Magic The Gathering Wilds of Eldraine: Release date, mechanics & all we know

Magic The Gathering Wilds of Eldraine: Release date, mechanics & all we know
Wizards of the Coast

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Lloyd Coombes


28th Aug 2023 16:28


The Magic The Gathering Wilds of Eldraine update is nearing its release and prerelease, and with it comes a Walking Dead rebrand, too.

Magic The Gathering has been around for decades, and that means its in-game world has grown big enough that repeat trips are necessary to see all it has to offer - and we're heading back to Eldraine with the next update to Wizards of the Coast's card battler.

Wilds of Eldraine is the 96th (count 'em!) update for the game, and it'll take players back to the region with a more whimsical, fairytale theme - including a gingerbread character.

Here's everything you need to know about Magic The Gathering: Wilds of Eldraine. For more, be sure to check out our preview.

What are the release and pre-release dates for Wilds of Eldraine?

Castle artwork from Magic the gathering Wilds of Eldraine
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When can you play Wilds of Eldraine? Here are the gameplay events rundown courtesy of Wizards of the Coast, including that all-important pre-release date.

  • Prerelease at Your Local Game Store: September 1
  • MTG Arena Release: September 5
  • WPN Game Store Open House: September 8–10
  • Friday Night Magic: September 8–November 3
  • Commander Nights: September 9–November 9
  • MagicCon: Las Vegas and Magic World Championship XXIX: September 22–24
  • WPN Store Championships: September 30–October 8
  • Alchemy: Wilds of Eldraine Release: October 10

Magic the Gathering Wilds of Eldraine Theme and Mechanics

Magic the Gathering Wilds of Eldraine character sat on a Throne
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This time around, Wizards of the Coast is moving to a fairy-tale theme, with "loveable heroes and dastardly villains".

There are draft archetypes based around the likes of The Snow Queen, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Little Red Riding Hood.

Players can expect the return of storybook frames, and new mechanics, too, with a single Planeswalker - Ashiok, Wicked Manipulator.

Magic the Gathering Wilds of Erdraine Ashiok Wicked Manipulator Planeswalker
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Enchanting Tales

Each booster in the Wilds of Eldraine set will include a Non-Standard bonus sheet card that shows off new designs for classic enchantments from Magic's history.

Players can expect the following, with more to be revealed in the coming weeks:

  • Smothering Tithe
  • Greater Auramancy
  • Curiosity
  • Rhystic Study
  • Necropotence
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Doubling Season
  • Prismatic Omen

For more on the mechanics, be sure to check out our preview of Wilds of Eldraine.

Magic the Gathering Wilds of Eldraine Set Details & Commander Decks

Red Riding Hood in Magic The Gathering Wilds of Eldraine
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You'll be able to pick up Set Boosters, Collector Boosters, and Draft Boosters which can be preordered now.

Commander has quickly become one of the best ways to play Magic The Gathering, and Wilds of Eldraine will add two new decks.

Commander cards for Magic The Gathering Wilds of Eldraine set
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  • Fae Dominion: Blue and Black - Tegwyll, Duke of Splendor
  • Virtue and Valor: Green and White - Virtue and Valor

Wizards has noted that there won't be any Jumpstart Boosters launched along with the expansion, but players can find additional Standard-legal cards in Set and Collector Boosters instead.

Collectors will want to know the following:

  • Set Code: WOE
  • Commander Set Code: WOC
  • Enchanting Tales Set Code: WOT

Universes Within Walking Dead Reprints

As has been the case with many prior Secret Lair card drops, one set will be making its return to Magic The Gathering with the Wilds of Eldraine expansion.

This time around, it's The Walking Dead set, with the following being added to the game again but under different names which haven't been revealed as yet.

  • Rick, Steadfast Leader
  • Daryl, Hunter of Walkers
  • Glenn, the Voice of Calm
  • Michonne, Ruthless Survivor
  • Negan, the Cold Blooded
  • Lucille

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