Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths

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Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
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Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description A monstrous eye
Design Mark Rosewater (lead)
Release date April 24, 2020
Development codename Cricket
Non-block expansions
Theros Beyond Death Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Zendikar Rising
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Challenger Decks 2020 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Commander 2020
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Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is the 84th Magic expansion. It will be released on April 24, 2020.[1][2]

Set details[edit | edit source]

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is noted to be about "building your own monsters" and will feature a new mechanic to represent this.[3][4] The set is mostly designed bottom-up, but there are also some top-down individual card designs.[5]

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths will feature an e-book.[6]

The setting is Ikoria, a plane of beasts and monsters.[7] The planeswalker Vivien Reid is featured on the key art.

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is sold in regular 16-card Draft Boosters (one card being a marketing card), mono-colored Theme Boosters, Collector Boosters, the Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths bundle and five Commander decks.[7]

Each booster box contains a box topper.[8]

Events[edit | edit source]

Promotional cards[edit | edit source]

Tokens/emblems/markers[edit | edit source]

The sixteenth card in the boosters is a token or emblem, with advertisements on the back side. There is also a set of double-sided keyword counters.[10]

Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]

Main article: Commander 2020

Planeswalker decks are discontinued for expansions.[11] For this set, they are replaced by five Commander decks (Ikoria Commander). This is essentially Commander 2020 aligning with Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths.[12] The 71 new cards in the decks are set on the world of Ikoria, but the reprints can be from anywhere. There are a handful of cards from the main Ikoria set in these decks in the reprint slots, but the number is fairly small. The cards are only legal in Eternal formats like Legacy, Vintage, and Pauper. They have their own expansion symbol and set code (C20) to set them apart.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Magic Announcement Stream (Video). Magic: the Gathering. YouTube (September 4, 2019).
  2. Wizards Europe (October 11, 2019). "We're happy to announce the release dates for two upcoming sets in 2020!". Twitter.
  3. Mark Rosewater (September 04, 2019). "I missed the announcement of the sets for next year.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  4. Mark Rosewater (September 04, 2019). "Can I get a maybe on Host/Augment being in Ikoria?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  5. Mark Rosewater (October 12, 2019). "Is Ikoria more of a top-down world or a bottom-up one?.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  6. Mark Rosewater (January 27, 2020e). "Odds & Ends: Theros Beyond Death". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. a b WPN. "Product info". Wizards Play Network.
  8. Weekly MTG: Jumpstart!. Twitch.tv/magic (February 20, 2020).
  9. WPN (January 20, 2020). "Scheduling Opens Next Week: Commander Nights". Wizards Play Network.
  11. Caranthir (September 10, 2019). "Are Planeswalker Decks being discontinued? (Comment #11)". MTG Salvation.
  12. Gavin Verhey (October 30, 2019). "Big Things Are Coming for Commander in 2020". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.