standard. Instead they started to use the term premier set. In 2021, they increased the annual number of premier sets from four to five, and it seemed like that increased cadence would continue into 2022. When talking internally about a set, Wizards of the Coast talk about the KSPs (key selling points), what they think will most excite the players about it.
Large and small expansions
A large expansion is one with more than 240 cards, while a small expansion has 200 or fewer. The typical block structure begins with a large set, followed by small set(s) in a supporting role. However, the second or third set can also grow into a large set as needed by R&D.[note 1] Historically (under the three-set block formula) this has been due to a need for the third set to expand on the block's existing themes while also having its own unique flavor and mechanics.
The exact number of cards in a set has varied widely over the years, especially those from before the block structure was well defined. Mirage block through Onslaught block established a convention of 350 cards in the first set, and 143 cards in each of the second and third sets. This changed with Mirrodin block, which reduced the size difference between the large and small expansions by shifting some uncommons and rares from the former into the latter. The new custom (306 large, 165 small) continued until Coldsnap.
Time Spiral block increased the size of its expansions to accommodate its timeshifted cards. The Standard card pool consisting of Time Spiral, Lorwyn, and Shadowmoor blocks was the largest in Magic history. Following this, feedback regarding the number of cards printed annually caused Wizards to cut back the size of sets. Alara block introduced Mythic rare and decreased the size of the large sets, dropping common, uncommon and rare cards by 20 each and introducing 15 of the new rarity. Small sets also decreased uncommon and rare counts. Given the fast turnaround, it was clear the Wizards was already planning on decreasing set sizes before feedback reinforced this.
Innistrad introduced double-faced cards, and with it a separate sheet that increased set size any time it returned. Magic 2015 restored the 20 uncommons cut during Alara block for the purposes of better Limited play.
Beginning in the fall of 2015, there were two large expansions released each year, one in the fall and one in the spring (the Two-Block Paradigm). The Standard play format rotated with the release of each large expansion, rather than just once a year as had been the case since 1997; however, only one mid-season rotation went forward before negative feedback convinced Wizards to return to the once-a-year cycle. In this new structure, core sets were eliminated. After the introduction of the Two-Block Paradigm, the second set of a two-expansion block would be usually small (but not always). To facilitate the new draft structure (2 boosters of the second set / 1 of the first set) the average size for a small expansion went up to around 184, adding ten commons, seven rares and some mythics.
Small expansions were abandoned with the introduction of the Three-and-One Model. This means that Rivals of Ixalan was the last small expansion. Once Core Set 2019 (two sets after Rivals) released, Standard had over 2,000 legal cards, just on par with the Time Spiral-Shadowmoor size, and each eight-set Standard since has been larger than that.
Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms increased the number of rares and mythics to sixty and twenty respectively.
The default Magic set nowadays has 101 commons, 80 uncommons, 60 rares, and 20 mythic rares.
A standalone set is a set that is designed to be played by itself. Ice Age, Mirage and Tempest were all marketed as such. The concept became outdated when the block structure was improved upon, but was reinvented with the Three-and-One Model.
Core sets form the base set of cards for tournament play and rotations. After the Limited Edition, all core sets through Tenth Edition consisted solely of reprinted cards; as of Magic 2010 they feature new cards beside reprints. Following Magic Origins, the core sets were discontinued to allow room for four expansions annually under the Two-Block Paradigm. This was reversed with the introduction of the Three-and-One Model.
Supplemental sets are products not intended for Standard environments. They usually introduce new casual game variants, early on often with oversized cards. Some were sold in box sets, others in booster packs. These often take the "(Draft) Innovation Product" slot in Wizards of the Coast's annual release schedule. One of the current design constraints for innovation products is that it can be sold in a booster pack.
- Vanguard — Promotional oversized cards that modify the game rules of each player.
- Conspiracy Draft — A multiplayer variant intended for Draft instead of Constructed; first featured in Conspiracy.
- Archenemy — Asymmetrical multiplayer; all against the archenemy; first featured in Archenemy.
- Commander — Multiplayer variant with a 100-card deck; each non-basic land card has to be unique; first featured in Commander.
- Planechase — A game mode that simulates planeswalking by having an extra planar deck that modifies the rules of the game depending upon which plane you find yourself; first featured in Planechase.
- Two-Headed Giant — Two against two; first focused on in Battlebond.
- Jumpstart — Grab two boosters, shuffle them into a 40-card deck, and start playing.
