Modern Horizons

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Modern Horizons
Modern Horizons logo.png
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description abstract horned head on a rhombus
Design Ethan Fleischer (co-lead)
Mark Globus (co-lead)
Alli Medwin
Nat Moes (hackathon only)
Mike Majors
Mark Rosewater
Development Adam Prosak (co-lead)
Mark Globus (co-lead)
Dan Musser
Jules Robins
Mike Turian
Sam Stoddard
Tom Ross
Art direction Cynthia Sheppard
Release date June 14, 2019
Plane Various[1]
Themes and
mechanics
Modern power level, hybrid mana, pitch spells, slivers, snow, the untap symbol
Keywords and/
or ability words
Buyback, cascade, changeling, convoke, cycling, devour, echo, entwine, flashback, hellbent, kicker, level up, modular, monstrosity, ninjutsu, overload, persist, proliferate, protection, replicate, retrace, shroud, splice, storm, suspend, threshold, unearth, vanishing
Set size 254 + 1
Expansion code MH1[2]
Development codename Contemporary[3]
New-to-Modern sets
Modern Horizons N/A N/A
Magic: The Gathering chronology
War of the Spark Modern Horizons Signature Spellbook: Gideon

Modern Horizons is a Magic booster set which will be released on June 14, 2019.[4] Modern Horizons is the Innovation Product for 2019, and is designed to be drafted.[5]

Set details[edit | edit source]

MH1 Snow land.jpg

Modern Horizons contains 254 cards (5 snow-covered basic lands, 101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, 15 mythic rares), and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all these cards. In addition, there is a Buy-a-Box card numbered #255/254. This set introduced new cards into Modern without them ever being legal in Standard. It contains 209 new cards and (excepting the snow basics[6]) only reprints which previously weren't legal in Modern.[7] For this, it was rigorously playtested by Play Design.[8] The Buy-a-Box card is also a new-to-Modern reprint. The powerful new card options, some with old mechanics, are mixed with flavorful updates for favorite characters.[9] The snow-covered basic lands appear in the land slot of Modern Horizons boosters.

Modern Horizons was originally dubbed as "Timespiral / Planar Chaos 2" in concept due to set complexity.[10] Mark Rosewater has called it a a "love letter" to the Time Spiral block.[10] It isn't an entry level set because of its many returning mechanics.

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Modern Horizons is sold in 17-card boosters (one card being a double-faced token, and one being an art card), and in a Draft Pack. The boosters feature horizontal artwork from Ayula, Queen Among Bears and Serra the Benevolent. The set will be printed for as long as demand holds.[11] It will release on Magic Online on June 13, with a booster price of $6.99 (regular booster packs cost $3.99). It will not be featured on MTG Arena.[12]

Prerelease[edit | edit source]

Prerelease takes place on June 8–9, 2019.

Promotional cards[edit | edit source]

Tokens / Emblem[edit | edit source]

The sixteenth card in the boosters is a double-faced token creature card or an emblem:[13]

  1. {W} 4/4 Angel creature with flying and vigilance for Serra the Benevolent.
  2. {W} 1/1 Bird creature with flying for Battle Screech.
  3. {U}
  4. {B}
  5. {R} 1/1 Elemental creature for Seasoned Pyromancer.
  6. {R} 3/1 Elemental creature with trample and haste for Force of Rage.
  7. {R} 1/1 Goblin creature for Goblin War Party and Sling-Gang Lieutenant.
  8. {G} 2/2 Bear creature for Ayula's Influence and Mother Bear.
  9. {G} 3/3 Elephant creature for Generous Gift.
  10. {G} 1/1 Squirrel creature for Deep Forest Hermit and Squirrel Nest.
  11. {C} 0/0 Construct artifact creature with "This creature gets +1/+1 for each artifact you control" for Urza, Lord High Artificer.
  12. {C} 3/3 Golem artifact creature for Splicer's Skill.
  13. Emblem for Serra the Benevolent.
  14. Emblem for Wrenn and Six.

Modern Horizons Art Series[edit | edit source]

Mox Tantalite art card
Back side of the art card

The seventeenth card in the boosters is a card with horizontal art from one of the cards in the set.[13] The card back is mostly blank, with some collector's info. There are 54 different art cards.

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

There are no new mechanics in Modern Horizons.[14] Instead, the set features more than forty non-evergreen returning mechanics.[15] R&D decided that the set could use any mechanic already in Modern up to Dragons of Tarkir.[16]

A major mechanic is Changeling, used to make a cohesive set (like it was used in Lorwyn before.[17] Snow is also a major mechanic.

