Wizards of the Coast still wants us to empty our wallets so fast that they are now releasing a ton of Magic: The Gathering sets in 2022. And there are still two more standard sets arriving later this year with the werewolf/vampire-themed Innistrad: Midnight Hunt and Crimson Vow.
Standard Sets 2022
Previously revealed on the Magic Showcase 2021 live stream, the four new Standard format sets will take us back to some of the most popular planes and even introducing an entirely new one. Starting in the 1st quarter of 2022, MTG fans will finally be revisiting Kamigawa after almost two decades in Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. The biggest catch on the new set is that it will take place two thousand years into the future in the plane of Kamigawa. The next set will be on a completely new plane where it is overrun by five criminal families, Streets of New Capenna will feature noir-esque style and three-colored cards. For the latter half of 2022, fans will be taken back once again to the plane of Dominaria with Dominaria United and revisit the war that started it all, the war between two legendary artificers and brothers Urza and Mishra in The Brothers War.
With Innistrad: Midnight Hunt and Crimson Vow will be arriving later in September and November, Wizards of the Coast will be releasing an Innistrad Double Feature Draft boosters where it combines both sets into one draft set with each booster pack will have one special art treatment, this will be available in early 2022.
Pioneer Challenger Decks
Not only the Standard format is getting new stuff, as some of the other popular formats are also getting new releases, the fun part is that they will be available later this year. The Pioneer format will be getting their own Challenger decks where players can use the ready-to-play pre-constructed decks at their game sessions with friends. There will be four decks for the upcoming Challenger decks:
- Azorius Spirits
- Orzhov Auras
- Mono Red Burn
- Lotus Field Combo
The Pioneer Challenger Decks will be available on October 15.
Commander and more in 2022
Fans of the ever-growing Commander (or EDH for the veterans) format will surely be grabbing these new sets in 2022. Commander Collection Black continues the release of special packs featuring hand-selected cards for specific colors that will help fuel up your Commander decks, it will featuring completely new art and comes in non-foil and foil variants, expect to see this very soon.
With the success of Commander Legends, WOTC will continue the trend with the upcoming Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate as it will be featuring characters and creatures from the Dungeons & Dragons lore, as the recent Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms has sold really well. Expect to see the new Commander Legends set in the second quarter of 2022.
Double Masters and Jumpstart will make their return in 2022 with Double Masters getting two foil cards aside from two rare or mythic cards in each Draft booster packs. Jumpstart will be getting new themes to add more fun in their mix and match style of deck building, Expect Double Masters 2022 in the third quarter and Jumpstart 2022 in the fourth quarter of next year.
Unfinity will be the next Un-set for Magic: The Gathering, Un-sets are silver-bordered cards that are not legal to be used in any format except on its own play format as the card effects are more humorous and pranks. The new set will be more space-theme, so expect some out-of-this-world stuff and space-tastic full-art lands which are sought after by collectors in any Un-set. Unfinity will be available in the second quarter of 2022.
Magic: The Gathering will be exploring other universes, and when they say other universes it actually means other IP franchises. First revealed was for Warhammer 40K where it will feature four Commander decks specially themed after the popular franchise, so expect Space Marines at your disposal, the set will be available later in 2022. Next will be The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth where fans can finally see Gandalf, Frodo and Aragon in Magic, but unlike Warhammer 40K, LoTR will be a full magic set release in the same treatment with Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. However, fans will have to wait a bit longer as Tales of Middle-earth is slated for a 2023 release.
As for the Secret Lair Drop series, which is a premium package of curated cards that goes in different themes, there will releases themed on Fortnite and Street Fighter in 2022 that comprise of reprints of notable cards but with exclusive art focusing on the two franchises.