MTG Dossier Cards: Full List, Odds & Review

Murders at Karlov Manor is bringing us all sorts of crazy new styles, not the least of which are the MTG Dossier cards. In this article, you’re going to find everything there is to know about them. A full list of them can be found below, but first, we’ll discuss what these cards actually are.

Let’s get to it!

What are MTG Dossier Cards?

These are various creature cards from Murders at Karlov Manor set, which received a special treatment. They use alternate art, frame, font, and also flavor text. Everything is styled around the dossier, which are an iconic part of various murder mysteries.

In total, 41 creatures in Murders at Karlov Manor received the Dossier treatment. Rarity breakdown is as follows:

  • 14 mythics
  • 17 rares
  • 10 uncommons

All of them are displayed in this next section.

MTG Dossier Cards — Full List

Here are all 41 MTG Dossier cards:

Which Boosters Contain MTG Dossier Cards?

You can open MTG Dossier cards in following products:

  • Murders at Karlov Manor Play boosters
  • Murders at Karlov Manor Collector boosters

Play Booster

Murders at Karlov Manor Play Booster Box

A Play booster contains 14 cards. Among them, there are four possible slots in which you can acquire a Dossier card:

  • Uncommon slot
  • Rare or mythic slot
  • Wildcard slot (any rarity)
  • Foil slot (any rarity)

Note, these are only possible slots where you might open a Dossier card. It is not a guarantee. Wizards didn’t disclose the odds for these slots actually containing Dossier cards, so it’s hard to say how often you will see these.

Based on how regularly these special versions appear in past boosters, it’s safe to assume that they’ll appear quite regularly.

If you do decide to go with Play boosters, you don’t necessarily need to purchase the whole box. One other option you have is to go with a Bundle, which contains 9 Play boosters, as well as some additional stuff you might like. You can find more about Karlov Manor Bundle contents here.

Collector Booster

Murders at Karlov Manor Collector Booster Box

The Collector booster also contains four slots, where it’s possible to open a Dossier card. However, here we know a bit more about your chances.

  • Uncommon slot
  • Foil uncommon slot
  • Rare (34.09%) or mythic (14.2%) slot
  • Rare (17.8%) or mythic (3.3%) foil slot, also a chance for invisible ink mythic (8.4%)

So, in the non-foil rare slot, you have a 48.29% chance for a Dossier card, while in the foil slot, your chances are lower with 29.5%. That also includes a chance of a special Dossier card with the invisible ink treatment. That’s a fascinating foiling process, which under the right angle shows some scribbled words.

We did some math, and in these two slots, your odds come down to:

  • Odds for 0 rare or mythic Dossiers: 36.5%
  • Odds for 1 rare or mythic Dossier: 49.3%
  • Odds for 2 rare or mythic Dossiers: 14.2%

On average, you’re getting around 0.78 rare or mythic Dossiers per Collector booster.

Oh, and don’t forget that these aren’t the only two rare slots. In total, there are five rares or mythics in every Karlov Manor Collector booster. But just two of them can contain a Dossier card.

Dossier Treatment Review

In the Magic community, Dossier treatment cards are quite a divisive topic. Some players really like them, while others hate them. Both sides present reasonable arguments, though.

MTG Dossier Cards Sharp-Eyed Rookie

On one hand, these feel kinda out of place on Ravnica. That’s supposed to be a Slavic-inspired world, but Dossier cards don’t quite fit the bill. With their typewriter font and kinda Noir artwork, they’d be a much better fit for New Capenna.

Furthermore, while there are some colored details on each card, for the most part, cards just look white. This makes them harder to distinct from one another, especially, if there’s a lot of stuff on the battlefield. A slightly more colored designs might work better.

On the other hand, these cards are certainly doing something new and unique. They don’t look like any treatment Wizards has done so far. The whole dossier shtick is a perfect fit for a murder mystery set. On top of that, cards are perfectly legible, which is very important. That’s not always the case with some crazy treatments we get nowadays.

All in all, this design is quite fascinating, although it’s understandable if some players don’t like it. If you do, that’s great! You’ll probably want to collect them. If not, just ignore these versions, and use the regular ones.

MTG Dossier Cards — FAQ

One last thing before we wrap one. Here you’ll find answers to the most common questions about these fascinating cards.

How many Dossier cards are there?

In total, there are 41 different Dossier cards.

Why did Wizards choose 41 Dossier cards?

It’s a tribute to Dirk Nowitzki, who wore that number. That’s just a joke — we don’t know the actual reason for this number. Most likely, there were that many cards that they wanted to include, although it’s weird that they didn’t just do a round 40.

What’s the rarity breakdown of Dossier cards?

There are 14 mythics, 17 rares, 10 uncommons.

Which booster is better for acquiring Dossier cards?

It’s hard to say, as the exact odds for Play boosters aren’t known. It’s likely that Collector booster contains more cards, but it is pricier, thus the Play boosters would be the better option. In general, you should go with the ones you prefer overall.

Do Dossier cards use different flavor text than the regular versions?

Yes they do. That’s rarely the case with alternate art cards, but it is true here.

Conclusion

That’s all about MTG Dossier cards. How do you feel about those? Do you like them? Hate them? Let us know in the comments below.

Finally, if you’re a Commander player, don’t forget to check our article about Murders at Karlov Manor Commander decks. There are four exciting options, so chances are you’re going to like them.

Until next time, have fun and may you quickly acquire your favorite Dossier card.

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