Features Hard-To-Find Cards from Previous ‘Legendary Duelists’ Sets
Konami Digital Entertainment will release the Legendary Duelists: Season 1 for Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game in July 3. Legendary Duelists: Season 1 features hard-to-find cards from Legendary Duelists (see ” ‘Legendary Duelists’ Join ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!'”) and Legendary Duelists: Ancient Millennium. This set also adds Secret Rares to the mix, which did not appear in the original sets, and every box will include one of seven Secret Rare variant cards such as the Pegasus, Joey-inspired Fusion Monsters Millennium-Eyes Restrict, and Red-Eyes Slash Dragon. Each Legendary Duelists: Season 1 box contains a Secret Rare, 6 Ultra Rares (2 standard Ultra Rares, 4 colorful Ultra Rares), and 30 commons.
The complete set of Legendary Duelists: Season 1 set contains 121 cards: 7 Secret Rares, 16 colorful Ultra Rares (available in blue, green, or purple), 4 standard Ultra Rares, and 94 Commons (set contents are subject to change). This product will retail for $14.99.
Pre-Constructed Themed Boosters Let Players Skip Deck-Building, Shuffle Two Boosters, and Play
Wizards of the Coast just unveiled Jumpstart Booster Packs and Booster Boxes for Magic: The Gathering trading card game which will release on July 3, 2020. Jumpstart is a new way to play Magic: The Gathering that fuses the best parts of limited and constructed into a quick-to-play experience. Each pack contains 20 cards, all of which fit a specific deck construction theme, and each player can take two of these packs, shuffle them together, and play a game of Magic right out of the pack. There are 121 possible 20-card lists inside any given pack, and basic lands are included, some with new art.
This set introduces 37 new cards to Magic: The Gathering, has almost 500 reprints, and all of the cards in this set are legal in Legacy, Vintage, and Commander formats. One out of every three boosters has an extra rare card, and some packs have unique “Mythic Rare” themes. Boosters come with 20 cards and a Pack Summary card, and Booster Boxes come with 20 Jumpstart packs.
Ultra PRO announced Magic: The Gathering Mythic Edition Accessories, deck boxes and binders for Magic: The Gathering cards, for release in May 2020. Mythic Edition Alcove Flip for Magic: The Gathering and Mythic Edition Alcove Tower for Magic: The Gathering. These two products are a solid storage device for organizing and protecting Magic cards. They both hold 100+ double-sleeved cards, and have a magnetic locking mechanism. The Alcove Flip Box, which will retail for $24.99, is a little smaller, and its lid can be undone on both sides of the box for easy access to the deck. The Alcove Tower, which has a MSRP of $34.99, features a modular interior for storing dice, tokens, and other accessories.
Mythic Edition Alcove Vault for Magic: The Gathering. The Alcove Vault stores and protects up to three separate decks of cards in Deck Protector sleeves. Each compartment of this storage box can store up to 100 double-sleeved Magic cards and it will retail for $54.99.
Mythic Edition 4-Pocket, 9-Pocket, and 12-Pocket Zippered PRO-Binder for Magic: The Gathering. Each portfolio comes with archival safe pages. The 4-Pocket version can hold up to 160 sleeved cards, the 9-Pocket version holds up to 360 sleeved cards, and the 9-Pocket version holds up to 480 sleeved cards. The pages are designed to fit standard-sized TCG cards, and will retail $29.99, $39.99, and $49.99, respectively.
Included To Add Value To Factory-Sealed Booster Boxes
Wizards of the Coast revealed that it will include Box Toppers, cards inserted inside a factory-sealed box of Magic: The Gathering cards, for the Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths set which is scheduled to come out April 24 (see “Details Revealed For ‘Magic: The Gathering’ ‘Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths’ Product Line”). As retailers coordinate with their distributors to order Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, WotC “sweetened the pot” a little bit by adding Box Toppers back into the mix. The last round of the Box Toppers were included in the Ultimate Masters set back in 2018 which were a resounding success as far as the selling product (see “1,764 Booster Boxes Sold Over Holiday Weekend”). WotC also revealed that the Ikoria box toppers will be a little different than the Ultimate Masters ones, but also stated that they would “appeal to collectors, and any player that’s into fancy and shiny.”
