The following sets will be offered in this latest drop:
Secret Lair X Street Fighter (MSRP $39.99; Traditional Foil $49.99): 1 E. Honda, Sumo Champion, 1 Ryu, World Warrior, 1 Ken, Burning Brawler, 1 Blanka, Ferocious Friend, 1 Chun-Li, Countless Kicks, 1 Dhalsim, Pliable Pacifist, 1 Guile, Sonic Soldier, and 1 Zangief, the Red Cyclone.
Li’l Walkers (MSRP $29.99; Traditional Foil $39.99): 1 Borderless Tamiyo, the Moon Sage, 1 Borderless Ajani, Mentor of Heroes, 1 Borderless Angrath, the Flame-Chained, 1 Borderless Ashiok, Dream Render, and 1 Borderless Sorin, Grim Nemesis.
Introducing: Kaito Shizuki (MSRP $29.99; Traditional Foil $39.99): 1 Borderless Brain Freeze, 1 Borderless Bribery, 1 Borderless Snap, 1 Borderless Unmask, and 1 Borderless Shadow of Doubt.
Special Guest: Yuko Shimizu (MSRP $29.99; Traditional Foil $39.99): 1 Borderless Hokori, Dust Drinker, 1 Borderless Kira, Great Glass-Spinner, 1 Borderless Eidolon of the Great Revel, and 1 Borderless Elvish Spirit Guide.
Showcase: Neon Dynasty (Neon Ink Foil MSRP $49.99): 1 Neon ink foil Ghostly Prison, 1 Neon ink foil Freed from the Real, 1 Neon ink foil Boseiju, Who Shelters, and 1 Neon ink foil Hall of the Bandit Lord.
Shades Not Included (MSRP $29.99; Traditional Foil $39.99): 1 Hand-drawn Plains, 1 Hand-drawn Island, 1 Hand-drawn Swamp, 1 Hand-drawn Mountain, and 1 Hand-drawn Forest.
Pictures of the Floating World (MSRP $29.99; Traditional Foil $39.99): 1 Windbrisk Heights, 1 Shelldock Isle, 1 Howltooth Hollow, 1 Spinerock Knoll, and 1 Mosswort Bridge.
Kamigawa: The Manga: The Cards (MSRP $29.99; Traditional Foil $39.99): 1 Idyllic Tutor, 1 Swords to Plowshares, 1 Solve the Equation, 1 Praetor’s Grasp, and 1 Veil of Summer.
This drop can be purchased in three different bundles. The Non-Stop, Non-Foil Bundle comes with one of each of the entirely non-foil sets (7 total) for $188.89, and the Full-of-Foils Bundle comes with one of each of the entirely foil ones (8 total) for $278.99. The Bundle Bundle comes with all the sets in the drop for $428.99.
Wizards of the Coast has pushed back the release of the Unfinity set, for Magic: The Gathering, due to ongoing supply chain issues. Unfinity, the latest Un-set, was set to release on April 1, 2022 (see “‘Magic: The Gathering’ ‘D&D’ and ‘Masters’ Sets”). The supply chain problems were specific to the Unfinity product line, thus WotC opted to push the set’s release off till the second half of 2022. Additionally, Unfinity promos will no longer ship with retailers’ Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty marketing kits, and will be sent out closer to Unfinity’s actual release date.
Wizards of the Coast announced a Magic: The Gathering brand collaboration with singer Post Malone to promote the Friday Night Magic program. The return of OP to gaming stores in 2021(see “U.S. In-Store Play Suspension for ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Will End Soon”) will be followed up by a year-long celebration of Magic’s return to stores involving a partnership with Magic celebrity super fan Post Malone. Although the full nature of the partnership has not been disclosed, it will involve promoting the FNM program as more stores return to OP as the pandemic winds down.
“You’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger fan of Magic: The Gathering than Post Malone,” said Nathan Stewart, Head of Franchise Marketing for WotC. “As a fan for years, he knows just how much Friday Night Magic means to players. We’re thrilled to collaborate with Posty in ways that will allow his signature style, talent and love of the game to combine in ways fans will never forget.”
Malone’s relationship with Magic, to this point, has been as a player, a collector, and a social influencer. Earlier this year, Malone was reported to have spent thousands of dollars at a Frank & Son Collectible Show (see “Post Malone Spends Thousands on ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Singles”). With this announcement, WotC now appears to be looking to leverage Malone’s star influence in a more official capacity to promote the Magic: The Gathering brand.
Square Enix announced Final Fantasy TCG: Rebellion’s Call, a new booster expansion, which will release in August 2022. This new expansion introduces characters from Final Fantasy VII: Before Crisis into the game. Also, the Crystal game mechanic that first appeared in Crystal Dominion (see “‘Final Fantasy TCG’ Booster Expansion”) is back again in this expansion. There will be more Legacy cards in this set, which include Firion [6-019L], Veritas of the Dark [8-136L], and Y’shtola [12-119L]. The set will feature artwork by Ryoma Ito, Akira Oguro, Yukihiro Kajimoto, Gen Kobayashi, Toshitaka Matsuda, Fumio Minagawa, and Miki Yamashita.
