Magic: The Gathering: "The Great Eldraine Bake-Off" Kicks Off!

Prepare thy stomachs, it's time for The Great Eldraine Bake-Off! In a bid to entice more Magic: The Gathering fans into getting into their newest expansion set, Throne of Eldraine, Wizards of the Coast has devised a baking competition for the Internet to look into. Called "The Great Eldraine Bake-Off," this baking competition boasts a glut of fantastic prizes to their highest-ranked bakers.

"The Great Eldraine Bake-Off" Kicks Off! - "Magic: The Gathering"
Source: Wizards of the Coast

Entrants are highly encouraged to make a dish that looks absolutely delicious, and also fits into the world of Eldraine. This could be anything from a pie to a roast, to even a soup (though the bake-off aspect is then sort of invalidated, soups are explicitly okay according to the rules). Entrants are, however, advised to only use ingredients that are actually such – the site jokes that "Magic apples and beanstalk vines might make for a great salad, but those ingredients are terribly difficult to find at our local grocers[…]".

To be frank, this probably also excludes any sort of tricks that advertisers use to visually hype up food products – no propping up potato wedges with styrofoam or melting a wax sheet and calling it cheese, for example. Oh, the things people will do to obtain their cardstock.

"The Great Eldraine Bake-Off" Kicks Off! - "Magic: The Gathering"

The contest winner receives a full foil set of both the Throne of Eldraine and War of the Spark sets, as well as a Deluxe Collectors Edition of Throne of Eldraine, and ten codes for Throne of Eldraine packs usable for Magic: The Gathering: Arena. Furthermore, second and third place winners win the same, just without the Deluxe Collectors Edition inclusion. Fourth through tenth place winners get a full foil set of War of the Spark and ten packs of Throne of Eldraine for Magic: The Gathering: Arena. Those prizes really take the cake!

All jokes aside, this contest really does look like a fantastic and immersive way to sell Throne of Eldraine to Magic: The Gathering players. I, for one, am sorely tempted to showcase my famous bacon-weaved meat-pie in The Great Eldraine Bake-Off, because it's the best thing that I can make in that style. I'd probably lose to a candy apple recipe, but at least I'd have pie.

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About Joshua Nelson

Josh Nelson is a Magic: The Gathering deckbuilding savant, a self-proclaimed scholar of all things Sweeney Todd, and, of course, a writer for Bleeding Cool. In their downtime, Josh can be found painting models, playing Magic, or possibly preaching about the horrors and merits of anthropophagy. You can find them on Twitter at @Burning_Inquiry for all your burning inquiries.
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