Doug Beyer (lead)|
Doug Beyer (lead)|
|Art direction||Cynthia Sheppard|
|Release date||July 17, 2020|
|46 different themes in 121 packs|
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(11 commons, 7 uncommons, 14 rares, 6 mythic rares, 40 basic lands)
(186 commons, 147 uncommons, 73 rares, 11 mythic rares)
+169 M21 cards
(79 commons, 48 uncommons, 20 rares, 7 mythic rares, 15 basic lands)
|Magic: The Gathering chronology|
Jumpstart is a supplemental Magic booster set with mostly reprints and some new cards. It was intended to be released on June 26, 2020, but this was pushed back to July 17. The set is closely tied to Core Set 2021 but is a stand-alone product. It melds an easy way of deckbuilding with the “shuffle up and play” speed of constructed. In this, it is similar to the Smash Up game of the Alderac Entertainment Group and Richard Garfield's KeyForge.
- 1 Set details
- 2 Themes and mechanics
- 3 Cycles
- 4 Notable cards
- 5 Misprints
- 6 Changes in rarity
- 7 Pack Summary cards
- 8 References
Set details[edit | edit source]
|“||Mix, Match, Mayhem||”|
Jumpstart is a new way to play Magic that mashes together themes from throughout the history of the game and lets you skip the deckbuilding part. Grab two boosters, shuffle them into a 40-card deck, and start playing. The set contains almost 500 reprints but also introduces 37 new cards that were designed to help fill out some of the themes. These are not going to be Standard-, Pioneer-, or Modern-legal cards, but are legal in Eternal formats (Legacy, Vintage, Pauper and Commander). There are no foil cards in the set. 150 cards are from Core Set 2021, and more than 400 reprints are from sets before Core Set 2021. Cards from M21 have the M21 expansion symbol, while new cards and other reprints will have the Jumpstart symbol. Reprints have a Post-M15 card frame. The new cards and cards with new art are numbered #1/78 to #78/78 (11 commons, 7 uncommons, 14 rares, 6 mythic rares, 40 basic lands). The other reprints with the Jumpstart expansion symbol are numbered #79-495 (186 commons, 147 uncommons, 73 rares, 11 mythic rares).
Jumpstart will be added to MTG Arena on July 16, 2020. Jumpstart cards on MTG Arena are legal in Historic. The way you play Jumpstart in MTG Arena is expected to be a little different from the paper release.
Marketing[edit | edit source]
Jumpstart is sold in 20-card boosters, and booster boxes contain 24 boosters. All 20 cards in a booster fit a theme, and most themes are mono-color and have multiple variations of cards included in the pack, totaling 121 different possible pack contents. Special "Mythic Rare" packs don't have variations at all, but just one possible card list and can feature multiple colors. What theme each booster contains is randomized. Most packs are singletons, but there are some instances of having two copies of a card in the pack. All boosters contain at least one rare, and one in three boosters includes an extra rare. Of the 20 cards in a pack, seven or eight are lands. One basic land (or in the case of Rainbow, Terramorphic Expanse) features art that matches the pack's theme. The planeswalker themed packs use the respective Showcase lands from M21, but the other packs use brand-new themed land art created for the set. The booster pack is wrapped like a regular pack, but the set of cards is packed in an additional plastic wrap, with a face card (the "Pack Summary card") that indicates the theme and the color of the half-deck.
Jumpstart is also available in the Jumpstart Multipack, which includes four 20-card booster packs.
The set doesn't have a limited print run and the availability of themes won't change. The set is available in English only.
Events[edit | edit source]
- Prerelease: July 17-19, 2020
- Prereleases ran all day. Each player received two Jumpstart boosters to create a deck. When they played enough matches, they earned a promo card.
Promo[edit | edit source]
Online[edit | edit source]
Jumpstart will be released on MTG Arena on July 16th. Jumpstart cards on MTG Arena will be legal in Historic. There will be slight differences with the physical version. The official physical way to play is to open four packs, and then choose how to pair them and then play with two decks. That process will play and work a little differently on MTG Arena. The card pool will be slightly different, too, since some cards don’t work so well on computers because of the way they ask the player to constantly confirm decisions, because of concerns for the Historic format, or due to technical constraints. In total, twenty cards printed in Jumpstart boosters are excluded from the MTG Arena. 
Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]
There are 46 themes that range from the familiar to the curious. Common themes are each represented four times in different variations among the 121 packs, rare themes twice, and mythic themes are represented only once. The rarity of a given pack should not be taken as an indication of power level; but rather how replayable the theme is. The variant decklists of a given theme always have the same general flavor, mana curve, and game plan. In addition to the Rainbow deck, each color features two mythic themes, three rare themes and four common themes.
^* New card.
