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MTG X Hatsune Miku Secret Lair Crossover Announced!

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MTG Crossovers are truly getting wilder each and every time one occurs, but Anime crossovers are not out of the realm of expectations. Recently, a smaller Cowboy Bebop crossover was announced. While it was originally believed that this crossover was a Japanese exclusive, it was revealed a few days later that, while delayed, this is coming to the entire world, elating players everywhere. It turns out that this may not be the end of the Anime crossover arc for Magic, as another crossover was announced just a week later.

The Equinox Secret Lair has just come and gone. Many players were expecting a new Secret Lair offering to replace this, but I’m willing to bet they weren’t expecting this. If you had a Hatsune Miku crossover on your Secret Lair bingo sheet, then congrats! You’re a maniac, but you got it right.

MTG X Hatsune Miku

The latest crossover being offered by the MTG Secret Lair product line is Hatsune Miku! This Anime-inspired Vocaloid popstar originally started out as a sound software for musicians wanting to make music on the computer. The character has turned into a pop culture sensation in Japan and, arguably, worldwide. The Secret Lair appears to be a part of the upcoming Spring Superdrop.

As far as the Secret Lair contents go, five new cards are being offered alongside everyone’s favorite star. Sadly, while the flavor is on-point for some of the reprints, even to the uninitiated like myself, the reprints themselves are not that exciting.

Azusa, Lost but Seeking

The highlight reprint here is definitely Azusa, Lost but Seeking. Rebranded as a very charming Miku, Lost but Singing, this is one of the best ramp creatures out there, and commonly sees play in Modern Amulet Titan lists. Sadly, this card has seen a good share of reprints lately. While making the card much easier to access for players, which is a good thing, this means her secondary market value is not that impressive. Currently, you can pick up a copy of Azusa for about $5. Foils are not that much more expensive, but they are set dependent.

One notable exception to Azusa’s secondary market value is her other appearance in Secret Lair product. This card is still quite expensive, which suggests that this Hatsune Miku Secret Lair variant also has the potential to be expensive.

Inspiring Vantage… Again?

While Inspiring Vantage is an interesting reprint that sees lots of competitive and Commander play, it’s a rather strange one considering that this card just appeared in Outlaws of Thunder Junction. As a result, Inspiring Vantage doesn’t even demand a $2 asking price at the moment, but this is likely to change in the future as less of these cards are being opened.

In the long run, this card is likely to have quite the secondary market value. Inspiring Vantage will likely see Standard, Commander and Pioneer play for quite some time, ensuring that this will continue to have a home.

The Surprise Best Reprint of the Secret Lair

Chandra’s Ignition may not look like much to non-Commander players, but with some setup, this card can pack a serious punch. This card goes particularly bonkers with Blightsteel Colossus, as the combination generally just ends the game on the spot.

Because of the card’s Commander potential, Chandra’s Ignition ironically holds the best secondary market value out of the Secret Lair drop. Its base value tends to go for about $6. While not exciting, this Secret Lair’s game piece reprint value is not great, so any help will do!

Notably, only one foil printing of Chandra’s Ignition currently exists since all of its reprints were seen in Commander products. That card currently has a $15 secondary market value as a result, and is a big reason to purchase the foil variant of this Secret Lair is that’s something you’re interested in.

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The Rest

The other three cards seen in this Secret Lair aren’t too exciting financially. Feather, the Redeemed, while a popular Commander, does not have a ton of secondary market value. This does grant an opportunity to play Hastune Miku as a Commander, which some players will likely jump on. This alone could skyrocket the value of this particular reprint of Feather.

Harmonize is even less impressive. While the theming may work with Hatsune Miku, this effect is rather poor in any format. Outside of being a budget tool for Commander, there’s not much to see here.

Finally, Shelter is a draft chaff common that has seen a series of reprints across Masters sets. This is another card that has no exciting secondary market value as a game piece, and plays an underwhelming role in many Commander decks.

All in all, this is a rather interesting crossover for Magic. The financial value of this Secret Lair is not too impressive, totaling about $12-13 for the nonfoil variant. That said, the secondary market value of these game pieces may not matter much. The crossover IP may cause these cards to soar regardless of what they do in function. If you’re looking to buy this strictly for value, it honestly may not be a bad idea, even if the reprint value is not great.

If anything, this could be an indication that more Anime-style crossovers could be on their way to Magic. Considering how excited players were for Cowboy Bebop, this could become quite a commonality in the future.

If you’re interested in acquiring this Hatsune Miku Secret Lair for yourself, it goes for sale on the official Secret Lair site for preorder on May 13, 2024 at 9:00am Pacific Time. The Secret Lair will have both English and Japanese variants, and will cost $29.99 for the nonfoil version, and $39.99 for the foil variant.

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