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Standard Showdown

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Standard Showdown prize booster

Standard Showdown is a Magic: The Gathering pilot program, aimed at growing local Standard communities and providing a reliable weekly setting for this format. The tournament is played in local communities after a new block release. Events must be Ranked (i.e. include at least three rounds, and at least eight players).

History[edit | edit source]

Standard Showdown was introduced in November 2016 after the release of Kaladesh.[1] The first Standard Showdowns were scheduled as 1 event per week, on eight consecutive weekends (excluding the week of Game Day). Starting with Ixalan, Game Day was abandoned and Standard Showdown would culminate in the Store Championship.[2]

Prize boosters[edit | edit source]

Basic lands with art by Rebecca Guay (Rebeccalands)
Basic lands panorama, art by Alayna Danner

Wizards of the Coast announced that they would provide special promotional prize boosters to participating stores. Initially, each prize booster containied three cards. One was a premium card from a currently legal Standard set in any any rarity (which was, in low probability, replaced by a Masterpiece Series' card) The other two cards were non-premium cards that were either a rare or a mythic rare, also from a set currently legal in Standard.

For Amonkhet, a fourth card was added: a full-art land.[3] Masterpiece Series were no longer included in prize packs.

For Hour of Devastation yet another card was added. There were now two premium foil cards: one common or uncommon and one rare or mythic rare.[4]

Starting with Ixalan, the Standard Showdown booster prizes came with a foil promo land in each booster. Those lands would feature new or highly desirable art from Magic 's history.[2]

There was no Standard Showdown for Core Set 2020. It is unclear if there wil be any new events in the future, and if Standard Showdown packs will be replaced with the WPN promo packs.

Contents[edit | edit source]

Expansion Foil 1 Foil 2 Non-foil Land Notes
Kaladesh Any rarity 2 rare or mythic rare Masterpiece Series replaces Standard Foil in 1 out of 35 packs.
Cards from Oath of the Gatewatch are not included in the non-foil slot.
Amonkhet Any rarity 2 rare or mythic rare full-art basic land in Amonkhet full-art basic land may also appear in Foil 1
Hour of Devastation 1 common or uncommon 1 rare or mythic rare 2 rare or mythic rare full-art basic land in Hour of Devastation full-art basic land may also appear in Foil 1
Ixalan 1 common or uncommon 1 rare or mythic rare 2 rare or mythic rare 1 foil basic land promo with art by Rebecca Guay 5 different basic lands (#001/005 to #005/005)
Rivals of Ixalan Any rarity 2 rare or mythic rare 1 foil basic land promo with art by Rebecca Guay 1 of 5 different basic lands (same as for Ixalan)
Dominaria Any rarity 2 rare or mythic rare 1 foil basic land from Dominaria
Core Set 2019 Any rarity 2 rare or mythic rare 1 foil basic land promo with art by Alayna Danner 5 different basic lands which line up to make one large panorama.[5]
Guilds of Ravnica Any rarity 2 rare or mythic rare 1 foil basic land promo with art by Alayna Danner 5 different basic lands (same as for Core Set 2019)
Ravnica Allegiance Any rarity 2 rare or mythic rare 1 special guild-affiliated premium foil promo basic land. 10 different basic lands, numbered A01/10 to A10/10.
These are actually Guilds of Ravnica Ravnica Weekend promos.
War of the Spark Any rarity 2 rare or mythic rare 1 special guild-affiliated premium foil promo basic land. 10 different basic lands, numbered B01/10 to B10/10.
These are actually Ravnica Allegiance Ravnica Weekend promos.

Note[edit | edit source]

Double-faced cards and cards from Masterpiece Series do not appear as a part of prize booster packs (with the exception of Kaladesh's prize packs, which Masterpiece Series' cards might appear).

Misprint[edit | edit source]

Every foil Captain's Claws from Amonkhet standard showdown packs had Goldnight Castigator's foil pattern on it.[6][7]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]