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Mountain from Amonkhet MTG card art

Mountain | Illustration by Jonas De Ro

On June 23, 2020, Wizards announced that they’ll be bringing Amonkhet to MTG Arena, where it will be legal in Historic. They’ll combine two sets from the 2017 block (Amonkhet and Hour of Devastation) into one remastered set, only available on MTGA.

We won’t be getting all of the cards, though. Instead, a selection of 340 will be added to Arena’s Historic roster, hence the “Remastered” bit. So, technically not a new set, but it’s most definitely new for Arena.

With that in mind, let’s dive in to all the information available about this release right here and now.

Basic Information

Important Dates

Forest | Illustration by Titus Lunter

About the Set

As early as March 5, 2020, WotC gave us a clue that Amonkhet cards would be coming to MTG Arena. They didn’t mention a specific date at the time, only that they would be making decisions on certain cards with the goal of bringing Amonkhet to Arena. Now, that wait is almost over.

The set will be released to MTGA on August 13, 2020, so it’s slowly starting to be time to get excited about the release.

The cards will be a selection from the entire Amonkhet block, which was released back in 2017 in two sets: Amonkhet and Hour of Devastation.

The cards will be legal in MTGA’s Historic and (future) Pioneer formats as well as Draft and Sealed events. It’ll be interesting to see what card selection Wizards has made for the occasion. Here’s a look at what they’ve said on the topic in the July State of the Game:

This is the first time we’re remastering sets for MTG Arena, and it will be more than a combined re-release. Expect Amonkhet Remastered to bring the set-defining cards and iconic mechanics you remember from both Amonkhet and Hour of Devastation but with updated gameplay to make this a fun and fresh experience for all of our players, even if you were able to experience this block in its original form during Closed Beta.”

Wizards of the Coast

Bontu the Glorified | Illustration by Chase Stone

Background Info

Some of you may have been playing MTG Arena since its inception. If that’s the case, you might have been lucky enough to play with Amonkhet cards during the beta. “What’s this, you say? The beta?”

Yes, you heard me right. WotC originally released the Amonkhet block in Arena back when it was still in beta. It was part of the game for a while until, one day after an update, poof! Gone.

This was because, at the time, when WotC switched MTGA to a new system/technology, they hadn’t migrated the code for the Amonkhet cards. Just kind of forgot about it? Or likely too much effort. Pretty weird, but fun trivia nonetheless.

Of course, Wizards has wanted to add Amonkhet to MTG Arena for a long time. They had the code lying around anyway, might as well use it, right? So, they’re doing it with an MTG Arena first: a remastered set. Amonkhet Remastered is born.

Oketra’s Last Mercy | Illustration by Howard Lyon

Amonkhet Remastered Flavor

The flavor for this set will be very similar if not identical to the original Amonkhet block. They’re the same cards, after all. With that in mind, you can expect to “rise among the worthy, once again.”

Egypt was the inspiration for the two original sets and Amonkhet Remastered will follow suit. You can expect to see cartouches, gods, deserts, pyramids, and searing heat once more in all their glory. Nicol Bolas’ glory that is. It wouldn’t be a true devastation party without him, of course.

Of course, we’re proud to see the mascot for our app, Arena Tutor, back for another appearance.

So get ready to replay all your favorites with all-new animations specially made for Arena. Oh, what a fun party it will be!

Imminent Doom | Illustration by Daniel Ljunggren

Themes and Mechanics

Themes

  • -1/-1 counters
  • Brick counters
  • Discarding
  • Graveyard interaction
  • Split cards

Mechanics

WotC announced that Amonkhet Remastered will feature all the set-defining mechanics and cards, so you can expect to see these make a return:

  • Afflict
  • Aftermath
  • Cycling
  • Embalm
  • Eternalize
  • Exert

Wildfire Eternal | Illustration by Magali Villeneuve

Spoilers and Reprints (Major Leaks Ahead)

While no spoilers have been officially revealed yet, as usual an industrious Reddit user has come through. Analyzing all the cards that were pushed to your computer in the latest game update, it is possible to deduct almost the entire card list. If you want to see it… just click the button below.

White

Blue

Black

Red

Green

Multicolor

Colorless

Lands

New Cards for Historic?

These cards were also “leaked” in the latest game update. It's not clear to me whether these are actually in the set Amonkhet Remastered or will just be made available to Historic through other means, like another Historic Anthology set.

In the July 15, 2020 announcement, Wizards said to look out for the August 6 for more info. This might also include a few sneak-peeks into some cards that will be included in Amonkhet Remastered. Fingers crossed, and don’t forget to check back closet to release for all the spoilers and reprints you could want!

Bounty of the Luxa | Illustration by Jonas De Ro

Where to Buy

As mentioned before, this won’t be a physical product. The set will be released on MTGA only. In the Arena store you’ll be able to get your hands on packs for the typical gold or gem price that you’re used to.

Kefnet the Mindful | Illustration by Chase Stone

Final Thoughts

The re-issue of the set in digital form is promising to be a fun event with updated gameplay that everyone will be able to enjoy. So, whether you’re a returning player who has seen the original release, or you’re just stepping into the world of Magic, this will no doubt be something you’ll enjoy. Is there a better reason than that to log on and start playing? I didn’t think so, either.

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That’s all for now. Stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll see you on the next one!

Swamp | Illustration by Jonas De Ro

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