The next Sword Art Online set, scheduled for release on 28 February 2020, will cover part of the Alicization arc of the animated series, which is still currently airing in Japan. Fans of the title will be happy to know that cards from this release can be mixed with previous SAO sets, but they might not want to do so: A great majority of the new cards will rely on the ::Fluctlight:: trait, which is exclusive to this narrative arc, making interaction with older tech less appealing. So yes, Alicization might as well be a stand-alone set, although it will include a few goodies specifically meant for the standard ::Avatar:: and ::Net:: builds. But that just means we’ll need to find out just how good these new cards can be on their own!
If you want to know more about the new archetypes made possible by this release and their possible impact on the metagame, make sure to visit this page again in January 2020!