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Magic: The Gathering’s next three sets return to Ravnica

Wizards unveils the first details of the first two sets

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Magic: The Gathering publisher Wizards of the Coast, now celebrating the game’s 25th anniversary, has announced that it will return to the plane of Ravnica. The three related sets will carry the collectible card game into 2019. Ravnica was announced on Wizards of the Coast’s official YouTube channel this morning, which is embedded above.

The plane of Ravnica’s main planet is covered in a single large city known for its many warring factions, called guilds. Players first visited the plane in September 2005 with a three-set block titled Ravnica: City of Guilds. In addition to a set that shared that name, the block also included the sets Guildpact and Dissension. Wizards of the Coast revisited the plane in 2012 with the Return to Ravnica block, which included the sets Return to Ravnica, Gatecrash and Dragon’s Maze.

Guilds of Ravnica will be released on Oct. 5. In a blog post issued today on the official Magic website, Wizards said the set will include the Selesnya, a harmonious green-white faction; the Boros, a militant red-white faction; the Golgari, a life-and-death-focused black-green group; the “frazzled geniuses” of the Izzet, sporting blue and red cards; and finally the mysterious Dimir, with blue and black.

Later, in January 2019, Wizards plans to release Ravnica Allegiance, which will round out the game’s “travels through the guilds.” It will include five more of them: Azorius (white-blue), Radkos (black-red), Gruul (red-green), Simic (green-blue) and Orzhov (white-black).

Details on the third related set have not yet been revealed. Its codename is “Milk.”

On Nov. 2, 2018, Wizards will also launch so-called Guild Kits, 60-card decks customized to a particular guild.

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