Tokens[edit | edit source]
Jumpstart comes with neither tokens nor emblems: that said, a number of cards in the set generate tokens, so a list is provided below for reference. (A list of tokens and emblems for cards printed in Core 2021 can be found here.)
- 2/2 Cat creature for Ajani's Chosen.
- 1/1 Dog creature for Release the Dogs.
- 1/1 Human creature for Voice of the Provinces.
- 2/2 Knight creature with vigilance for Knightly Valor.
- 1/1 Soldier creature for Ironroot Warlord, Lena, Selfless Champion and Raise the Alarm.
- 2/2 Unicorn creature for Blessed Sanctuary.†
- 2/2 Drake with flying for Talrand, Sky Summoner and Talrand's Invocation.
- 1/1 Thopter artifact creature for Sharding Sphinx.
- 2/1 Cat creature for Penumbra Bobcat.†
- 1/1 Rat creature for Ogre Slumlord.
- 2/2 Zombie creature for Ghoulcaller Gisa, Ghoulcaller's Accomplice, Liliana's Reaver and Zombie Infestation.
- 1/1 Devil creature with "When this creature dies, it deals 1 damage to any target," for Dance with Devils and Zurzoth, Chaos Rider.
- 5/5 Dragon creature with flying for Lathliss, Dragon Queen.
- 1/1 Elemental creature for Young Pyromancer.
- 1/1 Goblin creature for Beetleback Chief, Dragon Fodder, Goblin Instigator, Goblin Rally and Krenko, Mob Boss.
- 2/3 Minotaur creature for Flurry of Horns and Sethron, Hurloon General.
- 3/3 Beast creature for Primeval Bounty and Thragtusk.
- 3/3 Boar creature for Brindle Shoat.
- 3/3 Dinosaur creature with trample for Thundering Spineback.
- 2/2 Elemental creature for Zendikar's Roil.
- 1/1 Elf Warrior creature for Ambassador Oak, Dwynen's Elite and Presence of Gond.
- 1/1 Saproling creature for Sporemound and Verdant Embrace.
- 1/1 Myr artifact creature for Myr Sire and Parasitic Implant.
- Food for Bake into a Pie and Tempting Witch.
- Treasure for Corsair Captain, Prosperous Pirates, Rapacious Dragon and Sailor of Means.
^† These tokens do not have paper printings as of time of release.
The following tokens are produced by cards exclusive to the digital release of Jumpstart on Arena.
- 0/1 Goat creature created by Woe Strider.
- 2/2 Pegasus creature with flying for Archon of Sun's Grace.
Cycles[edit | edit source]
Jumpstart contains two cycles of new cards.
|Hybrid legends||Emiel the Blessed ()||Inniaz, the Gale Force ()||Kels, Fight Fixer ()||Sethron, Hurloon General ()||Neyith of the Dire Hunt ()|
|Five rare or mythic rare legendary creatures, each of which has an ability requiring allied color hybrid mana.|
|Thriving lands||Thriving Heath||Thriving Isle||Thriving Moor||Thriving Bluff||Thriving Grove|
|Five common taplands. Each one taps for a given color or a color chosen when it enters the battlefield.|
Notable cards[edit | edit source]
New cards[edit | edit source]
- 1 Blessed Sanctuary
- 2 Brightmare
- 3 Emiel the Blessed
- 4 Release the Dogs
- 5 Steel-Plume Marshal
- 6 Stone Haven Pilgrim
- 7 Supply Runners
- 8 Trusty Retriever
- 9 Archaeomender
- 10 Bruvac the Grandiloquent
- 11 Corsair Captain
- 12 Inniaz, the Gale Force
- 13 Ormos, Archive Keeper
- 14 Scholar of the Lost Trove
- 19 Chained Brute
- 20 Immolating Gyre
- 21 Lightning Phoenix
- 22 Lightning Visionary
- 23 Living Lightning
- 24 Muxus, Goblin Grandee
- 25 Sethron, Hurloon General
- 26 Spiteful Prankster
- 27 Zurzoth, Chaos Rider
New art lands[edit | edit source]
- 38 Plains Legion
- 39 Plains Doctor
- 40 Plains Angels
- 41 Plains Unicorns
- 42 Plains Enchanted
- 43 Plains Heavily Armored
- 44 Plains Feathered Friends
- 45 Plains Dogs
- 46 Island Under the Sea
- 47 Island Wizards
- 48 Island Above the Clouds
- 49 Island Archaeology
- 50 Island Mill
- 51 Island Spirits
- 52 Island Pirates
- 53 Island Well-Read
- 54 Swamp Minions
- 55 Swamp Discarding
- 56 Swamp Reanimated
- 57 Swamp Rogues
- 58 Swamp Phyrexians (uses Phyrexian script)
- 59 Swamp Witchcraft
- 60 Swamp Vampires
- 61 Swamp Spooky
- 62 Mountain Dragons
- 63 Mountain Devils
- 64 Mountain Seismic
- 65 Mountain Goblins
- 66 Mountain Spellcasting
- 67 Mountain Smashing
- 68 Mountain Lightning
- 69 Mountain Minotaurs
- 70 Forest Tree-Hugging
- 71 Forest Lands
- 72 Forest Plus One
- 73 Forest Dinosaurs
- 74 Forest Cats
- 75 Forest Walls
- 76 Forest Predatory
- 77 Forest Elves
- 78 Terramorphic Expanse Rainbow
Other cards with new art[edit | edit source]
- 328 Goblin Lore
Paper and digital exclusives[edit | edit source]
Twenty cards are excluded from the MTG Arena release as a result of either their perceived power level being too high for Historic or their implementation requiring more time than was available. These 20 paper exclusive cards were replaced with 20 alternative cards when Jumpstart was released on Arena, several of which were new to Arena.
