MTG: Weekly MTG – WotC Unveils the Treasures in ‘The Lost Caverns of Ixalan’
One of the best parts of the Magic experience is cracking packs. Blake Rasmussen gives us a look at what to expect from The Lost Caverns of Ixalan.
The Lost Caverns of Ixalan set is finally upon us, or at least it will be soon. Friday begins Prerelease weekend, with the official set release on the 17th. This is one of the most anticipated sets of the year; as much as folks love Eldraine, there’s just something about the Aztec Dinosaurs that pushes the right buttons.
In addition, there’s a Jurassic Park partnership, some gorgeous “treasure” cards, and a few bombshell reprints. We’re even seeing the return of Mana Crypt! On this week’s episode of Weekly Magic, Blake Rasmussen shows us a quick rundown of what you’ll find in the packs and a speedy sample draft.
Treasure Trove Box Topper
Every Booster box will come with one of these gorgeous single-card packs. Draft and Set boosters will have standard versions, while Collector booster boxes upgrade to Foil.
These “treasure” cards are artifacts from Magic’s history, reprinted with glorious new art. You could snag anything from a Whispersilk Cloak all the way up to Chalice of the Void. This makes buying a box more juicy than ever, especially the coveted Collector Boosters.
These packs are for hardcore collectors or those who want to give their decks a little extra sparkle. Lost Caverns ups the ante even more by including beautiful partnered cards from Jurassic Park. The pack is what we’ve come to expect from Collector Boosters; 4 foiled commons and 2-3 foiled uncommon. From there, you get one of the new “core” style full-art lands, which showcase what the explorers found deep in the caves.
After that is an uncommon card with one of the special treatments, such as full-art or “god” treatment, then a foil rare from the main set. Next, you get a Commander set card with special treatment, a non-foil rare, a Jurassic Park card, and finally, a “fancy” card. This could be something from the List, a reprint, or even the coveted Mana Crypt. Finishing it off, you get a foil dual-sided token.
Not much has changed here other than the inclusion of the Box Topper. You still get 1-3 rares, with a chance for a list or special treatment card, the usual common and uncommon bulk, and land. If you’ve opened Set Boosters before, you know what to expect.
This, like the Set booster, is the same as it’s always been, with one major exception; the Cave land. That means you won’t want to throw your land away immediately since so many cards require Caves for their effects. At last, the land isn’t a trash card and is worth pulling earlier in rotation.
Blake also gave a sample draft, showcasing good picks for Limited and Sealed. If you want to watch the VOD, you can check it out on the Weekly MTG page here.
Also, make sure to pick up your Ixalan products before they’re gone for good! I imagine this set will go fast.