Last updated on February 6, 2023
Frantic Inventory | Illustration by Aaron Miller
Did you open a card from an outside set in a set booster and wonder where it came from? Well, the short answer is, The List!
Today I’ll be going over what exactly this 300-card long list is, where you can find the cards in it, and what cards are even on it. Let’s just jump right in!
What is The List?
Press for Answers | Illustration by Steve Prescott
The List is a rotating list of 300 cards that can be opened in set boosters. These cards have a 25% chance to be opened in in the marketing card slot. They’re printed with the same art, frame, set symbol, and collector number as when the card was first printed except with a planeswalker symbol in the lower-left corner, just like Mystery Booster cards.
The List contains every card rarity and each card appears with the same frequency as if it were in a regular booster. If a card is on The List and you open it in a Standard set booster, that doesn’t make it legal in Standard. The List also changes from set to set.
The List also contains Universes Beyond cards like Rick, Steadfast Leader reprinted with Magic-themed artwork.
Why Does The List Exist?
There are lots of reasons for The List’s existence. The first is pretty simple: it’s a cool surprise to find cards like Ancient Tomb in a regular, Standard-legal booster pack. WotC is looking to give you a chance for something a bit unexpected in the world of online spoilers and set lists.
The second reason is to have a place where Wizards can reprint cards that come from sets and Secret Lairs that are part of Universes Beyond with Magic-themed artwork without impacting their scarcity too much.
The List also helps WotC reprint some of the more sought-after cards in Magic without affecting the draft integrity of other sets. This is especially true for cards that tend to warp their draft environment like Ancient Tomb or Mana Crypt.
Where Can You Find Cards from The List?
The only place where you can find cards from The List is set boosters from Zendikar Rising forward. The sets that contain cards from The List are:
- Zendikar Rising
- Strixhaven: School of Mages
- Modern Horizons 2
- D&D: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
- Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
- Innistrad: Crimson Vow
- Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
- Streets of New Capenna
The Current Complete List
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty featured the latest update to The List. Here’s what the new set list looks like:
History of The List
The List started with Zendikar Rising and has changed for every set since. Here I’ll be looking at what cards were added and removed with each instance of The List.
Spoils of Adventure | Illustration by Zezhou Chen
The inception of The List. The first 300 cards were added with no removals (obviously).
Rampage of the Valkyries | Illustration by Billy Christian
The first update to The List came with Kaldheim.
Aether Helix | Illustration by Torstein Nordstrand
Modern Horizons 2
Prophetic Titan | Illustration by Slawomir Maniak
Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures In The Forgotten Realms
Skeletal Swarming | Illustration by Svetlin Velinov
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
Siphon Insight | Illustration by Livia Prima
Innistrad: Crimson Vow
Hullbeaker Horror | Illustration by Svetlin Velinov
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
Moonsnare Specialist Illustration by Lie Setiawan
Streets of New Capenna
Void Rend Illustration by Rovina Cai
Shivan Devastator | Illustration by Brent Hollowell
The Brothers’ War
Myrel, Shield of Argive | Illustration by Ryan Pancoast
Phyrexia: All Will Be One
Migloz, Maze Crusher | Illustration by Zezhou Chen
How Many Cards Are on The List?
The List always contains exactly 300 cards.
How Often Does The List Change or Update?
The List has changed for every set containing set boosters so far and is likely to continue to do so.
How Are the Cards Different from Their Original Version?
For non-Magic: Universes Beyond cards, they’re only different from their original printing in that they have a planeswalker symbol in the bottom left corner. Take a look at the small white planeswalker symbol on the bottom left of Animate Dead to the left:
Universes Beyond and The List
The List contains Magic-themed reprints of cards from Universes Beyond sets. These appear more often than other cards for a time and serve as functional equivalents of the original Universes Beyond cards, much like the Kaiju themed cards in Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths.
Does The List Exist on MTGA?
Since Arena doesn’t have set boosters, you can’t get cards from The List on the digital platform. The packs that you open in MTGA are booster packs, not set packs. That being said, any cards from The List that exist in Arena can be crafted with wildcards.
Reactions to The List
First Response | Illustration by Slawomir Maniakby
The List is a relatively controversial addition to Magic. Some players see it as a way to get reprints of rare cards while others view it in a more cynical light, feeling that The List will do little but provide an excuse to not reprint these cards in sets. Lots of people also don’t like the fact that Universes Beyond cards are only printed on The List after their non-Magic-themed version comes out. They feel like this lowers the game’s thematic and artistic integrity.
I feel like The List is an extremely cool concept. Who doesn’t want to pull a card from 15 years ago in their booster pack? But there are some issues with its current implementation. The chances of you pulling a mythic rare off of The List is 1/1250 per booster thanks to the fact that they’re as rare as they are in regular boosters, except you’re only getting one list card in each set booster. This means that The List reprints do next to nothing to affect the price of the most sought-after cards at the mythic rarity.
All in all, I feel like The List is a very welcome addition to Magic. At the same time I hope that its implementation skews more towards providing meaningful reprints in the future.
End Hostilities | Illustration by Jason Rainville
That’s all there is to know about The List, the cards on it, and where you can find them! What are your thoughts on the whole thing? Do you think it’s good for Magic? Bad for it? Let us know in the comments down below, or head on over to our Discord if you’re looking for more of a discussion.
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