After months of waiting, Wizards of the Coast has finally spilled the beans on what to expect from Explorers of Ixalan, the latest “out-of-the-box multiplayer Magic experience.” View the promotional video above, or on magic.wizards.com.
Set on the plane of Magic’s most recent sets, Ixalan and the upcoming Rivals of Ixalan, Explorers pits 2-4 players against each other as they duke it out in search for the golden city of Orazca. Each player represents one of Ixalan’s four tribes (or “factions” as the trailer calls them): Vampires, Pirates, Merfolk and Dinosaurs.
The set includes 50 game tiles, some number of which are randomly assembled on the play field. Players may use resources to reveal tiles that then grant quests, sites and events. These tiles effect the game in various ways, like rewarding a player for dealing combat damage to the player on their right, allowing a one-time loot at the beginning of a player’s end step, or even allowing a player to destroy opponent’s permanents.
Wizards is positioning Explorers of Ixalan as a stand-alone box that offers gameplay in 30-45 minute chunks of time, despite supporting up to four players with the included preconstructed decks. According to Wizards of the Coast:
Fans of Commander and Planechase will especially love Explorers of Ixalan. It has the political layer of multiplayer Magic, with exciting twists and surprises that consistently drive action forward as you explore the world of Ixalan.
Explorers of Ixalan releases November 24th, 2017 with a suggested retail price of $64.99.
Explorers of Ixalan Reprints
Though the full decklists have yet to be revealed, Wizards of the Coast has confirmed that Explorers of Ixalan will contain no new cards. Likely due to growing pressure from players of increasingly expensive formats, it appears Wizards has been slowly upping the rate at which they reprint in-demand cards, and they are off to a great start with the first handful of reprints that appear in the Explorers promotional video.
Note: Like most supplemental products, cards that appear reprinted in Explorers of Ixalan are only legal in formats in which they were already legal. Appearance in Explorers of Ixalan does not mean a card is Standard-legal.
Early reactions to Explorers of Ixalan have been positive, with many praising the high value of select reprints. Of particular note are Shared Animosity, Time Warp and Aggravated Assault. Discounting the majority of the box set’s cards that have not been shown off, as well as the game pieces themselves, these cards currently fetch close to the $64.99 MSRP.
Shared Animosity: $22.99
Time Warp: $19.99
Aggravated Assault: $14.99
Threads of Disloyalty: $5.99
That’s almost MSRP in just 4 cards.
— Jeremy Noooooooell? (@jeremynoell) October 10, 2017
Reprints of non-Ixalan cards found in Explorers of Ixalan feature the ship’s wheel set symbol, while it appears more recent Ixalan printings like Regisaur Alpha and Vanquisher’s Banner will use the Ixalan compass set symbol.
Take a look at the non-Ixalan reprints from today’s reveal below.
Information via Wizards.com Explorers of Ixalan product page. [Source]
Number of Cards: Four 60-card decks
Release Date: November 24th, 2017
Three-Letter Code: E02
- 4 60-card decks
- 20 double-sided tokens
- 50 game tiles
- 40 counter pieces
- 4 deck boxes
MSRP: $64.99 *Applies to U.S. Only