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MTG: Secret Lair Announces Next Set – Black Is Magic

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Feb 5 2021

In celebration of Black History Month, Secret Lair is back with a new set drop for Magic: The Gathering. Say hello to Black Is Magic.

Secret Lair is a not-so-secret limited edition set from Wizards of the Coast for Magic: The Gathering. According to WotC:

“The Secret Lair Drop Series contains specially curated cards that feature some of the most exciting artists around. But act fast-each drop is available for a very limited amount of time.”

Past sales have included collaborations with The Walking Dead, Extra Life, Godzilla, and more. The latest drop is in support of another great cause with proceeds going toward Black Girls CODE.

via WotC

Wizards of the Coast is proud to celebrate Black History Month with the Secret Lair: Black Is Magic drop, which celebrates and supports different expressions of Black identity. This special collection will be available for preorder February 22 through March 31 with the proceeds benefiting the game design, digital art, and game development programs of Black Girls CODE, an organization that empowers girls of color in game design and other coding programs.



Black History Month celebrates Black history and honors the stories, culture, and achievements of Black people. The Black Is Magic drop celebrates and supports different expressions of Black identity.

Each card was illustrated by a Black artist who brought their unique art style to the drop. Ernanda Souza interprets Shalai, Voice of Plenty as a guardian angel who protects and shields the people. Ejiwa ‘Edge’ Ebenebe gives us a Ponder that honors elders and African spiritual tradition. Hillary Wilson, Dani Pendergast, KNIIO, Thomas Zenteno, and Julio Reyna celebrate more aspects of the Black experience in additional cards that will be revealed soon.



Black Girls CODE aims to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color between ages seven and seventeen to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.

As a little treat, Wizards is also showing off a pair of cards in the set:

As for the rest of the contents…

Available in Foil and Non-Foil

  • 1x Borderless alternate-art Shalai, Voice of Plenty
  • 1x Borderless alternate-art Ponder
  • 5x Additional borderless alternate-art cards to be revealed soon

Wizards will have more details to reveal about the set on February 9th and 16th.


  • Foil: $49.99/€54.99*/£49.99*
  • Non-foil: $39.99/€44.99*/£39.99*
    *inclusive of local VAT

Wizards also has a couple follow-up articles for this announcement. There is a great designer commentary on how Black Is Magic was designed. And another article introducing the set, too. Both of those are good reads and if you’re interested in the set you should totally check them out.

In the meantime, mark your calendars for February 22, Secret Lair’s new Drops sell out fast…


Magic’s best worst-kept secret strikes again!

Author: Adam Harrison
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