Last updated on January 25, 2022

Satoru Umezawa - Illustration by Anna Pavleeva

Satoru Umezawa | Illustration by Anna Pavleeva

It’s that time again! The holiday season is behind us and it’s time to look ahead to the first Magic set of the new year.

Things are getting back to normal after the Innistrad twins and a new Standard set is slated for release at the beginning of February. But this new set is anything but ordinary. We’re revisiting a plane we haven’t seen in nearly two decades, with an electrifying new twist.

Welcome to Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. Things have changed since you were last here.

Set Details

Atsushi, the Blazing Sky - Illustration by Victor Adame Minguez

Atsushi, the Blazing Sky | Illustration by Victor Adame Minguez

Set SymbolKamigawa set symbol
Set CodeNEO
Hashtag#MTGNeon
Number of Cards302+
RaritiesTBA
MechanicsNinjutsu, ninjas, TBA

Important Dates

EventDate
Previews startJanuary 27, 2022
Full gallery availableFebruary 7, 2022
Release on MTG Arena & Magic OnlineFebruary 10, 2022
Available on Draftsim’s draft simulatorFebruary 7, 2022 (estimated)
Available on Arena TutorFebruary 10, 2022 (estimated)
Prerelease weekFebruary 11 to 17, 2022
Paper release dateFebruary 18, 2022
Launch partyFebruary 18 to 20, 2022

About the Set: The Story

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Illustration by Billy Christian

Illustration by Billy Christian

“Light it up.”

There was a distant click and whir as cooling fans kicked on. A faint buzz grew to a low droning hum of power with snaps of static and connections as energy raced through them. The sizzle of dust and dormant equipment energizing with the surge of power led into a burst of light.

As afterimages of swirling colors faded from your eyesight, you could see it worked.

WotC

Remember the Kamigawa block back in the mid-2000s? There were three sets, all of which were centered in (you guessed it) Kamigawa. Based on Japanese mythology, this block was all about “Shinto gone wrong” and focused on themes and mechanics reminiscent of feudal Japan.

But this new venture into Kamigawa is something new. “Neon Dynasty” doesn’t exactly scream Japanese mythology, after all. This time we’re seeing Kamigawa as we’ve never seen it before: a sci-fi city with new technology and a futuristic sheen.

We have yet to get any concrete details on Kamigawa’s new story, but we do know that it’s going to focus on a conflict between modernity and tradition. Modern Kamigawa features mechanized tech while traditional Kamigawa is more reminiscent of the original block.

Kaito Shizuki

The one thing we do know for sure is that we’re getting a new face: Kamigawa-native Kaito Shizuki. This new planeswalker’s origin story features a two-parter that starts when he’s just 16 years old, so make sure to catch up on that before Kamigawa’s full story is released January 24 to 27.

The Wanderer is also most likely returning as she’s featured on some of the products for the set. Maybe we’ll get some more details on her origins? Maybe even a name! We’ll just have to wait and see.

Set Mechanics

Ninjutsu

Satoru Umezawa

Ninjutsu is a returning mechanic from the original Kamigawa block. This ability is exclusive to ninja creatures, which we’ll also be seeing a lot of in Neon Dynasty.

This is an activated ability that allows you to put the ninjutsu card onto the battlefield from your hand, tapped and attacking, in exchange for the ability’s cost and returning an unblocked attacker to your hand. It’s basically a swap, one for another.

There’s also a “commander ninjutsu” ability which has the same effect except you can put the card onto the battlefield from your hand or your command zone. We probably won’t see this in the main set, but it’ll almost definitely be featured in the Kamigawa Commander decks.

Official Spoilers

December 24, 2021

Satoru Umezawa

December 16, 2021

Unofficial Spoilers / Leaks

Kamigawa‘s had a lot more of these than recent sets. Here’s our current list:

January 25, 2022

  • Shorikai, Genesis Engine
  • Kaima, the Fractured Calm
  • Chishiro, the Shattered Blade
  • Kotori, Pilot Prodigy
  • Tatsunari, Toad Rider

Commander Decks Leaked

Pictures of the two Commander preconstructed decks were also revealed on Ebay. Here they are, starting with Upgrades Unleashed:

And the second deck, Buckle Up:

January 24, 2022

  • Ao, the Dawn Sky
  • Kairi, the Swirling Sky
  • Kura, the Boundless Sky
  • Thousand-Faced Shadow

January 23, 2022

Kyodai, Soul of Kamigawa

Translation:

3W

3/3

Legendary Creature – Dragon Spirit

Flash

Flying

When Kyodai, Soul of Kamigawa enters the battlefield, another target permanent gains indestructible for as long as you control Kyodai.

