|Throne of Eldraine|
|Symbol description||Crown, sword and knight's tabard|
Mark Rosewater (lead)|
Mark Gottlieb (lead)|
Erik Lauer (lead)
|Art direction||Cynthia Sheppard|
|Release date||October 4, 2019|
|Themes and mechanics||Adventure, Food, Knights and Non-Humans.|
(101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares, 20 basic lands)
+1 Buy-a-Box promo
+1 Bundle promo
+10 Planeswalker deck exclusives
+20 Brawl deck exclusives
+96 alternate card frames.
|Core Set 2021 Standard|
|Magic: The Gathering Chronology|
- 1 Set details
- 2 Themes and mechanics
- 3 Cycles
- 4 Reprinted cards
- 5 Preconstructed decks
- 6 Notable cards
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Throne of Eldraine is a top-down designed set, inspired by the romantic Arthurian legend of Camelot on one hand and Grimms' Fairy Tales on the other. Besides Grimm, the set covers a range of European fairy tales that come from a variety of sources. Mark Rosewater stated that he had been waiting 10 years to do a Grimm's world, comparing it to the Lorwyn–Shadowmoor block that had erred in being too true to the source material rather than hitting the tropes that players knew. Most of the top-down designs are fairy tale, but more of the nuts and bolts cards are Arthurian.
The main set contains 269 cards (20 basic lands, 101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares), and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all these cards. Additional cards are found in the set's collector boosters, planeswalker decks, and brawl decks. A unique Buy-a-Box promotional card is also considered to be part of the set. As of this set, the additional cards are numbered sequentially but don't feature the denominator anymore. So collector numbers like "307/300" are a thing of the past. Cards with alternate card frames have another card number than the original version. Borderless planeswalkers are numbered #270-272, Showcase cards are numbered #273-302, the Buy-a-Box is #303, planeswalker deck cards are numbered #304-313 and brawl deck cards are numbered #314-333. extended artwork cards are numbered #334-391. The Bundle promo is numbered #392. Finally there are FNM-treatment cards from the Universal promo pack list numbered #393-397. Both regular and foil versions of these cards may be found in the collector boosters except for the Foil Buy-a-Box promo; the two foil Planeswalker Deck Planeswalkers, the Bundle promo and the common nonfoil showcase cards.
Throne of Eldraine is the beginning of a new Planeswalker story arc. The set is accompanied by an Ebook written by Kate Elliott, for sale on Amazon and other webshops. This is the only way to go deeper than the cards and read the full Throne of Eldraine story. Wizards of the Coast announced that the Magic story will now be told through e-books rather than weekly episodic stories and that The Wildered Quest is the first example of this change in how Magic’s story will be told.
The plane of Eldraine is a high-fantasy medieval world filled with knights and castles along with Magic's take on the genre of fairy tales. The key conflict of Eldraine is the five knightly courts vs. the magical creatures of the Wilds. The status quo is disrupted when the planeswalkers Oko and Garruk Wildspeaker kidnap High King Algenus Kenrith. His children, the twins Rowan and Will Kenrith, embark on a quest to save their father. In the end, the king is saved, Garruk is freed from his curse, and the twins' Planeswalker's spark ignites.
The cards that represent the Story Spotlights in Throne of Eldraine are:
Throne of Eldraine is sold in regular 16-card regular boosters (one card being a marketing card), five single color Theme Boosters, two Planeswalker Decks, four Brawl Decks, and the Throne of Eldraine bundle. The regular boosters, now rebranded as Draft Boosters, form a lineup with the Theme Boosters and with new Collector Boosters. The Draft Boosters feature artwork from Rowan Kenrith (key art), Loch Dragon and Embereth Paladin. The Theme Boosters feature art from Shining Armor (), Tome Raider (), Wicked Guardian (), Redcap Raiders (), and Beanstalk Giant (). The Collector Boosters feature art depicting Garruk Wildspeaker.
