By Cody Perez
August 30, 2019
August is coming to an end, and with it, the end of summer is near. This means that fall is coming with all of its autumnal goodies including Pumpkin Spice Lattes, leaves changing colors, the weather cooling down, and, of course, the long-awaited release of the Magic: The Gathering expansion Throne of Eldraine.
The fall expansion has the community excited for what it’s going to be like since it is the final expansion for the card game for the year. Though we have few details about the cards and overall set up of the new expansion, we did get one new detail announced today.
This is an important detail, too, as we now know the official MTG Arena Throne of Eldraine release date. Though we have known the release date for the physical cards in the tabletop form, we have been waiting for the digital game’s release.
Typically, this year, Wizards of the Coast has been great about releasing the digital card versions on Arena and its older sibling game Magic Online before the release of the actual physical cards in retail stores around the world. Because of this, we expected an earlier release date, but now we know for sure.
The official MTG Arena Throne of Eldraine release date is set for Thursday, September 26, 2019. That puts it at just over a week before the launch of the tabletop cards in stores and just before the prerelease campaign that will be happening the weekend before the retail release.
The MTG Arena Throne of Eldraine release date ensures that the fall expansion will come after the start to fall in North America, and will be a great way to usher in the rest of the year. With its release, there will be some massive changes to the overall rotation for the card game then as well.
This release date isn’t just going to be mean potentially hundreds of new cards to check out and collect, but also the overall metagame will change significantly, and players will need to adjust accordingly. The fall release of MTG Arena Throne of Eldraine marks the launch of the new rotation for the game both physically and digitally.
Rotation is a once a year event that happens in the card game and refreshes the Standard match format and shakes it up entirely. This year’s rotation event is expected to be particularly exciting. It will rotate out significant expansions and usher in a Standard that is complete with fantastic expansions from the past year like War of the Spark and more.
The current Standard format has a total of eight different expansions and sets that are at the core of what players can use in the game right now. This includes three expansions this year, as well as all four from last year and the one remaining fall expansion from 2017.
The MTG Arena Throne of Eldraine release date will mean that Standard will say goodbye to Ixalan, Rivals of Ixalan, Dominaria, and Magic Core Set 2019. That will substantially cut the entire rotation in half, leaving four remaining.
Those four include the fall expansion from last year Guilds of Ravnica as well as the three sets from this year: Ravnica Allegiance, War of the Spark, and Magic Core Set 2020. On September 26, those four expansions will be joined by the fifth one Throne of Eldraine for the latest version of the Standard rotation.
Though the rotation will be more limited compared to before with only five sets instead of eight, they will be joined by the three sets coming in 2020. We don’t know much about what those sets will be, but the MTG Arena Throne of Eldraine release date announcement did bring with it the codenames for those upcoming sets.
The first set to release in likely early 2020 is currently codenamed Baseball by Wizards of the Coast. It will be the follow up to the fall expansion and could continue on its storyline from that world. It will be followed by the second expansion, likely in the spring of 2020, that is called Cricket.
The eighth and final part of the Standard rotation will come in the summer next year called Magic Core Set 2021. That release is not surprising, though, as we expect a new core set to come out every year. Regardless, it is nice to know the full schedule for what’s happening for the next year or so.
In addition to the complete schedule for the current 2019-2020 rotation, we also know the codename for the set that will be coming after this current rotation. Next year’s fall expansion is codenamed Diving. It will remove all of the current sets in the game this year minus the upcoming Throne of Eldraine set.
For those who don’t know about the new fall expansion, that’s no surprise since there aren’t many details at this time, despite being about a month away from release. What we do know is that the new world of Eldraine will be a mix of Arthurian legends (think Excalibur and the like) and standard fairy tales like the ones from Grimm.
Rowan will likely be the cover planeswalker and there will be a new planeswalker named Oko, who is a Fey shapeshifter in the expansion. Beyond that, we know little about the set, but we are expected to start getting spoilers potentially next week in September.
Regardless, we don’t have to wait too much longer for the MTG Arena Throne of Eldraine release date as it will be coming out on September 26. The release on Magic Online will likely also happen that same day. Pre-release is a couple of days later on September 28-29, and the full tabletop release date is set for October 4.