WIZARDS OF THE COAST UNVEILS MORE DEETS FOR ‘DOMINARIA UNITED’ RELEASE

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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

WIZARDS OF THE COAST ANNOUNCES ‘MAGIC: THE GATHERING’ ‘SECRET LAIR’ FEBRUARY SUPERDROP 2022

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Wizards of the Coast announced February Superdrop 2022, a new wave of Secret Lair sets for Magic: The Gathering, for preorder from February 18, 2022 to March 18, 2022.

WotC looks like it is making the February Superdrop an annual event (see “‘Secret Lair: Smitten Superdrop’“), as it churns out a new wave of Secret Lair DTC sets. This drop features the Secret Lair X Street Fighter set (see “‘Magic: The Gathering’ ‘Secret Lair x Street Fighter’“) as well as a set illustrated by Eisner-nominated artist Yuko Shimizu (see “2011 Eisner Award Nominees“). It also includes a manga-inspired set as well as Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty art treatment sets.

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.

These all look sooooo good!

WIZARDS OF THE COAST PUSHES BACK ‘MAGIC’S’ ‘UNFINITY’

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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 ANNOUNCES ‘MAGIC: THE GATHERING’ BRAND COLLABORATION WITH POST MALONE

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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 ANNOUNCES ‘FINAL FANTASY TCG: REBELLION’S CALL’

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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 UNVEILS ‘KAMIGAWA: NEON DYNASTY’ BUY-A-BOX PROMO

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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.

‘MAGIC: THE GATHERING’ REACHES FOR THE STARS

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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.

Yu-gi-oh! Structure deck: Albaz Strike

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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 unveils Secret Lair Extra Life

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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.