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"Throne of Eldraine" Product Review, Part 3 – "Magic: The Gathering"

Tomorrow (Friday, October 4th), Wizards of the Coast will be finalizing the release of its 82nd expansion set for Magic: The Gathering, Throne of Eldraine. This comes after a successful launch on their digital interface, Magic: The Gathering: Arena, and their prerelease events last weekend. Certainly, for many the tension to see what's in their booster boxes must be mounted high (although working for Bleeding Cool I have already received my box!). Furthermore, people must be totally itching to play with the contents of the Planeswalker Deck releases for the set as well (we discussed those yesterday).

"Throne of Eldraine" Product Review, Part 1 - "Magic: The Gathering"
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Today, I'm going to be going over the Throne of Eldraine Bundle and what you can expect to see in it.

"Throne of Eldraine" Product Review, Part 3 - "Magic: The Gathering"
This product is truly a bundle of fun. Source: Bleeding Cool

For starters, the Throne of Eldraine Bundle comes with ten draft-style booster packs. I'm old – I remember when they came with only eight. We have it lucky now. Although, in my eagerness, I did not get a chance to snap a photo of the packs in my bundle, all lined up in a row, since of course I had to open them. Oh well, I guess I'll need to get ahold of another one (not that I'm complaining!).

"Throne of Eldraine" Product Review, Part 3 - "Magic: The Gathering"
Where have I seen this before? Source: Bleeding Cool

The wraparound paper packaging which holds the general contents, packs and all, opens up to form a poster illustrated by an absolutely amazing artist for Magic, the rather-incomparable Seb McKinnon (I'm actually a bit sad that this and the Showcase version of Order of Midnight were the only two pieces that Seb illustrated for this set – this genre is his forte).

"Throne of Eldraine" Product Review, Part 3 - "Magic: The Gathering"
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Up next we have a box that is located below the main contents. It's a simple cardboard box featuring the Planeswalker Symbol, and I've seen it before in other Bundle products, so this is nothing too new, but it's cool all the same.

"Throne of Eldraine" Product Review, Part 3 - "Magic: The Gathering"
Oh glory of glories! Source: Bleeding Cool

The biggest takeaways from the Throne of Eldraine Bundle are, besides the packs themselves, the spindown die, and the main box containing practically everything. The die, in particular, is slightly larger than other spindown dice that Wizards of the Coast has produced for Magic: The Gathering products, a trend that started back with the Core 2020 set. Here's a closer look at it:

"Throne of Eldraine" Product Review, Part 3 - "Magic: The Gathering"
The shiny dice go click-clack! Source: Bleeding Cool

The box that holds the packs, land packs (more on them in a moment!), and die is nothing to scoff at, either. It features the key art of the set, which depicts Rowan Kenrith, all decked out in armor on a quest to find her missing father (who, as it turns out, was turned into an elk by Oko, a shapeshifting prankster and fellow Planeswalker).

"Throne of Eldraine" Product Review, Part 3 - "Magic: The Gathering"
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Besides packs, the Throne of Eldraine Bundle contains even more cards. The Bundle has two "land packs" which have within them four different basic lands of each type. One of those "land packs" is in premium foil, and also contains an alternate art version of Piper of the Swarm.

"Throne of Eldraine" Product Review, Part 3 - "Magic: The Gathering"
Shiny shiny! Source: Bleeding Cool

The only gripe I have about the Throne of Eldraine Bundle is that (as with the Planeswalker Decks' booster packs) the packs are significantly harder to open than the packs within the booster box. I surmise it's because they're processed in different locations and one location uses a different pack wrapping material, so that isn't a huge surprise or let-down. After all, it's what's inside that counts!

Overall, this experience has been wonderful and a great look at how this set has shaped up. After this, I'm all for it and I really want to spend a day drafting and making more decks! And again, a huge thank you to Wizards of the Coast for providing these awesome products.

Throne of Eldraine comes out tomorrow – take a moment to visit your local gaming store and pick up some packs if you can! They're really a storybook faerie tale come true.

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Joshua NelsonAbout 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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