|Color||Paper variant||Online variant||Packs affected|
|Ajani's Chosen||Archon of Sun's Grace||Enchanted|
|Angelic Arbiter||Serra's Guardian||Angels|
|Path to Exile||Banishing Light||Legion|
|Read the Runes||Gadwick, the Wizened||Well-Read|
|Rhystic Study||Teferi's Ageless Insight||Well-Read|
|Thought Scour||Weight of Memory||Mill|
|Exhume||Bond of Revival||Reanimated|
|Mausoleum Turnkey||Audacious Thief||Rogues|
|Scourge of Nel Toth||Woe Strider||Reanimated|
|Sheoldred, Whispering One||Carnifex Demon‡||Phyrexian|
|Ball Lightning||Lightning Serpent‡||Lightning|
|Chain Lightning||Lightning Strike||Lightning|
|Draconic Roar||Scorching Dragonfire||Dragons|
|Flametongue Kavu||Fanatic of Mogis‡||Smashing|
|Goblin Lore||Goblin Oriflamme‡||Goblins|
|Lightning Bolt||Lightning Strike||Lightning|
|Fa'adiyah Seer||Dryad Greenseeker||Lands|
|Scrounging Bandar||Pollenbright Druid||Plus One|
|Time to Feed||Prey Upon||Predatory|
Misprints[edit | edit source]
There were several quality issues reported for Jumpstart packs. The most notable was the appearance of cards with two different card faces layered over each other. These "fused" cards resulted for basic lands in accidental dual lands that garnered high prices on the secondary market.
Changes in rarity[edit | edit source]
Shifted from the last non-precon set (mentioned in parentheses).
Common to uncommon[edit | edit source]
Common to rare[edit | edit source]
Rare to uncommon[edit | edit source]
Uncommon to common[edit | edit source]
These cards are all new to Pauper.
Pack Summary cards[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Printed on the cards
- Weekly MTG: Jumpstart!. Twitch.tv/magic (February 20, 2020).
- Wizards of the Coast (February 20, 2020). "Introducing Jumpstart: A New Way To Play Magic". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- David McCoy (February 21, 2020). "Jumpstart is a New Sealed/Preconstructed Hybrid Product, Releases July 3, 2020". Hipsters of the Coast.
- WPN. "Jumpstart Product page". Wizards Play Network.
- Wizards of The Coast (April 2, 2020). "Jumpstart Release Shifts to July 17". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (June 8, 2020). "Need I Say Core". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (February 27, 2020). "Is jumpstart more focused on 1v1 or is it also geared towards multiplayer?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (February 26, 2020). "how many packs in a booster box of Jumpstart?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Jumpstart. Amazon.com.
- WPN (June 18, 2020). "Sneak Peek: Marketing Kits for M21, Jumpstart, More". Wizards Play Network.
- Alex Wiltshire (June 16, 2020). "You might finally have time for Magic: The Gathering thanks to Jumpstart". Rockpapershotgun.com.
- Wizards of the Coast (June 17, 2020). "Jumpstart Cards Being Replaced in MTG Arena". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Heggen (June 18, 2020). "Stay Safe and Throw Lava". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Doug Beyer (June 17, 2020). "Behind the Scenes of Designing Jumpstart". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Alex Wiltshire (June 17, 2020). "Magic: The Gathering Jumpstart packs revealed: Minions and Rainbow". Rockpapershotgun.
- Wizards of the Coast (June 23, 2020). "MTG Arena: State of the Game -June 2020". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Wizards of the Coast (July 15, 2020). "Jump into Jumpstart on MTG Arena". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- MTG_OG_VA (July 18, 2020). "Opened a Jumpstart booster and got 7 Volcanic Islands in it!". Reddit.
- lupulinaddiction (July 12, 2020). "Anyone else open misprints from Jumpstart?". Reddit.