While some Secret Lair products aren’t without controversy, for the most part, Secret Lair Drops are a welcome addition to MTG’s release schedule. Providing interested players with fantastic art and often surprisingly profitable value. Usually Secret Lair Drops are worth the wait. Unfortunately, as mentioned, not all Secret Lair Drops are viewed favorably by the MTG community. For example, the 30th Anniversary Countdown Kit had a rather disastrous launch. Being only available in limited quantities, many players claimed that Wizards had made this fantastic Secret Lair unnecessarily exclusive. Unfortunately, it looks like Wizards didn’t succumb to player demand, as another disappointingly exclusive Secret Lair was announced. To make matters worse, this secret lair is potentially the cutest yet.
MTG Secret Lair: Look at the kittens
Announced during last week’s WeeklyMTG Stream, the Secret Lair: Look at the Kitties drop has quickly become a fan favorite. With works by the Japanese artist Tatamepithe Look at the Kitties Secret Lair is just right so cute. Seriously, look at the art for Sovereign Felidar and try not to fall in love. With adorable faces all around, it’s no wonder MTG gamers have fallen in love with this kitten-themed Secret Lair. On Reddit, for example, players such as u/RWGlix simply said, “These are incredibly adorable.” Showing similar enthusiasm, u/DivinePotatoe said they “have an EDH Lord Windgrace Landfall deck. I NEED IT.”
Unfortunately for gamers who are enamored with these kittens, however, the Look at the Kitties SLD has one major downside. Secret Lair: Look at the Kitties is only available by attending MagicCon: Philadelphia or purchasing Festival in a Box. This makes Secret Lair: Look at the Kitties remarkably exclusive and expensive, requiring at least about $100 investment. For this price, players can purchase a one-day ticket to MagicCon: Philadelphia ($60) and buy the secret lair in person ($40≈). While already a sharp increase from the usual $30–$40 price of a secret lair, attending MagicCon: Philadelphia will incur additional expenses such as travel, food, and accommodations if required.
Luckily, physically attending MagicCon: Philadelphia isn’t the only way to get your hands on Secret Lair: Look at the Kitties. Unfortunately, this alternative method is not cheaper. Outside of physical attendance at MagicCon: Philadelphia, Secret Lair: Look at the Kitties is only available through the accompanying Festival in a Box. At the price of $269it’s definitely not a cheap way to get a drop of Secret Lair, to say the least.
MagicCon: The Philadelphia Festival in a Box
Fortunately, for the $269 price tag, Secret Lair: Look at the Kitties isn’t the only thing in the box. Similar to the Magic 30 Festival in a Box, the MagicCon: Philadelphia variant contains Commander Decks, choice foils, and a Mystery Booster box. Additionally, the latest Festival in a Box also includes an exclusive playmat, deck box, and all-important secret lair. According to Wizards, Festival in a Box “will give you the opportunity to host your own mini-MagicCon at home.” This despite the fact that this time around there will be no virtual tickets available for MagicCon: Philadelphia.
Despite the lack of virtual tickets, luckily the Festival in a Box package isn’t exactly bad value for money. Thanks to the inclusion of the Mystery Booster box, the Festival in a Box is actually a surprisingly incredible offering. According to TCGplayer, a Mystery Booster: Convention Edition typically sells for around $500. That’s enough to catch up $269 cost and then shipping even to Australia if need be! While already more than enough, as we’ve already discussed, that’s not all there is to Festival in a Box.
Granted, nothing comes close to the value of the Mystery Booster: Convention Edition box, however, more value isn’t a bad thing. Here is a small breakdown of Festival in a Box items and their respective prices (based on TCGplayer market price)
- Secret Lair: look at the kittens | $30
- Mystery Booster: Convention Edition | $518.38
- Zendikar Ascendant Commander Deck | $20.66 – $18.91
- Commander Kaldheim Deck | $41.94 – $17.20
- MagicCon Exclusive: Philadelphia Atraxa Combo Box Deck and Sleeves | Unknown
- MagicCon Exclusive: Philadelphia Atraxa Playmat | Unknown (but potentially Dear)
- 1 Arcane Signet Classic Promo Card | $22.74
The secret lair itself
While requiring a $100+ Where $269 investment, the cards inside Secret Lair: Look at the Kitties are pretty lackluster. For example, the most expensive card in the drop is Lord Windgracejust $8.97. Descendant path offers similar value to $8.21Nevertheless, violent explosion and Sovereign Felidar are respectively only $5.05 and $2.05. This totals a rather meager prospective value of only $24.28. Luckily, due to Tatamepi’s gorgeous art, Secret Lair: Look at the Kitties cards are likely to be more expensive than their regular counterparts. Above all Path of the descendants and Sovereign Felidarwhich both work in Catmander bridges crossed by Arahbo, roar of the world.
While the cards themselves aren’t hard to come by, Secret Lair: Watch the Kittens Exclusive has annoyed some players. Reddit user u/Gprinziv, for example, exclaimed, “God f*ck that. Legitimately fuck them for it. This is stupid shit. Offering a calmer yet similar sentiment, u/King_Chochacho simply said “F.” Unfortunately for already angry gamers, the exclusivity of Secret Lair: Look at the Kitties may not end there.
Similar to the previous Festival in a Box and the 30th Anniversary Countdown Kit, MagicCon: Philadelphia Festival in a Box will most likely not be printed on demand. Thereafter, much like the 30th Anniversary Countdown Kit, the Festival in a Box should sell out quickly. As Reddit user u/Kiloken recalls, “Didn’t the last festival in a box sell out in 10 minutes? …I like this lair a lot personally, so it’s going to be a real pain not being able to click fast enough…”
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