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Set symbol
Symbol description
A Compass Rose
Design team
Mark Rosewater (co-lead)
Ken Nagle (co-lead)
Ben Hayes
Gavin Verhey
Jackie Lee
James Hata
James Sooy
Mark Gottlieb
Sam Stoddard
Shawn Main
Yoni Skolnik
Development team
Erik Lauer (co-lead)
Sam Stoddard (co-lead)
Dave Humpherys
Ethan Fleischer
Gavin Verhey
Yoni Skolnik
Art Director
Cynthia Sheppard
Release date
September 29, 2017
Themes and mechanics
Vehicles, Treasure tokens
Keywords and/or ability words
Explore, Tough, Raid, Crew
Set size
Expansion code
Development codename
Ixalan block sets
Ixalan Rivals of Ixalan (none)
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Commander 2017 Ixalan Duel Decks: Merfolk vs. Goblins

Ixalan (pronounced as "IXS-a-lon"[2][3][4][5]) is the 76th Magic expansion, and the first in the Ixalan block. It will be released on September 29, 2017,[6] and is a large expansion.

Set details[edit | edit source]

Ixalan contains 279 cards (15 more than Kaladesh and 10 more than Amonkhet) and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all cards. A complete Ixalan rare foil print sheet was leaked three months before prerelease.[7]

Storyline[edit | edit source]

Brave the Unknown

Unfurl your sails, saddle up a dinosaur, and battle your rivals as you embark on a journey to claim the plane’s greatest fortune for yourself! For centuries, the untamed jungles of Ixalan have hidden a coveted secret: Orazca, the city of gold. But no secret can remain undiscovered, and no treasure can be taken uncontested.[8]

Vampires and merfolk are the main tribes besides dinosaurs and pirates.[9]

Vraska is a pirate on the high seas, and feathered dinosaurs roam the verdant jungles.

The cards that represent the Story Spotlights in Ixalan are: Vraska's Contempt, ???, ???, ??? and ???.

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Ixalan is sold in 16-card boosters (one card being a marketing card), two planeswalker decks, the Ixalan bundle and a Deck Builder's Toolkit.[10] The boosters feature artwork from TBA.

There is no Masterpiece Series accompanying Ixalan.[11]

As part of the preview season, Wizards of the Coast distributesd trackable game pieces to stores, fans, volunteers, and some well-known community folk. As game pieces travel, the distances they travel will influenced the release of preview cards and could actually influence how the story of Ixalan plays out.[9]

Events[edit | edit source]

  • Prerelease Events take place on September 23, 2017
  • Magic Online Launch: September 25, 2017

Promotional Cards[edit | edit source]

Tokens and emblems[edit | edit source]

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

Raid returns from Khans of Tarkir and Crew from Kaladesh block.

There are at least two new named mechanics:

  • Explore — Reveal the top card of your library. Put that card into your hand if it's a land. Otherwise, put a +1/+1 counter on this creature, then put the card back on top or into your graveyard.
  • Tough — Whenever a creature with this ability word is dealt damage, it has some consequences.

Card types[edit | edit source]

Ixalan introduces the Treasure artifact subtype and the return of Dinosaur creature type.

Vehicles are back from the Kaladesh block in the form of pirate ships.

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Mirrored pairs[edit | edit source]

Reprinted cards[edit | edit source]

Functional Reprints[edit | edit source]

Card comparisons[edit | edit source]

Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]

Ixalan will have two planeswalker decks:

Planeswalker deck name Colors included Planeswalker
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Unknown unknown
Unknown unknown

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]