Other examples of innovation sets:
Other examples of supplemental (= non-premier) products:
Un-sets (Unglued, Unhinged, Unsanctioned, and Unstable) are self-parody sets that are sold in booster packs, and are silver-bordered to denote they are not tournament-legal. Championed by Mark Rosewater, they are themed around mechanics that would be impossible to print in a normal expansion. Although these set are targeted to the casual crowd, they also may contain cards specifically designed with Cube and Commander in mind, for playgroups who are okay with using them.
Annex sets are a special line of products started with Amonkhet block. The idea is that they are "complete experiences in a box" released after the set they are associated with. R&D has decided to do Annex products when they make sense instead of forcing them for every set. Starting with Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, the annex sets became Set Commander decks
Portal and Starter
Portal and Portal Second Age were entry-level products that used a simplified form of Magic. Portal Three Kingdoms was an adaptation of the series for the Asian market, based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Starter was another attempt, after the Portal series, to ease new players into the game.
Commemorative sets are non-tournament-legal, gold-bordered sets that honor and celebrate certain sets or decks.
List of Magic expansions and sets
The following is a chronological list of all Magic: The Gathering expansions and sets released thus far. Old two-letter set codes used prior to the release of Torment are listed in parenthesis after the current code.
|1993-08||Alpha (Limited Edition)||LEA (1E)||Core set||Core set #1 (1st printing); Cards do not show the expansion symbol.|
|1993-10||Beta (Limited Edition)||LEB (2E)||Core set||Core set #1 (2nd printing); Cards do not show the expansion symbol.|
|1993-12||Unlimited Edition||2ED (2U)||Core set||Core set #2; Cards do not show the expansion symbol.|
|1993-12||Arabian Nights||ARN (AN)||Expansion set||1st expansion|
|1994-03||Antiquities||ATQ (AQ)||Expansion set||2nd expansion|
|1994-04||Revised Edition||3ED (3E)||Core set||Core set #3; Cards do not show the expansion symbol.|
|1994-06||Legends||LEG (LE)||Expansion set||3rd expansion|
|1994-08||The Dark||DRK (DK)||Expansion set||4th expansion|
|1994-11||Fallen Empires||FEM (FE)||Expansion set||5th expansion|
|1995-05||Fourth Edition||4ED (4E)||Core set||Core set #4; Cards do not show the expansion symbol.|
|1995-06||Ice Age||ICE (IA)||Expansion set||6th expansion, 1st standalone set|
|1995-07||Chronicles||CHR (CH)||Compilation set||White-bordered cards with expansion symbol from original printing|
|1995-10||Homelands||HML (HM)||Expansion set||7th expansion|
|1996-06||Alliances||ALL (AL)||Expansion set||8th expansion|
|1996-10||Mirage||MIR (MI)||Expansion set||9th expansion, 2nd standalone set|
|1997-02||Visions||VIS (VI)||Expansion set||10th expansion|
|1997-03||Fifth Edition||5ED (5E)||Core set||Core set #5; Cards do not show the expansion symbol.|
|1997-05||Portal||POR (PO)||Starter set||Starter set #1|
|1997-06||Weatherlight||WTH (WL)||Expansion set||11th expansion|
|1997-10||Tempest||TMP (TE)||Expansion set||12th expansion, 3rd standalone set|
|1998-02||Stronghold||STH (ST)||Expansion set||13th expansion|
|1998-06||Exodus||EXO (EX)||Expansion set||14th expansion|
|1998-06||Portal Second Age||P02 (P2)||Starter set||Starter set #2|
|1998-08||Unglued||UGL (UG)||Un-set||Un-set #1|
|1998-10||Urza's Saga||USG (UZ)||Expansion set||15th expansion|
|1998-11||Anthologies||ATH||Box set||First box set|
|1999-02||Urza's Legacy||ULG (UL)||Expansion set||16th expansion|
|1999-04||Sixth Edition||6ED (6E)||Core set||Core set #6|
|1999-05||Portal Three Kingdoms||PTK (PK)||Starter set||Starter set #3|
|1999-06||Urza's Destiny||UDS (UD)||Expansion set||17th expansion|
