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Adventure showcase frame

Showcase cards were introduced in Throne of Eldraine. Showcase is not one treatment but a catch-all term to cover a variety of different treatments of cards that embody the spirit of the relevant sets.[1] On showcase cards, the art and card frame play into the set's theme.

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Each set has its own unique showcase cards. Which cards get the treatment (and usually, it will just be cards from that set), and at what rarity, will vary from set to set. Showcase cards replace cards of the same rarity as the non showcase card in booster packs. The showcase cards don't require a mechanic to correlate with a new frame. It can be any theme.[2]

Sometimes, borderless, extended art and retro frame treatment are also counted as Showcase.[3] This clouds the distinction between Showcase and the Booster Fun concept. Skinned cards are also sometimes counted as Showcases.[3]

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Release Set Type of cards # Style Notes Example
2019-10 Throne of Eldraine Cards with adventure 30 Art nouveau/storybook Flaxen Intruder
2020-01 Theros Beyond Death Gods, Demigods and Nyx basic lands 16 The constellations of Nyx.[4] Daxos, Blessed by the Sun
2020-04 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Creatures with mutate and five triome lands 35 Comic-book illustration Rares and mythic rares are full-art. Illuna, Apex of Wishes
2020-07 Core Set 2021 Planeswalkers with their signature spells and five basic lands 29 Signature Spellbook frames Teferi features 4 slightly different artworks (#290-293).
The colorless Ugin does not feature any signature spells in Showcase frames.[5]
Teferi, Master of Time
2020-08 Double Masters Box toppers 40 Full-art First compilation set to feature showcase cards. Mana Crypt
2020-09 Zendikar Rising
  1. Cards with landfall
  2. Zendikar Expeditions
  1. Brightly-colored travel posters[6]
  2. Hedron frame
  1. Spitfire Lagac
  2. Marsh Flats
2021-02 Kaldheim Viking Legends 25 Geometric stone Viking art / "Viking metal" artwork.[7] Halvar, God of Battle
2021-04 Strixhaven: School of Mages 0 Replaced by the Mystical Archive cards.
2021-06 Modern Horizons 2
  1. New cards
  2. fetch lands and modern cards
  1. Sketches for the main art with fragments of the art description.[8]
  2. Retro frame cards.
First supplemental set to feature showcase cards.
  1. Urza's Saga
  2. Marble Gargoyle
2021-06 Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
  1. Creatures
  2. Lands
  1. Classic rulebook frame treatment.
  2. Classic module land frames.[9]
  1. Cloister Gargoyle
  2. Evolving Wilds
2021-09 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
  1. Werewolves and warlocks
  2. Basic lands and other legendary creatures
  1. Autumnal "Equinox" treatment.[10][11]
  2. Black and white "Eternal Night" treatment with colored accents.
  1. Arlinn, the Pack's Hope
  2. Island
2021-11 Innistrad: Crimson Vow
  1. Vampires
  2. Basic lands and other legendary creatures
  3. Basic lands
  1. "Fang" treatment.[12]
  2. Black and white "Eternal Night" treatment with colored accents.
  3. Black and white "Moonlit" treatment.
  1. Olivia, Crimson Bride
  2. Island
  3. Island
2022-02 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
  1. Ninjas
  2. Samurai
  3. Other rares and mythics
  4. Basic lands
  1. "Ninja" treatment.[13]
  2. "Samurai" treatment.
  3. "Soft Glow" treatment.
  4. Neon Ink treatment.
  5. Ukiyo-e lands.

DFC rares and mythics feature alternate art on both faces, but only the back face features the "Soft Glow" frame.
Hidetsugu, Devouring Chaos is additionally available in a unique "Neon Ink foil" variation of the "Soft Glow" treatment, featuring 4 different frame colors.

