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MTG Jumpstart Booster Explained

MTG Jumpstart is a new booster product which offers a new way to play Magic the Gathering. Each booster features a different theme. You need two boosters, you mash them together and – boom, here’s your weird new deck.

Today we’ll take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about Jumpstart boosters and answer them as best as we can. More information become available since we first published the article, so we updated it.

What is in the Jumpstart Booster?

Jumpstart booster includes 20 cards. Each of them is centered around a special theme. You won’t know which theme you’ll get until you open the booster pack.

Even when you open a booster and get a cat theme, for example, it won’t necessarily be the same as other cat themed booster. Each theme has different variations. The exception is the Mythic booster, a hard to get booster which features predetermined deck list. Because there’s only one true Unicorn deck.

MTG Jumpstart Booster Explained

Each booster contains at least one rare and has 33.3% chance for an extra rare.

Jumpstart set has more than 500 different cards:

  • 500+ reprinted cards
  • 37 new cards

You can check its price on Amazon.

Best Jumpstart Spoilers

Here are just some of the cards you can get in your Jumpstart booster.

Basic Lands

As we said, the main attraction of Jumpstart boosters is to mash two together and have a deck. Of course you’ll need basic lands for that. That’s why 7-8 cards in every booster are basic lands. However they’re not just your ordinary basics.

One basic land par pack will feature art that matches the pack’s theme. Here’s an example of a Forest for the Predatory theme.

Jumpstart Basic Land Forest Predatory

Most of the other lands will use a brand-new art created specifically for the Jumpstart set. Some basic land will be thematically appropriate ones from Core Set 2021.

Jumpstart Legality

Reprinted cards are legal in formats where they were legal before the reprint. Let’s say there’s a Lightning Bolt in the pack. (We don’t know if there is one, since the contents weren’t spoiled yet.) The card would be legal in Modern, since it’s already legal there, but wouldn’t become legal in Standard because Jumpstart isn’t a regular MTG set.

New cards will be legal in the following formats:

  • Commander
  • Legacy
  • Vintage
  • Historic (with few exceptions)

Which Themes are in MTG Jumpstart Booster?

There are 46 themes in the Jumpstart booster. They are split into common and mythic themes as mentioned before. Here are the ones we know so far.

Common Theme

Some focus on creature types:

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Eldrazi
  • Elves
  • Goblins
  • Pirates
  • Vampires
  • Wizards

There are five for each colored planeswalker from Core 2021:

  • Basri
  • Chandra
  • Garruk
  • Liliana
  • Teferi

While the others are just some abstract names, like:

  • Above the Clouds (flying)
  • Doctor
  • Minions
  • Predatory
  • Rainbow
  • Spooky

Common themes have different variations. That means that in two different Pirate packs you could get different cards.

Mythic Theme

There will be at least three mythic themes.

  • Phyrexians
  • Unicorns
  • Walls

Mythic themes have only one exact list of cards. That means that in two different Wall packs you’d get exactly the same cards. Although the booster will probably be harder to get – if the name is of any indication of its rarity.

As you can see you can get some weird combinations. Did you ever wanted to play with Goblin Pyrexians? Well, now you can.

Is Jumpstart Coming to Arena?

Jumpstart Set on Arena

Yes, most Jumpstart cards will come to MTG Arena. However, you won’t be able to play them in Standard – they will be playable only in Historic.

How these card will come to Arena is currently unknown. Maybe via special event or maybe as a bundle in the Store. What we do know is the date – July 17, 2020.

Some cards in Jumpstart are either too powerful or too complicated to program on MTGA. That’s why some of the cards won’t be coming to Arena. For example, here are some of the cards we won’t get:

You can find the official announcement and full list of unavailable cards on Wizards’ site.

MTG Jumpstart – Important Dates

EventDate
Jumpstart ReleaseJuly 17, 2020
Jumpstart Arena ReleaseJuly 16, 2020
Jumpstart MTGO ReleaseJune 25, 2020

Jumpstart booster Release was planned for June. However, due to the recent pandemic, it was moved to July. You can find the official announcement here.

Although Jumpstart releases in July, you can already preorder it on Amazon, to get is as fast as possible.

Should you Buy MTG Jumpstart Set?

Jumpstart looks like a great product for players who just want to have fun playing Magic the Gathering. It’s pretty unique way to play the game and it will certainly contain plenty of cool cards.

Even for more experienced players – it can take you back to a time, when you didn’t have all your deck optimized, when you just played with whatever cards you had laying around. So it looks like like a great product for anyone who want to have a fresh and fun Magic experience.

If you want, you can already preorder a Jumpstart Booster Box on Amazon.

Jumpstart Booster Box.png

If you’re a Standard-only player, this is probably not the product for you. Just buy regular editions, like Ikoria Liar of Behemoths or Core Set 2021.

Jumpfinish

That’s all we know about Jumpstart so far. Because the set releases in the early July, we can expect more news and spoilers around May or June.

We’ll update the article when more information will be available. Make sure to follow us on Facebook or Instagram, so you won’t miss it. If you want to find more about new Magic products, you can check all Core Set 2021 products here.

Until next time, may you open the mythic Jumpstart booster in your first try.

2 thoughts on “MTG Jumpstart Booster Explained”

    • No, not Standard legal. Unless if a card is already legal in Standard – in that case you can play the Battlebond version.

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