|1999-08||Starter 1999||S99 (P3)||Starter set||Starter set #4|
|1999-09||Mercadian Masques||MMQ (MM)||Expansion set||18th expansion|
|1999-11||Battle Royale||BRB||Box set|
|2000-02||Nemesis||NEM (NE)||Expansion set||19th expansion|
|2000-04||Starter 2000||S00||Starter set||Starter set #5|
|2000-06||Prophecy||PCY (PR)||Expansion set||20th expansion|
|2000-09||Invasion||INV (IN)||Expansion set||21st expansion|
|2001-01||Planeshift||PLS (PS)||Expansion set||22nd expansion|
|2001-04||Seventh Edition||7ED (7E)||Core set||Core set #7|
|2001-05||Apocalypse||APC (AP)||Expansion set||23rd expansion|
|2001-10||Odyssey||ODY (OD)||Expansion set||24th expansion|
|2001-12||Deckmasters 2001||DKM||Box set|
|2002-02||Torment||TOR||Expansion set||25th expansion|
|2002-05||Judgment||JUD||Expansion set||26th expansion|
|2002-10||Onslaught||ONS||Expansion set||27th expansion|
|2003-01||Legions||LGN||Expansion set||28th expansion|
|2003-05||Scourge||SCG||Expansion set||29th expansion|
|2003-07||Eighth Edition||8ED||Core set||Core set #8|
|2003-10||Mirrodin||MRD||Expansion set||30th expansion|
|2004-02||Darksteel||DST||Expansion set||31st expansion|
|2004-06||Fifth Dawn||5DN||Expansion set||32nd expansion|
|2004-10||Champions of Kamigawa||CHK||Expansion set||33rd expansion|
|2005-02||Betrayers of Kamigawa||BOK||Expansion set||34th expansion|
|2005-06||Saviors of Kamigawa||SOK||Expansion set||35th expansion|
|2005-07||Ninth Edition||9ED||Core set||Core set #9|
|2005-08||Salvat 2005||Compilation set||Magic Encyclopedia set #1|
|2005-10||Ravnica: City of Guilds||RAV||Expansion set||36th expansion|
|2006-02||Guildpact||GPT||Expansion set||37th expansion|
|2006-05||Dissension||DIS||Expansion set||38th expansion|
|2006-07||Coldsnap||CSP||Expansion set||39th expansion|
|2006-10||Time Spiral||TSP||Expansion set||40th expansion|
|2007-02||Planar Chaos||PLC||Expansion set||41st expansion|
|2007-05||Future Sight||FUT||Expansion set||42nd expansion|
|2007-07||Tenth Edition||10E||Core set||Core set #10|
|2007-09||Masters Edition||MED||Compilation set||Magic Online Masters set #1|
|2007-10||Lorwyn||LRW||Expansion set||43rd expansion|
|2007-11||Duel Decks: Elves vs. Goblins||EVG||Box set||Duel Decks set #1|
|2008-02||Morningtide||MOR||Expansion set||44th expansion|
|2008-05||Shadowmoor||SHM||Expansion set||45th expansion|
|2008-06||Eventide||EVE||Expansion set||46th expansion|
|2008-08||From the Vault: Dragons||DRB||Box set||From the Vault set #1|
|2008-09||Masters Edition II||ME2||Compilation set||Magic Online Masters set #2|
|2008-09||Shards of Alara||ALA||Expansion set||47th expansion|
|2008-11||Duel Decks: Jace vs. Chandra||DD2||Box set||Duel Decks set #2|
|2009-02||Conflux||CON||Expansion set||48th expansion|
|2009-04||Duel Decks: Divine vs. Demonic||DDC||Box set||Duel Decks set #3|
|2009-04||Alara Reborn||ARB||Expansion set||49th expansion|
|2009-07||Magic 2010||M10||Core set||Core set #11|
|2009-08||Commander Theme Decks||TD0||Box set||Magic Online only|
|2009-08||From the Vault: Exiled||V09||Box set||From the Vault set #2|
|2009-09||Planechase||HOP||Supplemental set||Planechase set #1|
|2009-09||Masters Edition III||ME3||Compilation set||Magic Online Masters set #3|
|2009-10||Zendikar||ZEN||Expansion set||50th expansion|
|2009-10||Duel Decks: Garruk vs. Liliana||DDD||Box set||Duel Decks set #4|
|2009-11||Premium Deck Series: Slivers||H09||Box set||Premium Deck Series set #1|
|2010-02||Worldwake||WWK||Expansion set||51st expansion|
|2010-03||Duel Decks: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition||DDE||Box set||Duel Decks set #5|
|2010-04||Rise of the Eldrazi||ROE||Expansion set||52nd expansion|
|2010-05||Deck Builder's Toolkit||Box set||Deck Builder's Toolkit #1|
|2010-06||Duels of the Planeswalkers||DPA||Box set||Inspired by the digital game|
