19, Apr, 22

Major Issues Affecting Magic: The Gathering Will Cost Players For A While

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Over the past couple of years, we have seen issues in the production pipelines for various products. These issues often cause delays in both production and shipping of products, especially internationally. Magic: the Gathering has definitely had some of these woes in the past as well. Today, Wizards of the Coast made an announcement that details how these issues are impacting the game, and it’s going to cost players for a long time.

Cost of Doing Business

Let’s get the bad news out of the way. The cost of production of Magic: the Gathering has gone up over the past year. This is just a side effect of the cost of everything going up. From manufacturing, transportation, and the subsequent cost to consumers, everything is more expensive. WotC has seen an increase in the cost of making Magic increase, and as such they will be raising the cost of various products by 11% or so starting in September.

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What’s Affected

Unfinity MTG
Wizards of the Coast

While Wizards is trying to keep the cost increase margins as low as possible, especially for Magic‘s “premier” sets (Standard Legal Sets), there will be an increase to these and other supplemental products. Including Unfinity, and Jumpstart sets, here are the specific products that will see a price increase.

  • Draft Boosters
  • Set Boosters
  • Collector Boosters
  • Bundles
  • Jumpstart Boosters

These price increases will start with Dominaria United, and anything that’s backlisted starting in July.

What We Want to See in MTG's Streets of Capenna
Wizards of the Coast

That being said, Streets of New Capenna will not get off so easily, as their Commander decks are also going to see a price increase, similar to what will be happening in July. They will not be increased further when the rest of the products get hiked up.

The following products will not be affected by these price increases:

  • Masters Sets
  • Modern Horizons
  • Secret Lair
  • Challenge Decks
  • Universes Beyond

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WotC doesn’t give us any indication as to when these price increases will end, but we definitely should expect them throughout the rest of the year and into next year. This is pretty poor timing, as there’s a lot of excitement for the return of the Paper Pro Tour. But we’ll just have to wait and see exactly how big of an impact this will have on the players.

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