Last updated on August 13, 2020
Mountain | Illustration by Jonas De Ro
On June 23, 2020, Wizards announced that they’re bringing Amonkhet to MTG Arena, where it will be legal in Historic. They’re combining 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.
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 over.
The set was released on MTGA on August 13, 2020, so let’s dig into what’s there.
The cards are selected from the entire Amonkhet block, which was released back in 2017 in two sets: Amonkhet and Hour of Devastation.
“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
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 is 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
- -1/-1 counters
- Brick counters
- Graveyard interaction
- Split cards
WotC announced that Amonkhet Remastered will feature all the set-defining mechanics and cards, so all these are making a return:
Wildfire Eternal | Illustration by Magali Villeneuve
Spoilers and Reprints (And Leaks)
An industrious Reddit user, as usual, came through with the complete card list for Amonkhet Remastered. Analyzing all the cards that were pushed to your computer in the latest game update, it was possible to reconstruct the entire card list from the game files.
But now the set has been officially revealed, so what you see below is no longer a “leak” — it’s the full spoiler.
New Cards for Historic
These cards were also “leaked” in the latest game update. These 16 new cards will be included in Amonkhet Remastered, despite not being printed originally as regular cards in Amonkhet and Hour of Devastation (although a few were special promo invocation cards).
You can think of this as an unofficial Historic Anthology set hidden inside Amonkhet Remastered.
- Rest in Peace
- Wrath of God
- Jace, Unraveler of Secrets
- Pact of Negation
- Demonic Pact
- Wasp of the Bitter End
- Anger of the Gods
- Chandra, Pyromaster
- Zealot of the God-Pharaoh
- Collected Company
- Hornet Queen
- Lord of Extinction
- Sphinx’s Revelation
- Perilous Vault
Bounty of the Luxa | Illustration by Jonas De Ro
Where to Buy
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.
Amonkhet Remastered MTGA Events
While I’m extremely glad that we’re able to draft a new(ish) format, I’m a little sad there’s no BO3 draft available. But at least if you’re into grinding the ladder, you can attempt to rank up with BO1 Player Premier Drafts.
Entry: 1,500 gems or 10,000 gold
Max prizes: 2,200 gems, 6 packs of Amonkhet Remastered
I’ve always loved sealed and think it’s a very underrated format. However, much of this comes from your ability to sideboard extensively and to have an 84 card deck. But it’s still nice to have more play experiences available.
Entry: 2,000 gems
Max prizes: 2,200 gems, 3 packs of Amonkhet Remastered
You can always get the full details on our MTGA Events Calendar page.
Kefnet the Mindful | Illustration by Chase Stone
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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Swamp | Illustration by Jonas De Ro