List of MTG Sets in Order

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List of MTG Sets in Order

Few things are as consistent as the steady expansion of Magic: the Gathering’s available sets. Every year, approximately four more sets are released, each with their own themes and mechanics.

As this has been occurring since the game’s inception in 1993, that means there are over 100 sets as of the summer of 2020. If things keep up – and there’s no indication that it’s going to stop – you can expect to see many more sets in the future.

If you’re curious to see a list of MTG sets in order, know you’re not alone. We were interested, too, so we compiled our own list here.

MTG Sets vs Blocks: What is the Difference?

If you’re new to the game, it’s pretty easy to get sets and blocks confused, so we thought that was worth explaining. You’ll see both terms used a lot in the fanbase, which makes it important to learn the difference.

Each set is a part of a block. A good way to picture it is like peas in a pod; each set is like an individual pea, and the pod is the overall block.

Sets are grouped into blocks based on close release times, order, and having similar mechanics. We won’t be including specific blocks in this list; rather, we’ll be focusing on individual sets.

Our List Criteria

We’d like to give you some disclaimers first.  There are tons of sets in Magic’s history, and we won’t be including them all, otherwise the list would go on for a long time.

The list of sets we’re going to include will be composed solely of core and expansion sets. These are what most players think of when they hear the word “set,” and because it’s the more common definition, that’s what we’re going with.

We’ll also be excluding the un-sets. As fun as they are, they’ve never been legal for play in most formats.

List of MTG Sets in Order

Without further ado, here is our list of MTG sets in chronological order with release dates:

  • Alpha (Limited Edition) – 1993
  • Beta (Limited Edition) – 1993
  • Unlimited Edition – 1993
  • Arabian Nights – 1993
  • Antiquities – 1994
  • Revised Edition – 1994
  • Legends – 1994
  • The Dark – 1994
  • Fallen Empires – 1994
  • Fourth Edition – 1995
  • Ice Age – 1995
  • Homelands – 1995
  • Alliances – 1996
  • Mirage – 1996
  • Visions – 1997
  • Fifth Edition – 1997
  • Weatherlight – 1997
  • Tempest – 1997
  • Stronghold – 1998
  • Exodus – 1998
  • Urza’s Saga – 1998
  • Urza’s Legacy – 1999
  • Sixth Edition – 1999
  • Urza’s Destiny – 1999
  • Mercadian Masques – 1999
  • Nemesis – 2000
  • Prophecy – 2000
  • Invasion – 2000
  • Planeshift – 2001
  • Seventh Edition – 2001
  • Apocalypse – 2001
  • Odyssey – 2001
  • Torment – 2002
  • Judgment – 2002
  • Onslaught – 2002
  • Legions – 2003
  • Scourge – 2003
  • Eighth Edition – 2003
  • Mirrodin – 2003
  • Darksteel – 2004
  • Fifth Dawn – 2004
  • Champions of Kamigawa – 2004
  • Betrayers of Kamigawa – 2005
  • Saviors of Kamigawa – 2005
  • Ninth Edition – 2005
  • Ravnica: City of Guilds – 2005
  • Guildpact – 2006
  • Dissension – 2006
  • Coldsnap – 2006
  • Time Spiral – 2006
  • Planar Chaos – 2007
  • Future Sight – 2007
  • Tenth Edition – 2007
  • Lorwyn – 2007
  • Morningtide – 2008
  • Shadowmoor – 2008
  • Eventide – 2008
  • Shards of Alara – 2008
  • Conflux – 2009
  • Alara Reborn – 2009
  • Magic 2010 – 2009
  • Zendikar – 2009
  • Worldwake – 2010
  • Rise of the Eldrazi – 2010
  • Magic 2011 – 2010
  • Scars of Mirrodin – 2010
  • Mirrodin Besieged – 2010
  • New Phyrexia – 2011
  • Magic 2012 – 2011
  • Innistrad – 2011
  • Dark Ascension – 2012
  • Avacyn Restored – 2012
  • Magic 2013 – 2012
  • Return to Ravnica – 2012
  • Gatecrash – 2013
  • Dragon’s Maze – 2013
  • Magic 2014 – 2013
  • Theros – 2013
  • Born of the Gods – 2014
  • Journey into Nyx – 2014
  • Conspiracy – 2014
  • Magic 2015 – 2014
  • Khans of Tarkir – 2014
  • Fate Reforged – 2015
  • Dragons of Tarkir – 2015
  • Magic Origins – 2015
  • Battle for Zendikar – 2015
  • Oath of the Gatewatch – 2016
  • Shadows Over Innistrad – 2016
  • Eldritch Moon – 2016
  • Kaladesh – 2016
  • Aether Revolt – 2017
  • Amonkhet – 2017
  • Hour of Devastation – 2017
  • Ixalan – 2017
  • Rivals of Ixalan – 2018
  • Dominaria – 2018
  • Core Set 2019 – 2018
  • Guilds of Ravnica – 2018
  • Ravnica Allegiance – 2019
  • War of the Spark – 2019
  • Core Set 2020 – 2019
  • Throne of Eldraine – 2019
  • Theros Beyond Death – 2020
  • Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths – 2020
  • Core Set 2021 – 2020
  • Zendikar Rising - 2020

Wrap Up

The list of Magic sets is long, and it’s still growing quarterly. Remember, too, that this is just a sample of all the Magic sets that are out there – there are additional sets, such as compilation, masters, and un-sets.

It certainly can be daunting. However, we actually love knowing that there are so many sets, and that there will continue to be more. It means the combinations of cards are virtually endless.

If you’re looking specifically for sets with lottery cards in them, you can see our list here.