izards of the Coast unveiled its 2022 Magic: The Gathering holiday promo, “Chaos Wrap,” as well as teased an incoming Transformers-themed Secret Lair. It’s once again that time of year where WotC sends out a holiday promo to various partners and retail stores. This year the promo is a riff on the “Chaos Warp” card entitled “Chaos Wrap”:
Chaos Wrap (2R)
The owner of target permanent shuffles it into their library. Then they look at the top card of their library and may wrap it. If it’s a permanent card, they may put it onto the battlefield. Otherwise, they put it onto the battlefield face down as a 4/4 red Present creature. (To wrap a card, put it inside lots of sleeves. If it would be dealt damage or destroyed, remove a sleeve from it instead.)
WotC also teased a new Transformers-themed drop set release via the Secret Lair twitter account (see below). The tweet features a shadowy picture of Optimus Prime with the phrase “Till All Are Won 12.05.2022.”
Arcane Tinmen unveiled the Dragon Shield Valentines Dragons 2023 accessories for release into retail on January 13, 2023. The new standard-sized sleeves feature new brushed art depicting the marriage of a dragon couple. The standard-sized sleeves come 100-count in boxes that have a writing field on them for organizational purposes. They will retail for $14.99. The Japanese-sized sleeves come in 60 to a box for $9.49.
The Dragon Shield Valentines Dragons 2023 playmat features a soft fabric surface and rubber, nonslip back. Edges of the playmat are stitched and rounded to prevent fraying. This playmat will retail for $20.99.
Wizards of the Coast revealed new product line details for Dominaria Remastered, a new limited run reprint set, which will release on January 13, 2023. This reprint set was announced back in August 2022 as part of larger drop of product announcements (see “‘Dominaria Remastered'”). The set will offer players reprints of cards from Magic’s three decades of previous sets. These cards will be printed with new card treatments and artwork themed after the Dominaria setting.
There are two product configurations for this set: Draft Boosters and Collector Boosters. The Draft Booster displays come with 36 Dominaria Remastered Draft Boosters, which contain 15 Magic cards and an ad/token that are optimized for drafting. The rarity breakdown is as follows: 1 card of rarity rare or higher, 2 to 4 uncommons, 9 to 11 commons, and a Retro Land card. Traditional foils replace a common in 33% of boosters, and every pack has a retro-frame card of any rarity. A traditional foil retro-frame mythic rare appears in less than 1% of boosters.
Dominaria Remastered Collector Booster Boxes come with 12 packs, and each pack contains a 15 Magic: The Gathering cards and traditional double-sided foil token. Each pack contains 11 foil cards. The pack rarity breakdown is as follows: 3 to 4 cards of rarity rare or higher, 2 to 6 uncommons, 5 to 9 commons, and a foil Retro Land card. A traditional foil retro-frame mythic rare appears in 9% of Collector Boosters.
Magnificent Mavens – the 2022 Holiday Box booster set – combines dozens of popular cards from previous sets with new cards for Sky Strikers, Mayakashis, Witchcrafters, and Ishizu Ishtar’s Deck from the original animated series!
The all-foil Ultra Rare booster set includes new cards for these 4 themes, plus dozens of cards available once again, including hot cards like Black Luster Soldier – Soldier of Chaos, Swordsoul of Mo Ye, Traptrix Sera, and Blue-Eyes Abyss Dragon.
Each box of Magnificent Mavens contains:
1 pack of 70 card sleeves (1 of 6 new sleeve designs for Sky Strikers, Mayakashis, or Witchcrafters)
4 booster packs with 5 Ultra Rare cards per pack
Select cards are also available in the Egyptian Hieroglyphic Pharaoh’s Rare Ultra Rare foil style.
Product Title: Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Magnificent Mavens Product Type: Collector’s Set Release Date: 03 / 11 / 2022
The Hasbro Board of Directors has been re-elected, defeating the effort by Alta Fox Capital Management to shake up its roster, Hasbro announced today, pending final ratification of the election results. After making a splash as it urged Hasbro to spin off Wizards of the Coast in February (see “Hedge Fund Urging Hasbro to Spin Off WotC”), Alta Fox proposed five of its directors for the board, then cut that to three (see “Funds Urge Compromise”), and finally to one, who was defeated in the shareholder vote announced today.
Although Alta Fox was able to pick up some support for its efforts, the win of the existing board slate was by “a substantial margin,” according to the company. “As the vote indicates, our highly skilled and recently refreshed Board possesses experience and expertise directly relevant to overseeing Hasbro’s world class portfolio of assets across multiple play and entertainment categories,” the company said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “Our directors will be instrumental to [current Hasbro CEO, former WotC president] Chris [Cocks] as he undertakes a strategic review of the business and outlines our go-forward strategy to position Hasbro for long-term success and delivery of shareholder value.”
Wizards of the Coast unveiled Secret Lair June 2022 Superdrop, the next wave of Secret Lair sets for Magic: The Gathering, now on direct-to-consumer preorder.
This wave of Secret Lair sets showcases some cards that Commander players will want to get their hands on. The Special Guest: Kelogsloops has a Mystic Remora in it, a Commander staple card that has never been reprinted. Also of note, Artist Series: Livia Prima features a Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, which is a card that is a part of multiple game-winning combos.
