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Secret Lair is a “sub-brand” of Magic: The Gathering that groups existing cards into small collectible sets with strange themes and wild new art styles.[1][2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The first Secret Lair series all consisted of alternate art reprints. Wizards of the Coast was trying to work with artists they usually don't: street artists, comic book artists, album cover designers, etc. Alternately, they may use traditional Magic artists working with very non-traditional art briefs. The Secret Lair Series is Wizard of the Coast's first full foray into selling single reprints directly to players.

With the The Walking Dead series, the premise of only reprints was abandoned. Mark Heggen revealed that R&D views Secret Lair platform as a product - testing grounds that platform lets them try things they can't do in normal products. He acknowledged that it had been art up to 2020, but that they had broadened the concept to speak to audiences of different sizes.[3] If they identify a small group that would be thrilled by a specific product, this could cater to them: "like game of Magic the Secret Lair will always try new things and evolve - the first year focused on art which is the low hanging fruit" and "as we have new ideas and want to try new things to make the game joyful for more people, Secret Lair is the place to do that experimentation".

Drop Series[edit | edit source]

All cards in the print-to-demand Secret Lair Drop Series have a rare or mythic rare shooting star expansion symbol. The tokens have a common expansion symbol. The Secret Lair Drop Series are English only.

The "drops" contains between three and seven cards and/or tokens in a customized collector box, costing either $29.99, $39.99, or $49.99 depending on the drop – some of which use premium foil cards as well. Additionally, the "drops" can contain digital product redemption codes for MTG Arena or MTG Online for various online products to be used in their respective platform. The drops are only for purchase from the Wizards of the Coast webshop secretlair.wizards.com. Each drop usually only lasts for 24 hours (though there are some exceptions). "Superdrops" are multi-day sales including multiple different drops that can be purchased individually or as part of a bundle.[4] Additional information on the contents of each Secret Lair Drop can be found on the webshop secretlair.wizards.com.

Drop Card numbers Release date Price
(non-foil)
Price
(foil)
MTGA
Sleeves
MTGO
Cards
Other
Bitterblossom Dreams 012 - 016 2019-12-03 $29.99 Y Non-Foil MTGO Avatar x4
Eldraine Wonderland 001 - 005 2019-12-04 $29.99 Y Non-Foil
Restless in Peace 006 - 008 2019-12-05 $29.99 Y Non-Foil
Seeing Visions 029 - 032 2019-12-06 $29.99 Y Non-Foil
<explosion sounds> 017 - 021 2019-12-07 $29.99 Y Non-Foil
Kaleidoscope Killers 009 - 011 2019-12-08 $39.99 Y Non-Foil
OMG KITTIES! 022 - 028 2019-12-09 $39.99 Y Non-Foil MTGA Avatar x2
Year of the Rat 033 - 036 2020-01-27 $39.99 Y
Theros Stargazing, Volume I 068 - 070 2020-02-14 $39.99 Y
Theros Stargazing, Volume II 071 - 073 2020-02-14 $39.99 Y
Theros Stargazing, Volume III 074 - 076 2020-02-14 $39.99 Y
Theros Stargazing, Volume IV 077 - 079 2020-02-14 $39.99 Y
Theros Stargazing, Volume V 080 - 082 2020-02-14 $39.99 Y
International Women's Day 051 - 055 2020-03-08 $49.99 Y
Thalia - Beyond the Helvault 037 - 040 2020-03-12 $29.99 Y MTGA Card Styles
April Fools 060 - 062 2020-09-11 N/A
The Godzilla Lands 063 - 067 2020-05-07 $29.99 Y
Full Sleeves: The Tattoo Pack 041 - 045 2020-06-01 $29.99 Y Non-Foil
Can You Feel with a Heart of Steel? 056 - 058 2020-06-02 $39.99 Y Non-Foil
The Path Not Traveled 087 - 090 2020-06-03 $39.99 Y Non-Foil
Mountain, Go 083 - 086 2020-06-04 $29.99 Y Non-Foil
Ornithological Studies 091 - 095 2020-06-05 $29.99 Y Non-Foil
Prime Slime 133 - 137 2020-08-19 $29.99
Every Dog Has Its Day 096 - 099 2020-08-26 $29.99 $39.99 Y Foil / Non-Foil
Happy Yargle Day! 110 - 114 2020-09-03 $29.99 $39.99 Foil / Non-Foil
Showcase: Zendikar Revisited 154 - 158 2020-09-25 $29.99 $39.99 Y
The Walking Dead 143 - 153 2020-10-04 $49.99 Non-Foil
Extra Life 2020 164 - 167 2020-11-06 $59.99 Y Foil
Artist Series: Seb McKinnon 119 - 122 2020-11-30 $29.99 $39.99 Y Foil / Non-Foil
Happy Little Gathering 100 - 109 2020-11-30 $29.99 $39.99 Foil / Non-Foil MTGA Non Foil
Hope You Like Squirrels 195 - 200 2020-11-30 $39.99 Y Foil
A Box of Rocks 201 - 205 2020-11-30 $29.99 $39.99 Foil / Non-Foil
Party Hard, Shred Harder 138 - 142 2020-11-30 $29.99 Non-Foil

