Friday, 13 March 2020 07:47

Signature Spellbook: Chandra, Fetchland Secret Lair unveiled for 2020 release

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'Signature Spellbook: Chandra' and 'Secret Lair Ultimate Edition' are both coming out is 2020. 'Signature Spellbook: Chandra' and 'Secret Lair Ultimate Edition' are both coming out is 2020. WOTC

Wizards of the Coast announces the latest entry into its annual Signature Spellbook series, Signature Spellbook: Chandra, as well as a new Secret Lair product that consists of all five of the Zendikar fetchlands.

The announcement came by way of The Professor and his YouTube channel, Tolarian Community College.

So far, only two of the cards in Signature Spellbook: Chandra have been revealed, and they're rather impressive:

Chandra, Torch of DefiancePast in Flames

Signature Spellbook: Chandra will include eight special-frame, alternate-art reprints and, like the two previous Signature Spellbooks (Signature Spellbook: Jace and Signature Spellbook: Gideon), one foil version of one of the eight cards will also be included for a total of nine cards altogether.  The product is exclusive to local gaming stores (so don't go looking for it on Amazon or at Target) and is scheduled for release on June 26.  And, while Wizards of the Coast controversially stopped revealing MSRP on their products a little while back, the company says Magic players can expect to spend "about the same" as they have on previous Signature Spellbooks.

As for the newly-unveiled Secret Lair product, Secret Lair Ultimate Edition.

The alt-art fetchlands from 'Secret Lair Ultimate Edition'.

Selling for $ , Secret Lair Ultimate Edition includes one non-foil copy of each of the five enemy-colored fetchlands from the original Zendikar set with new artwork from across the Magic: The Gathering multiverse.  It comes overpackaged in its own, currently unique Secret Lair display box for those who would rather show off the cards instead of use them in their decks, along with hard clamshell cases for each card.  Of course, Magic players could always take the fetchlands out and put something else into those slots in the display box (such as the original Moxen or whatnot).

Unfortunately, not everybody is thrilled about this product.  Respected Magic: The Gathering pro Pascal Maynard has his own opinion on it:

Unlike every previous Secret Lair release, Secret Lair Ultimate Edition will not be made available online.  Instead, it will be available at WPN-member local game stores.  As for the price, Wizards of the Coast senior franchise communication manager Blake Rasmussen reminds players that "we don't do MSRP anymore" and that players should "definitely check with [their] local game store."

He did, however provide this hint as to what players can expect to pay:

"We expect this to sell for a bit more than Commander Anthology sold for a few years back," he says.

That means that players should look to pay (at minimum) slightly more than $165 for this non-foil, five card product.  For those who can't afford the high expected retail price or, simply, can't make the purchase work for whatever the reason, Rasmussen says that this isn't the only time they'll be reprinting fetchlands in 2020.

"This is the year of Commander and it's also a year where we're looking to support Modern more and the fetchlands are integral to those formats and so this is not the only place that we'll be reprinting fetchlands this year," he explains.  "They will not be coming to a Standard set.  We're going to put that rumor to rest right now, we will not be putting them in Standard, but they will be available in another form at local game stores later in the year."

Finally, Wizards of the Coast is planning something they're calling a "Super Drop" this summer.  While the company is not releasing any details or specifics about it, Rasmussen states that it will be similar to the initial wave of Secret Lair drops when the product started with a series of different daily drops over a multi-day period.  One specific he did provide, however, was that if a person were to purchase them all together as a "Super Drop bundle," they would receive one of the Secret Lair Ultimate Edition fetchlands at random as a bonus.

Rasmussen further stated that Magic players can expect the "Super Drop" to occur "about one week after" Secret Lair Ultimate Edition releases to game stores May 29.