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. 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 with a new frame. That just happens to be the case for Throne of Eldraine.
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|Release||Set||Type of cards||Number||Style||Notes|
|2019-10||Throne of Eldraine||Cards with Adventure||30 (#273-302)||Art nouveau/storybook|
|2020-01||Theros Beyond Death||Gods, Demigods and Nyx basic lands||16 (#250-254 + #258-268)||The constellations of Nyx||This frame was reused for the original cycle of Therosian gods in Secret Lair Drop Series: Theros Stargazing.|
|2020-04||Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths||Creatures with mutate and the five triome lands||35 (#279-313)||Comic-book illustration|
|2020-07||Core Set 2021||Planeswalkers with their signature spells and five basic lands||29 (#285-313)||Signature Spellbook frames||Teferi features 4 slightly different artworks (#290-293).|
The colored planeswalkers each feature 3 signature spells and a basic land depicting their home plane.
Ugin features no additional cards beyond his planeswalker card.
|2020-08||Double Masters||Box toppers||40 (#333-372)||Full-art||First compilation set to feature Showcase cards.|
|2020-09||Zendikar Rising||Cards with landfall||23 (#290-313)||Hedrons and bright-colored travel posters|
|2021-02||Kaldheim||Viking Legends||34 (#290-323)||Geometric patterns reminiscent of chiseled stone Viking art with "metal" artwork.|
References[edit | edit source]
- Mark Rosewater (July 21, 2019). "Project Booster Fun". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mike Turian (June 5, 2020). "Collecting Core Set 2021". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mike Turian (September 1, 2020). "Collecting Zendikar Rising". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mike Turian (December 17, 2020). "Collecting Kaldheim". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.