What’s inside the Zendikar Rising Collector Booster? A bunch of foils and cool cards with alternate art. Maybe even fetch lands? It could be possible.
Let’s dive deep into contents of Zendikar Rising Collector Booster and see what you could get. At the end, we’ll also discuss if it’s worth buying it.
Zendikar Rising Collector Booster Contents
Each Zendikar Rising Collector Booster contains 15 cards + 1 token:
- 1 foil alternate frame rare, mythic or Expedition
- 1 foil regular rare or mythic
- 1 non-foil showcase / borderless rare or mythic
- 1 non-foil extended art rare or mythic
- 1 foil showcase common or uncommon
- 2 non-foil showcase commons or uncommons
- 2 foil regular uncommons
- 5 foil regular commmons
- 1 foil full-art basic land
- 1 foil double-sided token
So in total, you’re getting
- 4 rares or mythics
- 11 commons or uncommons
- 1 foil token
All of these cards will either be in foil or have special art – maybe even both!
Where to Buy Zendikar Rising Collector Booster?
You can probably get Zendikar Rising Collector Boosters at your local game store. Besides, you can also order them on Amazon.
If you’ll be buying multiples it might be a good idea to get a whole box of 12 packs. This is usually a better deal then buying twelve boosters separately.
So what exactly are Showcase, Borderless and Extended Art cards? Let’s take a look at each of those groups, so you’ll now specifically what you can open in your Zendikar Rising Collector Booster.
There are 9 different borderless cards that you can get in Zendikar Rising Collector Booster:
- 3 Planeswalkers
- 6 Pathaway Lands
All of them will get a special alternate borderless art, which will be available in the Collector Booster. Only these nine cards received the borderless treatment, which simply means that there aren’t any borders on the card and you get to enjoy the alternate art to its fullest.
Zendikar Rising Borderless Planeswalkers
Zendikar Rising features three planeswalkers:
All three of them have the borderless treatment.
Jace, Mirror Mage
This Jace is pretty interesting, as he brings a
friend clone with him. The Magic community is currently undecided if Zendikar Jace is totally broken or completely unplayable. We do think he’s playable at least.
Nahiri, Heir of the Ancients
Nahiri is back! In Standard she’ll probably work nicely with Winota, Joiner of Forces and Embercleave. Even in Commander, she could be a great addition in some sort of equipment based deck.
Nissa of Shadowed Boughs
Nissa certainly seems interesting. She can quickly get to high loyalty with her landfall triggers. You can then decide if you just want to make your lands into threats, or if you want to get something back from the graveyard.
All three planeswalker artworks were done by the amazing Dave Rapoza. If you’d like to see them in full detail, he posted Jace here and Nahiri here.
Borderless Pathway Lands
All six dual lands from Zendikar Rising, the Pathway lands have the borderless treatment with the alternate art as well. This lands are pretty cool, as they enter the battlefield untapped and you decide which side you want at that particular time.
They look pretty amazing, just compare the regular version with the borderless one:
As you can see the design is much more clear – and that’s not just because of its name. The card loses the flavor text and the text box becomes much smaller, which really makes the artwork stand out.
With 6 different pathways, we’re getting twelve alternate arts (one on each side). You can find all alternate art pathway lands here:
Zendikar Rising Showcase Cards
Each creature card with landfall (as well as some non-creatures) feature a special Showcase frame, made especially for Zendikar Rising. You can see the hedrons on all corners of the card and the art in the middle of it.
You can find all Zendikar Rising Showcase cards here:
Extended Art Cards
Extended art goes all the way from the left side of the card to the right. The art is the same as on the regular versions and slightly bigger.
Here’s an example of how Lithoform Engine (sweet card for Commander) looks with this treatment.
Cards with an extended art lose flavor text and reminder text, which makes the text box more clear.
Usually with Collector Boosters, each rare or mythic rare, that doesn’t have Showcase or Borderless art, has the extended art. That means you can get almost anything on the extended art slot.
Extended art is exclusive to Collector Boosters, as opposed to Showcase or Borderless art, which can also appear in the regular booster packs.
Expeditions in Collector Boosters
Even, with all the goodies we mentioned already, Zendikar Rising Collector Booster has another cherry on top! Each Collector Booster has a 1 in 6 chance (16,7%) for a foil Expedition card. What exactly is an Expedition card?
They are some of the most powerful lands in Magic with brand new art. Here are just a couple of examples:
Pretty cool, right? You can find all 30 Zendikar Rising Expeditions here.
Fetch Lands Reprint
This is also a much wanted reprint of fetch lands. They were first printed in a very expensive Secret Lair earlier in May 2020, Blake Rasmussen (Wizards employee, editor of DailyMTG) ensured, that there will be another reprint of fetch lands in 2020:
Speaking of old favorites, this isn’t the last time you’ll see fetch lands this year, either. While they will not be entering Standard in 2020 (let’s put that rumor to rest right now—having these in abundance still isn’t a play pattern we want in Standard), there will be another way to pick up some stylized versions of fetch lands later this year that will also be in your local game store.– Blake Rasmussen
When we found out that fetch lands won’t be in Commander Legends, as they have another cycle of dual lands, it only made sense for them to appear in Zendikar Rising Collector Booster.
Is Zendikar Rising Collector Booster Worth Buying?
As usual with those sort of questions, the answer is – it depends. Are the following two statements true for you?
- You like opening exciting foil cards with alternate artworks.
- You don’t mind the higher price.
If they are both true, then Collector Booster seems like a great purchase. You’ll get plenty rares, alternate art cards and foils. You might even get a foil Expedition.
Maybe you want to ensure that you get one? In that case you might want to buy a whole box. It comes with 12 Collector Booster packs plus 2 Box Topper Boosters, and each of them contains one non-foil Expedition.
So once you take into account that you have 1 in 6 chance of getting a foil Expedition, you can expect 2 foil and two non-foil Expeditions from your Collector Booster Box. Oh, plus 46 other rares and mythics as well.
Besides, it’s usually cheaper then buying twelve boosters separately. So keep that in mind when buying multiple packs.
However if you’d like to organize a draft at your place, you’ll want to get a regular booster box. You’ll get a box of 36 regular packs, which is enough for two drafts with 6 people or one draft with 8 people – plus you have 12 packs to use for prizes.
What if you just like to crack some packs, but the price of a Collector Booster is too high for you? In that case you might like the Set Booster, which comes with multiple chances for rares and with a guaranteed foil and an uncommon Showcase card. You can find more about MTG Set Booster here and check its price on Amazon.
That’s all about Zendikar Rising Collector Booster. Do you like it? Hate it? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
If you’re looking for more Collector products, you can find a list of all MTG Collector Booster Boxes here.
Finally, don’t forget to check our Zendikar Rising spoiler page, with all info about the Zendikar Rising, including freshly previewed cards. Until next time, have a blast and may your Collector Booster contain that one card you really want to get.