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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.


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]


Release Set Type of cards Number Style Notes Example
2019-10 Throne of Eldraine Cards with adventure 30 (#273-302) Art nouveau/storybook Flaxen Intruder
2020-01 Theros Beyond Death Gods (except the BaB promo), Demigods and Nyx basic lands[3] 16 (#250-254 + #258-268) The constellations of Nyx Daxos, Blessed by the Sun
2020-04 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Creatures with mutate and the five triome lands 35 (#279-313) 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 (#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.[4]
Teferi, Master of Time
2020-08 Double Masters Box toppers 40 (#333-372) Full-art First compilation set to feature showcase cards. Mana Crypt
2020-09 Zendikar Rising Cards with landfall 23 (#290-313) Hedrons and brightly-colored travel posters[5] Spitfire Lagac
2021-02 Kaldheim Viking Legends 25 (#299-323) Geometric patterns reminiscent of chiseled stone Viking art with "metal" artwork.[6] Halvar, God of Battle
2021-04 Strixhaven: School of Mages 0 Replaced by the Mystical Archive cards.
2021-06 Modern Horizons 2 New cards (sketch treatment), fetch lands and modern cards (retro frame) 115 (#327-380, #381-441) Sketches of the main card artwork. Instead of flavor text, fragments of the art description. Also retro frame cards. First supplemental set to feature showcase cards. Urza's Saga, Marble Gargoyle
2021-06 Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Creatures (rulebook treatment) and lands (module treatment) 60 (#299-349, #350-358) "Classic rulebook frame treatment", pulled from the look and feel of the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual. Classic module land frames designed to look like the bold, monochromatic adventure modules published for the first edition of the game.[7] Cloister Gargoyle, Evolving Wilds

Adventure showcase frame