Alongside this set, Square Enix will release Two-Player Starter Set: Golbez vs. Cecil. It comes with two preconstructed decks to play with, and there will be 10 new starter exclusive cards in the decks. Each starter exclusive card will have three parallels.
Wizards of the Coast unveiled the Buy-a-Box promo for Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. The foil Buy-a-Box promo is Satoru Umezawa, a legendary human ninja creature card. The card’s text is as follows:
Sarou Umezawa (Casting Cost: 1UB)
Legendary Creature – Human Ninja
Whenever you activate a ninjutsu ability, look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order. This ability triggers only once each turn.
Each creature in your hand has ninjutsu 2UB. 2/4
This card offers card draw as well as an expedient way of putting Emrakul, the Aeons Torn or Griselbrand into play in Modern matches. It will likely be a surefire hit with customers, and can be given with the purchase of a Set, Draft, or Collector Display or if they buy 6 Prerelease Packs.
Wizards of the Coast announced Secret Lair: The Astrology Lands, a new series of Magic: The Gathering drop sets, which will be released on April 29, 2022 with a preorder date staring January 4, 2022. The new drop sets will feature a basic land type coupled with art alluding to an astrological sign. Each month, WotC will offer a different land type for a different sign, which will be available till the end of 2022. This product is not a print-to-demand item, it will only be available while the printed stock lasts.
The first of these sets to market is The Astrology Lands: Capricorn drop, which comes with full-art Swamps by Jeanne D’Angelo. It is available in foil for $39.99 and non-foil for $29.99. There are also two bundles, a foil bundle for $159.99 and non-foil for $119.99, that come with five of these sets each.
Konami Digital Entertainment will release the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG – Structure Deck: Albaz Strike on March 11.
Albaz Strike centers on Fallen Albaz, which originally appearing in Rise of the Duelist. The monster uses Fusion Summoning effects that allows duelists to absorb enemy monsters and transform it into new forms. The structure deck includes new Tri-Brigade and Springan monsters as well as reprints from Phantom Rage and Blazing Vortex sets. The deck includes five Tokens that feature new art that tell the stories of ‘Fallen of Albaz’. Cards that offer additional support for the deck can be found in Burst of Destiny and the recently announced Battle of Chaos (see “Konami Announces First Core ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ TCG’ Set of 2022”).
Albaz Strike will contain 46 cards (a 40-card Main Deck and 6-card Extra Deck), including 5 Ultra Rares, 3 Super Rares, and 38 Commons; 5 special Token cards; and a double-sided deluxe game mat/dueling guide.
Wizards of the Coast unveiled Secret Lair: Extra Life 2021, a drop series set that benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which will be on preorder November 5-8.
WotC continues their Extra Life annual fundraising event (see “‘Secret Lair: Extra Life 2020’“) where gamers come together to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with a new Secret Lair set. This year, the set features two different copies of the three cards offered: one copy with art rendered by young artists from Seattle’s Children’s Autism Center and one copy with artwork that is a professional artist’s interpretation of the rendered card. The set includes the following cards: 1 Mulldrifter by Aliya, age 5 and a half;1 Mulldrifter by Magali Villeneuve, age 41; 1 Craterhoof Behemoth by Kira, age 5 and a half; 1 Craterhoof Behemoth by Lars Grant-West, age 52, 1 Metalwork Colossus by Hyan Tran, age 6; and 1 Metalwork Colossus by Chris Rahn, age 36.
These sets can be purchased in foil for $49.99 or non-foil for $39.99. 50% of the sales proceeds go towards the Extra Life fundraising event.
The Commander Rules Committee (RC) updated their banned list for Magic: The Gathering’s Commander/EDH format on September 13.
In the update, the Commander RC banned Golos, Tireless Pilgrim from the Commander/EDH format. Golos was released in Core Set 2020 in 2019, and had actually previously been a problem card for the Standard format alongside Field of the Dead (see “Announcement’ Date Moved Up“). The RC gave the following reason for finally banning Golos in EDH:
“Its presence crushes the kind of diversity in commander choice which we want to promote. You can drop in Golos and a few 5-color lands into a random deck and get all the ramp and card advantage you would ever want from a commander, with no worries about your mana base. Golos’ ability effectively reduces the commander tax to one and once you hit seven mana…“
The Commander RC also made a decision to unban Worldfire, a mythic rare from Magic Core Set 2013. This card was previously banned because of problems it created an unfair advantage for the caster who could float mana and cast their commander after Worldfire resolved. It was unbanned because the 2021 Commander environment features cheaper ways, mana-wise, of producing a similar effects.