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. You can find all of 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 all of them below:
Approach of the Second Sun Day of Judgment Defiant Strike Divine Gambit Ephemerate Gift of Estates Gods Willing Mana Tithe Revitalize Swords to Plowshares Teferi’s Protection Blue Sun’s Zenith Brainstorm Compulsive Research Counterspell Memory Lapse Mind’s Desire Negate Opt Strategic Planning Tezzeret’s Gambit Time Warp Whirlwind Denial Agonizing Remorse Crux of Fate Dark Ritual Demonic Tutor Doom Blade Duress Eliminate Inquisition of Kozilek Sign in Blood Tainted Pact Tendrils of Agony Village Rites Chaos Warp Claim the Firstborn Faithless Looting Grapeshot Increasing Vengeance Infuriate Lightning Bolt Mizzix’s Mastery Shock Stone Rain Thrill of Possibility Urza’s Rage Abundant Harvest Adventurous Impulse Channel Cultivate Harmonize Krosan Grip Natural Order Primal Command Regrowth Snakeskin Veil Weather the Storm Despark Electrolyze Growth Spiral Lightning Helix Putrefy
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.
|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.
Mystical Archive Cards on Arena
If you’re playing on Arena, you’ll can also get these cards by opening packs, or by drafting. They will be legal in Historic, with some exceptions.
Banned in Historic
Seven cards from Mystical Archive are considered too strong for Historic, so they will be immediately banned in the format. We already know about six of them, with one more missing. These cards are:
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. If you want more information about the booster with the most Mystical Archive cards, check Strixhaven Collector Booster contents here.
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Until next time, have fun and may your Strixhaven boosters contain that one card you really want.