OH BABY IT’S TIME! Modern Horizons 2 is scheduled to be released on June 18, 2021. Like the original Modern Horizons, this set will be introducing new cards to Modern and the other eternal formats while never being legal in Standard. There will be 303 cards total in the set, with 42 of them being reprints. Modern Horizons 2 will include draft boosters, set boosters, collector boosters, a bundle, and will be the first non-Standard set with prerelease packs.
Exciting news – all five enemy-colored fetchlands appear in the rare slot and will be able to be found in regular draft boosters! They are also continuing the “old” frame treatment for some of the cards in this set, including the fetch lands. Check back with us frequently for the latest spoilers and my MTG Finance flavored commentary! I’ll be covering our favorite highlights from spoiler season – if you want to see the entirety of everything that has been spoiled you can check out Wizards’ updated card gallery once it has gone online.
June 2, 2021
We get a fun uncommon goblin today! Goblin Traprunner probably won’t see any constructed play, but I’m definitely going to try to draft it because I am a masochist who likes flipping coins! Sojourner’s Companion is an awesome-looking affinity Salamander that I imagine will see play in several formats, and it’s pretty cute to boot!
June 1, 2021
May 31th, 2021
Chitterspitter is one of the funniest card names I’ve ever seen, and I might be in love with it. Squirrel fans rejoice! Thought Monitor is a sweet creature for Affinity fans. with gorgeous art to boot!
Bloodbraid Marauder’s Delirium cost giving it cascade is going to make for an interesting, aggressive card in Modern that I’m excited to see played! Dauthi Voidwalker is some super sweet anti-graveyard tech with a bonus for players playing heavy black!
The retro Prismatic Vista is making me drool! How cool does it look with this treatment? Sol Talisman is quite the interesting way to bring a Sol Ring effect to modern – how good do we think this is going to be in Modern?
May 29th, 2021
May 28th, 2021
I never knew it was something I desperately wanted, but dear reader, you better believe I squealed with joy when we found out that Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer was getting its own card! Previously just seen as a token produced by partner in crime Kari Zev, Skyship Raider, it’s about time our favorite monkey pirate got some time in the sun!
May 27th, 2021
Well, well, well. Ask and ye shall recieve! I was begging for the alternate arts for Ignoble Hierarch and my wish was granted! I can’t wait to add these to my Goblin collection!
Sanctum Weaver seems pretty darn good in an enchantment build!
May 26th, 2021
OH MAN OH WOW I FEEL LIKE THEY PRINTED A CARD JUST FOR ME:
Ignoble Hierarch is a goblin – which anyone who has consistently read my articles knows is my absolute favorite tribe in Magic. I play goblins in every format, and this fun-hating little shaman is going to be tested in all of the ones it’s legal in. Not only does this check the box of my ultimate love in Magic, it checks another one of my favorite boxes: it’s playable in Modern Infect (which, as I’ve mentioned before was my first Modern deck and still my favorite pet deck in the format.) This might be the piece that brings the BG Infect lists back into the limelight! People are going to be seriously testing red pump spells! At the very least, I feel like this is Noble Hierarch number five (or six) in the UG infect lists that were running Birds of Paradise in that slot.
Bottom line – I’m in love with this card and crossing my fingers we get a sketch and old frame version.
May 25th, 2021
Another day of exciting spoilers awaits us! How is everyone feeling about the set so far? I’m getting pretty pumped to try and draft it a few times!
Black Lotus in Modern, Legacy, and Commander? Sort of? Garth One-Eye is a super interesting Legendary Creature with the ability to make copies of some classic cards. I imagine Garth will be relegated to casual Commander tables, but I dig the design and look forward to seeing how people end up using it!
There was a lot of speculation after the squirrel spoilers yesterday that we might be getting a reprint of Deep Forest Hermit – and here it is! I love the frame on this one. Speaking of squirrels… we got even more squirrel hype at the end of the day!
Chatterstorm already has the Pauper community a little worried. Storm wincons have proven to be problematic in the past, so this will be one to keep an eye on. In the meantime, I’m going to try to storm off with SO MANY squirrels! Drey Keeper has some of the best flavor text I’ve ever seen, and it looks like it could be a ton of fun in Draft or Commander. Speaking of flavor text, the sketch version of Underworld Hermit made me laugh out loud when I saw it on Twitter. Again, this is probably only at home in Draft or Commander, but it’s a sweet card.
Grist, the Hunger Tide is one of the coolest designs for a planeswalker that we’ve seen in a long time. Because of it being a 1/1 Insect whenever it’s not on the battlefield, it can be your commander, it can be found by all kinds of spells that normally couldn’t find a planeswalker, and it is primed for all kinds of wacky three-mana planeswalker Shenanigans (which is also getting a reprint in this set at uncommon)!
Priest of Fell Rites is a nifty way to get stuff back out of the graveyard, and it comes with Unearth too!
Chef’s Kiss might win the prize for best Magic card name ever, and it will make for some random hilarity in your Commander games! Zabaz, the Glimmerwasp is a neat design, but I don’t know if it’s cool enough to make all the affinity lovers out there forget about the loss of their beloved Mox Opal in Modern.
Well, it looks like Wizards decided Force of Will was too powerful for Modern but they gave us something kind of close with Subtlety – a similar effect on a creature! This will be a fun one to watch as it enters the Modern format.
We also get another fun coin-flip card for those players who love leaving their victories up to chance in Chance Encounter. This is a pretty sweet win-con if you have enough coin-flips packed in your deck! Will it see Modern or Legacy play? Maybe. It’ll for sure feature in those sweet, sweet coin-flip Commander decks I love so much.