The following sets will be offered in the June 2022 Superdrop: Special Guest: Kelogsloops (MSRP $29.99; Traditional Foil $39.99): Set comes with a Borderless Mystic Remora, a Borderless Retreat to Coralhelm, a Borderless Burgeoning, a Borderless Utopia Sprawl, and a MTG Redemption code.
Rule the Room (MSRP $29.99; Traditional Foil $39.99): This set features a Borderless Brimaz, King of Oreskos, a Borderless Arcanis the Omnipotent, a Borderless Queen Marchesa, and a Borderless Savra, Queen of the Golgari.
The Tokyo Lands (MSRP $29.99; Foil Etched $39.99): Set highlights the scenes of Tokyo with a Full-art Plains, a Full-art Island, a Full-art Swamp, a Full-art Mountain, and a Full-art Forest.
Artist Series: Livia Prima (MSRP $29.99; Traditional Foil $39.99): Comes with an Akroma, Angel of Wrath, a Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, a Glissa Sunseeker, an Olivia, Mobilized for War, and a MTG Redemption code.
Artist Series: Chris Rahn (MSRP $29.99; Traditional Foil $39.99): Set contains a Kozilek, the Great Distortion, a Primeval Titan, a Huntmaster of the Fells, a Platinum Angel, and a MTG Redemption code.
Artist Series: Volkan Baga (MSRP $29.99; Traditional Foil $39.99): This set has an Elspeth, Knight-Errant, a Patron Wizard, a Berserk, and a Verduran Enchantress. This drop also can be purchased in three different bundles. The Non-Stop, Non-Foil Bundle comes with one of each of the entirely non-foil sets (6 total) for $148.99, and the Full-of-Foils Bundle comes with one of each of the entirely foil ones (6 total) for $198.99. The Bundle Bundle comes with all the sets in the drop for $328.99.
Wizards of the Coast has partnered with ReedPop for Magic 30, an event to kick off Magic: The Gathering’s 30th anniversary celebration, which will happen from October 28-30, 2022 at the EXPO at World Market Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Magic: The Gathering is approaching the 30th anniversary of its general release, which happened in 1993. They are kicking the celebration off a little early by launching a both in-person and virtual event in Las Vegas during Halloween weekend. The in-person event, run by ReedPop (see “ICv2 Interview”), will include a Modern tournament that finishes with a Top 8 draft where players will draft Beta edition cards and the Magic World Championship XXVIII event. There will also be Unfinity events hosted by lead designer Mark Rosewater, panel events, cosplay, and more. This event will also feature its own exclusive Secret Lair set.
Wizards of the Coast announced that a portion of the Double Masters 2022 product line will be delayed. Delays strike again (see “Product Delays”) as WotC says that a portion of Double Masters 2022 Collector Boosters will be delayed in North America for one to two weeks after the set release. The delays were blamed both on production challenges and the ongoing global supply issues. As a result, Collectors Booster will likely have a limited availability initially.
This could potentially be a major blow or boon for this product line. The Collector Booster displays for this set have only four packs each (see “‘Double Masters 2022′”), and are clearly aimed at customers with significant amounts of disposable income. A glut in supply lasting a week or more could put a damper on sales of this set as the FOMO on new Magic products tends to fade progressively after a set’s release.
Conversely, if the reprints and cards treatments in this set are desirable enough, a lack of product could also make card prices on the secondary market soar temporarily based on the rarity of Collector Boosters in the marketplace. This type of price action could create a second wave of enthusiasm for the boxes from singles card resellers and vest pocket singles sellers looking to flip the cards for profit.
Wizards of the Coast unveiled new details on the Dominaria United set, which will be headed to stores on September 9, 2022 (typo “June 11” corrected 6.20.2022; apologies). Dominaria United is one of the most anticipated Standard sets of the year (see “Dominaria United”), and WotC has cooked up a few twists for prerelease events. One of the new event features will be that Collector Booster displays will be available for early sales at prereleases in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Additionally, retailers will be able to run prerelease events with the new Dominaria Jumpstart packs instead of Prerelease Packs. All stores will also receive a Jumpstart Booster display for free to use during the prerelease.
Scheduling for retailers was officially opened up on March 8 and the important dates for this set are as follows:
Distributor Selection Deadline: June 24, 2022
WPN Premium Deadline: July 1, 2022
Marketing Kits Delivered (North America and Latin America): Beginning August 2, 2022
Promo Cards Delivered: Beginning August 26, 2022
Prerelease: September 2-8, 2022
Launch Party: September 9-11, 2022
Game Day: September 17-25, 2022
WPN Premium Commander Party: September 30 – October 2, 2022
October 2022 Store Championships: October 15-23, 2022
onami Digital Entertainment updated product details for two upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG releases. The updates revolve around the 2022 Holiday Box and Battles of Legend: Crystal Revenge. The 2022 Holiday Box, which was announced in late April (see “‘Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG: 2022 Holiday Box'”), was renamed Magnificent Mavens and revealed box art (see below). They also mentioned three of the six possible sleeve designs included in the boxed set as “Sky Striker,” “Mayakashi,” and “Witchcrafter.” For Battles of Legend: Crystal Revenge, they released new pack art (see below).