Historic update and... Secret Lair?

Greetings Magic Players!

Just a quick update on some of the more recent news out of Wizards of the Coast (WotC).

Back-filling the Historic format

On November 13 WotC announced that they would add new cards to the format each quarter.  The first batch of 20 was released on November 20:

  • Serra Ascendant
  • Soul Warden
  • Kinsbaile Cavalier
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Distant Melody
  • Cryptbreaker
  • Hypnotic Specter
  • Phyrexian Arena
  • Tendrils of Corruption
  • Kiln Fiend
  • Goblin Matron
  • Hidetsugu’s Second Rite
  • Elvish Visionary
  • Fauna Shaman
  • Imperious Perfect
  • Burning-Tree Emissary
  • Captain Sisay
  • Ornithopter
  • Mind Stone
  • Darksteel Reactor

There is already some buzz about Mind Stone and Phyrexian Arena boosting Esper Stax.

 

And lifegain decks got some new toys:

Have you had success with any of the new cards?  What are you hoping for in later releases?  Discuss in the comments!

The current season running November 21 - January 15th will include ranked Historic Best of Three and at the end of the season there will be a tournament using that format.

What is Secret Lair?

On November 20 WotC teased a new mysterious product.

 It's not a booster, but it is a lair*. An #MTGSecretLair even.

"Just for you" and "particular things you love about Magic" implies some level of customization.  Not sure how they would pull that off but definitely intriguing.

Over the next several days they have released more clues:

 

The full reveal comes on Monday, November 25!

Any guesses as to what might be in the box?  Err...Lair?

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