  1. Nashi, Moon Sage's Scion
  2. Isshin, Two Heavens as One
  3. The Reality Chip
  4. Hidetsugu, Devouring Chaos
  5. Island
2022-04 Streets of New Capenna
  1. Three-color cards
  2. Rare and mythic rare cards
  3. Basic lands
  4. Allied-color and triome taplands
  1. "Golden age" treatment, with alternate gilded versions.[14]
  2. "Art deco" treatment.
  3. Metropolis lands.
  4. "Skyscraper" treatment.
  1. Riveteers Ascendancy
  2. Elspeth Resplendent
  3. Mountain
  4. Raffine's Tower
2022-06 Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate
  1. Legendary cards.
  2. Creatures and artifacts.
  1. Foil-etched legendary cards.[15]
  2. Classic rulebook treatment.
  1. Alaundo the Seer
  2. Ancient Silver Dragon
2022-07 Double Masters 2022 Box toppers 80 Full-art [16] Some of the box topper cards feature art from famous artists in Magic's past, including Phil Foglio, Mark Tedin, and Richard Kane Ferguson.

Coiling Oracle

2022-09 Dominaria United Legendary cards and basic lands. 87 Stained glass artwork and textured foil treatment. [17] The textured foils use the same artwork as the stained glass artwork but feature "a unique foil pattern and a high-gloss varnish".

Jodah, the Unifier

2022-11 The Brothers' War 0 Replaced by the Retro Artifacts cards.
2023-02 Phyrexia: All Will Be One Phyrexians 87
  1. Ichor frame
  2. Manga "What if?"
  3. Oil Slick Raised Foil
  4. Phyrexian Planeswalkers
Representing the Glistening oil
  1. Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines
  2. Koth, Fire of Resistance
  3. Atraxa, Grand Unifier
  4. Jace, the Perfected Mind
2023-04 March of the Machine Legendary creatures 28
  1. Ichor treatment (New Phyrexia)
  2. Amonkhet Invocations frame (Amonkhet)
  3. Mystical Archive treatment (Arcavios)
  4. Golden Age treatment (Capenna)
  5. Stained glass treatment (Dominaria)
  6. Storybook treatment (Eldraine)
  7. Comic-book illustration (Ikoria)
  8. Equinox frame (Innistrad)
  9. Treasure treatment (Ixalan)
  10. Kaladesh Inventions frame (Kaladesh)
  11. Viking frame (Kaldheim)
  12. "Soft Glow" frame (Kamigawa)
  13. City Murual treatment (Ravnica)
  14. Dragon Wing treatment (Tarkir)
  15. Constellation treatment (Theros)
  16. Hedron frame (Zendikar)
  17. Retro frame (Zhalfir - MAT only)

Each creature has the showcase frame of the plane they are currently on. For the non-Phyrexians this is their home plane, while for the New Phyrexians it's the plane they are on during the Invasion of the Multiverse.

