30, Jan, 24

MTG Artist Reveals Jaw-Dropping Secret Lair Art for Iconic Card!

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Wizards of the Coast is continuing to release Secret Lair product at breakneck speed, and players are paying attention. For the first time, an entire Secret Lair Superdrop is going to feature a limited print run. While this should speed up shipping times for many, it could cause some other issues.

Even though the recent Raining Cats & Dogs Secret Lair sold out in under six hours, that may not happen with the next wave of Secret Lair product. We’ve never had a Secret Lair drop like this before, but Wizards of the Coast’s offerings certainly look enticing, at least in the words of players.

The next round of Secret Lairs are going for sale next week, but only a few cards have been revealed so far. Today, an MTG artist reveals a new Secret Lair card. The rest of the Secret Lair, however, is still a mystery.

Felidar Guardian

Felidar Guardian has been announced by MTG artist Rowynn Ellis. She showed off the new card over on Twitter, revealing that it was one of five artworks that they created for the upcoming The Beauty of the Beasts Secret Lair.

Felidar Guardian is instrumental in some terrifying infinite combo sequences. Banned in Pioneer, this card creates a two-card infinite with a Planeswalker released in the same block – Saheeli Rai. All Saheeli needs to do create infinite creatures is use her -2 to copy Felidar Guardian. The copy, on entry, will flicker Saheeli, repeating the process. Felidar Guardian can also create infinite combos with cards like Kiki-Jiki, Mirror-Breaker, and is a fantastic addition to Blink-focused EDH decks.

To be more particular, Felidar Guardian is a great roleplayer in Commander decks helmed by cards like Preston, the Vanisher, Animatou, the Fateshifter and Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines. Felidar Guardian commonly functions as an infinite combo package, or as a way to generate advantage in Blink strategies in Commander. Heck, this card could even be an upgrade to the Raining Cats & Dogs Commander precon.

Animatou, in particular, represents another infinite combo with Feldiar Guardian. Sadly, this just amounts to infinite Blinks, so another payoff needs to be available in order for the combo to get anywhere.

Thanks to the multitude of combos this card is capable of, Felidar Guardian has become a somewhat iconic creature. That said, even though the card can be quite powerful under a number of different circumstances, Felidar Guardian is hardly expensive. That’s because the only existing printings of this card are an uncommon, and a List reprint. Felidar Guardian only retails for between $1-2, but a premium printing of the card could go for much more.

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Great First Impression

If you’re just as curious about what the other four cards are in the Beauty of the Beasts Secret Lair, you’ll have to wait. We’re not entirely sure what the other cards in this Secret Lair are yet. That said, considering the first one has already been revealed, we’re likely to see the rest of these beautiful beasts some time soon.

If Rowynn Ellis’s artwork is just as stunning across the rest of the Beauty of the Beasts Secret Lair product, we could have a gem on our hands. Many MTG players are already praising the new Felidar Guardian card for looking absolutely stunning:

“Amazing art well done Rowynn Ellis”

narvuntien

“Here I was wishing for a retro frame Felidar Guardian in the future, but I guess this one will sufice for now. What a stuning artwork.”

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If this Secret Lair does end up getting raving reviews from MTG fans, players may want to consider picking it up as quickly as they can. Raining Cats & Dogs set a new precedent for 2024 Secret Lair product, and any of these drops that gets a decent amount of hype might sell out just as quickly as the Secret Lair precon did.

That said, as was previously stated, we’ve never had a Limited print run Secret Lair drop that had multiple smaller offerings before, so it’s difficult to know exactly how this is going to go. Our guess? The popular Secret Lairs may sell out fast, while the less interesting ones could stick around longer.

When to Start Looking?

Jace, Wielder of Mysteries

While we are unsure of what the rest of the Beauty of the Beasts Secret Lair has to unveil, we do know when this Secret Lair will be going for sale. Rowynn Ellis dropped everything we need to know in terms of price point and sale debut for Beauty of the Beasts over on Twitter:

“Winter Superdrop 2024: Available starting on February 5, 2024 at 9 AM Pacific until March 3, 2024 at 11:59 PM Pacific while supplies last. Foil edition: $39.99 Non-foil edition: $29.99”

Rowynn Ellis

This means that the Beauty of the Beasts Secret Lair will be unveiled alongside the previously revealed Hard-Boiled Thrillers Secret Lair. That one has been entirely revealed, and you can find the contents here.

Notably, the bizarre red-bordered Burning Revelations Secret Lair will not be going for sale alongside these products. You can read more about that here.

If you’re interested in what else Beauty of the Beasts has to offer, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date! As soon as we hear about the new Secret Lair offerings, we’ll be sure to tell you about it!

While the financial value of the first card revealed in Magic’s newest Secret Lair is lackluster, it might not matter. Felidar Guardian is an iconic MTG card getting a gorgeous new artwork, and we’re excited to see what the rest of the drop has to offer.

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