The Gathering joins horror artist Junji Ito for a special release
Magic: The Gathering is launching a new Secret Lair drop, the Artist: Junji Ito series, which features cards reimagined in the author’s unique style.
Magic: The Gathering announces a collaboration with horror mangaka Junji Ito for a Secret Lair drop.
Polygon published an article on October 14, 2022, detailing an upcoming secret lair featuring Junji Ito’s artwork. The drop will be released later this month and contains four alternate art cards drawn by the famous horror artist. The October 13 WeeklyMTG stream also revealed upcoming Secret Lairs with Post Malone, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, blood bowl, Orks and metal gear artist Yoji Shinkawa. Each will be available individually or in a series of superdrop bundles for a month before being removed from sale.
Junji Ito reinvented Thoughtseize, Doomsday, Carrion Feeder and Plaguecrafter, four famous black cards in his unique style. Thoughtseize is a sorcery that allows the player to choose a card from an opponent’s hand and force them to discard it. Doomsday is a tutor, spell, or effect that searches for a specific card in a deck that exiles all but five cards from the caster’s library. Doomsday can be risky to play due to the rule that a player loses the game if they draw a card while their deck is empty. Both Carrion Feeder and Plaguecrafter are creatures that focus on the Sacrifice mechanic. The former allows its controller to kill their own units to make them stronger, while the latter forces everyone at the table to sacrifice a creature.
Junji Ito is an icon of Japanese horror
Junji Ito is well known as the author and illustrator of horror manga Uzumaki and the Tomie series. His works often have a very detailed and gory art style, and he frequently delves into the realm of body horror. Junji’s renditions of the four cards showcase his signature art style and black-and-white color schemes. Fans were quick to point out how black was the logical color choice for this drop due to the color’s association with death, gore, and horror in general.
The main event of the WeeklyMTG stream was the opening of the packs of the newest Magic Position infinity. This set is the last entry in the game UN-line, a pool of illegal joke cards in all formats and intended for casual play. infinity is the first UN-set of the series that includes some legal cards in other Eternal formats, such as Commander and Legacy.
Artist Series: Junji Ito will be released on October 17, 2022 and will be available in Japanese and English. The standard edition will retail for $29.99, while the special etched foil version will retail for $39.99.