The Lost Caverns of Ixalan looks great! Prereleases start today, and are players’ first chance to start trying out the many cards releasing with The Lost Caverns of Ixalan! The Limited interactions for this set, while incredibly fun, look pretty complex. That said, even if you’re newer to Magic, these events have a ton of Prerelease Promo cards to offer!
Aside from Prereleases being predominately casual, there are lots of promotional cards to go around this time!
As long as you bring a friend to your Local Game Store’s prerelease, you could get this new promotional Cultivate card!
Cultivate is absolutely everywhere in the Commander format. According to EDHREC, it is the fourth most popular card in all of Commander over the last two years.
Searching for two Basic Lands for you to play, Cultivate ramps you up and fixes your mana on a budget. This card’s ease of access in terms of common reprints makes it both cheap and efficient.
This also makes rarer versions of Cultivate that much more desirable. If you’re interested in blinging up your EDH deck, consider bringing a friend to try out Magic!
As a note, be sure to check with your Local Game Store to see if they offer this promotion.
New 30th Anniversary Prerelease Promo Cards!
Revealed recently are the other new promotional cards for the ongoing 30th Anniversary celebration. Notably, these cards typically have varying rarities. The rarer cards may only appear with very small frequency.
Many players experienced only one copy of the rarest card, and a couple copies of the second rarest appearing at their local game stores. This can make rarer variants of 30th Anniversary Prerelease Promos surprisingly pricy. The recent Japanese Tarmogoyf Promo, for example, still retails for about $70.
According to Wizards of the Coast’s article addressing these promotional cards, Dragonlord Atarka is the rare Prerelease promo this time around. This 2015 promo occasionally appears in competitive formats as a top-end option that cleans up the board and ends the game in short order. Expect this card to be much more difficult to acquire in comparison to the other three.
Otherwise, players attending The Lost Caverns of Ixalan Prerelease could come across Dramatic Reversal, Beast Whisperer and Path of Ancestry.
MTG Dramatic Reversal
Dramatic Reversal is a rather interesting promotional card. Commonly featured as a part of infinite combos involving Isochron Scepter in Commander, Dramatic Reversal was originally printed as a common. Dramatic Reversal’s popularity in Commander, however, gives rarer iterations of the card a surprising price boost. For reference, the Secret Lair Dramatic Reversal has a secondary market value of $21, while its common variants aren’t even worth a dollar.
MTG Path of Ancestry
Beast Whisperer and Path of Ancestry are strong budget options for Commander. Path of Ancestry helps fix your mana and your draws in exchange for the card entering tapped. If you have a way to get this card to enter the battlefield untapped constantly, there’s little reason not to run Path to Ancestry in your Commander deck.
MTG Beast Whisperer
Beast’s Whisperer is a common value tool for Creature-based Commander decks. It can draw a ton of cards and does not cost much financially. Notably, this specific copy of the card has never-before-seen artwork attached.
Open House Promos
An Ixalan favorite returns in the upcoming Open House event as a promotional card! Ravenous Chupacabra is another Commander favorite that can easily generate a ton of value when blinked. Similar to Cultivate, this card is also available on a budget, making it a pretty popular option.
Occurring the weekend of the official Lost Caverns of Ixalan release on November 17-19, Local Game Stores can run any number of different events to celebrate. If you’re interested in acquiring one of these promotional cards yourself, be sure to contact your local game store to see exactly what’s going on.
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Commander Party Promos
Considering all of the new creature-type matters-focused Commander preconstructed decks releasing alongside The Lost Caverns of Ixalan, there should be a healthy amount of interest for Unclaimed Territory. This card functions similarly to Cavern of Souls, allowing you to spend any mana color of your choice to cast a creature type of your choice. The big difference is that Unclaimed Territory doesn’t make your creatures uncounterable.
Either way, any players using a multicolored typal strategy may have some interest in this card. What better way is there for players to earn new shiny cards for their Commander decks than by playing Commander!? If you have a Commander session planned around this time, consider relocating to your Local Game Store to acquire some additional goodies.
Enjoy Your Prereleases!
If any of these Prerelease Promo cards tickle your fancy, prereleases for The Lost Caverns of Ixalan start today! From Friday, November 10 to Sunday the 12th, players have the opportunity to get their first taste of The Lost Caverns of Ixalan gameplay. If you want to join in, you can find local game stores in your area here.