Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths

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Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
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Set Information
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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
Mystery Booster (Retail Edition) 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]

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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]

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Main article: Commander 2020

Planeswalker decks are discontinued for expansions.[6] For this set, they are replaced by five Commander decks (Ikoria Commander). This is essentially Commander 2020 aligning with Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths.[7] 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 Commander. They have their own expansion symbol en 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. Caranthir (September 10, 2019). "Are Planeswalker Decks being discontinued? (Comment #11)". MTG Salvation.
  7. Gavin Verhey (October 30, 2019). "Big Things Are Coming for Commander in 2020". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.