With Splicer's Skill. the set introduces a long-awaited variant from "Splice onto Arcane" with "Splice onto instant or sorcery" (As you cast an instant or sorcery spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card’s effects to that spell.).

Other returning mechanics are: buyback, cascade, convoke, cycling, devour, echo, entwine, flashback, hellbent, hybrid mana, kicker, level up, modular, monstrosity, ninjutsu, overload, persist, pitch spells, proliferate, protection, replicate, retrace, shroud, storm, suspend, threshold, unearth, the untap symbol, and vanishing.

Modern Horizons features the following limited archetypes:[13]

Card types[edit | edit source]

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Modern Horizons has at least four cycles.

Single cycles[edit | edit source]

Cycle name Description and notes {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Forces Each of these rare spells has an alternate casting cost that includes exiling a card of its color if it is not the player's turn. Force of Virtue Force of Negation Force of Despair Force of Rage Force of Vigor
Slivers One monocolored uncommon Sliver of each color. Scuttling Sliver Dregscape Sliver Hollowhead Sliver Tempered Sliver
Snow-covered lands Each of these basic lands has the snow supertype. They were reprinted from Ice Age and Coldsnap. Snow-Covered Plains Snow-Covered Island Snow-Covered Swamp Snow-Covered Mountain Snow-Covered Forest
Cycle name Description and notes {W/B} {U/R} {B/G} {R/W} {G/U}
Horizon lands Each of these rare pain lands can be sacrificed to draw a card by paying {1}. They form an enemy colored cycle mirroring Horizon Canopy from Future Sight.[19][20] Silent Clearing Fiery Islet Nurturing Peatland Sunbaked Canyon Waterlogged Grove

Double cycles[edit | edit source]

Cycle name {W/U} {U/B} {B/R} {R/G} {G/W} {W/B} {U/R} {B/G} {R/W} {G/U}
Uncommon signposts TBA TBA Munitions Expert TBA Good-Fortune Unicorn Etchings of the Chosen Thundering Djinn TBA Lavabelly Sliver Abominable Treefolk
Description and notes: Ten uncommon spells, each one a signpost for its respective archetype.

Reprints[edit | edit source]

About 15% of the cards in the set are reprints.[21] Except for basic snow lands these cards are Modern legal for the first time.[6]

Card First Printed Last Seen Notes
Altar of Dementia Tempest Conspiracy
Battle Screech Judgment Vintage Masters New art
Choking Tethers Onslaught Masters 25 New art
Crypt Rats Visions Seventh Edition
Diabolic Edict Tempest Masters 25
Dismantling Blow Invasion Commander 2018 Common to Uncommon
Elvish Fury Tempest Tempest Remastered New art
Exclude Invasion Masters 25
Fact or Fiction Invasion Commander Anthology Volume II
Firebolt Odyssey Duel Decks: Mind vs. Might Common to Uncommon
Flusterstorm Commander Magic Online Promos
Genesis Judgment New art
Goblin Matron Portal Second Age Duel Decks Anthology New art
Lava Dart Judgment New art
Man-o'-War Visions Masters 25
Nimble Mongoose Odyssey Eternal Masters
Pillage Alliances Masters 25
Prohibit Invasion Duel Decks: Jace vs. Vraska
Regrowth Alpha Masters 25
Snow-Covered Forest Ice Age Coldsnap Full-art
Snow-Covered Island Ice Age Coldsnap Full-art
Snow-Covered Mountain Ice Age Coldsnap Full-art
Snow-Covered Plains Ice Age Coldsnap Full-art
Snow-Covered Swamp Ice Age Coldsnap Full-art
Spore Frog Prophecy
Squirrel Nest Odyssey Conspiracy
Wing Shards Scourge Iconic Masters

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

Callbacks[edit | edit source]

