Are Magic: The Gathering Eldritch Moon Booster Packs Fixed And Non-Random?
Yesterday a thread was posted on Reddit by user ‘OnePlagueRat’ claiming that there was a strong correlation between the wrapper art of Eldritch Moon booster packs and the non-flip mythic rares inside.
The thread read:
‘I’m sharing this info to get it out there in the public before it’s used to scam local stores (or by local stores) and/or events by people who would use it for their own gain. Don’t be that person
I own a LGS in Oregon and there was a post on a group I belong to from another store stating that after they were opening singles for sale they noticed a strong correlation between the wrapper of the booster and the non-flip mythic rares being concentrated (or entirely) in the boosters with the werewolf on it.
I did a small test and opened a case I found something with that pattern as well:
— 4 boxes EVERY non-flip mythic rare was in a werewolf wrapped pack
— 1 box EVERY non-flip mythic rare was in a Tamiyo pack
— 1 box EVERY non-flip mythic rare was in a Liliana pack
There was literally no exception for any mythic in any box whatsoever. Once you find one, you can just open up the others of that wrapper type and find the rest. Obviously this is a small sample size of 6 boxes, but it’s a large enough indicator to have a policy change at my LGS: Going forward we will not be allowing anyone to pick their own packs for Eldritch Moon at any time for general sale or draft/sealed events (we generally do for buying packs, we randomize them and let people pick). We will also not be allowing anyone to bring their own Eldritch Moon booster packs to use an event.’
This was of course based on a very very small sample size with not enough data to warrant any form of fear mongering on the matter, however it did spark a discussion none-the-less.
Today a popular Magic: The Gathering YouTube channel ‘DeriumsCCGs‘ released a video titled “Buyer Beware: Eldritch Moon is searchable” claiming that “Apparently you can very easily search Eldritch Moon booster boxes to find all the non-flip mythics.”
Below is the video:
It is worth noting that Magic: The Gathering booster packs are produced in different printing facilities around the world, and that different regions e.g. America, Europe, Asia, will use different printing practices. If this claim is true; that there is indeed a pattern between the booster pack wrapper art and the mythic possibly contained inside, then it will almost certainly only affect MTG booster packs printed in the US.
‘US and EU boxes are printed in different facilities and use different collations, i.e. ways to “shuffle” the rares into packs, thus the above observation will most probably not be true for European boxes.’
A user from Italy quickly did a test for himself and pointed out that:
‘Testing on EU-IT boxes:
Box 1, code T6146261 18:46:
0 in Werewolf
0 in Tamiyo
4 in Liliana.
Box 2, code T6146258 18:46:
1 in werewolf
2 in Liliana
2 in Tamiyo
Box 3, code T6146261 18:46:
1 in werewolf
If there is such a pattern, it’s not in the Italian boxes.
Peculiar: in a display, half of the boxes have one code, and half another code. I wonder why…’
It is also worth noting that Wizards of the Coast do not allow retailers to send sealed Magic: The Gathering products to consumers outside of their designated region. So for example, American retailers are not allowed to ship Magic: The Gathering booster boxes to consumers in the UK, and vice versa.
So the question still remains, is there a correlation between the Eldritch Moon booster pack wrapper art and what’s inside? Have you opened Eldritch Moon booster packs yourself? What were your results? Please let us know in the comments below.
Manaleak.com will be opening another 300 EMN booster boxes for ourselves and will keep an eye out for this. We will report back to you anything that we find.