- Magic Origins will be the 17th and last Magic core set. It will be grouped as a two-set block with Dragons of Tarkir for the purposes of Standard rotation under the new regime. The set is strongly integrated with its digital counterpart Magic Duels: Origins.
contains 272 cards, which is 3 more than the current default for large sets. As a first since Alpha
, this Core Set features two new mechanics
considers Magic Origins
not to be the "last core set", but a "new beginning" relating to the start of the Two-Block Paradigm
and a new treatment of the storyline
. To enable this storytelling, there are more new cards in this set than in previous Core Sets. The set tells the origin stories of several planeswalkers
- Gideon Jura
, Jace Beleren
, Chandra Nalaar
, Liliana Vess
and Nissa Revane
- who are going to be playing a big role in up-coming story arcs. According to Doug Beyer
"we'll see these characters' home worlds, learn about the joys and crises of their early lives, and discover how they became the Multiverse-traveling Planeswalkers we know today." We see these characters depicted before and after their planeswalker's spark
ignites. The design of the cards mirrors this by using double-faced cards
with one side featuring the character as a legendary creature, and the other side featuring its planeswalker incarnation.