Eldraine is the fairy-tale Magic world, full of knights, castles, royalty, and magical monsters. The first set, Throne of Eldraine, had a bunch of powerful cards, and many of them had to be banned in multiple fortmats. Will our second visit also contain many strong cards? Will Oko, Thief of Crowns return? We’ll discuss all this and more – in today’s article, where we’ll explore Wilds of Eldraine spoilers, news, and predictions.
Wilds of Eldraine Spoilers
On July 28th, we’ve got the first spoilers from the set. You can find all of them below:
More spoilers will be available on August 15th, but there’s some additional information available.
Enchanting Tales Cards
One exciting thing about Wilds of Eldraine are the Enchanting Tales cards. These are various enchantments from all over Magic’s past. They are similar to the Retro Frame artifacts from The Brothers’ War, which means that there’s one in every Wilds of Eldraine pack.
Here’s a card that’s going to be one of the best cards you could get on that slot:
You can find all currently previewed Enchanting Tales cards here.
Wilds of Eldraine Products
All Wilds of Eldraine products are already available to preorder on Amazon. You can get the regular lineup of boosters and precons:
What’s Happening in Wilds of Eldraine?
If you’ve been playing for a while, you might think – hey, it wasn’t that long since the first Eldraine set. However, that was back in 2019, which means when four years have passed between both Eldraine sets.
With return sets, Wizards don’t just want to rehash the same things we saw before. They want the setting to feel familiar, but usually with a twist. So, this time around, the key difference is in which part of Eldraine we’ll explore. While the bigger focus of the first set were the populated places, now we’re moving outside the kingdoms, and deeper into the wilds, as the name of the set suggests. Therefore, this set will have an even more dangerous feel to it than its predecessor.
Wilds of Eldraine Predictions
Here are some unofficial predictions about Wilds of Eldraine. Take these with a grain of salt, as even though we try to support these theories with various facts, they might still turn out to be complete misses.
The original Eldraine set contained many fairy-tale tropes. However, one that was noticeably missing was the Evil Queen. There were cards like Ayara, First of Locthwain, Tempting Witch, and Wicked Guardian, all of which share some similarities with the character from the stories, but none of these are actual queens.
However, there was a mention of a Shadow Queen, in the flavor text of Deathless Knight.
“Headed to the Wilds? Beware the dead riders who serve the Shadow Queen.”Scalan, Edgewall innkeeper
Whenever we do another visit to a plane, one thing that we get are cards for characters that were mentioned in story or in flavor text, but didn’t actually get the cards yet. So, one of those would be the Shadow Queen, and that’s very likely, as one of the first art pieces for Wilds of Eldraine was this amazing work from Magali Villeneuve:
So, while her Deathless Knights are Green-Black, this card looks pretty much mono Black, if we speculate solely from the art. Of course, that would also fit the character of the Evil Queen.
As for whom she might be, our best guess is that she is the mother of Rowan Kenrith and Will Kenrith, so the first wife of Kenrith, the Returned King. Sure, she’s supposed to be dead, but Wizards have no problems returning supposedly dead characters, as we’ve seen in the recent sets (Ertai Resurrected for example).
While she looks a bit young, there’s a hint that she isn’t as young as she might seem at first glance. If you look at her collar, you’ll notice that there’s a reflection of her, in which see looks much older. Well, using a spell to keep the eternal youth, would certainly fit this character.
This prediction is quite vague, and easy to make. Since we’re going to explore the wilds, we can expect even more monsters. That’s not to say that there weren’t any in original Eldraine, but the monster-count will be significantly higher here.
Hopefully, there aren’t many with such wall of text as Questing Beast. The urban legend says that Questing Beast gets a new ability, each time you’ve read it.
Return of Filter Lands
The image you saw above, in the What’s Happening section, is very reminiscent of Fire-Lit Thicket. This is part of a cycle of ten two-color lands, which each have the same type of effect. They’re called filter lands.
Their power level is fine for Standard, and their names aren’t tied to a specific plane, so they could fit nicely in the Wilds of Eldraine. If they do appear there, we’ll most likely see five of them, and get the other five in a later set, as 10 dual rare lands in a set in not a regular occurrence.
Mono-Colored Utility Lands
In the original Eldraine, we got five Castles (such as Castle Vantress), as well as the common utility lands (such as Dwarven Mine). It would be nice if the tradition continues, and we got some more with Wilds of Eldraine. Such lands are always useful, and make the game play more fun, as they help you against flooding out. Perhaps this time around we’ll get an uncommon cycle.
Another thing that could return is the adventure mechanic. It was a very popular mechanic, and it’s easy to bring back where appropriate. Mark Rosewater, the head designer for Magic the Gathering, wrote an article in December 2022, where he stated that the adventure mechanic is a 3 on the storm scale. This means that it’s a mechanic that they’ll likely reuse again, possibly multiple times.
Exploring the wilds would also be the perfect flavor fit for adventure mechanic, so this seems a very likely thing to happen.
Throne of Eldraine also had a small tribal focus. There were a few Knight tribal cards, (The Circle of Loyalty) and some cards that supported non-Human creatures (Keeper of Fables). We shall see if the tribal themes will return in the Wilds of Eldraine, but it does seem likely.
If we take a look at Wilds of Eldraine Commander decks, we notice that one of the decks focuses on woodland creatures, which are essentially non-Human creatures. The other deck is very much a confirmed Faerie tribal deck. Now, that’s not something that was in focus in the original set, but as we said, the old themes often return with a twist, so it would make sense that an underrepresented tribe gets some support.
Bad News for Cat Fans
Finally, we’re wrapping our predictions with a sad fact. As Mark Rosewater confirmed on his Blogatog, there are no talking animals, so sadly MTG’s take Puss in Boots will be postponed for the time being. (Or at least until we get Shrek Secret Lair.)
Wilds of Eldraine – Important Dates
Here are all the major dates concerning Wilds of Eldraine release. As you can see, the set will release at the beginning of September 2023.
|July 28, 2023
|Full Spoiler Season Start
|August 15, 2023
|Wilds of Eldraine Prerelease Weekend
|September 1–3, 2023
|Wilds of Eldraine Release on Arena
|September 5, 2023
|Wilds of Eldraine Release on MTGO
|September 5, 2023
|Wilds of Eldraine Release
|September 8, 2023
So, that’s everything we know about Wilds of Eldraine spoilers so far. Once more info becomes available, we’ll update this article. You can follow us on Facebook or Instagram, so you won’t miss any updates.
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Until next time, have fun, and may Wilds of Eldraine contain at least one card that you didn’t even know you wanted to get.