Looking for the Magic: The Gathering 2022 release schedule? This year won’t be a quiet one for the trading card game. A bumper crop of main expansions and supplemental MTG sets are on the way, introducing new worlds to the MTG multiverse, returning a couple of fan-favourites, and adding a few unusual mash-ups.
We’ve collected the release dates of every 2022 MTG set into this schedule. We now know the exact release dates for all of the year’s upcoming sets, and we’ve compiled all the information that’s currently out there right now. And to make things a little easier, we’ve listed every 2022 MTG release in chronological order, before digging into the meat of each set.
Besides the year’s four main expansion sets – Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, Streets of New Capenna, Dominaria United, and The Brothers War – 2022 will also include a bunch of supplementary sets, and the next ‘Universes beyond’ product that combines MTG with Warhammer 40k. Once you’re done browsing the year’s releases, why not look into the future with the MTG 2023 release schedule, or read our pick of the best MTG deck builders you should be using?
What is the Magic: The Gathering 2022 release schedule?
- Innistrad: Double Feature – January 28
- Commander Collection: Black – January 28
- Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty – February 18
- Challenger decks – April 1
- Streets of New Capenna – April 29
- Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate – June 10
- Double Masters 2022 – July 8
- Dominaria United – September 9
- Unfinity – October 7
- Universes Beyond Warhammer 40k – October 7
- The Brothers War – November 18
- Jumpstart 2022 – December 2
Innistrad: Double Feature – January 28
The first set released in 2022, Innistrad: Double Feature combined select cards from Midnight Hunt and Crimson Vow into a single set tailored for drafting. To create an old horror movie feel, each card was printed in greyscale. Innistrad: Double Feature was only available to buy in draft boosters from local game stores. In our view, the set could have been brilliant, but wasn’t.
Commander Collection: Black – January 28
Also released on January 28, Commander Collection: Black is a small boxed set of eight reprinted Black cards. Wizards says they’ve been selected to “showcase iconic black strategies in Commander”, and each has been redesigned with exclusive new artwork.
The eight cards included in the box are: Ghoulcaller Gisa, Ophiomancer, Reanimate, Toxic Deluge, Phyrexian Arena, Sol Ring, and Command Tower, a double-sided Snake-Zombie token, and a double-sided card with Legendary Planeswalker Liliana, Defiant Necromancer on one side and Legendary Creature Lilian, Heretical Healer on the other.
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty – February 18
The first main set release of 2022, Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty returns to the fan-favourite, and much-requested, Japan-inspired plane of Kamigawa. Set 1200 years after the original Kamigawa block released back in 2004, the set injects sci-fi themes into the plane. It harkens back to old mechanics and plays on Kamigawa’s history through Saga Enchantments, while also adding new design elements, like Equipment Creatures.
A Wizards Play Network article published in October revealed Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty would release on February 18. The set’s prerelease event ran from February 11 – 17, and it hit MTG Arena a week prior on February 10, following the trend of recent releases.
Challenger decks – April 1
2022’s Challenger decks continue the trend of recent years. The four preconstructed 75-card decks for Standard and Pioneer formats released early this year, and are designed to provide a competitive collection of cards for new players to use right out of the box.
Streets of New Capenna – April 29
This year’s second main set release, Street of New Capenna introduces a new plane to the Magic Multiverse. Mixing gangster noir and art deco, New Capenna is a city built by angels, but run by five demon crime families. The set focuses on five ‘shards’, each featuring three mana colours. Each crime family sports its own colour combination.
Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate – June 10
Following 2021’s first full D&D-MTG crossover set, Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, the world’s biggest tabletop RPG made a return to the world’s biggest trading card game on June 10.
Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate includes iconic D&D spells, characters, and monsters alongside new mechanics. As with 2020’s original Commander Legends set, it’s been specifically designed to be drafted and played in the Commander format.
Double Masters 2022 – July 8
Double Masters returned on July 8 this year. The booster-based compilation set follows the same format as past releases: two rares and two foils in each draft booster, alongside new reprints and a bigger focus on multicolour drafting.
Double Masters 2022 has been the hottest product among Magic fans this year, as it’s full of choice reprints of some pretty expensive Magic cards, such as two-mana planeswalker Wrenn and Six, goblin superstar Dockside Extortionist, and Eldrazi cosmic horror creature Kozilek, Butcher of Truth.
Dominaria United – September 9
The most famous plane in the Magic Multiverse, and the original setting of the TCG, Dominaria has cropped up in MTG releases time and again. To coincide with the game’s 30th-anniversary celebration, Dominaria will also be the setting for 2022’s third main set release, coming September 9.
Dominaria United apparently marks the first set in a four-set story arc where the fate of, not just the plane, but the whole multiverse, hangs in the balance. Since Wizards has clearly been gearing up for a storyline involving the Phyrexians, it’s not hard to guess what this might include.
Unfinity – October 7
An ‘un-set’ that’s more than a little tongue-in-cheek, Unfinity will go full sci-fi in September. Described as “retro-futurist fun meets a space carnival” it’s intended to celebrate the sillier side of MTG and stretch the game’s mechanics to new boundaries. It will release in both draft and collector booster packs.
In a stark change from previous un-sets, Unfinity will be an entirely black-bordered release, meaning it can be played in any eternal MTG format including, Commander, Vintage, and Pauper. However, not every card in the set will be tournament legal. Wizards will be adding a new ‘acorn security stamp’ to some of the cards that functions much like a silver border; designating them as illegal cards outside of casual play.
The idea is to provide a set that offers some cards for Commander decks alongside a bunch of totally illegal picks, too. This set was originally slated for April 1, but it’s been delayed to October 7 due to COVID-19.
Universes Beyond Warhammer 40k – October 7
Perhaps the oddest and most tantalising release of 2022, MTG’s Warhammer 40k Universes Beyond crossover was originally slated for August 12 but has now been delayed and is also releasing on October 7. The set will include four Commander decks: for Necrons, Tyranids, The Imperium of Man, and Chaos.
The decks will include both new cards and old cards rethemed to the 41st Millennium. Alongside the EDH decks, there’ll also be three Secret Lairs featuring Age of Sigmar, Blood Bowl and Warhammer 40k Orks.
The Brothers’ War – November 18
The final main set release of 2022 returns to Dominaria yet again, but jumps a long way into the past. Set during a pivotal moment in MTG’s lore – in which a brotherly rivalry between the two Planeswalkers Urza and Mishra flared into a multiverse-defining war – The Brothers’ War will give us a new look at the conflict. Details are scant, but expect to see more characters and locations of Dominaria, as well as killer artifacts and mighty mechs. The set’s global release date looks to be November 18.
Jumpstart 2022 – December 2 2022
The much-loved, beginner-oriented Jumpstart will return this year. The general format is the same as prior Jumpstart releases: combine two booster packs into a complete, fully-fledged deck on the fly; great for new players looking to quickly get into a competitive game.
A few of the pack themes for Jumpstart 2022 have already been disclosed: eldrazi, goblins, law, detective, cats, and ‘multi-headed creatures’. Although dominated by reprints, Wizards says a new-to-Magic card will be included in each Jumpstart 2022 booster pack. The set is releasing at the tail end of the year, on December 2.