Khans of Tarkir Set Information and Latest Updates

ChrisCee December 12, 2023 2 min
Khans of Tarkir Set Information and Latest Updates

Khans of Tarkir is the next classic set to be re-released in MTG Arena. Its official release date is on December 12, 2023, coinciding with the release of the brand-new Timeless format.

(Article updates as more info is released)


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Expansion Set Code: KTK (original release)
Set Size: 269 cards total
Release Date(s): December 12, 2023
Card Legality: Historic, Explorer, Timeless

Khans of Tarkir is a re-release of the similarly-named classic MTG set from 2014. Unlike the previous re-release set, Shadows Over Innistrad Remastered, this will not be a curated form of the set. Rather, WoTC plans to release the original set directly as much as possible and port it over to MTG Arena.

To facilitate this, the set will coincide with the release of the new Timeless format. This format is a less-curated form of Historic that allows players to use all of their MTG Arena cards, with the notable exception of those indicated on its restricted and banned list (for different formats). As such, Khans of Tarkir will be legal in Timeless, Historic, and Explorer.


Set Mechanics


A static ability that lets you exile cards from the graveyard instead of paying its indicated mana cost. First introduced in Future Sight.


A status-checking ability that provides an upgraded effect or ability for the spell when you control a creature with power 4 or greater. Even if the ability still appears occasionally, the term is no longer in use today, though it is important to note at least that it first appeared on Khans of Tarkir.


Allows the player to cast a specific permanent as a 2/2 colorless, typeless creature for three colorless mana. The morph cost can then be paid to flip it face up, often providing different effects when it is done so. Megamorph upgrades this a bit by adding a +1/+1 counter upon flipping face up. First appeared in Onslaught.


This ability grants +1/+1 counters by paying its cost and tapping them (plus extra effects upon successful activation). Can only be used as sorcery.


Pumps a creature by +1/+1 whenever a noncreature spell is cast by their controller.


An ability that checks if you have attacked with a creature, which then triggers and resolves its effect.


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Fetchlands Legality

To adjust with Pioneer, Khans of Tarkir fetchlands will also be banned in MTGA Explorer (pre-banned in Historic). They are legal for Timeless.

Quick list:


Go Timeless 

As mentioned earlier, Khans of Tarkir and the Timeless format will be released/implemented on the same day. This marks the first time that an old set will be released in MTGA with very little to no selection at all as to which cards should be included. It is hoped that this format will grow as a Modern-lite or Vintage-lite of sorts, implementing all cards with every new classic set added, as opposed to Historic which still strictly as to which card should be included.


Minor Artwork, Typing and Terminology Updates

Another set of updates in preparation for Khans of Tarkir are several other changes that were rolled out for certain card and card types. Future sets, for example, will use "Snake", instead of "Naga" as a subtype. A few of these were implemented as early as November 8 (before the release of The Lost Caverns of Ixalan), and you can check out the complete details on this official post.


Important Dates

Release Date
December 12

Timeless Format implementation date
December 12

December 12-14
Midweek Magic features Timeless format

December 16-17
MTG Arena Open Khans of Tarkir

February 2-4 (2024)
Timeless Metagame Challenge


Khans of Tarkir Complete Card List

(original set release)

Click on the list here.


About ChrisCee:

A witness since the time the benevolent silver planeswalker first left Dominaria, ChrisCee has since went back and forth on a number of plane-shattering incidents to oversee the current state of the Multiverse.

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