  1. Elesh Norn // The Argent Etchings
  2. Djeru and Hazoret
  3. Dina, Soul Steeper
  4. Atraxa, Praetors' Voice
  5. Squee, the Immortal
  6. Emry, Lurker of the Loch
  7. Kogla and Yidaro
  8. Thalia and The Gitrog Monster
  9. Ghalta and Mavren
  10. Baral and Kari Zev
  11. Inga and Esika
  12. Horobi, Death's Wail
  13. Teysa Karlov
  14. Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma
  15. Kroxa and Kunoros
  16. Omnath, Locus of All
Multiverse Legends Legendary creatures 65
2023-05 March of the Machine: The Aftermath All cards in the set. 50 The Aftermath uses the same showcase treatments as March of the Machine with two changes:
  1. The Equinox frame used to represent Innistrad is replaced with the Fang frame.
  2. The retro frame is included to represent characters on Zhalfir.
  1. Markov Baron
  2. Jolrael, Voice of Zhalfir
2023-06 The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth Legendary creatures (Ring frame). 86
  1. The Ring frame
  2. Scene cards
  1. The Ring frame cards highlight pivotal moments for each character through the story.
  2. The scene cards are collections of cards that together show a panorama of a major story moment.
  1. Sméagol, Helpful Guide
  2. Frodo, Sauron's Bane
2023-08 Commander Masters
  1. Commanders
  2. All card types
  3. Basic Lands
  1. Borderless profiles
  2. Borderless frame break art
  3. Retro frame Basic Lands
  1. Neheb, the Eternal
  2. Jeweled Lotus
  3. Forest
2023-09 Wilds of Eldraine Enchantments and Creatures with Adventures. 20 Storybook frame Also includes the Enchanting Tales cards. Kellan, the Fae-Blooded
2023-10 Doctor Who Legendary creatures plus the TARDIS itself. 43 TARDIS frame The Tenth Doctor
2023-11 The Lord of the Rings Holiday Release
  1. Scene cards
  2. Key moments or characters from the story.
  3. Reprints.
  4. All cards in all sets (LTR and LTC).
  1. The scene cards are collections of cards that together show a panorama of a major story moment.
  2. Poster style treatment
  3. Borderless Brothers Hildebrandt cards
  4. Scroll of Middle-earth treatment
  1. Galadriel, Light of Valinor
  2. Aragorn, the Uniter
  3. Pact of Negation
  4. The One Ring
2023-11 The Lost Caverns of Ixalan
  1. Legendary Creatures
  2. Gods of Ixalan
  3. Oltec
  4. Dinosaurs
  5. Cavern of Souls
  6. Basic Lands
  1. Legends of Ixalan treatment
  2. Gods of Ixalan treatment
  3. Borderless Oltec
  4. Borderless Dinosaur
  5. Cosmium Neon Ink treatment
  6. Core full art treatment
  1. Breeches, Eager Pillager
  2. Ojer Axonil, Deepest Might // Temple of Power
  3. The Skullspore Nexus
  4. Ghalta, Stampede Tyrant
  5. Cavern of Souls
  6. Plains
2024-01 Ravnica Remastered
  1. Shock lands
  2. Iconic creatures and spells
  3. Iconic creatures and spells
  1. Borderless
  2. Anime
  3. Retro frame
  1. Stomping Ground
  2. Bruvac the Grandiloquent
  3. Arclight Phoenix
2024-02 Murders at Karlov Manor
  1. Legendary Creatures
  2. Story Spotlights
  3. Paruns and Guildmasters
  1. Dossier treatment
  2. Magnified treatment
  3. Ravnica City treatment
  1. Curious Cadaver
  2. Fanatical Strength
  3. Aurelia, the Law Above
2024-03 Fallout TBA 35
  1. Pip-Boy frame
  2. Vault Boy spotlights
  1. Represents the in-game interface used throughout the Fallout series.
  2. Uses a Vault-Tec advertisement art style.
  1. Dogmeat, Ever Loyal
  2. Sol Ring

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References[ | ]

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  2. Mark Rosewater (July 21, 2019). "Do the showcase frames mean that we are going to see a mechanic with a unique frame in every set going forward?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  3. a b WPN (November 1, 2021). "Here Are the 5 Special Treatments for Innistrad: Crimson Vow". Wizards Play Network.
  4. Mark Rosewater (December 05, 2020). "I thought that Showcase cards were going to be a regular thing, but it appears Theros has none?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
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  6. Mike Turian (September 1, 2020). "Collecting Zendikar Rising". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Mike Turian (December 17, 2020). "Collecting Kaldheim". Wizards of the Coast.
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  9. Clayton Kroh (June 29, 2021). "Behind the Scenes of Booster Fun for Adventures in the Forgotten Realms". Wizards of the Coast.
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  13. Max McCall (January 27, 2022). "Collecting Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty". Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Max McCall (April 7, 2022). "Collecting Streets of New Capenna". Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Max McCall (May 17, 2022). "Collecting Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate". Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Max McCall (June 16, 2022). "Collecting Double Masters 2022 and Product Overview". Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Mike Turian (August 18, 2022). "Collecting Dominaria United". Wizards of the Coast.