What’s in a Buy-a-Box Treasure Chest Booster, And How Do I Get One?
As a non-American and avoider of shopping centres, I’m not too familiar with Black Friday. It’s some day in November when people queue at silly-o-clock in the morning to buy discount artisanal popcorn juicers or something, right?
You know what sounds like a more fun way to spend Black Friday than battling through crowds? Cracking Magic: The Gathering booster packs. (You can always glue the discarded wrappers together and form a thin shield to allow safe passage through hordes of shoppers!)
Black Friday? Is that when everyone plays Vampires at FNM?
This Black Friday, Wizards of the Coast have a nice little treat for us. Earlier this month, they revealed that for a limited time from November 24th, if you buy a booster box of Ixalan you will receive a shiny new Buy-a-Box Treasure Chest booster with your purchase (while stocks last, check your retailer for more information).
It got even better. WOTC expanded the promotion so that now, instead of being limited to Ixalan, buying a box of anything from Kaladesh to Unstable will bag you a promo booster. That means you can get some of this treasure whether you’re buying into Thopters, Mummies or Contraptions.
(I just realised that I used the word “limited” twice within the opening of a Magic article. This was not an attempt at a subliminal message to draft your booster box.)
What’s in a Buy-a-Box Treasure Chest booster?
So you know how to get your hands on a Buy-a-Box Treasure Chest booster, but what cards will it add to your collection?
As the original announcement tells you, when you crack open your pack you will find nine cards:
- One alternate-art, premium foil double-faced card from Ixalan
- Four rare or mythic cards from Standard-legal sets
- Two premium foil cards from Standard-legal sets
- Two premium foil basic lands
Manaleak and Wizards of the Coast kindly sent me a couple of packs so I can show you what you might find! (Worst attempt at hiding treasure ever. Seriously, WOTC.)
I know I should leave the best to last, but I’m going to ignore that and start with the best. My first pack contained a double-faced foil Treasure Map, because sometimes the Gods of Flavour like to prove their existence. The front is pretty, but the transformed side looks amazing.
The Rebecca Guay foil lands (guaranteed in every pack) are beautiful, but I probably don’t have to explain that to you. Those trees are going in my Modern Elf deck.
The foil cards took the form of a Desert’s Hold and a Dark Intimations. I remember opening Dark Intimations during Two-Headed Giant at Grand Prix Utrecht. My teammate pointed out that it would be pretty bonkers in that format. We went 4-0.
In terms of value, the first pack totalled approximately $17 according to the MTG Salvation app (though I almost certainly undervalued the lands), with the most expensive single card being the foil Treasure Map at $9.99.
There was a foil Swamp, and a second foil Forest because apparently the laws of chance have been briefed on my love of Green things. Did I mention that all of the basic lands in these packs have art by Rebeca Guay? I think I should mention that more.
One of the other foil cards was an Ifnir Deadlands, the text box on this looks particularly amazing in foil. The other was a Vicious Conquistador, who fortunately hadn’t been killed and displaced from the pack by the Ifnir Deadlands.
Pack number two came it at $15, the most pricey card being Arguel’s Blood Fast at $5.34.
My two dubloons
Having seen the Buy-a-Box promos that WOTC gave away back in September, I was super excited about the Treasure Chest packs. They feel like a treat; the 24th door in your Advent Calendar, the crispy bits left over at Christmas dinner after everyone has taken the more eye-catching, regular-sized roast potatoes. As I said with the Buy-a-Box Promos, regular boosters are designed for drafting, but promo boosters are designed for value. If you’ve bought a booster box, they provide a little added something that might boost your Standard deck. If you’re drafting a box with friends, the promo pack could make a sweet prize for the winner.
If you’re buying a box this festive season to draft with friends or to expand your Standard collection, have fun opening some lovely rares and foils!
You can find your nearest Magic: the Gathering store using the Wizards Store Locator.
Thank you Manaleak and WOTC for these great packs!