Wizards of the Coast is partnering with Netflix to supply an unique set of Stranger Issues-themed playing cards for Magic: The Gathering. The writer additionally stated that it’s going to make modifications to how playing cards from the Secret Lair, a boutique print-on-demand service, make their manner into the collectible card sport. The bulletins have been made on Wednesday on the Magic YouTube channel and as a part of Netflix Geeked Week.
In line with senior designer Gavin Verhey, Stranger Issues playing cards will solely be made obtainable for buy through the Secret Lair, which launched in 2019. Historically the Secret Lair has been a manner for Wizards to command a premium value for fashionable playing cards with alternate artwork. However, in 2020 the writer introduced playing cards with distinctive skills to the platform, playing cards that had no different corollaries within the retail model of the sport. The blowback from the neighborhood since has been appreciable, with gamers angered by the premium pricing for this new content material.
For the upcoming Stranger Issues set, Verhey stated in a video that Wizards might be publishing “in-world Magic-flavored” variations of these playing cards at retail. The one substantive distinction between the Stranger Issues playing cards from the Secret Lair and playing cards pulled from blind packs would be the artwork.
“We’re placing copies of those playing cards, the in-world Magic-flavored variations, on The Record,” Verhey stated, referring to a subset of playing cards which might be randomly obtainable in some packs. He stated they’ll even be exhibiting up at a better frequency than different playing cards on The Record, and that Wizards will proceed taking suggestions and including these playing cards to different merchandise as wanted to satisfy client demand.
Verhey additionally made it clear that the Stranger Issues crossovers are supposed to be enjoyable collectible playing cards. He additionally emphasised that they’re meant for the Commander format, which inspires gamers to make closely thematic decks for pick-up play with their buddies.
No additional details about the Stranger Issues playing cards was given. You may learn extra on the Wizards of the Coast web site.