May 24th, 2021
This morning we were treated to fantastic news: a new squirrel commander! Chatterfang, Squirrel General looks like a super fun build-around card for tribal Commander fans out there, and I know that people are going to do their best to make squirrels happen in Modern too! That lofty goal will be helped along by our brand new squirrel lord, Squirrel Sovereign! A classic 2/2 for two mana lord, Squirrel Sovereign will be awesome to draft at uncommon and be a boon to anyone trying to make squirrel tribal happen in any of the constructed formats it is legal in.
To go along with those squirrels (and a couple other uncommons not shown in this article) we get a Squirrel Mob reprint! Another archetype getting some love is Mill, with the pretty intense seeming Fractured Sanity. Will this be enough to push the Modern Mill archetype up a tier? Possibly! Time will tell!
Rise and Shine seems like a pretty neat addition to artifact-based decks, and the sketch version looks AMAZING! Sword of House and Home (which might not be it’s actual title) has my Taxes heart feeling full! Here’s a potential translation, borrowed from MTGGoldfish:
Equipped Creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from green and from white.
When equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, exile up to one target creature you own and search your library for a basic land card. Put both cards onto the battlefield under your control, then shuffle.
My head is swimming with potential for the creatures I want to bounce with this, and I can’t wait to pair it with my friend Stoneforge Mystic!
Void Mirror takes the cake for the most drama caused on Twitter so far for this spoiler season. This card is going to be sideboard gold against all forms of Tron and some Affinity style decks, to the point that if it drops early enough you’re going to be shuffling up and moving onto the next game. Time will tell if it’s going to be effective enough to warp the meta, but it’s definitely a card that will be living in most Modern players’ sideboard for a good long time after release.
May 20th, 2021
Hot dang, there was a whole slew of cool cards spoiled today! Most of the cards spoiled today have several different printings, but for the purposes of saving space, I’m going to default to the Timeshifted frame versions because I like them best.
Dakkon, Shadow Slayer’s sketch art is gnarly! At first glance, I don’t see it making a huge impact in Modern or Legacy right out of the gate, but I think it will be an interesting card to play with! Timeless Dragon is neat! I like the flavor a lot, and it seems like it’ll be a fun one to play in Sealed or Draft events.
I saw a lot of Merfolk players getting pretty excited about Rishadan Dockhand on my Facebook wall today! This is a very classic feeling Merfolk. With Islandwalk and the ability to tap a land, this one drop will make a cool, aggressive addition to the Fish decks out there.
I think this art for Grief is both very pretty and very spooky. This is basically a Thoughtseize that you can pay for like a Force of Will, which seems pretty dang good to me and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it being played across from me in either Modern or Legacy.
A tutor! With Suspend! And Richard Kane Ferguson art! If my excessive use of exclamation points wasn’t a giveaway, I’m pretty excited about this one. I will be looking for excuses to play with it in all of the formats it is legal in!
Unmarked Grave is also a tutor, but one for the graveyard aficionados out there. There’s a good number of graveyard interaction decks that will be testing this out!
This dino tramples over Planeswalkers! Now that’s a line of text I wasn’t expecting, and I’m here for it. Thrasta, Tempest’s Roar looks like it’s going to be a very impressive mythic from this set.
Flametongue Yearling is a neat aggressive uncommon, and I’m particularly hyped on the sketch art. I really enjoy having special arts not just for rares!
I love coin flip mechanics (I know several members of my playgroup just rolled their eyes reading that just now) and I’m pretty pumped to flip coins with Yusri, Fortune’s Flame! My mind goes first to Commander, but I imagine there is potential for some pretty interesting Modern and Legacy interactions as well.
I wasn’t expecting to have Cabal Coffers reprinted into Modern, and I feel like it’s either going to end up being super busted or not played at all. I’m excited to see what it does though! Plus, it was a much-needed reprint price-wise for newer players who are getting into Commander.
These are probably the two cards I’m personally most excited for, just because the Timeshifted borders look SO GOOD on them! Giver of Runes is a card I play a ton, and I’m super excited to pick up these versions for all of my Taxes shenanigans.
Force of Negation is going to be a huge hit with this Timeshifted version, and I imagine it’ll fetch a premium.
May 6th, 2021
There were some pretty exciting cards spoiled today and the hype is building! Before I start drooling over enemy fetches, let’s check out the rad Buy-a-Box promo:
It’s a new, old school looking Sanctum Prelate! It won’t be found in any Modern Horizons 2 boosters and will mark this Legacy Death and Taxes star’s debut into the Modern format. Modern Death and Taxes is going to be excited about this new addition!
Okay, okay, it’s fetch time. The enemy fetches are going to be available with normal art, full art, and possibly most exciting (for me) of all: old frame art!
Last, but not least, good ol’ Arid Mesa! I really didn’t think I was ever going to need or want to upgrade my fetchland collection, but HOLY MOLY do I have a mighty need for these. I also imagine that they are going to be fetching (heh) quite a premium. I wouldn’t be surprised if these end up being either the, or close to, the priciest of the enemy fetches.
Counterspell is coming to Modern! The regular version will be at uncommon, but I thought this full art was gorgeous so that’s the version I’m using for the article. I’ve seen people either certain Counterspell won’t see much play at all or will see all the play ever, but all I know is our very own Chroberry will be sleeving up a playset and cackling with joy while he gets to play one of his Legacy favorites in Modern.
Diamond Lion is a sweet-looking mana rock of sorts, and I think Howard Lyon’s art looks stellar with the old frame treatment.