The newest Magic: The Gathering Secret Lair Drop has been revealed. The newest set of artwork is called Pride Across the Universe and features artwork from LGBTQIA2S+ employees at Wizards of the Coast. The eight cards can be pre-ordered starting May 4, and half of the proceeds will go to The Trevor Project, a worldwide suicide prevention group for LGBTQ+ children and young adults.
There’s more to the Secret Lair drop than the eight cards – each purchase also includes four different MTG: Arena sleeves of the same artwork.
Cards (Featuring New Artwork)
Wizards of the Coast had a bit to explain about every artwork featured in the Pride Across the Multiverse set, which had new artwork for a variety of cards in almost every color of the game. The cards can be purchased in non-foil for $39.99 and in traditional foil for $49.99. Additionally, the box for the Secret Lair items will be a rainbow foil box.
Alesha, Who Smiles at Death
“Winona Nelson depicts Alesha, Who Smiles at Death in her older years, guiding the next generation.”
Bearscape and Collective Voyage
Heartbeat of Spring
“Peo Michie shows us a quiet, romantic moment as Saheeli and Huatli take their “dogs” for a walk in Heartbeat of Spring.”
“Jabari Weathers illustrates Mana Confluence, celebrating our combined diversity and experience as we create a new and brighter future together.”
Savor the Moment
“Kieran Yanner invites us to all celebrate Ral and Tomik’s wedding in Savor the Moment.”
“Lauren YS’s Sol Ring brings together a diverse collection of objects symbolizing many facets of the community.”
“Merlin G.G’s Triumphant Reckoning honors the community’s hard-fought victories and the battles that are still to come.”
MTG Arena Sleeve Codes
You can grab codes for Secret Lair sleeves from our partners (and more, such as booster packs) at MTGA Codes.
Pride Across the Multiverse Is Region Locked
The nature of the cards and what they represent has this Secret Lair drop region restricted as countries around the world have differing laws and regulations on LGBTQ+ relationships and marketing. When questioned about this on Twitter, WoTC led fans to a 2020 article about why some Magic content isn’t available worldwide:
We will tell the stories we want to tell, featuring the characters and relationships that best serve the story and our audience … We will not change these stories to accommodate local markets. One of the challenges of being a global community is that some regions prohibit subject matter we think is valuable to our storytelling. Unfortunately, this means that some of our content will not be available in those markets.
This specific Secret Lair Drop, from what we can tell, is banned in places like Brazil, Taiwan, Uruguay, and some Eastern European countries. This also includes the associated story “Note for a Stranger“. For those that cannot access it, davidemsa from reddit shared a PDF version.