Last updated on September 26, 2023

Arclight Phoenix - Illustration by Slawomir Maniak

Arclight Phoenix | Illustration by Slawomir Maniak

Following the recent trend of old set remasters that now includes Time Spiral Remastered and Dominaria Remastered, WotC recently announced the set Ravnica Remastered for 2024. The set should give us a nice dose of nostalgia with the opportunity to once again play with old and forgotten cards and fan favorites.

Even better, we’ll also get the opportunity to get MTG staples for cheap (hello shocklands) and in retro frames. I basically returned to MTG alongside the much-awaited Return to Ravnica, so these sets are near and dear to my heart. I know that many, many MTG players are also excited for this set, so let’s see what Ravnica Remastered has to offer.

Let’s get started!

Ravnica Remastered Basic Information

Hallowed Fountain | Illustration by Rob Alexander

Hallowed Fountain | Illustration by Rob Alexander

Set Details

Set SymbolRavnica Remastered Set Symbol
Set CodeRVR
Hashtag#MTGRavnica
Number of CardsTBA
RaritiesCommon, uncommon, rare and mythic rare.
MechanicsTBA

Important Dates 

EventDate
Previews startDecember 19, 2023
Full gallery availableTBA
Available on Draftsim's Draft simulatorTBA
Friday Night Magic and In-Store EventsJanuary 12, 2023
Global ReleaseJanuary 12, 2023

About the Set: The Story

Farseek - Illustration by Martina Pilcerova

Farseek | Illustration by Martina Pilcerova

Ravnica is a much-beloved plane in MTG’s history. It’s directly responsible for the ten-color pair scheme we know and love, as well as the naming of the ten color pairs (you know, Dimir, Rakdos, Selensya, and so on). Ravnica Remastered aims to reprint cards from all sets based on the plane of Ravnica, giving players not only a way to acquire MTG staples but also delivering a cohesive draft environment. The set will include reprints from the following sets:

  • Ravnica: City of Guilds
  • Guildpact
  • Dissension
  • Return to Ravnica
  • Gatecrash
  • Dragon’s Maze
  • Guilds of Ravnica
  • Ravnica Allegiance
  • War of the Spark

Speculation

All of these considerations are wild speculation based on my guesses, opinions read online in forums, Reddit communities, and the like.

Ravnica sets have always followed the guild model, and this set will be no exception. Each guild in Ravnica has a distinct feel and theme (spellslinger in Izzet , big creatures in Gruul , graveyard matters in Golgari ) and here we’ll see at least 10 different viable color pairs, as well as good mana fixing for 3-color decks.

One aspect that remains to be seen is how the designers will mix and match the guild mechanics. Selesnya has convoke and populate, while Izzet has replicate, jump-start and overload. Previous Ravnica sets had only one mechanic per guild, but since this is a remaster I expect it to combine a lot of different guild mechanics.

Gates will probably be a theme with all 10 guildgates and reprints of gates-matter cards like Guild Summit and Gate Colossus.  

Ravnica sets have plenty of valuable cards worth reprinting, but the weird thing is, most of these have already been reprinted in Commander Masters. Doubling Season, Smothering Tithe, Cyclonic Rift and Finale of Devastation just got reprinted among many others, and I think there’s a good chance these will be reprinted in Ravnica Remastered too. On the other hand, Cloudstone Curio is expensive and desperately needs a reprint, so it’s a safe bet that the card will get into the set. 

Since Commander is a huge part of MTG right now, I fully expect Ravnica guild leaders (Niv-Mizzet, Varolz, Lazav) to get reprints with alternative art frames.

Official Spoilers

Unofficial Spoilers/Leaks

Notable Cards

Arclight Phoenix

Arclight Phoenix Retro-Frame

Arclight Phoenix gets reprinted with the retro frame, and this time as a rare. As a 3/2 haste flyer that keeps coming back from the graveyard, the card sees play in many competitive formats like Explorer, Pioneer, and Modern.

Krenko, Mob Boss

Krenko, Mob Boss

Krenko, Mob Boss is an awesome goblin commander and goblin staple that churns out countless goblin tokens. Since it is a Ravnica denizen, it’s fair that it got reprinted.

Shock lands

The shock lands are back! The full suite of all 10 shocklands are available in Ravnica Remastered, and with special treatments! For each given shock, you have the option of your standard printing, a retro-frame version, or a full-art! Something for everybody, and a further drop in price no doubt.

Available Products

Draft Boosters

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It wouldn’t be a proper draft set without, well, No products found.! These are your classic, run-of-the-mill packs made for Limited.

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Collector Boosters

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No products found.Collector Boosters are the top-end of packs. These special versions contain 15 cards in each pack, and always have 4-5 retro frame cards, a bunch of foils, and multiple rares! if your goal is to rip open some retro-bordered classics like shocklands, these are the way to go.

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Wrap-Up

Overgrown Tomb - Illustration by Rob Alexander

Overgrown Tomb | Illustration by Rob Alexander

All the Ravnica sets are very important to MTG overall, and the original Ravnica set paved the way for what MTG is today. The plane of Ravnica is much beloved to players and I’m sure we’ll love this product. The thing that makes me most excited about this product is to see how WotC will crack this puzzle of mixing Ravnica blocks, making a set that’s cohesive in Limited.

Here’s also hoping that gold cards have a nice rarity downshift, so we can see previous gold uncommons as draft commons, or Mythic guild leaders as rare cards. What do you expect to see in this set? Let me know in the comments section below or leave a message at our Draftsim Discord.

Thanks for reading folks, and I hope you’re as excited for this set as I am!

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