Card Inspired by Notes
Archmage's Command Cryptic Command
Astral Drift Astral Slide
Ayula's Influence Seismic Assault Colorshifted red to green
Bazaar Trademage Bazaar of Baghdad
Cabal Therapist Cabal Therapy
Chillerpillar Giant Caterpillar
Changeling Outcast Tormented Soul
Deep Forest Hermit Deranged Hermit
Dregscape Sliver Dregscape Zombie
Fists of Flame First ever mentioning of Jared Carthalion (the Shadow Mage) in the flavor text.[22]
Force of Despair Force of Will and Cradle to Grave
Force of Negation Force of Will and Negate
Force of Rage Force of Will and Akoum Stonewaker
Force of Vigor Force of Will and Naturalize
Force of Virtue Force of Will and Glorious Anthem
Generous Gift Beast Within Colorshifted green to white.[20]
Giver of Runes Mother of Runes
Goatnap Goatnapper
Goblin Engineer Goblin Tinkerer and Goblin Welder
Good Fortune Unicorn Juniper Order Ranger
Headless Specter Hypnotic Specter References Hymn to Tourach in the flavor text.
Ice-Fang Coatl Baleful Strix and Winged Coatl
Impostor of the Sixth Pride Blade of the Sixth Pride
King of the Pride Savannah Lions References the The Love Song of Night and Day in the flavor text.
Lightning Skelemental Ball Lightning and Blightning
Lesser Masticore Masticore
Mox Tantalite Lotus Bloom
Nature's Chant Naturalize and Disenchant
Plague Engineer Engineered Plague
Planebound Accomplice Sneak Attack
Pondering Mage Ponder
Prismatic Vista Terramorphic Expanse
Ranger-Captain of Eos Ranger of Eos
Ravenous Giant Juzám Djinn Colorshifted black to red
Savage Swipe Savage Punch
Seasoned Pyromancer Young Pyromancer
Serra the Benevolent Serra Aviary, Serra Angel, and Worship [20]
Sisay, Weatherlight Captain Captain Sisay
Sling-Gang Lieutenant Siege-Gang Commander
Splicer's Skill Master Splicer And all other Splicer cards + the splice mechanic.[20]
Springbloom Druid Harrow
Stream of Thought Stream of Consciousness and Train of Thought
Sword of Truth and Justice Enemy colored Mirran swords mega-mega cycle.
Tempered Sliver Slith Predator
Thundering Djinn References Brainstorm and Lightning Bolt in the flavor text.
Umezawa's Charm Umezawa's Jitte[20]
Undead Augur Corpse Augur
Urza, Lord High Artificer Temporal Aperture and Tolarian Academy Karn, Scion of Urza (Urza's creation) is producing the same artifact tokens.
Wall of One Thousand Cuts Wall of Swords
Winds of Abandon Path to Exile and Cyclonic Rift
Zhalfirin Decoy Master Decoy

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater (March 03, 2019). "Will Modern Horizons be like a Core Set where it takes place on multiple planes?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Printed on the card frame
  3. Mark Rosewater (March 11, 2019). "Can you tell us now what was the Modern Horizons set codename?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  4. Blake Rasmussen (February 28, 2019). "Announcing Modern Horizons". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (May 20, 2019). "Modern Sensibilities". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. a b Mark Rosewater (May 19, 2019). "IIRC It was mention that only five cards in Horizons were already in Modern.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  7. Mark Rosewater (March 09, 2019). "Modern Horizons has the restriction of "All re-prints have to be non-modern-legal cards."". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  8. Mark Rosewater (February 28, 2019). "Is modern horizons something you can do now because of play design?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  9. Mark Rosewater (February 28, 2019). "Can you explain to someone who doesn't play modern what's so innovative and exciting about modern horizons?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  10. a b Emma Partlow (April 28, 2019). "Interesting thoughts from Maro's Q&A at MtGLondon.". Twitter.
  11. Mark Rosewater (February 28, 2019). "Will Modern Horizons be a limited print run or printed for as long as demand holds?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  12. Mark Rosewater (May 19, 2019). "Glad to see you guys still supporting the older platform!". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  13. a b c Weekly MTG: Modern Horizons on Twitch
  14. Mark Rosewater (May 18, 2019). "Will Modern Horizons have any new Keywords?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  15. Mark Rosewater. Twitter (May 19, 2019).
  16. Mark Rosewater (May 19, 2019). "Can you tell us the year the newest mechanic in Modern Horizons is?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  17. a b Mark Rosewater (May 20, 2019). "Modern Sensibilities". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Cynthia Sheppard (May 22, 2019). "A Sliver of Direction". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  19. Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa (May 21, 2019). "Land on the Horizon". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  20. a b c d e Ethan Fleischer (May 23, 2019). "A Magic Set About Magic: The Gathering". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  21. Mark Rosewater (May 19, 2019). "Can you give us an idea of how many new cards vs. reprint-to-Modern cards are in Modern Horizons?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  22. Ethan Fleischer (May 23, 2019). "We wanted to sprinkle in some obscure Easter eggs for the truly obsessed, longtime storyline goobs.". Twitter.

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