WUBRG: Kyodai gets +5/+5 until end of turn.

Source: Reddit

January 20, 2022

  • Risona, Asari Commander

Another comically blurry “spoiler” leaked on Reddit. Here's a transcription:

Haste

Whenever Risona, Asari Commander deals combat damage to a player, if Risona, Asari Commander has no indestructible counters on it, put one counter on it.

Whenever combat damage is dealt to you, remove an indestructible counter from Risona.

January 18, 2022

  • Junji, the Midnight Sky

Another Reddit leak.

January 12, 2022

  • Goro-Goro, Disciple of Ryusei

This one was leaked on Reddit.

January 10, 2022

  • The Kami War
  • Jukai Trainee
  • Nezumi Prowler
  • Flame Discharge
  • Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire
  • Eiganjo Uprising
  • Kami of Transience
  • Mukotai Soulripper
  • Light-Paws, Emperor's Voice

These have been leaked in Reddit and Facebook groups.

Notable Cards

Ukiyo-e Basic Lands

These unique basic lands feature beautiful full-art treatments that pay homage to traditional Japanese woodblock printing. If you’re smitten with these gorgeous basics you can get your hands on them in Kamigawa draft, set, and collector boosters. They come in both foil and non-foil versions.

Ninja Frame

Kaito Shizuki ninja frame

Featured on Kamigawa’s fresh-faced planeswalker, ninja frames boast unique art and sharp border accents that make up a truly magnificent alternate.

Soft Glow Frame

Hidetsugu, Devouring Chaos soft glow frame

Cards with a soft glow frame also feature unique art all their own as well as a stylized border that highlights Kamigawa’s themes of the past and future coming together to make something new.

Hidetsugu Neon Ink

The neon ink treatment is unique to four versions of Hidetsugu, Devouring Chaos. These alternates feature the same art as the soft glow versions with a bright neon twist that shows off a brand-new foiling process that’s meant to really make them pop.

These four Hidetsugus are Kamigawa’s ultimate collector cards. You can only find the green, blue, and red cards in less than 1% of the set’s collector boosters. As for the yellow neon ink Hidetsugu, this bad boy will be given out as a promo card at your local WPN Premium game store.

Available Products

We don’t have all of the details on the Kamigawa products yet, so consider this a “here’s what we usually get” overview. I’ll update this as soon as we know the particulars for each product, so stay tuned for any unique cards and promos!

Draft Boosters

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty draft booster box

Draft boosters offer a pack of 16 cards that’s specifically built for Limited play. You can buy individual packs or a box of 36 boosters, and Wizards offers buy-a-box promos with exclusive cards if you opt for the bigger purchase. The Kamigawa draft boosters feature art of the new planeswalker, Kaito Shizuki.

Kamigawa draft boosters contain:

  • 1 basic land (one third will feature an Ukiyo-e basic land)
  • 10 commons
  • 3 uncommons
  • 1 rare/mythic
  • 1 marketing/token card
Magic: The Gathering Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty 3-Booster Draft Pack | 45 Magic Cards
  • 3 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty MTG Draft Boosters
  • 15 Magic cards per Draft Booster
  • 1 card of rarity Rare or higher in every pack
  • Just draft, add lands, and play
  • With cyberpunk cards full of color and chrome—the future is bright in Kamigawa

Set Boosters

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty set booster box

The bread-and-butter of set products. You can buy a box of 30 packs instead of individual boosters with their own buy-a-box promo as incentive. The Kamigawa set boosters feature art of The Wanderer, a mysterious planeswalker that we first saw in War of the Spark.

These boosters are aimed at players looking to open packs without drafting them. They have a higher average number of rares than their draft counterparts and also have cards from “the list,” a pre-curated selection of varied cards from across Magic’s long history.

