|This article documents an upcoming release.|
|Release date||July 3, 2020|
|46 different themes|
or ability words
|Set size||500+ cards|
|Magic: The Gathering chronology|
Jumpstart is a supplemental Magic booster set with mostly reprints and some new cards. It will be released on July 3, 2020. The set is closely tied to Core Set 2021 (that releases the same day) but it 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.
Set details[edit | edit source]
|“||A New Way To Play Magic||”|
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 reprint but also introduces 37 new cards that were designed to help fill out some of the themes. These will not be Standard-, Pioneer-, or Modern-legal cards, but will be legal in Eternal formats (Legacy, Vintage, and Commander). There are no foil cards in the set. 120 or so cards are from Core Set 2021, and more than 400 reprints are from sets before Core Set 2021. Cards from M21 will have the M21 expansion symbol, while new cards and other reprints will have the Jumpstart symbol. Reprints will have a Post-M15 card frame.
Jumpstart will be added to MTG Arena later in 2020. Jumpstart cards on MTG Arena will be 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 instances 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, seven or eight will be lands. One basic land features art that matches the pack's theme. A few of them use thematically appropriate lands from M21, but most of them 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.
The set won’t have a limited print run and the availability of themes won’t change. The set will be available in English only.
Events[edit | edit source]
- Prerelease: June 20-21.
- Prereleases will be run all day. Each player will get two Jumpstart boosters to create a deck. Play enough matches to earn a promo card.
Promos[edit | edit source]
Tokens / Emblems[edit | edit source]
Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]
There are 46 themes that range from the familiar to the curious.
Common themes are:
Mythic rare themes are:
Cycles[edit | edit source]
Changes in rarity[edit | edit source]
Notable cards[edit | edit source]
New cards[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- 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.
- 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.