The Draft Booster has the possibility of containing borderless planeswalkers or special new showcase cards. The Showcase frame is a catch-all term to cover a variety of different treatments that embody the spirit of the relevant set. The art and frame will play into the set's theme (in this case it frames the card boxes with green vines). Each set will have 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 packs. The showcase cards don't require a mechanic with a new frame, it just happens to be the case for Throne of Eldraine. The Showcase cards replace cards of the same rarity as the non-showcase card in packs. By a technical mishap, there are no non-foil common showcase cards in booster packs. Those appear only in the Collector Boosters. Every rare or mythic rare from the set that doesn't already have a variant frame (meaning that it doesn't exist as a borderless planeswalker card or showcase card) will be available as extended-art cards. The extended-art cards are all rares and mythic rares and are only found in the Collector Booster.
The name of the set was revealed at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 18, 2019. An image of promotional flyers appeared on Reddit that same day. These featured art with faeries, leading to speculation that the set would have an emphasis on faeries. Mark Rosewater had to make a statement on Blogatog to do some expectation management. He noted that there are Faeries in the set, but nowhere at the volume or importance that people were assuming. Rosewater provided some more details on Saturday at the Magic panel. The panel wasn't live-streamed, but Wizards of the Coast tweeted it live and an article with the relevant info was posted later that night.
After a test run for Ravnica Allegiance, Wizards of the Coast introduced "Collector Boosters" as a regular feature for standard sets. The expected price range is between $20 to $25 per booster. They are only printed in English and Japanese, and will have a limited print run. The contents are
- 1 rare/mythic rare with extended-art
- 1 foil rare/mythic rare (may also be a borderless planeswalker, extended-art, or showcase card).
- 9 foil commons/uncommons (including variant versions)
- 3 non-foil special-frame cards (showcase or borderless planeswalker)
- 1 non-foil ancillary card (the Buy-a-Box card, a new card from the Planeswalker Decks, or a new card from the Brawl Decks)
- 1 foil token
The collector boosters are packaged 12 to a box.
The "Throne of Eldraine Deluxe Collection" is a special packaging of collectible products, sold for $449.99 in the Magicstore at Wizards.com. The difference with the earlier Mythic Editions of the Guilds of Ravnica block is that this product doesn't contain Masterpieces.
The Deluxe Collection contains the following, all packaged in a premium box:
- 16 Throne of Eldraine Collector Boosters
- 1 Set-themed binder
- 1 Foil Garruk, Cursed Huntsman borderless planeswalker card
- 1 Art print of the borderless Garruk, Cursed Huntsman
- 1 Non-foil version of the Buy-a-Box Kenrith, the Returned King
- 1 3x3 card strip from a foil print sheet of Throne of Eldraine
- 1 MTG Arena mega-code card, which grants:
This product went on sale on 2nd Oct 2019. The approx 10,000-11,000 units were all sold in just under 2 hours.
- MTG Arena:
- Sealed three color decks Brawl format on September 4, 2019
- Full release on September 26, 2019
- Tabletop Prerelease took place on September 28–29, 2019.
- Draft Weekend: October 5–6, 2019
- Friday Night Magic begins: October 4, 2019
- Magic Weekend: Brawl: October 26–27, 2019
- Prerelease: a stamped card that can be any rare or mythic rare of Throne of Eldraine.
- Other events: cards from the Throne of Eldraine universal promo pack.
- Buy-a-Box: Kenrith, the Returned King (foil). As a special celebration of the start of Collector Boosters, the Throne of Eldraine Buy-a-Box promotion also includes a Collector Booster.
- Bundle promo: foil alternate art Piper of the Swarm
- 0/1 Goat creature, created by Clackbridge Troll.
- 1/1 Human creature, created by Castle Ardenvale, Harmonious Archon, Inquisitive Puppet, Lovestruck Beast, Oakhame Ranger, Rally for the Throne and Worthy Knight.
- 2/2 Knight creature with vigilance, created by Banish into Fable, Doom Foretold, Lonesome Unicorn, Silverwing Squadron and The Circle of Loyalty.
- 1/1 Mouse creature, created by Enchanted Carriage.
- 1/1 Faerie creature with flying, created by Alela, Artful Provocateur, Faerie Formation, Improbable Alliance, and Stolen by the Fae.
- 1/1 Rat creature, created by Chittering Witch, Mad Ratter, and Piper of the Swarm.
- 1/1 Dwarf creature, created by Dwarven Mine.
- 2/2 Bear creature, created by Flaxen Intruder.