|2010-06||Archenemy||ARC||Supplemental set||Archenemy set #1|
|2010-07||Magic 2011||M11||Core set||Core set #12|
|2010-08||From the Vault: Relics||V10||Box set||From the Vault set #3|
|2010-09||Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret||DDF||Box set||Duel Decks set #6|
|2010-10||Scars of Mirrodin||SOM||Expansion set||53rd expansion|
|2010-11||Magic Online Deck Series||TD0||Box set||Magic Online only; Same set code and symbol as the Commander Theme Decks|
|2010-11||Premium Deck Series: Fire & Lightning||PD2||Box set||Premium Deck Series set #2|
|2010-11||Momir Basic Event Deck||Box set||Magic Online only|
|2011-01||Salvat 2011||Compilation set||Magic Encyclopedia set #2|
|2011-01||Masters Edition IV||ME4||Compilation set||Magic Online Masters set #4|
|2011-02||Mirrodin Besieged||MBS||Expansion set||54th expansion|
|2011-03||Deck Builder's Toolkit 2011||Box set||Deck Builder's Toolkit #2; After this release the toolkit was always part a larger set.|
|2011-04||Duel Decks: Knights vs. Dragons||DDG||Box set||Duel Decks set #7|
|2011-05||New Phyrexia||NPH||Expansion set||55th expansion|
|2011-06||Commander||CMD||Box set||Commander set #1|
|2011-07||Magic 2012||M12||Core set||Core set #13|
|2011-08||From the Vault: Legends||V11||Box set||From the Vault set #4|
|2011-09||Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas||DDH||Box set||Duel Decks set #8|
|2011-09||Innistrad||ISD||Expansion set||56th expansion|
|2011-11||Premium Deck Series: Graveborn||PD3||Box set||Premium Deck Series set #3|
|2012-02||Dark Ascension||DKA||Expansion set||57th expansion|
|2012-03||Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth||DDI||Box set||Duel Decks set #9|
|2012-05||Avacyn Restored||AVR||Expansion set||58th expansion|
|2012-05||Planechase 2012||PC2||Supplemental set||Planechase set #2|
|2012-07||Magic 2013||M13||Core set||Core set #14|
|2012-08||From the Vault: Realms||V12||Box set||From the Vault set #5|
|2012-09||Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari||DDJ||Box set||Duel Decks set #10|
|2012-10||Return to Ravnica||RTR||Expansion set||59th expansion|
|2012-11||Commander's Arsenal||CM1||Box set||Commander set #2|
|2013-01||Duel Decks: Mirrodin Pure vs. New Phyrexia||TD2||Box set||Magic Online Duel Deck|
|2013-02||Gatecrash||GTC||Expansion set||60th expansion|
|2013-03||Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt||DDK||Box set||Duel Decks set #11|
|2013-05||Dragon's Maze||DGM||Expansion set||61st expansion|
|2013-06||Modern Masters||MMA||Compilation set||Masters set #1|
|2013-07||Magic 2014||M14||Core set||Core set #15|
|2013-08||From the Vault: Twenty||V13||Box set||From the Vault set #6|
|2013-09||Duel Decks: Heroes vs. Monsters||DDL||Box set||Duel Decks set #12|
|2013-09||Theros||THS||Expansion set||62nd expansion|
|2013-11||Commander 2013||C13||Box set||Commander set #3|
|2014-02||Born of the Gods||BNG||Expansion set||63rd expansion|
|2014-03||Duel Decks: Jace vs. Vraska||DDM||Box set||Duel Decks set #13|
|2014-05||Journey into Nyx||JOU||Expansion set||64th expansion|
|2014-05||Modern Event Deck||MD1||Box set|
|2014-06||Conspiracy||CNS||Supplemental set||Conspiracy set #1|
|2014-06||Vintage Masters||VMA||Compilation set||Magic Online Masters set #5|
|2014-07||Magic 2015||M15||Core set||Core set #16|
|2014-08||From the Vault: Annihilation||V14||Box set||From the Vault set #7|
|2014-10||Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning||DDN||Box set||Duel Decks set #14|
|2014-10||Khans of Tarkir||KTK||Expansion set||65th expansion|
|2014-11||Commander 2014||C14||Box set||Commander set #4|
|2014-12||Duel Decks Anthology||DD3||Box set||Duel Decks reprint set|
|2015-01||Fate Reforged||FRF||Expansion set||66th expansion|
|2015-02||Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora||DDO||Box set||Duel Decks set #15|
|2015-03||Dragons of Tarkir||DTK||Expansion set||67th expansion|
