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Shadows over Innistrad is the fourth expansion card set for Magic Duels and the first set in the Shadows over Innistrad block.

Card list[]

The list of cards from this set made available in Magic Duels can be found here.

Release Date[]

Release Date (physical card game): April 8, 2016
Magic Online Release: April 18, 2016[1]
Magic Duels Release:

  • iOS: April 6, 2016 [2]
  • Steam: April 6, 2016 [2]
  • Xbox One: April 6, 2016 (one day later due to server connectivity issues)

Latest Info Delayed Xbox Launch
This is an update regarding the Xbox One version of Magic Duels.
Server connectivity issues on Xbox One have been resolved and players should now be able to connect. [...]
Thank you for your patience [...].[3]

Launching Magic Duels: Shadows over Innistrad on Steam April 6, 2016

Launching Magic Duels: Shadows over Innistrad on Steam April 6, 2016


Unravel the Madness
Darkness falls. Mysteries abound. Shadows over Innistrad approaches.

On the plane of Innistrad, humanity is beset on all sides.

Horrors stalk in the shadows. Terrors scratch at doors in the night.

Only grim determination and staunch faith in their guardian archangel, Avacyn, keep them alive in this nightmarish realm. But odd things are afoot: the forces that had protected them have been twisted into something dark and strange.[4]

Themes & Mechanics[]

With Shadows over Innistrad these mechanics were introduced to Magic Duels:[5]

  • Double-Faced Cards
    Cards that transform by turning them upside down.
    Click here to read more about it.
  • Delirium
    A new ability word that comes into effect when you have four or more card types in you graveyard.
    Click here to read more about it.
  • Investigate and Clues
    A keyword action, that lets you put a Clue token into play. A Clue token is a colorless artifact with the ability "2, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card."
    Click here to read more about it.
  • Madness
    A new ability that lets you cast a spell for an alternative mana cost, if the card is discarded.
    Click here to read more about it.
  • Skulk
    A new ability that makes a creature unblockable to creatures with greater power.
    Click here to read more about it.


Watch Wizards of the Coast's official Teaser Trailer for Shadows over Innistrad:


Shadows over Innistrad Teaser Trailer

Watch Wizards of the Coast's official Trailer for Shadows over Innistrad:


Shadows over Innistrad Trailer

Preview Artwork[]

Shadows over Innistrad Key Art.jpg

Preview Screenshots[]

These screenshots of Magic Duels: Shadows over Innistrad were published on Wizards' Magic Duels homepage on April 4, 2016.[6]

Starter Box Changes[]

Watch Drew Nolosco, Chris Peeler and Bryan Hawley discussing changes coming to the Starter set with the Shadows over Innistrad update:


Magic Duels Developer Insights Starter Box Changes

Notable Changes:[7]

  1. Option to skip playing against an AI opponent when your opponent concedes or disconnects.
  2. Card Changes:
    These cards will automatically be replaced in both card collection and existing decks.
    1. Mwonvuli Acid-Moss replaced by Explosive Vegetation
    2. Perilous Myr replaced by Bronze Sable
    3. Jagged-Scar Archers replaced by Lifespring Druid
    4. Foundry Street Denizen replaced by Goblin Balloon Brigade
    5. Dreg Reaver replaced by Minotaur Abomination
    6. Divine Favor replaced by Siegecraft
    7. Angelic Edict replaced by Suppression Bonds (Suppression Bonds becomes a Starter card, which means it can't be purchased in boosters, but is added with the (free) Origins Starter pack.)
    8. Suppression Bonds replaced by Enshrouding Mist
    9. Axebane Stag replaced by Yavimaya Wurm
    10. Gatecreeper Vine replaced by Sylvan Ranger
    11. The Guildgate dual lands Azorius Guildgate, Boros Guildgate, Dimir Guildgate, Golgari Guildgate, Gruul Guildgate, Izzet Guildgate, Orzhov Guildgate, Rakdos Guildgate, Selesnya Guildgate and Simic Guildgate will be replaced by five lands from OGW Cinder Barrens, Meandering River, Submerged Boneyard, Timber Gorge and Tranquil Expanse and five new lands from SOI: Forsaken Sanctuary, Foul Orchard, Highland Lake, Stone Quarry and Woodland Stream.
    12. Elite Vanguard replaced by Expedition Envoy
    13. New cards that will be added to the Starter box: Champion of Arashin, Crow of Dark Tidings, Ember Beast, Metropolis Sprite and Spined Wurm

Confirmed Cards Preview[]

These cards were confirmed previously:[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21]

The complete cardlist was published on April 4, 2016.[22]

Developer's Retrospective[]

Watch Drew Nolosco, lead designer talking about the Shadows over Innistrad update and upcoming changes for Eldritch Moon:


Magic Duels Developer Insights Retrospective