Published on November 17th, 2023 | by Adrian Gunning

Treasure bites back in Magic: The Gathering’s The Lost Caverns of Ixalan!

Wizards of the Coast today released The Lost Caverns of Ixalan, the latest set for the world’s original, and most popular trading card game, Magic: The Gathering (MTG). The call of adventure brings players back to the prehistoric-inspired realm of Ixalan, where mystery has revealed itself in the deep underground caverns, promising treasure, and undiscovered dangers. As the factions of Ixalan race to the hidden core of a subterranean world, who will you join on your expedition? The Lost Caverns of Ixalan was released on Arena on 14 November and launched for tabletop today.

Race to the Core

Four rival factions descend into the caverns of Ixalan, racing to be the first to uncover the source of Ixalan’s power. Will you walk with Dinosaurs of the Sun Empire, seek fame and riches with The Brazen Coalition of Pirates, revel in demonic shadows with the Legion of Dusk, or heed the call of the depths from the shamanistic Merfolk? Each faction is represented in a preconstructed The Lost Caverns of Ixalan Commander Deck, ready to be played straight from the box for both new and experienced players. Below are their respective face Commanders.

Delve Into New Mechanics 

As you discover The Lost Caverns of Ixalan, you decide how to conduct your expedition with new thematic gameplay. The new mechanic Descended can trigger effects based on the number of permanents put into your graveyard on a given turn, remembering the lessons of those who were lost. Treasure delvers can turn the mundane into the magnificent with the new Craft mechanic, which transforms artifact cards into powerful new items when paying mana and exiling the required components. The third new mechanic Discover is for those who pursue knowledge at all costs, allowing players to exile cards from the top of their library until they find a non-land card of equal or lesser mana value to cast for free or put into their hand. No matter which tools you choose, each mechanic will provide unique gameplay directions which may benefit you or be your undoing.

A Collaboration 65 Million Years In The Making 

The next Universes Beyond collection arrives with Jurassic World, bringing the excitement and thrills of the blockbuster franchise. Featuring charismatic characters, clever dinosaurs, and fantastic locations, these cards will delight fans of Ixalan and Jurassic World alike and can be found occasionally in Set Boosters, in every Collector Booster and some Secret Lair drops. Hold a piece of the park with a total of 26 collaboration cards including Ellie and Alan, Ian Malcolm, the classic Tyrannosaurus.

Discover Special Guests and Treasure Troves

Debuting with The Lost Caverns of Ixalan, powerful Masters release-level reprints will be aesthetically reimagined with the introduction of Special Guests. These guests will bring their unique and powerful effects as they join the expeditions into the depths. Also included in The Lost Caverns of Ixalan are a host of powerful artifact reprints in dazzling new art. These can be excavated as non-foil Box Toppers in Draft and Set Booster boxes, and in traditional foil in Collector Booster boxes.

Adventure In Style

The natural beauty of Ixalan will bewilder with gorgeous new styles and returning fan favourite treatments collect. Found exclusively in Collector Boosters, extremely rare Cosmium Neon Ink cards lie, waiting to be uncovered by the bold. The Gods of Ixalan remind us of their power with Showcase Frames designed to represent the horrific beauty of the underworld. Additionally, collectors can find stunning treatments such as Mesoamerican, Travel Poster basic lands, Extended Art, Borderless, and more throughout all The Lost Caverns of Ixalan boosters.

Magic the Gathering: The Lost Caverns of Ixalan includes Draft Boosters, Set Boosters, Collector Boosters, Commander Decks, Prerelease Packs, Bundles, and Gift Bundles. For more information on The Lost Caverns of Ixalan, visit:

About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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