- 1/1 Boar creature with "When this creature dies, create a Food token," created by Wolf's Quarry
- 7/7 Giant creature, for Giant Opportunity.
- 2/1 Human Cleric creature with lifelink and haste, created by Outlaws' Merriment.
- 1/2 Human Rogue creature with haste and "When this creature enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to any target," created by Outlaws' Merriment.
- 3/1 Human Warrior creature with trample and haste, created by Outlaws' Merriment.
- 2/2 Wolf creature with “When this creature dies, put a loyalty counter on each Garruk you control,” created by Garruk, Cursed Huntsman.
- Food artifact (1/4), created by Bake into a Pie, Bartered Cow, Curious Pair, Feasting Troll King, Fell the Pheasant, Fierce Witchstalker, Foreboding Fruit, Fortifying Provisions, Giant Opportunity, Giant's Skewer, Gilded Goose, Gingerbread Cabin, Gluttonous Troll, Oko, Thief of Crowns, Savvy Hunter, Taste of Death, Tempting Witch, Trail of Crumbs, Turn into a Pumpkin, Witch's Oven and Wolf's Quarry.
- Food artifact (2/4)
- Food artifact (3/4)
- Food artifact (4/4)
- Emblem for Garruk, Cursed Huntsman.
- On an Adventure marker for Adventure cards.
Themes and mechanics
Throne of Eldraine introduces the ability word Adamant; spells with Adamant have additional or alternative effects if you cast the spell with three or more mana of one color. Together with the hybrid mana in the set, Adamant encourages monocolor drafting - in order of aggressive to controlling, it typically goes red-white-green-black-blue.
Additionally, there are heavy tribal themes around Knights and Non-Humans. Knights appear in all five colors, but they have the most tribal synergy in white, black and red. Non-Humans are mainly green, blue, and red. There are also artifact- and enchantment-matters themes.
Throne of Eldraine features the following limited archetypes:
- : Artifacts and enchantments matters (Shinechaser)
- : Cards in both graveyards matter (Drown in the Loch)
- : Knights and Equipment (Steelclaw Lance)
- : Non-Human creatures (Grumgully, the Generous)
- : Adventures (Wandermare)
- : Knight-tribal attrition (Wintermoor Commander)
- : Two card draws per turn (Improbable Alliance)
- : Food (Savvy Hunter)
- : Knights go wide (Inspiring Veteran)
- : Ramp (Maraleaf Pixie)
Adventure is a new subtype, seen exclusively on instants and sorceries attached to creature cards. Casting the Adventure half of a card represents sending the creature on an adventure before putting it onto the battlefield. When the adventure resolves, the card is exiled. When exiled as part of the resolution, the creature may be cast from exile.
Throne of Eldraine has fourteen cycles.
|Common lands of the Wilds||Idyllic Grange||Mystic Sanctuary||Witch's Cottage||Dwarven Mine||Gingerbread Cabin|
|Five common monocolor lands. Each one has a basic land type, and only enters untapped if you control at least three other lands of that type.|
|Paladins||Ardenvale Paladin||Vantress Paladin||Locthwain Paladin||Embereth Paladin||Garenbrig Paladin|
|Five common Knights with adamant. Each gets a +1/+1 counter if the adamant cost is paid.|
|Colored equipment||Shining Armor||Mantle of Tides||Giant's Skewer||Crystal Slipper||Rosethorn Halberd|
|Five common Equipment that have colored mana costs but generic equip costs.|
|Syrs||Syr Alin, the Lion's Claw||Syr Elenora, the Discerning||Syr Konrad, the Grim||Syr Carah, the Bold||Syr Faren, the Hengehammer|
|Five uncommon legendary Human Knights.|
|Common adamant spells||Silverflame Ritual||Unexplained Vision||Foreboding Fruit||Searing Barrage||Outmuscle|
|Five common instants and sorceries with adamant.|
|Uncommon adamant spells||Rally for the Throne||Turn into a Pumpkin||Cauldron's Gift||Slaying Fire||Once and Future|
|Five uncommon instants and sorceries with adamant.|
|Color hosers||Archon of Absolution||Mystical Dispute||Specter's Shriek||Redcap Melee||Oakhame Adversary|
|Five uncommon spells, each of which gets better when played against cards of the same color.|