|2015-05||Tempest Remastered||TPR||Compilation set||Magic Online Masters set #6|
|2015-05||Modern Masters 2015||MM2||Compilation set||Masters set #2|
|2015-07||Magic Origins||ORI||Core set||Core set #17|
|2015-08||From the Vault: Angels||V15||Box set||From the Vault set #8|
|2015-08||Duel Decks: Zendikar vs. Eldrazi||DDP||Box set||Duel Decks set #16|
|2015-10||Battle for Zendikar||BFZ||Expansion set||68th expansion|
|Zendikar Expeditions||EXP||Compilation set||Masterpiece Series set #1 (Battle for Zendikar block)|
|2015-11||Commander 2015||C15||Box set||Commander set #5|
|2015-11||Legendary Cube||PZ1||Compilation set||Magic Online only|
|2016-01||Oath of the Gatewatch||OGW||Expansion set||69th expansion|
|2016-02||Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed||DDQ||Box set||Duel Decks set #17|
|2016-04||Welcome Deck 2016||W16||Compilation set||Welcome Deck set #1|
|2016-04||Shadows over Innistrad||SOI||Expansion set||70th expansion|
|2016-06||Eternal Masters||EMA||Compilation set||Masters set #3|
|2016-07||Eldritch Moon||EMN||Expansion set||71st expansion|
|2016-08||From the Vault: Lore||V16||Box set||From the Vault set #9|
|2016-08||Conspiracy: Take the Crown||CN2||Supplemental set||Conspiracy set #2|
|2016-09||Duel Decks: Nissa vs. Ob Nixilis||DDR||Box set||Duel Decks set #18|
|2016-09||Kaladesh||KLD||Expansion set||72nd expansion|
|Kaladesh Inventions||MPS||Compilation set||Masterpiece Series set #2 (Kaladesh block)|
|2016-10||Treasure Chests||PZ2||Compilation set||Magic Online only|
|2016-11||Commander 2016||C16||Box set||Commander set #6|
|2016-11||You Make the Cube||Compilation set||Magic Online only|
|2016-11||Planechase Anthology||PCA||Box set||Planechase set #3|
|2017-01||Aether Revolt||AER||Expansion set||73rd expansion|
|2017-03||Modern Masters 2017||MM3||Compilation set||Masters set #4|
|2017-03||Duel Decks: Mind vs. Might||DDS||Box set||Duel Decks set #19|
|2017-04||Welcome Deck 2017||W17||Compilation set||Welcome Deck set #2|
|2017-04||Amonkhet||AKH||Expansion set||74th expansion|
|Amonkhet Invocations||MP2||Compilation set||Masterpiece Series set #3 (Amonkhet block)|
|2017-06||Commander Anthology||CMA||Box set||Commander set #7|
|2017-06||Archenemy: Nicol Bolas||E01||Supplemental set||Archenemy set #2, Annex set #1|
|2017-07||Hour of Devastation||HOU||Expansion set||75th expansion|
|2017-08||Commander 2017||C17||Box set||Commander set #8|
|2017-09||Ixalan||XLN||Expansion set||76th expansion|
|2017-11||Duel Decks: Merfolk vs. Goblins||DDT||Box set||Duel Decks set #20|
|2017-11||Iconic Masters||IMA||Compilation set||Masters set #5|
|2017-11||Explorers of Ixalan||E02||Supplemental set||Annex set #2|
|2017-11||From the Vault: Transform||V17||Box set||From the Vault set #10|
|2018-01||Rivals of Ixalan||RIX||Expansion set||77th expansion|
|2018-03||Masters 25||A25||Compilation set||Masters set #6|
|2018-04||Duel Decks: Elves vs. Inventors||DDU||Box set||Duel Decks set #21|
|2018-04||Challenger Decks||Q01||Box set||Challenger Decks set #1|
|2018-04||Dominaria||DOM||Expansion set||78th expansion|
|2018-06||Commander Anthology Volume II||CM2||Box set||Commander set #9|
|2018-06||Signature Spellbook: Jace||SS1||Box set||Signature Spellbook set #1|
|2018-06||Global Series: Jiang Yanggu & Mu Yanling||GS1||Box set||Global Series set #1|
|2018-07||Core Set 2019||M19||Core set||Core set #18|
|2018-08||Commander 2018||C18||Box set||Commander set #10|
|2018-10||Guilds of Ravnica Mythic Edition||MED||Special edition|
|2018-10||Guilds of Ravnica||GRN||Expansion set||79th expansion|
|2018-10||Spellslinger Starter Kit||SK1||Box set||Starter set #6|
|2018-11||Guilds of Ravnica Guild Kits||GK1||Box set||Annex set #4, 1st set of Guild Kits|
|2018-11||Game Night||GNT||Box set||Game Night set #1|
|2018-12||Ultimate Masters||UMA||Compilation set||Masters set #7|
