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Throne of Eldraine

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Throne of Eldraine
Throne of Eldraine
ELD logo.png
Set Information
Set symbol
Symbol description Crown and ceremonial collar
Art direction Cynthia Sheppard
Release date October 4, 2019
Expansion code ELD[1]
Development codename Archery
Non-block expansions
War of the Spark Throne of Eldraine N/A
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Commander 2019 Throne of Eldraine N/A

Throne of Eldraine is the 82nd Magic expansion. It will be released on October 4, 2019.[2][3]

Set details[edit | edit source]

Booster featuring Rowan Kenrith
SDCC press breakfast invitation
The faerie-invested invitation card

Throne of Eldraine is a top-down designed set, inspired by the romantic Arthurian legend of Camelot on one hand and Grimms' Fairy Tales on the other.[4] Besides Grimm, the set covers a range of European fairy tales that come from a variety of sources.[5][6] Mark Rosewater stated that he had been waiting 10 years to do a Grimm's world,[7][8][9] comparing it to the Lorwyn–Shadowmoor block that had erred in being too true to the source material rather than hitting the tropes that players knew.[10]

The set contains TBA cards (TBA basic lands, TBA commons, TBA uncommons, TBA rares, TBA mythic rares), and includes randomly inserted premium versions of all these cards. Additional cards are found in the set's planeswalker decks brawl decks. These are numbered #TBA to #TBA. A unique Buy-a-Box promotional card numbered #TBA is also considered to be part of the set. As of this set, the additional cards are numbered sequentially but don't feature the denominator anymore. So collector numbers like "307/300" are a thing of the past.[11]

2018 World Champion Javier Dominguez is depicted on a newly introduced player spotlight card.[12] The set is accompanied by an Ebook written by Kate Elliott, for sale on Amazon and other webshops. This will be the only way to go deeper than the cards and read the full Throne of Eldraine story.[13] Wizards of the Coast announced that the Magic story will now be told through e-books rather than weekly episodic stories and that The Wildered Quest is the first example of this change in how Magic’s story will be told.[14]

Storyline[edit | edit source]

The plane of Eldraine is a high-fantasy medieval world filled with knights and castles along with Magic's take on the genre of fairy tales.

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Throne of Eldraine is sold in regular 16-card regular boosters (one card being a marketing card), five single color Theme Boosters, two Planeswalker Decks, four Brawl Decks, and the Throne of Eldraine bundle. The regular boosters, now rebranded as Draft Boosters form a lineup with the Theme Boosters and with new Collector Boosters. The Draft Booster has the possibility of containing borderless planeswalkers or special new showcase cards.

The Showcase frame is a catch-all term to cover a variety of different treatments that embody the spirit of the relevant set.[12] The art and frame will play into the set's theme (in this case it frames the card boxes with green vines). Each set will have its own unique showcase cards. Which cards get the treatment (and usually, it will just be cards from that set), and at what rarity, will vary from set to set. Showcase cards replace cards of the same rarity as the non showcase card in packs. The showcase cards don’t require a mechanic with a new frame. That just happens to be the case for Throne of Eldraine.[15] The Showcase cards replace cards of the same rarity as the non showcase card in packs. There are no non-foil common showcase cards in booster packs. Those appear only in the Collector Booster. Every rare or mythic rare from the set that doesn't already have a variant frame (meaning that it doesn't exist as a borderless planeswalker card or showcase card) will be available as extended-art cards. The extended-art cards are all rares and mythic rares and are only found in the Collector Booster.

The name of the set was revealed at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 18, 2019.[16] An image of promotional flyers appeared on Reddit that same day.[17] These featured art with faeries, leading to speculation that the set would have an emphasis on faeries. Mark Rosewater had to make a statement on Blogatog to do some expectation management. He noted that there are Faeries in the set, but nowhere at the volume or importance that people were assuming.[18] Rosewater provided some more details on Saturday at the Magic panel. The panel wasn't live-streamed, but Wizards of the Coast tweeted it live and an article with the relevant info was posted later that night.[19][12]

As in Core Set 2020, 1:45 cards is foil, instead of the previous 1:67. Going forwards, this is the standard rate.[12]

Collector Boosters[edit | edit source]

After a test run for Ravnica Allegiance, Wizards of the Coast introduced "Collector Boosters" as a regular feature for standard sets.[12] The expected price range is between $20 to $25 per booster. They are only printed in English and Japanese, and will have a limited print run. The contents are

  • 1 rare/mythic rare with extended-art
  • 1 foil rare/mythic rare (may also be a borderless planeswalker, extended-art, or showcase card).
  • 9 foil commons/uncommons (including variant versions)
  • 3 non-foil special-frame cards (showcase or borderless planeswalker)
  • 1 non-foil ancillary card (the Buy-a-Box card, a new card from the Planeswalker Decks, or a new card from the Brawl Decks)
  • 1 foil token

The collector boosters are packaged 12 to a box.

