The fairy tale theme might feel a bit of a departure for the often darker thematic elements of Magic: The Gathering, but it still seems incredibly appealing. The big focus with this round of booster packs is to introduce more Planeswalkers. Those new Planeswalkers are Will and Rowan Kenrith. The lore and backdrop story was revealed in more detail during San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend.
Mark Rosewater, head of design at Wizards of the Coast for Magic: The Gathering, described the new set as “Camelot meets Grimm’s fairy tales.” Expect a mixture of grimdark fantasy with plenty of themes plucked straight from Arthurian myth.
Although a new story is great, many players are more concerned about the cards which will be included in the set. Fear not, there’s plenty of new cards, reprints and even a few new card types.
Those new card types include borderless and showcase cards, which are basically full-art variants of existing cards. Both borderless planeswalkers and Showcase cards will be found in standard Throne of Eldraine booster packs. And speaking of boosters, something big is about to happen on that front.
The other big change is actually pretty massive, as it concerns how booster packs will be sold. Currently the typical Booster Packs with 15 cards included will be renamed as Draft Boosters, but will otherwise remain the same. This will join two other permanent pack types:
- Theme Booster: 35-card pack consisting of a specific card color. There will always be one Rare or Mythic Rare card, with a one out of 10 chance for two.
- Collector Booster: A pricier pack with a guaranteed foil Rare card, nine foil Common and Uncommon cards, plus borderless and showcase style cards.
There are of course other examples of tinkering with the distribution model for MTG in the past. Tournament Packs being a particular example that allowed players to grab a bulk of cards from a set to use in their games.
The Magic: The Gathering Throne of Eldraine expansion set will release October 4, 2019.