Throne of Eldraine is coming: how rotation will work in MTGA?

Throne of Eldraine will be released very soon, so we have a lot of updates from the devs. Let’s see what we’ll have just in few week!


Throne of Eldraine‘s release is just around the corner and with it our Standard set rotation. Rotation is an exciting, once-a-year refresh of Standard where the environment is shaken up—when the fall set releases, the four oldest sets in Standard rotate out.


This means that in a few short weeks, Standard will bid farewell to the IxalanRivals of IxalanDominaria, and Core Set 2019 card sets, as we welcome Throne of Eldraine to the MTG Arena family.

Throne of Eldraine, if you haven’t heard, is a new world featuring an Arthurian Legend and fairy-tale aesthetic with Magic‘s signature twists. Its addition to MTG Arena promises to shake up the Standard format.

With the game update, we’ll add more information in-game for players, because we want to be extra sure that everyone is prepared for the exciting times ahead.

FAQ about rotation

  • Standard 2020 – Rotation will happen on MTG Arena with the release of Throne of Eldraine on September 26.
  • No Collection Resets – There will be no reset, wipe, or removal of cards from your collection. Those cards will still be yours to play with in non-Standard formats!
  • Historic Play – Just because some cards are leaving Standard doesn’t mean you can’t play with them! In November, we will be launching Historic, a deep format for experienced players that leverages MTG Arena‘s digital playground and a growing catalog of Magic cards.



With a new card set, on a new Plane, and a new Standard environment, we want to give you a warm welcome to Throne of Eldraine. This means special events and rewards leading up to its release on MTG Arena, and then we keep the party going with even more earnable rewards after September 26.


Starting on September 9, we’ll be holding special Standard 2020 events that will help you get ready for the new Standard. These events will allow you to play with decks only using cards from Guilds of Ravnica forward. As we head into Throne of Eldraine preview season, this is the perfect opportunity to brew some decks while keeping an eye on the new cards you may wish to add when the set releases on September 26.

These events will have no entry fee, will be available in Best-of-One and Ranked Best-of-One match structures, every two consecutive wins will reward you 200 Mastery XP, and you can play them as many times as you like. Looking for a way to catch up on your Core Set 2020 Mastery pass, or maybe finish off those last few levels? Play. As. Many. Times. As. You. Like.

Speaking of, consider this your friendly reminder that the Core Set 2020 Set Mastery will end at 4 a.m. PT (11:00 UTC) on September 26!


Players who’ve logged in to MTG Arena prior to September 26 will also have a special renewal gift waiting for them: 10 rare or higher individual card rewards (ICRs) from the Standard 2020 sets, including Throne of Eldraine. A new set release also means a new Set Mastery, and our renewal gift extends to this as well. We’ll be adding additional rewards to the first 25 levels in the form of uncommon ICRs and booster packs, and these additional rewards will be available to all renewal gift recipients—no Mastery Pass required!

Again, these renewal gifts are only available for players who have logged in prior to September 26 to help kick-start their new Standard collection. We’re not joking when we say now more than ever is a great time to play!


Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t call out that the Throne of Eldraine preorder will also be available starting September 4. As with previous preorders, for a limited time only, you’ll be able to purchase 50 Throne of Eldraine booster packs for $49.99 USD/€50.00. You’ll also receive a card style for redacted, as well as a card sleeve you’ll be able to use as soon as your order is confirmed.

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