Kamigawa set boosters contain:

  • 1 art card
  • 1 basic land (one third will feature an Ukiyo-e basic land)
  • 6 commons/uncommons
  • 1 unique common/uncommon
  • 2 “wild cards” (any rarity from common to mythic)
  • 1 rare/mythic
  • 1 foil card
  • 1 marketing/token card
Magic: The Gathering Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Set Booster Box | 30 Packs (360 Magic Cards)
  • 30 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Set Boosters
  • Best MTG booster to open just for fun
  • 12 Magic: The Gathering cards per booster
  • 1–4 cards of rarity Rare or higher in every booster
  • With cyberpunk cards full of color and chrome—the future is bright in Kamigawa

Collector Boosters

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty collector booster box

These packs are for the collectors out there, hence the name. Collector boosters are the product for you if you’re looking for unique and aesthetic cards to add to your collection. You can also get a box of these instead of buying individual packs just like the set and draft boosters. The Kamigawa collector boosters feature stylized art of a mechanized motorcycle.

Kamigawa collector boosters contain:

Quick note: “Special-frame” cards refer to ninja, soft glow, showcase, borderless, and extended art cards.

  • 1 extended art rare/mythic
  • 1 foil rare/mythic
  • 9 foil commons/uncommons
  • 3 special-frame cards
  • 1 Ukiyo-e basic land
  • 1 foil token
Magic: The Gathering Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Collector Booster | 15 Magic Cards
  • 15 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty MTG cards + 1 foil token
  • Shortcut to the coolest cards in Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
  • Loaded with rares, foils, and Collector Booster-exclusive special treatments
  • 5 cards of rarity Rare or higher in every pack
  • With cyberpunk cards full of color and chrome—the future is bright in Kamigawa

Theme Boosters

Kamigawa Neon Dynasty theme boosters

Theme boosters are my favorite of each set’s products. These boosters are for players who value deckbuilding most of all. They feature a selection of themed cards that just need lands to finish off a deck, or you can build around them if you’d prefer. Flavor-lovers will also appreciate these.

Each set usually comes with five different theme boosters, either by color or color combo if there’s a clear theme for them. Both Crimson Vow and Midnight Hunt broke that mold a little bit by releasing five mono-colored boosters and a 5-colored booster of the set’s main tribe (vampires and werewolves respectively), and Kamigawa is following in their footsteps with a 5-colored ninja theme booster.

Theme boosters contain 35 cards. The rarities vary between each pack with mostly commons and uncommons plus a handful of rares or mythics.

Prerelease Packs

Kamigawa Neon Dynasty prerelease pack

Prerelease packs are available during prerelease events. The idea behind this product is to give new players a look at the set and what to expect from it along with some goodies to whet your appetite for the set. The Kamigawa prerelease packs feature more art of Kaito Shizuki.

Kamigawa prerelease packs contain:

Kamigawa Bundle

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty bundle

Set bundles are what you want if the set really speaks to you. This has everything you need to get started in a new format, add to your collection, or enjoy a new set with your friends! The Kamigawa bundles sport some more art of the mysterious The Wanderer.

Kamigawa bundles contain:

  • 8 set boosters
  • 20 basic lands
  • 20 foil basic lands
  • 1 oversized spindown life counter
  • 1 foil promo card
  • 1 card storage box
Magic: The Gathering Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Bundle | 8 Set Boosters + Accessories
  • 8 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty MTG Set Boosters
  • 1 foil alt-art promo card
  • 40 basic land cards (20 foil + 20 nonfoil)
  • Spindown life counter + card storage box
  • With cyberpunk cards full of color and chrome—the future is bright in Kamigawa

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Platinum Edition Package

Kamigawa Platinum Edition backpack

Wizards has teamed up with Beadle & Grimm’s, a company known for some pretty grand Dungeons & Dragons accessories, to bring a new bundle to the table for Kamigawa. This is for players that just really want some swag since it doesn’t come with any actual Kamigawa boosters or cards. Instead you’ll get a sweet collection of Kamigawa-themed swag and accessories.

If you’ve got the coin for it, that is. The platinum edition package goes for a whopping $499 USD. It’s available for preorder right now if you want to get your hands on this.