|2018-10||Ravnica Allegiance Mythic Edition||MED||Special edition|
|2019-01||Ravnica Allegiance||RNA||Expansion set||80th expansion|
|2019-02||Ravnica Allegiance Guild Kits||GK2||Box set||Annex set #5, 2nd set of Guild Kits|
|2019-04||Challenger Decks 2019||Q02||Box set||Challenger Decks set #2|
|2019-05||War of the Spark Mythic Edition||MED||Special edition|
|2019-05||War of the Spark||WAR||Expansion set||81st expansion|
|2019-06||Modern Horizons||MH1||Supplemental set||Straight to Modern set #1|
|2019-06||Signature Spellbook: Gideon||SS2||Box set||Signature Spellbook set #2|
|2019-07||Core Set 2020||M20||Core set||Core set #19|
|2019-08||Commander 2019||C19||Box set||Commander set #10|
|2019-10||Throne of Eldraine||ELD||Expansion set||82nd expansion|
|2019-11||Mystery Booster||MB1||Supplemental set||Chaos Draft set #1 (Convention Edition)|
|2019-11||Challenger Decks 2019 Japan||Box set||Challenger Decks set #2b|
|2019-11||Game Night 2019||GN2||Box set||Game Night set #2|
|2019-12||Secret Lair Drop Series||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #1|
|2020-01||Theros Beyond Death||THB||Expansion set||83rd expansion|
|2020-01||Secret Lair Drop Series: Year of the Rat||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #2|
|2020-02||Secret Lair Drop Series: Theros Stargazing||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #3|
|2020-02||Unsanctioned||UND||Box set||Un-set #4|
|2020-03||Secret Lair Drop Series: International Women's Day||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #4|
|2020-03||Secret Lair Drop Series: Thalia - Beyond the Helvault||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #5|
|2020-03||Mystery Booster Retail Edition||MB1||Supplemental set||Chaos Draft set #1 (Retail Edition)|
|2020-03||Challenger Decks 2020||Q03||Box set||Challenger Decks set #3|
|2020-04||Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths||IKO||Expansion set||84th expansion|
|2020-04||Commander 2020||C20||Box set||Commander set #11|
|2020-05||Secret Lair Drop Series: The Godzilla Lands||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #7|
|2020-06||Secret Lair Drop Series: Summer Superdrop||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #8|
|2020-06||Secret Lair: Ultimate Edition||SLU||Box set||Secret Lair release #9|
|2020-06||Signature Spellbook: Chandra||SS3||Box set||Signature Spellbook set #3|
|2020-07||Core Set 2021||M21||Core set||Core set #20|
|2020-07||Jumpstart||JMP||Supplemental set||Jumpstart set #1|
|2020-08||Double Masters||2XM||Compilation set||Masters set #8|
|2020-08||Amonkhet Remastered||AKR||Compilation set||MTG Arena set #1|
|2020-08||Secret Lair Drop Series: Prime Slime||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #10|
|2020-08||Secret Lair Drop Series: Every Dog Has Its Day||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #11|
|2020-09||Secret Lair Drop Series: Happy Yargle Day!||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #12|
|2020-09||Secret Lair Drop Series: April Fools||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #13|
|2020-09||Zendikar Rising||ZNR||Expansion set||85th expansion|
|2020-09||Zendikar Rising Expeditions||ZNE||Compilation set||Masterpiece Series set #4|
|2020-09||Zendikar Rising Commander Decks||ZNC||Box set||Commander Decks set #1|
|2020-09||Secret Lair Drop Series: Showcase: Zendikar Revisited||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #14|
|2020-10||Secret Lair Drop Series: The Walking Dead||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #15, 1st Universes Beyond set #1|
|2020-11||Secret Lair Drop Series: Extra Life 2020||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #16|
|2020-11||Kaladesh Remastered||KLR||Compilation set||MTG Arena set #2|
|2020-11||Commander Legends||CMR||Supplemental set|
|2020-11||Commander Legends Commander Decks||CMC||Box set||Commander Decks set #2|
