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Fetchlands are back

Wizards’ latest Secret Lair announcement is different to those we have seen so far:

Yes, the Fetchlands are back, in their own very large box, and each card comes in its own hard plastic case. An abundance of packaging to be sure, but then no one wants to buy this product and find their previous lands were bend or scuffed in transit.

There’s an announcement video too

Note the fetchlands discussion and preview starts about 5 minutes in.

People who don’t play Magic might be wondering what the fuss is about these 5 cards. And you’d be right to wonder.

As Magic is a game where you the player have total control over how you build you deck, at the competitive level the best utility cards become must haves in every deck.

These lands can go into almost every deck, and those decks typically want the maximum of 4 copies. These cards increase your deck’s consistency and can give you an edge over your opponent in competitive matches which are often ultimately determined by who drew the best cards from their deck.

Misty Rainforest, art by Seb McKinnon

For the collectors (as this product will appeal to both collectors and players) they picked 5 popular artists to illustrate one of these cards each. The Misty Rainforest above is illustrated by Seb McKinnon, and yes, he has added this to his Kickstarter as a playmat.

This Secret Lair will be available through games stores, but also later from Wizards direct if I understood the video correctly.

6 comments on “Fetchlands are back

  1. Bookstooge
    March 14, 2020

    LGS’s are only getting 10 copies of these. The price is supposed to be 165 US. But with WotC doing such a limited release, you know it won’t stay there. And with new art, collectors are going to go for these and this won’t affect the secondary price market at all.

    Here’s the WotC article:
    https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/making-fetch-happen-secret-lair-ultimate-edition-2020-03-13

    As for buying them through WotC, that is addressed in the article. You can’t. What you can do is buy bundles of old drops and get a random Fetch from them. At a particular date.

    Overall, I consider this to be the scammiest move WotC has pulled yet and is making me think hard if I want to buy any new product.

    If they had released these like a “real” Secret Lair, at a price point equal to the others, then I’d be singing their praises and I’m sure the orders would be the heaviest they’ve ever seen. I hope they choke on this.

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    • davekay
      March 14, 2020

      Yes, looks like I got the wrong end of the stick on the direct supply from WotC. I’ve been sanguine about the other Secret Lair releases, but this one seems like repeating the mistakes of the past. LGSs have proven over and over they can’t be trusted as the point people for this kind of product. I’d prefer if they just sold these direct, even if it were for $100.

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    • davekay
      March 14, 2020

      Also, I’ve added the article link my my post which I should have done to start with – oops!

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      • Bookstooge
        March 15, 2020

        I don’t know how it looks from your perspective, but I had to mouse over everything before finding where you had put the link. I’m using Chrome 80.0.XXXX whatever if that makes any difference. The color difference didn’t really stand out.

        (not trying to tell you how to run your blog. Just letting you know it appears)

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      • davekay
        March 15, 2020

        Thanks that’s good to know. I can see it fine, but then I know where I’m looking from the editing page. I will experiment with a different approach over the next few articles and see if it has any effect. Invisible links aren’t what I’m trying to achieve!

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