The Gathering’s lead designer says one of next year’s standard sets is his “most ambitious”


We’re pretty sure what we’re going to get for the rest of 2022, at least in terms of Magic: The Gathering expansions. We return to one of Magic’s most popular aircraft at Dominaria United on September 9, then Unfinity brings the solution to Pithing Needle on October 7. We’ll also have the Warhammer 40K crossover on October 7, and, and The Brothers War takes us back to one of Magic’s founding conflicts during Q4.

But 2023 remains a mystery. We have several codenames for the sets coming out next year, starting with an expansion titled “Lacrosse”. Other than that, we have no idea what direction Magic will take.

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We know this will be an exciting change for Magic: The Gathering. That’s according to Magic lead designer Mark Rosewater, whose latest blog entry gives us a hint for the year ahead.

When a fan asked for “a very obscure and very vague factoid on a first release set in 2023”, Rosewater replied: “I think 2023 has the most ambitious design for a first release set I’ve ever do.”

Wizards of the Coast is still primarily concerned with 2022 sets, so we won’t know anything about what’s happening in 2023 until Wizards Presents on August 18. Given the delays to the 2022 release schedule due to global supply chain issues, Wizards may be wise in keeping spoilers to a minimum until it’s certain that next year’s sets will arrive as expected.

While we wait for Lacrosse, Dominaria United and The Brothers War, rap sensation Post Malone will entertain us with a one-on-one match against one lucky fan. Malone will select someone to play Magic against from a list of entrants, and if they win, they’ll receive $100,000. The game will air live on August 4 at 6:00 p.m. PT. No previous professional Magic experience is required, but be warned: Malone is quite an avid Magic player, so he won’t be an easy target.

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