The special Kamigawa platinum edition packages contain:

  • 1 Kamigawa-themed backpack
  • 1 sword-adorned card vault
  • 1 Kamigawa-themed neon pink deck box
  • 1 demon-themed lightning blue deck box
  • 100 black dragon sleeves
  • 100 gold dragon sleeves
  • 1 Kamigawa wall art poster
  • 5 lithographic art prints
  • 1 Kamigawa art card folio
  • 1 sidekick plush
  • 1 art-inspired spindown life counter
  • 1 LED playmat
  • 1 Kamigawa metal counter set
  • 1 demon mask necklace
  • 1 exclusive game log
  • 1 Kamigawa world map
  • 1 in-world guide to Kamigawa

Commander Decks

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Commander deck bundle

The Kamigawa EDH decks are still pretty hush-hush. All I know right now are the names and color combos. There’s Buckle Up and Upgrades Unleashed, and the combos will be Gruul () and Azorius ().

It’s a tossup as to which combo goes with which deck. We’ll just have to wait and see when we get more details, and I’ll make sure to update you here as soon as we do!

The Kamigawa Commander decks contain:

  • 1 foil-etched display commander
  • 2 foil legendaries
  • 98 other cards
  • 10 double-sided tokens
  • 1 life wheel
  • 1 deck box
Magic: The Gathering Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Commander Deck Bundle – Includes 1 Buckle Up + 1 Upgrades Unleashed | Minimal Packaging
  • Bundle of 2 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty (NEO) Commander Decks—Buckle Up + Upgrades Unleashed
  • Minimal, plastic-free packaging
  • Both ready-to-play MTG decks contain 100 Magic cards (2 traditional foil + 98 nonfoil)
  • Each deck comes with 1 foil-etched Display Commander, 10 tokens, 1 life tracker + 1 deck box
  • Decks include a total of 30 MTG cards not found in the main set—15 in each deck

MaRo’s Hints for Kamigawa Neon Dynasty

Chief designer Mark Rosewater has revealed his customary list of oblique hints for the new set. Here’s what he had to say:

First up, here are some things you can expect:

• two different pairings of creature types get tribally connected

• a black instant with “Destroy target creature or planeswalker” that can be cast for two mana

• a popular legendary creature from Champions of Kamigawa block returns in a new form

• an unnamed mechanic that cares about you having two things that Magic has had since its beginning

• finish of a five-card cycle many years in the making

• one of Tamiyo’s children gets a legendary creature card

• a new creature token with an ability not seen before on a card

• two popular cycles from Champions of Kamigawa block return each with a new twist

• a creature that makes a legendary Frog creature token

• two new Yamazakis

Next, here are some rules text that will be showing up on cards:

• “you may cast target enchantment card from your graveyard this turn.”

• “where X is the number of times this ability has resolved this turn.”

• “Whenever you cast an artifact, instant, or sorcery spell, copy that spell.”

• “The first activated ability of an artifact you activate each turn costs 2 less to activate.”

• “Then repeat this process for an enchantment and a planeswalker.”

• “You may sacrifice a permanent that shares a card type with the chosen card.”

• “you may tap any number of untapped creatures you control.”

• “The ‘legend rule’ doesn’t apply to permanents you control.”

• “that ability triggers an additional time.”

• “if it has dealt 10 or more damage to that player this turn, they lose the game.”

Finally, here are some creature type lines in the set:

• Creature – Fox Pilot

• Creature – Turtle Ninja

• Creature – Moonfolk Samurai

• Artifact Creature – Goblin Artificer

• Artifact Creature – Ogre Warrior

• Enchantment Creature – Rat Rogue

• Enchantment Creature – Egg

• Legendary Creature – Kirin Spirit

• Legendary Creature – Goblin Samurai

• Legendary Enchantment Creature – Snake Druid

Wrap Up

Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire - Illustration by ZOUNOSE

Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire | Illustration by ZOUNOSE

That’s all we know about Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty so far. It’s the age of flashing neon signs and electrifying new tech.

What are your thoughts on the set with what we’ve already seen? Are you excited for this new twist on Kamigawa, or do you wish we could go back to the way things were before? And am I the only one who’s getting a very distinct post-Silco undercity vibe from this set? Let me know in the comments down below, or find us over on Twitter to let all your innermost thoughts out for the world wide web to see.

I’ll keep you updated as new info comes out and spoiler season starts, so make sure to bookmark this page to keep yourself up to date on all things Kamigawa. Until then, keep your tinkering tools ready; I feel like we’re gonna need them!

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