Magic Arena: Midnight Hunt Breathes Fresh Death Into Magic: The Gathering

Midnight Hunt (MID) the latest enlargement for TCG Magic: The Gathering, will formally releases on September 24, 2021. Nonetheless, pre-release for the bodily card sport and the digital launch for Magic On-line and Magic: The Gathering Enviornment began late final week. This has given me the chance to check the brand new set in restricted codecs, each digitally and in-person, and get a glimpse of what the Customary format seems like after rotation.

It’s solely been 2 months because the launch of the final set, Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures within the Forgotten Realms (AFR), however to me it felt like an eternity regardless of being one of many shorter durations between set releases within the sport’s historical past. I personally discovered AFR to be some of the lackluster units since Dragon’s Maze by way of Customary and non-rotating format impression, restricted setting, and monetary worth. There was merely nothing redeeming in regards to the set moreover the D&D lore crossover, which was additionally hit or miss relying on who you talked to.

Reshaping Customary and Past

I’m blissful to report that MID is shaping as much as be a totally completely different expertise throughout the board. One of the crucial vital elements of Midnight Hunt’s launch is that every one units earlier than Zendikar Rising (Throne of Eldraine, Theros: Past Demise, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, and Core 2021) have all rotated out of normal.

Usually, normal rotation might be considerably bittersweet. Most present decks might want to have some playing cards changed and others gained’t be viable in any respect. Gamers should shell out an honest sum of money to remain aggressive and it’s often unhappy to see fan-favorite playing cards go away.


Nonetheless, Throne of Eldraine was such a robust set that it’s been dominant within the Meta since Fall 2019 even after a number of playing cards had been outright banned from a number of codecs. Since Eldraine’s launch, set energy ranges have steadily declined, which didn’t do a lot to discourage its format domination, however this has helped even the taking part in subject after its rotation.

Now we’ve got a brand new Customary format that’s utilizing a variety of playing cards from Midnight Hunt and it feels brisker than ever. Plenty of new decks have surfaced with each previous and new methods alike. Simic continues to be attempting its hand at ramp with Wrenn and Seven, mono-green has some nasty new instruments together with Primal Adversary and Briarbridge Tracker, and werewolves are a factor once more being led by Tovolar, Dire Overlord and Arlinn, the Pack’s Hope. There have even been a handful of decks testing out the highly effective new reprint Delver of Secrets, which might presumably be a sport changer for the Pioneer format.

Customary and Pioneer aren’t the one codecs to profit from Midnight Hunt. Two premium Commander decks had been additionally launched with the set. Coven Counters focuses on build up people with +1/+1 counters being led by Leinore, Autumn Sovereign. The second, Undead Unleashed is a zombie-centric deck led by Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver. Every deck additionally provides a handful of recent Curse playing cards, which might see play in different Commander decks. Lastly, werewolves even have a correct chief with the aforementioned Tovolar. 

Restricted – Card Flipping Enjoyable

Whereas Midnight Hunt won’t have too many playing cards sturdy sufficient to warp the everlasting and non-rotating codecs, the set’s three new mechanics carry a ton of worth to draft and sealed play. The primary new mechanic is ‘Disturb.’ It lets you solid the bottom of a creature card from the graveyard for a specified value. Every of those creatures sometimes begin as People with their bottom being a Spirit that will get exiled as an alternative of going to the graveyard. Whereas most of those playing cards aren’t enormous bombs, with the ability to get two playing cards for one might be a variety of worth. For instance, Chaplain of Alms is an honest 1-drop however can come again as a 2/1 flier that offers Ward 1 to all your creatures.

The second new mechanic is the Day & Evening cycle, which can be represented by double-faced playing cards (DFC). To begin off the cycle, a participant must play a card that both has Daybound or begins the cycle as a part of its enter-the-battlefield impact. Sure playing cards may cause it to show from Day to Evening, or a participant can solid 0 spells throughout their flip to trigger this modification. Many creatures can get a lot stronger through the night time, reminiscent of Tovolar’s Huntmaster which turns into a 7/7 for 6cmc that creates two 2/2 wolves and might activate a capability to struggle different creatures.


The ultimate new mechanic isn’t as overtly sturdy, however it will probably create a very good quantity of worth over time or in the precise state of affairs. There’s a new kind of zombie with the ‘decayed’ means. This implies the zombie can not block and dies on the finish of fight if it attacked. Clearly, these seem to be very weak creatures however they’re principally given out at no cost. Falcon Abomination is a Wind Drake with a free 2/2 decayed zombie. These zombies can be utilized to chip away at your opponent or sacrificed as a part of an extra casting value.

Monetary Worth

Whereas the brand new Customary and Restricted codecs are nice. Midnight Hunt preliminary seems to be on the weaker facet by way of card worth.  We’re nonetheless seeing pre-order costs in the meanwhile so it’s troublesome to evaluate how far issues will drop after this weekend, nevertheless it seems like MID shall be held up by a couple of chase mythics, reminiscent of Wrenn, Arlinn, Teferi, and The Meathook Bloodbath.

There are a few priceless rares, reminiscent of Tovolar and Augur of Autumn, however I anticipated all however one of the best to drop beneath $3 as soon as the set formally releases. Moreover, the land cycle is simply okay with a brand new kind of twin sluggish lands (Hunt Lands) that come into play untapped so long as you management two or extra different lands. These are high quality in Customary and fairly good in EDH, however they don’t have land varieties and might’t be fetched, which is an enormous disadvantage. Nonetheless, there’s fairly a little bit of curiosity surrounding the brand new showcase primary lands which might be promoting for as a lot as $3 of their foil kinds.

Is Midnight Hunt going to be the subsequent powerhouse that was Throne of Eldraine? Completely not, nevertheless it does assist spherical factor out by including sufficient energy that was missing in the last few units. Moreover, Innistrad is at all times filled with taste, and it’ll be fascinating to see the place the werewolf-vampire-human energy battle ends after the subsequent set, Crimson Vow.

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