The Box Toppers will come sealed inside a factory box of boosters in addition to the Buy-a-Box promos. These two bonus cards are intended to make entire sealed booster boxes more desirable for consumers to purchase, and also add extra value for retailers as they crack open product to sell loose boosters or set up drafts.
$25 of Each Direct Sale Set Benefits Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
Wizards of the Coast revealed Secret Lair: International Women’s Day, with $25 of each sale going to Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, for release on March 8. The latest Secret Lair drop is an International Women’s Day set that benefits charity, similar to how WotC released the My Little Pony set last year (see “‘My Little Pony’ ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Card Set Will Be Sold To Raise Money For Extra Life Charity”). The set includes five legendary creature cards featuring women from Magic: The Gathering: a Foil Borderless Alt-Art Captain Sisay, a Foil Borderless Alt-Art Meren of Clan Nel Toth, a Foil Borderless Alt-Art Narset, Enlightened Master, a Foil Borderless Alt-Art Oona, Queen of the Fae, and a Foil Borderless Alt-Art Saskia the Unyielding. In addition, the borderless art for the cards are all provided by illustrators including Mila Pesic, Livia Prima, Cynthia Sheppard, Anna Steinbauer, and Magali Villeneuve.
These particular cards are often used as commanders because they have very powerful abilities, and will likely be valuable on the secondary market as Commander players tend to upgrade the aesthetic qualities of the cards in their decks. Secret Lair: International Women’s Day is priced at $49.99, and will only be available for 24 hours.
WotC’s last drop, Secret Lair Drop Series: Theros Stargazing, was released on February 14 (see “Wizards of the Coast Drops Five More ‘Magic: The Gathering’ ‘Secret Lair’ Sets Featuring ‘Theros’ Gods”)
Konami Entertainment revealed that the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game: Ignition Assault will hit retail stores in 2020. Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG: Ignition Booster brings in Ai’s “@Ignister” cards from the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS animated series. The set will introduce all-new pirates and their ships along with new cards to strengthen existing deck themes. This set will also include multiple general-use cards that can be used in any deck. Ignition Assault features 100 cards, including 8 Secret Rares; 10 Ultra Rares; 14 Super Rares; 20 Rares; and 48 Commons. This booster set will release on January 31.
The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game: Ignition Assault Special Edition will release on March 6. Each Ignition Assault Special Edition will contain three Ignition Assault booster packs and two of four possible Super Rare variant cards. The release of Ignition Assault will follow the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions: Movie Pack Secret Edition
Wizards of the Coast has revealed the Ponies: Galloping, a card set for Magic: The Gathering, that will be sold to support Extra Life, an organization benefitting Seattle Children’s Hospitals.
This three-card crossover set will be sold between October 22 and November 5 through the Hasbro Pulse web site at a cost of $50.00, with $30.00 of each sale going to Extra Life. There also a $100 donation level, with $80 going to charity, for three Ultra PRO play mats that features the art from the cards.
Even at a raw cost of $50 per three-card set, purchase of this set is a worthwhile endeavor for retailers to explore on a couple of different levels. First and foremost, it benefits a worthy charity. Seattle Children’s Hospitals provides life-saving care for hundreds of children, and also engages in research into childhood disease.
In addition to supporting a charitable cause, the cards included in the set will more than likely become instant Commander staples, retain value on the secondary market, and inspire single sales of long-forgotten rares that synergize with the Ponies. The Princess Twilight Sparkle card is a fantastic choice as a Commander for a Horse-themed deck, and will likely create a single sales uptick in cards that summon pegasi, horses, alicorns, and unicorns. Rarity and Nightmare Moon/Princess Luna are simply an overall good multiplayer cards with great flavor mechanics. Make no mistake, these Ponies will be in demand.
Wizards of the Coast also recently released another limited edition set, Magic: The Gathering Deluxe Collection, that sold out almost instantly (see “Wizards of the Coast Will Sell ‘Magic: The Gathering Throne of Eldraine Deluxe Collection’ Direct-to-Consumer”).