In recent years, Magic: The Gathering players have shared images of foil cards curling, including foils from entire sets, and print-on-demand cards from Secret Lair drops, and because of this, some fans are losing confidence in buying MTG products. However, it looks like the upcoming set Strixhaven: School of Mages will fix the curling problem of foil cards.
Over on Twitter, Graham Stark, producer at LoadingReadyRun, has shared several photos of Strixhaven: School of Mages pack foils, and they show that the pile of foils doesn’t have any curling issue at all. For comparison, he put the pile of foils next to a pile of Strixhaven non-foil cards, and they look perfect.
Last November, I reported about the quality of foil cards from Commander Legends, and there are photos that show foils curled up like a Pringles potato chip, but if Graham’s photos are a great indicator of quality of foils for future MTG products, then Wizards of the Coast may get back the confidence of their consumers. It may still be too early to tell; we’ll most likely see more evidence of this once the set launches later this month, but this is a good sign for MTG collectors.
Curled foils are nothing new: the foil sheet of Magic cards tends to curl or bend as it accumulates moisture in the air, and sometimes this can happen even before it leaves the manufacturing plant, warping the card so it’s easily distinguishable from a non-foil.
Strixhaven: School of Mages is set to release for tabletop on April 23, and it will be released on Magic: The Gathering Arena and Magic Online on April 15. Check out the important dates here.