^† As of June 22, 2020, card 059 is removed from the set and won't be printed.[5]
^‡ Small numbers of the set were allocated to all WPN locations in September, 2020, to be used at their discretion.[6]

Artist Series[edit | edit source]

The Artist Series is a sub-series of drops for which a famous artist is allowed to choose four Magic cards they want to illustrate. They get "carte blanche"; total freedom to do what they want.[7] Artists who have received such a series include:

Registered titles[edit | edit source]

Based on the registration of public domains, the following drop is expected to be announced in the future:.[8]

Bonus cards[edit | edit source]

Each drop is delivered with a bonus card in the package. The chosen card may vary, but each drop only comes with a certain selection of cards. This usually has a theme connected to that specific drop.

# Bonus card
501 Stained-glass Karn, the Great Creator
502 Stained-glass Ugin, the Ineffable
503 Stained-glass Gideon Blackblade
504 Stained-glass Teyo, the Shieldmage
505 Stained-glass The Wanderer
506 Stained-glass Jace, Wielder of Mysteries
507 Stained-glass Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor
508 Stained-glass Narset, Parter of Veils
509 Stained-glass Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage
510 Stained-glass Liliana, Dreadhorde General
511 Stained-glass Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted
512 Stained-glass Chandra, Fire Artisan
513 Stained-glass Jaya, venerated Firemage
514 Stained-glass Sarkhan the Masterless
515 Stained-glass Tibalt, Rakish Instigator
516 Stained-glass Arlinn, Voice of the Pack
517 Stained-glass Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter
518 Stained-glass Nissa, Who Shakes the World
519 Stained-glass Vivien, Champion of the Wilds
520 Stained-glass Ajani, the Greathearted
521 Stained-glass Domri, Anarch of Bolas
522 Stained-glass Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God
523 Stained-glass Ral, Storm Conduit
524 Stained-glass Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord
525 Stained-glass Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
526 Stained-glass Teferi, Time Raveler
527 Stained-glass Angrath, Captain of Chaos
528 Stained-glass Ashiok, Dream Render
529 Stained-glass Dovin, Hand of Control
530 Stained-glass Huatli, the Sun's Heart
531 Stained-glass Kaya, Bane of the Dead
532 Stained-glass Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner
533 Stained-glass Nahiri, Storm of Stone
534 Stained-glass Saheeli, Sublime Arificer
535 Stained-glass Samut, Tyrant Smasher
536 Stained-glass Vraska, Swarm's Eminence
537 White-bordered Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded
538
539
540
541 Mechanically unique Lucille

Ultimate Edition[edit | edit source]

Ultimate Edition is a different product line under the Secret Lair umbrella with the same sensibility but with a different distribution model (through LGS's).[4]

Set Card numbers Release date Price
Secret Lair: Ultimate Edition 001 - 005 2020-05-29 $400

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Tom Marks (November 25, 2019). "Magic: The Gathering Reveals New Secret Lair Drop Series With Wild Art". Ca.ign.com.
  2. Mark Heggen (November 25, 2019). "Revealing Secret Lair". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Weekly MTG - Secret Lair: The Walking Dead (Video). Magic: The Gathering. YouTube (October 2, 2020).
  4. a b Wizards of the Coast (March 13, 2020). "Making Fetch Happen—Secret Lair: Ultimate Edition". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. MTGSecretLair. Twitter.
  6. WPN (September 2, 2020). "Sneak Peek: Zendikar Rising Marketing Kit". Wizards Play Network.
  7. Seb McKinnon (November 24, 2020). "MtG Secret Lair: Artist Series Thread". Twitter.
  8. Payneswalker (October 3, 2020). "New Drops?". Reddit.