Earlier this morning, the Secret Lair Spring Superdrop 2023 came to an end. Of course, this means that the spotlight has now shifted towards the recent spoilers from the Secret Lair Summer Superdrop 2023. Before each Individual Secret Lair was spoiled, there was some apparent disappointment within the MTG community regarding Gandalf, Friend of the Shire being a featured reprint. Some players seemed frustrated that a Lord of the Rings card was getting reprinted already, and that of all the cards to be reprinted, it was an unexciting uncommon.
That said, lots of interesting themes are being utilized in the range of Secret Lair editions offered, beyond just the “More Adventures in Middle-Earth” edition. Along with these cool themes comes a bunch of awesome reprints, available in both regular and foil versions. Interestingly, this includes numerous unique cards that are getting foil treatments for the first time! This is not only a nice bonus for collectors, but means that players can obtain new foil versions of cards without breaking the bank! There are numerous interesting reprints to see, so let’s dive in.
This enormous green Creature has appeared in a couple Modern and Pioneer decks, each designed to abuse its high power and mana cost. In Modern, this card typically saw play alongside Nourishing Shoal in Goryo’s Vengeance decks. At 11 mana, this would allow the player to draw lots of extra cards with Griselbrand. It also provided a nice backup win condition when paired with Through the Breach.
In Pioneer, it was also frequently cheated into play, but with Indomitable Creativity rather than Through the Breach. Having only been printed in Return to Ravnica, foils for this card currently hold almost a $30 price tag. As such, it’s nice to see this card get a much-needed reprint.
Necrogen Mists is an interesting card that also gets a must-needed reprinted. This card pairs nicely with Commanders that rely on players discarding cards to get value. Commanders like The Raven Man and Tinybones, Trinket Thief that trigger on each end step pair nicely with Necrogen Mists, which triggers every upkeep.
Necrogen Mists has only been printed in original Mirrodin. While the regular version of the card is only $6, the foil version is $27. This is a good reprint for this group of Secret Lairs, and fits the “Bad to the Bones” theme nicely.
Tinybones, Trinket Thief
Speaking of Bones, Tinybones, Trinket Thief is a great Commander to pair with Necrogen Mists. Both of these cards are reprints in the same Secret Lair edition. Tinybones is a popular Commander option but was only printed in Jumpstart until now. This means that this is Tinybones’ first foil treatment. For anyone looking to spice up their Commander decks and make their decks look pretty, now’s your chance!
Nekusar, the Mindrazer
Nekusar, the Mindrazer is a Commander staple. Pairing this with “wheel” effects like Wheel of Fortune and Windfall is a great way to both maximize Nekusar’s second ability as well as minimize the benefit your opponent’s get out of the first ability. While this card has seen a few reprints, some of them, like the Judge promo, are more difficult to obtain and more expensive. Nekusar still deserves a new reprint with new art given its popularity, and this round of Secret Lairs delivered.
Goblin Recruiter is one of the most powerful cards that has seen a Secret Lair reprint. Recruiter’s ability to “stack your deck” with goblin-centric combo pieces has the card rightfully banned in Legacy. However, the card is legal in Commander and quite strong in any deck with lots of Goblin Creatures. Whether trying to combo with Kiki-Jiki, the Mirror Breaker, or simply make sure you draw gas for the upcoming turns, Goblin Recruiter is a powerful card to have.
Much like Tinybones, Goblin Recruiter is receiving its first foil treatment. Additionally, this is the first post-Modern printing of Goblin Recruiter. Anyone who purchases the Goblin and Squabblin’ Foil Edition Secret Lair should also make note that these cards utilize the experimental new rainbow foil treatment. While this is still similar to traditional foiling, these cards are designed to feature more vibrant colors, which should add even more pizzazz to this Secret Lair edition.
Yet another card from the Goblin and Squabblin’ Secret Lair, Goblin Lackey provides this edition with a decent chunk of value. Goblin Lackey is a key part of the Legacy Goblins deck. All it needs to do is connect in combat with the opponent once and you get to reap the rewards. Putting a card like Muxus, Goblin Grandee into play for free with your one-mana Creature is completely backbreaking for the opponent.
This may not be Goblin Lackey’s Secret Lair premier, and it has even seen a foil printing in From the Vault: Exiled. Still, the cheapest version of the card sits at $20. The artwork for these Goblin Creatures is absolutely gorgeous, and this will be the first time Goblin Lackey is available with the rainbow foil treatment.
Muxus, Goblin Grandee
Muxus, Goblin Grandee pairs so nicely with Goblin Lackey that, it too, is included in the Goblin and Squabblin’ Secret Lair. Beyond pairing well with Goblin Lackey, this card terrorized Historic for a brief period on Arena when it was first introduced. The gameplan was quite simple: get to six mana, cast Muxus, then profit. Because of cards like Goblin Chieftain that immediately give your team Haste, it was often easy to win the game the turn you cast Muxus, as long as Muxus’ trigger was kind to you.
Muxus also has only been printed in Jumpstart sets and will get its first foil printing now as a result. That means that Goblin Recruiter and Muxus, Goblin Grandee will both get their foil debuts with the new rainbow foil design. Between Goblin Lackey, Goblin Recruiter, and Muxus, Goblin Grandee, the Goblin and Squabblin’ Secret Lair foil edition may be a steal right now at only $39.99.