12, Sep, 23

What is a Set Booster in Magic: The Gathering?

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Over the years, Wizards of the Coast’s product catalog has steadily been expanding larger and larger. The most case of this occurred with Wilds of Eldraine, which introduced Collector Boosters. Now a routine part of every set release, these once-new boosters were only the start of Wizards’ plans. As, one year later, Wizards debuted another brand new pack type to MTG players; Set Boosters.

Upon first being revealed, this product was initially seen as somewhat of an oddity, however, they’ve stood the test of time. In fact, over the years, Set Boosters have become a valuable part of the expansive product lineup. Offering a means of acquiring cards for non-Draft enthusiasts, there’s no doubt that Set Boosters are here to stay. 

Since Set Boosters are staying put, it’s well worth knowing exactly what you’ll get opening them. Thankfully, if you’re curious about that, we’re here to help, as we’ve got all the important information!

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What is a Set Booster?

Set Booster Structure
The structure of a Set Booster

A Set Booster is a new type of pack that was introduced alongside Zendikar Rising. It offers you way more value per pack from both a monetary and collection aspect. Because of this, they are slightly more expensive than a Draft Boosters by about $/£1. The boxed product also only comes with 30 packs, compared to 36 for Draft.

Each pack is made up of twelve Magic cards. You also have an art card, a marketing card, token, or a card from The List. This product is also structured so that each pack follows a theme. What this means is you should have an idea of what each pack is trying to accomplish within the first few cards.

It might follow a mana pattern, being predominantly one colour. There is a possibility it could have a keyword theme like Mill. There’s even a possibility it may follow a creature pattern. The combinations are endless but it’s a nice bit of consideration the WotC has shown when creating the product.

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What Are They Used For?


Set Boosters are brilliant for a few reasons. They’re great for deckbuilding as they follow a theme meaning the cards you receive typically have some synergy with each other. They’re also fantastic for collectors who want big showpiece cards to build out their sets. While it may be a little trickier to fill out the Commons and Uncommons, the chances of showcase, borderless, and Rares/Mythic cards in general really help their appeal.

This also means that the value in Set Boosters is pretty impressive. If you’re looking to turn a quick profit on a new set, they are the go-to product. Once again on the value front, holding on to these Boosters could turn a handy profit further down the line. As the sets are rotated the value naturally increases unless it’s considered an irrelevant or poor product.

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