Events[edit | edit source]

Promotional cards[edit | edit source]

Tokens / Emblem[edit | edit source]

Themes and mechanics[edit | edit source]

Card types[edit | edit source]

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Mirrored pairs[edit | edit source]

Functional reprints[edit | edit source]

Card comparisons[edit | edit source]

Preconstructed decks[edit | edit source]

Planeswalker decks[edit | edit source]

Throne of Eldraine features two planeswalker decks:

deck name
Colors included Planeswalker
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Rowan R Rowan, Intrepid Sparkmage

Brawl decks[edit | edit source]

Throne of Eldraine introduces decks designed for the Brawl format.[20] These 60-card decks use cards from throughout Standard, from Guilds of Ravnica all the way through Throne of Eldraine. There are 20 unique cards in these decks that aren't found in Draft Boosters (but they can still be found in Collector Boosters.) Each deck has seven of them — four cards unique to that deck, one card shared with one other Brawl Deck, and two cards shared with each other Brawl Deck. These cards are all legal in Standard, Brawl, and all other formats that allow the latest sets (or at least ones where cards in new sets are legal). They contain 7 new, mechanically unique, cards per deck. A life wheel is included in the packaging

deck name
Color Identity Commander
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
TBA W U G Chulane, Teller of Tales

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater (July 19, 2019). "Whats the three letter abbreviation for thrones...". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Cody Gravelle (July 18, 2019). "Magic: The Gathering's Next Set Brings Back Faeries". Screenrant.com.
  3. David McCoy (July 18, 2019). "Magic’s Next Set Will be Throne of Eldraine". Hipsters of the Coast.
  4. Magic: the Gathering (July 20, 2019). "Throne of Eldraine is Magic's take on "Camelot meets Grimm's fairy tales."". Twitter.
  5. Mark Rosewater (July 21, 2019). "Goldilocks is not actually included in Grimm's Fairy Tales". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  6. Mark Rosewater (July 23, 2019). "Are there some references to other fairy tales not popularized by the Brothers Grimm?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  7. Mark Rosewater (August 25, 2012). "Has Wizards ever thought of doing a fairy tale based set? Not like Lorwyn but more like a dark grimm fairy tales like setting.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  8. Mark Rosewater (July 21, 2019). "So, what is it about Eldraine that you've been waiting 10 years to do?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  9. Mark Rosewater (July 24, 2019). "Did any development or world building happen in the 7(?) years before Eldraine went to Vision Design?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  10. Mark Rosewater (November 08, 2014). "Being based on "Fairy Tails" and being based on Celtic lore, are practically the same thing.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  11. Aaron Forsythe (July 22, 2019). "The main set cards have the denominator. Anything outside of the main set does not.". Twitter.
  12. a b c d e f Mark Rosewater (July 21, 2019). "Project Booster Fun". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Wizards of the Coast (July 25, 2019). "Announcing the Throne of Eldraine Ebook". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  14. “The Wildered Quest” by Kate Elliott Will Tell Throne of Eldraine’s Story, Releases September 4. Hipsters of the Coast (July 25, 2019).
  15. Mark Rosewater (July 21, 2019). "Do the showcase frames mean that we are going to see a mechanic with a unique frame in every set going forward?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  16. Mark Rosewater (July 18, 2017). "Was the name of the set unintentionally leaked or was it going to be known before your panel?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  17. a b RicDan (July 18, 2019). "Set name for Archery Leaked from SDCC". Reddit.
  18. Mark Rosewater (July 18, 2019,). "Why is my twitter feed exploding with talk about faeries???". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  19. Mark Rosewater (July 19, 2019). "If SDCC doesn’t allow streaming events, then may it’s not the right place?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  20. Gavin Verhey (July 22, 2019). "A New Era of Brawl". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.