The aptly named “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose” Secret Lair has been a source of frustration and disappointment for many of the Magic community, particularly those that ordered the drop. After many, many months Wizards has finally seen fit to follow through on their plans…probably.
HEADS I WIN…
If you weren’t aware, the Secret Lair team created the first ever Commander Deck Secret Lair drop last year. This was a truly momentous occasion, since this hadn’t ever been done before and-on top of that-the unique deck would be receiving the Secret Lair treatment.
There are ten new pieces of artwork as, another first for Magic, five cards are Reversible. “Zndrsplt, Eye of Wisdom,” “Okaun, Eye of Chaos,” “Propaganda,” “Stitch in Time,” and “Krark’s Thumb” each have new borderless art on both sides of the card, making them Reversible. While other cards in Magic do have two faces to them, that has been to permit two different effects from one side to the other. These reversible cards are effectively the same on both sides with only a cosmetic change to distinguish one side from the other. As is the case with most Secret Lair drops the reversible cards are about aesthetics, self-expression in the game, rather than being a mechanical alteration.
The order also included 45 additional foil reprints, 50 non-foil reprints, a unique coin (for use in the deck’s coin-flip mechanics), 2 display commanders (Partner commanders), and the standard fare for a commander preconstructed deck. With so much to look forward to, what would anyone have to complain about?
TAILS YOU LOSE!
As has unfortunately been a problem for Secret Lair orders, the “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose” deck has faced delays in shipping. Payment was taken in late April-early May (even after missing the original January ship date), despite the shipping timeline having been delayed to “Fall of 2022.” Once fall arrived and nothing was heard about the shipment of these long awaited orders the community became vocal that despite their money being taken, Wizards seemed to not be concerned about providing the purchased products. After much consternation from everyone that purchased this unique commander deck, word came in the form of an email to an outspoken Redditor, u/the1gameaddict, that “These orders are expected to enter the shipping process on 10/24” and indicated that an email update would be sent to customers regarding this designated ship date. Spoilers: It didn’t happen.
BEST TWO OUTTA THREE?
It is rather dubious to accept a single account of an email being definitive proof of Wizards’ intent to ship, but after making customers wait so long it makes sense that everyone would snap at the first sign of hope. Finally a year after placing their orders, ten months after the original ship date, and six months after being charged for a product that wasn’t in sight an update comes from the official @MTGSecretLair Twitter that customers will at long last be receiving tracking details by email.
Some are even stating they have already received their shipping emails, such as user @TarzHann “…I got my shipping email last night” and @TruAbsoluteZer0 tweeting a screenshot of the email they received which clearly indicates the original order date as December 9th of last year.
CALL IT IN THE AIR…!
If you ordered the “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose” Secret Lair Commander Deck keep an eye out for your shipping email and be sure to use this link to notify Wizards if you haven’t received details by 11/24. Have you been waiting for your order and what do you think about the consistent shipping issues that plague MtG and the Secret Lair? Let us know in the comments below!
Til Next Time!