Wilds of Eldraine releases on September 1, 2023, and we finally got confirmation of the promo cards we can expect in the set. Local game stores are getting a lot of support for giving out prizes and purchase rewards. On top of that, we’re getting another round of 30th Anniversary promos, Open House gifts, and “bring a friend” cards for folks who introduce friends and family to MTG events. Some of the cards selected for these rewards aren’t much to write home about, but the alt arts and special treatments make these excellent binder fodder.
Magic 30th Anniversary promos continue
Since Magic30 kicked off, Wizards has been re-releasing cards from every year of Magic, stamped with the year they premiered. Each standard set has had a different group of cards representing a different period of Magic history. With Wilds of Eldraine, we are getting years 2011 through 2014.
- 2011: Hornet Queen (printed in French)
- 2012: Harvester of Souls
- 2013: Kalonian Hydra (printed in Spanish)
- 2014: Goblin Rabblemaster
The “chase card” of this round of promos is Kalonian Hydra, which has the lowest print quantity of the four. For those who can’t read Spanish, it’s a 5-drop hydra with trample that enters the battlefield with four +1/+1 counters on it. Whenever it attacks, you double the number of +1/+1 counters on each creature you control. It’s a great addition to any counter, X-cost, or token Commander deck running green.
Kalonian Hydra first appeared in Core Set 2014. Most recently it appeared in the March of the Machine Commander deck “Call For Backup.”
It is noteworthy that the only other foil version of this card is its original printing, which currently ballparks around the $30 mark. Nonfoil versions go for closer to $5-$10.
Wilds of Eldraine Store Championship Promos
I am going to come right out and say it: I don’t like art-only promo cards. Even for something as simple as Lightning Bolt, I like to be able to see the card, read the card, and know what it does without having to remember things. Wilds of Eldraine’s top Store Championship prize card, though, is pretty flippin’ sweet.
Look at that art. That art is beautiful. Spectral knights riding through a dark sky brings to mind some of my favorite childhood stories. And that’s what Eldraine is all about, as a plane. Storybooks, fairy tales, and fantasy.
All three of the Store Championship promos have awesome, unique art. Hitting Top 8 in your store’s event will get you a gorgeous version of Transcendent Message. Even just for participating, you can scoop up an adorable version of Tail Swipe.
In-store only purchase promos
It only makes sense that, to go along with the special treatments in Enchanted Tales, there would also be anime art promo cards in Wilds of Eldraine. WotC is giving local game stores not one but two unique promos to give out with large purchases of sealed Magic cards. These cards feature the Kenrith siblings, Will and Rowan, and were illustrated by Takuma Ebisu (Attack on Titan). Both cards are very playable, and with how cool they look you can bet Commander players will be chomping to add these to their collections. All it takes is a $50 purchase of sealed product at your LGS and you can score both cards (while supplies last!). I don’t buy much sealed Magic product any more, but this might actually get me to shell out for some goodies.
But wait…there’s more!
Wizards is really going over the top with promos for the Wilds of Eldraine release and related events. Check out their official news post for details on everything.