|Castles of the Realm||Castle Ardenvale||Castle Vantress||Castle Locthwain||Castle Embereth||Castle Garenbrig|
|Five rare lands, one for each court. Each taps for one mana of a given color, has an activated ability, and enters tapped unless you control a land of that basic land type.|
|Legendary leaders||Linden, the Steadfast Queen||Gadwick, the Wizened||Ayara, First of Locthwain||Torbran, Thane of Red Fell||Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig|
|Five rare legendary creatures, one for each court. Each requires three of a color mana to cast, and have an ability that cares about cards of that color.|
|Rare Adventurers||Giant Killer||Fae of Wishes||Murderous Rider||Bonecrusher Giant||Lovestruck Beast|
|Five rare creatures that have Adventures.|
|Mythic artifacts||The Circle of Loyalty||The Magic Mirror||The Cauldron of Eternity||Embercleave||The Great Henge|
|Five mythic legendary colored artifacts, one for each court. Each one has a cost reduction effect.|
|Gold signposts||Shinechaser||Drown in the Loch||Steelclaw Lance||Grumgully, the Generous||Wandermare||Wintermoor Commander||Improbable Alliance||Savvy Hunter||Inspiring Veteran||Maraleaf Pixie|
|Ten uncommon gold spells, each a signpost for a draft archetype.|
|Heavy hybrid uncommons||Arcanist's Owl||Covetous Urge||Elite Headhunter||Rampart Smasher||Oakhame Ranger||Resolute Rider||Loch Dragon||Deathless Knight||Fireborn Knight||Thunderous Snapper|
|Ten uncommon hybrid spells, each costing four hybrid mana. These hybrid spells also have direct synergy with their respective signpost cards.|
|Gold rares||Dance of the Manse||Lochmere Serpent||Stormfist Crusader||Escape to the Wilds||Faeburrow Elder||Doom Foretold||The Royal Scions||Garruk, Cursed Huntsman||Outlaws' Merriment||Oko, Thief of Crowns|
|Ten powerful rare or mythic gold spells.|
The following cards have been reprinted from previous sets:
- Fling, first printed in Stronghold, last seen in Amonkhet.
- Opt, first printed in Invasion, last seen in Dominaria.
- Reave Soul, first printed in Magic Origins, last seen in Iconic Masters.
- Return to Nature, first printed in War of the Spark.
- Righteousness, first printed in Alpha, last seen in Duel Decks: Heroes vs. Monsters.
- Sorcerous Spyglass, first printed in Ixalan.
- Sporecap Spider, first printed in Rise of the Eldrazi, last seen in Conspiracy.
- Youthful Knight, first printed in Stronghold, last seen in Archenemy: Nicol Bolas.
- Charmed Sleep is a functional reprint of Claustrophobia and Waterknot.
- Didn't Say Please is a functional reprint of Thought Collapse.
- Knight of the Keep is a functional reprint of Bastion Enforcer and Loxodon Line Breaker.
- Prized Griffin is a functional reprint of Enforcer Griffin.
Throne of Eldraine features two planeswalker decks:
|Rowan||W||R||Rowan, Fearless Sparkmage|
|Oko||U||G||Oko, the Trickster|
Throne of Eldraine introduces decks designed for the Brawl format. These 60-card decks use cards from throughout Standard, from Guilds of Ravnica all the way through Throne of Eldraine. There are 20 unique cards in these decks that aren't found in Draft Boosters (but they can still be found in Collector Boosters.) Each deck has seven of them — four cards unique to that deck, one card shared with one other Brawl Deck, and two cards shared with each other Brawl Deck. These cards are all legal in Standard, Brawl, and all other formats that allow the latest sets (or at least ones where cards in new sets are legal). A life wheel is included in the packaging.
|Wild Bounty||W||U||G||Chulane, Teller of Tales|
|Faerie Schemes||W||U||B||Alela, Artful Provocateur|
|Savage Hunger||B||R||G||Korvold, Fae-Cursed King|
|Knights' Charge||W||B||R||Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale|
- The Player Spotlight card is Fervent Champion, which portrays Javier Dominguez, the World Champion of 2018.
- Through its inclusion in the Brawl Decks, Command Tower became Standard legal for the first time. However, it can't generate any mana outside of Brawl/Commander.