|2020-11||Secret Lair Drop Series: Secretversary||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #17|
|2020-12||Commander Collection: Green||CC1||Box set||Commander Collection #1|
|2021-02||Kaldheim||KHM||Expansion set||86th expansion|
|2021-02||Kaldheim Commander Decks||KHC||Box set||Commander Decks set #3|
|2021-02||Secret Lair Drop Series: Smitten||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #18|
|2021-02||Secret Lair Drop Series: Black is Magic||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #19|
|2021-03||Time Spiral Remastered||TSR||Compilation set||Masters set #9|
|2021-03||Challenger Decks 2021||Q04||Box set||Challenger Decks set #4|
|2021-04||Strixhaven: School of Mages||STX||Expansion set||87th expansion|
|2021-04||Mystical Archive||STA||Compilation set|
|2021-04||Commander 2021||C21||Box set||Commander set #12|
|2021-04||Secret Lair Drop Series: Dr. Lair's Secretorium Superdrop||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #20|
|2021-05||Secret Lair: Ultimate Edition 2||SLU||Box set||Secret Lair release #21|
|2021-06||Modern Horizons 2||MH2||Supplemental set||Straight to Modern set #2|
|2021-06||Secret Lair Drop Series: All-Natural, Totally Refreshing Superdrop||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #22|
|2021-07||Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms||AFR||Expansion set||88th expansion. Replaced Core set 2022.|
|2021-07||Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Commander Decks||AFC||Box set||Commander Decks set #4|
|2021-08||2021 Arena Starter Kit||SLD||Box set||Starter set #7|
|2021-08||Secret Lair Drop Series: Out of Time Superdrop||Box set||Secret Lair release #23|
|2021-08||Jumpstart: Historic Horizons||J21||Digital set||MTG Arena set #3, Designed-for-digital set#1, Jumpstart set #2|
|2021-09||Innistrad: Midnight Hunt||MID||Expansion set||89th expansion|
|2021-09||Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Commander Decks||MIC||Box set||Commander Decks set #5|
|2021-10||Secret Lair Drop Series: Purrfection||SLD||Box set||Secret Lair release #24|
|2021-10||Pioneer Challenger Decks 2021||Box set||Challenger Decks set #5|
|2021-11||Innistrad: Crimson Vow||VOW||Expansion set||90th expansion|
|2021-11||Innistrad: Crimson Vow Commander Decks||Box set||Commander Decks set #6|
|2022-01||Commander Collection: Black||CC2||Box set||Commander Collection #2|
|2022-01||Innistrad Double Feature||DBL||Compilation set||Masters set #10|
|2022-Q1||Challenger Decks 2022||Box set||Challenger Decks set #6|
|2022-Q1||Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty||Expansion set||91st expansion|
|2022-Q1||Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Commander Decks
|Box set||Commander set #13|
|2022-Q2||Streets of New Capenna||Expansion set||92nd expansion|
|2022-Q2||Streets of New Capenna Commander Decks||Box set||Commander Decks set #7|
|2022-Q2||Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate||Supplemental set|
|2022-Q2||Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate Commander Decks||Box set||Commander Decks set #8|
|2022-Q3||Dominaria United||Expansion set||93rd expansion|
|2022-Q3||Dominaria United Commander Decks||Box set||Commander Decks set #9|
|2022-Q3||Double Masters 2022||Compilation set||Masters set #11|
|2022-Q4||The Brothers' War||Expansion set||94th expansion|
|2022-Q4||The Brothers' War Commander Decks||Box set||Commander Decks set #10|
|2022-Q4||Jumpstart 2022||Supplemental set||Jumpstart set #3|
|2022||Warhammer 40,000 Commander Decks||Box set||Universes Beyond set #2, Commander Decks set #11|
|2023||The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth||Box set||Universes Beyond set #3|
|2023||The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth Commander Decks||Box set||Commander Decks set #12|
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