Wizards Presents: Everything Revealed For Magic: The Gathering
- Universes Beyond: Doctor Who
- Universes Beyond: Lord Of The Rings: Tales Of Middle-earth
- Universes Beyond: Warhammer 40,000
- Phyrexia: All Will Be One
- March Of The Machine + March Of The Machine: The Aftermath
- Wilds Of Eldraine
- Lost Caverns Of Ixalan
Wizards Presents has given us a better idea of everything coming for both Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons over the next year. From cracking safes and pulling off heists in D&D to heading to the Phyrexian home plane in MTG, there’s a lot to get excited out.
For Magic, it is particularly important as we are entering the game’s 30th anniversary. With the Phyrexian invasion of the multiverse just kicking off in Dominaria United, where is it going to go in 2023? Here is everything Magic: The Gathering announced at Wizards Presents.
Universes Beyond: Doctor Who
Universes Beyond is Magic’s umbrella brand for its many crossovers with outside properties. While we haven’t yet received this year’s Commander-focused Warhammer 40,000 decks, we already know Magic will be celebrating Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary with a series of four decks based on the show.
As well as celebrating this long history with cards based on both the classic series and the modern revival, we’ll also be getting previews of things to come in returning showrunner Russell T. Davies’ new era, with cards based on Ncuti Gatwa’s 14th Doctor and his debut series.
The Doctor Who decks will launch in Q3, 2022.
Universes Beyond: Lord Of The Rings: Tales Of Middle-earth
Doctor Who isn’t the only crossover happening next year. While it was announced at last year’s Magic Showcase, Wizards Presents gave us more information on the Modern- and Eternal-legal Lord Of The Rings: Tales of Middle-earth set, launching Q3 2023.
Unlike other Universes Beyond products, this will be a full, draftable set complete with Draft, Set, and Collector’s Boosters. It’ll even be getting a Magic: The Gathering Arena release as an Alchemy set, with a full mastery pass and in-game cosmetics to go with it.
One of the coolest things about Tales Of Middle-earth is its new “Borderless Scenes” cards. The showcase style for this set groups cards together into one, massive display of epic scenes from the books. The only one revealed so far is an 18-card view of the Battle of Pelennor Fields, although others have also been confirmed to appear.
Universes Beyond: Warhammer 40,000
We’re only a couple of months away from the launch of the Warhammer 40,000 Commander decks, but Wizards is keeping tight-lipped on what to expect from them. We do now know the names of the remaining three commanders though, following Abbadon, the Despoiler’s reveal earlier this summer.
Szarekh, the Silent King is the commander of the mono-black Necron Dynasties deck, Inquisitor Grayfax is heading up the white/blue/black Forces of the Imperium, and The Swarmlord is guiding the Tyranids in the blue/red/green Tyranid Swarm.
Of course, no Commander deck is complete without a Sol Ring, and so all four of the decks will include an exclusive version of this staple with new art themed around their faction.
The Warhammer 40,000 decks launch October 7, in both regular and exclusive “surge foiled” Collector’s editions.
Phyrexia: All Will Be One
Now we get on to the four main, Standard-legal tentpole releases of the year, starting with the return of one of Magic’s scariest, most horrific settings: New Phyrexia. Phyrexia: All Will Be One is likely to be full of body horror, human experimentation, and brutal torture, as it’s the home of the current story arc’s villains as they wage war on the rest of the multiverse.
We already know this set will finally feature the white Praetor Elesh Norn, following the other four Praetors popping up in various sets since Kaldheim. This is also the first time we’ve gone back to New Phyrexia since Mirrodin was transformed into it back in 2011. We expect a ton of horrific art, and likely mechanics like infect or poison to make a return.
March Of The Machine + March Of The Machine: The Aftermath
The final set in the Phyrexian invasion arc is March of the Machine, launching in Summer 2023, and brings the multiverse together as they stand against Elesh Norn and her forces. Instead of being set on a single plane, art for this one suggests we’ll be seeing the conflict from all angles, including Theros and Kamigawa.
A big part of March of the Machine appears to be the return of numerous side characters from the last few years of the game, like Esika, Borborygmos, and Dina. This is by far the biggest event in Magic in years, capping off the current story and hopefully changing the status quo of the multiverse for many years to come.
Coming shortly after March of the Machine is a second, smaller set that will explore the consequences of the war. It hasn’t been revealed exactly what March of the Machine: The Aftermath is, but it’ll serve to give us closure we never quite got from the War of the Spark or other big event sets before it.
Wilds Of Eldraine
After the chaos and destruction of the War of the Spark, we were whisked away to the fairy tale world of 2019’s Throne of Eldraine. 2023 is repeating that by pulling us back to explore the Wilds of Eldraine instead.
Eldraine is a world of two halves: the courts, keeps, and villages we saw in Throne of Eldraine, and the more untamed Wilds, where the fae are in control and magic runs unconstrained. We can expect more of the fairy tale aesthetic that made Throne of Eldraine so popular, including the world’s take on Snow White’s Evil Queen, the Charming Witch Eriette.
Wilds of Eldraine will launch in Autumn 2023, and its launch will mark the Standard set rotation that sees everything up to Dominaria United rotate out of the format.
Lost Caverns Of Ixalan
Though it is marked as launching in “Winter 2024”, Lost Caverns Of Ixalan is likely the final Standard set to launch in 2023, thanks to the way the Magic year is spread from September to September.
Taking us back to the Mesoamerican inspired land of Ixalan, we’ll be revisiting the tribes of Vampires, Dinosaurs, Merfolk, and Pirates as they race to plunder the hidden ruins and caves underneath the world. Considering the original Ixalan set wasn’t amazingly well-received mechanically, we could see big changes in how Ixalan plays on its return trip.
This is the set we know the least about so far. Considering we’re only just seeing Dominaria United’s debut today, expect to not hear much more from Lost Caverns of Ixalan for about another year.
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