- The Royal Scions is the first planeswalker card that has two planeswalker types. As a consequence, it is also the first planeswalker where the types don't show up in its name.
Banned and Restricted cards
- Oko, Thief of Crowns proved to be very powerful, especially after Field of the Dead was banned in Standard and players started looking for new powerful decks. October 2019 saw domination of Oko-decks ("Oko-tober") and many jokes about all cards actually being 3/3 Elks. It has the unusual quality of being a card that had an immediate impact on all competitive formats (Vintage, Modern, Legacy and the newly formed Pioneer) from its ability to generate artifacts and invalidate opposing creatures and artifacts. It was banned in Brawl, Standard, and Pioneer almost immediately; bans in Modern and Historic followed within the next few months. In February 2021, even Legacy was deemed not a suitable environment, which left it legal only in Vintage for normal constructed formats.
- Once Upon A Time, much like most other forms of free spells, overshot its power level significantly. With a nearly-zero fail rate by hitting lands, it had an extremely low opportunity cost in any creature deck, and its application in midrange-combo decks made it too powerful to keep around, leading to a ban in Standard, Historic, Pioneer and Modern, like Oko before it.
- Fires of Invention was a card that immediately drew notice as a broken engine card as free-spell effects tended to be, held back from being the best deck mainly due to the fact that optimization of Fires required extremely clunky cards that wouldn't compete at rate if Fires was not drawn or was answered, which as a four-mana enchantment was at least a reasonable strategy. As the format developed, the Fires deck became more powerful with additions of Yorion, Sky Nomad and Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast that gave the deck faster angles of attack, and so it was banned alongside Agent of Treachery and the Companion rules change in July 2020. While the deck would have to structurally change (likely a reversion) with an Agent ban, it was clear that the card should never have existed, given how easily it invalidates mana cost balancing.
- Mystic Sanctuary is by far the most powerful card of the common land cycle, being able to recur any instant or sorcery spell for free. Thanks to its basic land type it can be easily searched for in formats with fetchlands, where it sees the most play. Ironically, it received its first banning in Pauper, a format without fetchlands, due to the presence of flicker decks that generate actual loops, as opposed to other formats where such a thing is too inefficient. In February 2021, it received its first ban in a sanctioned format in Modern.
- Cauldron Familiar formed a small loop with Witch's Oven that drains once a turn and either attacks for one or blocks a single ground creature. It happens to also trigger Mayhem Devil (twice), Trail of Crumbs, and Korvold, Fae-Cursed King. Mayhem Devil was the main reason the Sacrifice decks suppressed the aggressive decks so well, and with its rotation the deck was much weaker; however, ultimately what was most frustrating was that the loop takes much longer to execute on MTG Arena (the main locale to play Standard in this time period) as opposed to in paper, and so it was banned August 2020, the only banning that day that endured post-rotation.
- Lucky Clover was an uncommon draft payoff for Adventures, doubling up on the usually worth-less-than-a-card effects on the uncommon and common Adventurers. However, when ported into Constructed with the rare cards that easily trade for a card, the Adventures deck made to be a frontrunner of the post-rotation format. The Adventures shell made up the second most powerful Omnath, Locus of Creation deck, one with better odds against the field than the ramp version. With no clear predator in sight to fight the long game of Granted and Escape to the Wilds, and the short game of Lovestruck Beast and Bonecrusher Giant, it was banned alongside Omnath in October 2020.
- Escape to the Wilds combined the design of Explore with the impulsive draw mechanic for Red, giving the color pair a card advantage sorcery with a reasonable fail rate. Before Zendikar Rising, the card was used mostly in Adventure decks, where the cheap Adventure spells let the deck extract full value from its spells. It was still overpowered by the other ramp top-end, such as Hydroid Krasis. Post-rotation, however, it graduated to one of the mid-level ramp payoffs for the Omnath decks, bridging the gap between Cultivate and Genesis Ultimatum, or Fertile Footsteps and Granted. While Omnath was banned, it was clear that Escape could still serve as one of the ramp linchpins and was banned in October 2020 to move the format away from ramp.
- The Brawl deck version of Corpse Knight was misprinted as 2/3 creature instead of as a 2/2. The Knights' Charge deck later enclosed a reminder card and a correct copy of Corpse Knight.
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