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The universal promo pack is a pack of Magic: The Gathering promotional cards provided by Wizards of the Coast to WPN stores from Core Set 2020 onward.[1][2] Promo packs are not tied to specific events or programs and can be rewarded at any event, at the store's discretion. The packs replace dedicated cards for FNM, Draft Weekend, Magic Weekend and Magic Open House.[3][4] Possibly also those for the Standard Showdown packs.

Description[edit | edit source]

Promo packs are available in all languages in which Magic is printed, and foil promo packs are available in Chinese Simplified, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Promo packs are allocated based on Tickets, Engaged Players, and the length of a season.[5] So, if a season is ten weeks long and a store receives eight promo packs per week, they’ll receive a lump sum of eighty promo packs at the beginning of the season. The minimum is four promo packs per week, at five Engaged Players and 250 Tickets.

Regular WPN promo packs were announced to contain the following:[1][6]

  1. One promo-stamped rare or mythic rare from the most recent set.
  2. One promo-stamped Standard-legal rare or mythic rare from a short public list curated by Magic's design studio.
  3. One alternate art basic land. Usually one of five different cards.
  4. One special, season-specific card with special treatments such as alternate frames/alternate art. Usually one of three different cards.

Starting with the second set to feature promo packs, Throne of Eldraine, the basic land was replaced by a MTG Arena Promo Card, good for a booster pack on Magic: The Gathering Arena.[7]

One in four of the packs the store receives has all-foil contents (clearly identifiable from the packaging). These are suggested for 1st place prizes in tournaments as well as for events that cater to players that want to show off their decks, like Commander.[3]

For each set, promo packs may deviate from the regular contents described above, by including specials. The promo-stamp consists of a silver colored planeswalker symbol in the bottom right of the illustration.[8]

Recommended distribution[edit | edit source]

Wizards of the Coast recommends saving promo packs for programmed events in this way:[3]

List of cards[edit | edit source]

Set Date Slot 1
(rare or mythic rare)
Slot 2
(rare or mythic rare)
Slot 3 Slot 4 Notes
Core Set 2020 2019-07-12 Core Set 2020 Curated list One of five alternate art basic lands: One of five cards with alternate FNM card frame: Roughly 1:4 of packs contains a Japanese anime-style
alternate art War of the Spark planeswalker in slot 2,
instead of a card from the curated list.
These planeswalkers do not have a promo stamp.[9][10]
Throne of Eldraine 2019-10-04 Throne of Eldraine Curated list One of five cards with alternate dark card frame:[11] 1 MTG Arena Promo Card,
good for a booster pack on Magic: The Gathering Arena.[12]
The foil basic land is replaced by the MTG Arena Promo Card.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. a b Nelson Brown (March 12, 2019). "Introducing the New Wizards Play Network". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. M20: 15 Changes Every Retailer Should Know. Wizards Play Network (June 13, 2019).
  3. a b c WPN (March 12, 2019), "The New WPN: 32 Common Questions". Wizards Play Network
  4. Chris Gleeson (June 17, 2019). "Core Set 2020 Promos and Packaging". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. WPN (March 12, 2019), "Your New Stats Explained, Wizards Play Network
  6. Wizards of the Coast (June 17, 2019). "Magic Promo Pack Info". Magic.Wizards.com.
  7. Mark Rosewater (July 21, 2019). "Project Booster Fun". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  8. WPN (June 19, 2019). "Everything There Is To Know About The New Promo Packs". Wizards Play Network.
  9. Wizards of the Coast (April 22, 2019). "Japanese Alternate-Art Planeswalkers". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Chris Gleeson (June 17, 2019). "Core Set 2020 Promos and Packaging". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Chris Gleeson (September 20, 2019). "Throne of Eldraine Promos". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  12. WPN (September 18, 2019). "Video: Understand Throne of Eldraine Promo Packs". Wizards Play Network.