To kickstart celebrations of Magic: The Gathering's 30th anniversary, its official YouTube channel held a WeeklyMTG with a whole host of reveals, one segment focusing entirely on Dominaria Remastered. It's bringing an incredibly popular set up to date with new and classic art, as well as retro frames, but Arena is also going to revisit an older set - Shadows Over Innistrad.
"Tabletop Magic is not the only part of Magic that's... looking in the Wayback Machine," Blake Rasmussen said. "Magic: The Gathering Arena is also going to be revisiting some older sets. In the first half of 2023, MTG: Arena will be releasing Shadows Over Innistrad Remastered. A lot of those cards are coming to Arena to enter the Explorer format and to get it closer to Pioneer. Explorer Anthology 2 is going to release later this year, 2022, and we'll have more information on that coming up. But know that it's on the way and it will be here before it's 2023."
Explorer Anthology, for context, was released on July 28, 2022, adding 20 Explorer-legal cards to MTG Arena. This brought a selection of cards from some of Pioneer's most popular decks, and that's set to continue with a sequel sometime early next year.
Explorer, for further context, is MTG: Arena's newest format, aiming to give you a "true-to-tabletop" experience centred around the Pioneer format. You can play with your old decks after they rotate out of Standard, keeping them from going illegal.
Pioneer has far more cards to pull from, however, including almost every one since 2012's Return To Ravnica. Wizards of the Coast plans to expand and grow the Explorer format for Arena to bring it up to par with Pioneer.
Shadows Over Innistrad, on the other hand, is one of MTG's most popular sets in one of MTG's most popular settings. It was the 70th ever Magic expansion, releasing back in April of 2016 - it's gothic themed given that it takes place on the horror plane of Innistrad, however it differed from our first trip to the plane by introducing more cosmic horror elements thanks to the interference of the Eldrazi.
A perfect announcement for the Halloween season, eh?
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