Perhaps you’ve heard about the special alternate art cards coming with Strixhaven. These are Mystical Archive cards, and today we’ll tell you everything you need to know about them including:
- What are MTG Mystical Archive cards?
- Where to get Mystical Archive cards?
- Are Mystical Archive cards legal in draft and Standard?
- and plenty more.
Without further ado, let’s get right to it.
What Are Mystical Archive Cards?
Mystical Archive cards are some of the most powerful sorceries and instants from all over the Magic’s history. All of them have new alternate art, and from what we’ve seen so far – they are quite amazing.
List of All 63 Mystical Archive Cards
There will be 63 Mystical Archive cards total. Currently, we know about 3 of them, which would be 4.8% of all cards. You can find them here:
Once more cards become previewed, we’ll update this article, so make sure to check every now and then.
But wait – there’s more. All of these cards will also have special alternate art Japanese versions.(Inspired by traditional Japanese art.) You can find them below:
Where to Get Mystical Archive Cards?
You are guaranteed to get a Mystical Archive card in each of the three main Strixhaven boosters. So in Draft, Set and Collector Boosters.
How many? One in both Draft and Set Booster, and three in each Collector Booster.
|Booster Type||Number of Mystical Archive Cards|
Japanese Versions in the Collector Booster
The Japanese alternate arts can be found in Japanese Boosters. But that’s not all, you can also get at least one in each Strixhaven Collector Booster!
Mystical Archive – Legality
If a card is in the Mystical Archive, that doesn’t change it’s legality.
So what does that mean? Demonic Tutor won’t become Standard or Modern legal, even though you can find it in a regular Strixhaven booster. It this way, they work the same as Masterpieces from Kaladesh, for example.
Of course, you can play them in any format they are already legal in. So, you can happily add the new Demonic Tutor to your black Commander deck.
Similarly, if a card is already legal in Standard, like Opt for example, you can play with the alternate art version.
If you’re playing on Arena, the same goes for Historic. Cards from Mystical Archive won’t get added to Historic, unless it’s specifically stated so.
What if I Open a Mystical Archive Card in a Draft?
Good for you! You can play any Mystical Archive card you open during the Draft. Same goes for Sealed, as well.
This will probably provide some interesting Draft experience, as each Draft Booster has a slot for a Mystical Archive cards. We shall see how the rarity will pan out, but Swords to Plowshares will probably always be a high pick.
That’s all about Mystical Archive so far. Which ones are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.
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Until next time, have fun and may your Strixhaven boosters contain that one card you really want.