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 (given current information).

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

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

Which Themes are in MTG Jumpstart Booster?

There are multiple themes in the Jumpstart booster. We currently know nine of them, but there could be more:

  • Cats
  • Doctor
  • Elf
  • Garruk
  • Goblins
  • Phyrexians
  • Pirates
  • Unicorns
  • Wall
  • Wizard

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, Jumpstart cards are coming 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.

MTG Jumpstart – Important Dates

Jumpstart PrereleaseJune 21-20, 2020
Jumpstart ReleaseJuly 3, 2020
Jumpstart Arena Release2020, exact date unknown

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.

Volley Veteran MTG Jumpstart Booster

If you’re a Standard-only player, this is probably not the product for you. Just buy regular editions, like Theros Beyond Death.


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 our Challenger Decks 2020 rankings.

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

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