MTG Wilds of Eldraine release date, spoilers, news

MTG Wilds of Eldraine is the third Standard set of 2023 - and in our second visit to this fairy tale plane, we'll take a walk on the wild side.

In Magic: The Gathering’s third Standard set of 2023, we’re going on a trip to a fairy tale land in Wilds of Eldraine. In our first visit to the plane in 2019, we explored a world of big bad wolves and gingerbread houses, but also Arthurian knights and feats of derring do. In MTG Wilds of Eldraine. We’ll venture deeper into the woods, seeing more of the fairy tale folk and less of the castles and courtship.

Wilds of Eldraine will be the first Standard set in a good while that’s not part of the Phyrexians plotline. This spanned four sets, beginning with Dominaria United and wrapping up in April with MTG March of the Machine and its Aftermath set. We love ‘em as much as the next player, but it’ll be a breath of fresh air to get a Magic set with no creepy robots. Check out our MTG 2023 release schedule to see where Wilds of Eldraine fits in.

With the set just around the corner, spoiler season for Wilds of Eldraine is here! Read on to find out what we know currently about this fairy-tale set. And be sure to check back in – we’ll be updating this page the moment fresh news arises.

MTG Wilds of Eldraine release date diagram, showing all the key dates for the set.

MTG Wilds of Eldraine release date

We now have an exact release date for this set, and it’s very soon. MTG Wilds of Eldraine is releasing September 8. That’s when its global tabletop release is, but a couple of days before that, it’ll come to MTG Arena on September 5.

Leading up to Wilds of Eldraine’s release, we had a couple weeks of spoilers, starting on August 15. These will soon be followed by prerelease events (where cards are now legal as soon as you buy them) on September 1-7.

MTG WIlds of Eldraine Gretel fighting candy

MTG Wilds of Eldraine spoilers

Wilds of Eldraine spoiler season is here, and you can see the torrent of cards that have been revealed already just below. We saw three powerful witches, and a ton of fairytale folk. Check out Eldraine’s twist on classic fairytales through cards like the Goosemother and the gummy worm slicing Gretel. (The Goose also gives us Hydroid Krasis flashbacks). Beseech the Mirror also deserves a shoutout, as a very strong MTG Tutor card.

Other all-star cards from the set include Moonshaker Cavalry, doing a strong impression of a White Craterhoof Behemoth, it will finish off numerous Commander games. We’re expecting the ‘Restless’ cycle of creature lands to do significant work in the top MTG Arena decks in Standard, while The Irencrag is the first two mana mana rock printed in yonks.

Our first real Wilds of Eldraine spoilers came on July 28, at Barcelona MagicCon. We got to see the new Ashiok card, apparently the only MTG planeswalker in this set, and a ton of Enchantment reprints with special treatments, which will appear in packs.

A bunch of other new cards were shown off as well, from angry cookies to a terrifying spectral cavalry charge. And there was sumptuous artwork to enjoy, artwork that showed Eldraine’s takes on new fairytale characters, like Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk.

Before the first spoilers came, MagicCon Minneapolis revealed plenty of new artwork. There’s the image below of Evolving Wilds, for instance, a reprint that comes up in plenty of sets. (This is artist Alayanna Dayner’s second take on the same card, in fact!)

MTG Wilds of Eldraine release date: A magical forest encroaching on a pristine wilderness

We’ve also got art for some new cards, like the lass in the top image. According to this piece’s title, this is Eriette of the Charmed Apple. Looks like a black legendary creature card if we ever saw one; she’s doing all kinds of witchy things, from magic apples to (judging by her reflection) beautifying spells.

MTG Wilds of Eldraine showing an angry gingerbread man.

Then there’s a furious looking gingebread man, atop her trusty steed. This creature, named Syr Ginger, The Meal Ender seems destined to hate on Food strategies, and she looks like she’d run you through before you can say “not the gumdrop buttons”.

As for what’s been going on in Eldraine, well, the Phyrexian invasion left things in quite the turmoil. The King and Queen of the plane have both been killed, as seen in the Aftermath card The Kenrith’s Royal Funeral. 

One last thing to examine – there’s a new Eldraine Planechase card named The Wilds. In terms of its effect, it’s all about Food – a mechanic from Throne of Eldraine. It does feature new art showing the Wilds however, with strange green lights glowing between the trees. Clearly the plane has been invaded by UFOs! Possibly…

MTG Wilds of Eldraine story

In the Wizards Presents 2022 video, we were told that in Wilds of Eldraine, “We’re taken away from the cities and castles, and into Eldraine’s wilds”. It seems clear that the Camelot subtheme, which sat somewhat uneasily alongside the fairy tale tropes in Throne of Eldraine, will this time be taking a backseat. Which makes sense, since the courts fell in the big bad robot invasion.

At MTG Minneapolis, plenty of new artwork from the set was shown off. It appears Will and Rowan Kenrith, newly-orphaned heirs to the throne are taking very different approaches to their plane’s (and their personal) tragedy. Presumably these two planeswalkers will have also lost their sparks, but that’s not confirmed yet.

What will take the place of the chivalry and questing knights? We assume it’ll be the faeries, elves, witches, and beasts that live in the less ‘civilised’ parts of Eldraine.

It also sounds like a mystical sleep has been unleashed and is starting to “prey on the inhabitants of Eldraine”. Apparently used to defeat the Phyrexians, this power now doesn’t want to go back in the box. And it looks like nightmare beast Ashiok is lurking to take advantage!

MTG Wilds of Eldraine Commander

The Wilds of Eldraine Commander decks are Fae Dominion and Virtue and Valor. One is a controlling deck centred on Faeries. The other is all about the new role mechanic, enchanting creatures with auras, before sending them out to fight.

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